Recap

May 23, 2008

See? I said I would be busy!

Ok, I realize that I have completely dropped the ball for the past month or so. And, given that I’m using this blog partly as an exercise to get myself ready for school, there’s really no excuse for that. I could write a long apology and promise that it will never happen again, but let’s face it, that makes for a pretty boring post. So… on we go!

 In the time since my last post I have… Read the rest of this entry »

Schedules and lace

April 26, 2008

Every now and then, I’ll have a stretch of time- a few weeks or a few months- when my life is planned down to the minute. I seem to be entering one of those times now: starting Monday, I’ll be working a regular schedule for a few months, and the intervening weekends are filling up as well. Between family celebrations, the CD release party, and a play, even planning a visit to a friend in Boston has been tricky. Part of the problem is also trying to go to an Admitted Students “Weekend.” (In my opinion, an Friday-Saturday event is not a weekend. I prefer the title “Admitted Students Arbitrary Two-Day Period,” but I see how that’s a little less catchy.) With that included, I’m booked till July. Read the rest of this entry »

Responding to the verdict

April 25, 2008

This morning, the verdict in the Sean Bell case was announced. For those of you who may not be familiar with this case, Sean Bell was a 23-year-old Queens man who was shot to death by police the night of his bachelor party. He and his friends, unarmed, were hit with 50 bullets fired by a small group of undercover officers, with the majority of the shots (31 and 11, respectively) coming from just two officers. There are, of course, two sides to this story, and I encourage you to click on the above link and read all you can about the evidence. I, however, firmly believe that the officers responsible for this man’s death should be held to account. Read the rest of this entry »

A step against (gene) discrimination

April 24, 2008

I’m back!

Actually, I’ve been back in the country since Sunday night. I had an incredible whirlwind of a time in London. It was great to spend some time with my brother, see an old friend, and even spend a day with my parents (if I’m not mistaken, this is my Dad’s first time in Europe). And I’ve been meaning to write about the trip in detail- I’ve started the post a few times, and there’s just too much. (Plus, my first day or two back I was so tired from the trip, jet lag, and work, that my sentences made even less sense than usual.) I may come back and write about it later, but for now, here are just a few pictures (I seem to be having trouble inserting pictures…  I’ll try again in the next post). Read the rest of this entry »

Monogamy, embarrassment, and new skills (in knitting)

April 13, 2008

I finished the second half of Violet/Eva’s Anouk. (Seriously, can people stop changing the names of their unborn children? It’s making a mess of my Ravelry page.) I may need to lengthen the shoulder straps a little, but for now my goal is just to get all the pieces done. I know, it wouldn’t kill me to have this project unfinished (er… more unfinished) while I start on something new to travel with. The truth is, I am that rare creature, the Monogamous Knitter. I’m not saying I never have more than one UFO on the needles- of course, if one project gets unwieldy, I’m going to need a smaller one for subway knitting. At times it’s even a necessity- socks, though I love them, tend to kill my wrist; a looser-gauge project is a good remedy. But most of the time, working on a project is like reading a book: I’ve tried to read two books at once, and I almost always end up ditching the one I like less. Worst of all, sometimes I never pick it up again. So in order to actually finish what I start, I tend to enforce a strict one-at-a-time policy, both in knitting and reading. Read the rest of this entry »

A sunny day

April 10, 2008

I mentioned in the last post that Tuesday was a lovely, sunny day. Well, compared to today, Tuesday was like winter in Alaska. Today I pulled out the flip-flops and a sleeveless shirt, and spent every possible second outside. Even the walk to the drug testing place was enjoyable (see yesterday’s post if that doesn’t make sense).

Knitting in the park

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My summer job

April 9, 2008

Not even a week into my regular-posting resolution, and I’ve already missed a day. I have no real excuse for not posting yesterday, except that the sun was out and I spent most of the day outside.

Today, though, was good and busy. A friend of mine will be going on maternity leave soon and she figured, rather than hiring some random temp, why not bring in me? Read the rest of this entry »

Where have all the protesters gone?

April 7, 2008

(First off, I apologize to anyone who now has that song stuck in your head.)

In the mindless web-browsing that generally accompanies temp work, I came across this article, and it got me thinking about how we think about the Iraq war. Or, rather, how we manage to avoid it.

In past wars (so I’ve heard), there seems to have always been a public reaction. The Vietnam War sparked protests across the country; World War II had people rationing their nylons and buying war bonds. These are very different reactions, to be sure, but both are strong, effective, emotionally-driven responses to a national crisis.

Contrast that to the response that Sean Gilfillan (the veteran who is the subject of the above article) has found:

Everyone he met expressed polite support. “But,” he says he wondered, “what are you doing? Are you joining the military? Are you protesting? What percentage of your life does the war actually take up?” Most people seemed more likely to have a strong opinion about Britney Spears than about Iraq.

We (and I most certainly include myself here) do not consider the war on a regular basis; the fact that most people underestimate American casualties by 1,000 is proof of that. Perhaps it’s true that previous wars only got the reaction they did because of the draft, or because daily life in the US was directly impacted. Perhaps the administration has done so well at turning “not supporting the war” into “not supporting the troops” that people feel guilty about speaking out against it. Perhaps we have access to so much media now that it’s too easy to avoid anything uncomfortable. But the fact is, we are five years into this war with no end in sight, and people are dying by the day. We can’t afford to turn away from it.

So take a stand in the fight against apathy. If you’re against the war, speak out. Loudly. Join a protest. If you can’t find one, start a protest. Write down what you think, and tell people to read it. If you’re a knitter, make a pair of Lisa Anne Auerbach’s Body Count Mittens. If you support the war, speak out for it, and tell those around you why you do. Engage in debate, with informed opinions.

Whatever your stance, the most important thing is to be involved. Don’t turn away because something is uncomfortable; keep yourself informed, and inform those around you.

Awfuller than all the awful things that ever were…*

April 3, 2008

Tomorrow is my birthday. I usually try not to highlight that fact, but I feel like my readership here is small enough that it’s not like having it announced at a cheesy chain restaurant or anything (not to minimize the awesomeness of all of the people reading this!! You are fabulous, and I appreciate you putting up with my rambling, more than you can imagine!) As long as I can remember, I have hated having “Happy Birthday” sung to me- a friend who has similar feelings says it’s because you’re getting a lot of attention for not really doing anything (perhaps we should all sing Happy My Birthday to our moms instead). For me, I think it ties into my innate shyness and introversion, although I have trouble reconciling that with my need to be at the center of attention almost any other time. And, of course, the fact that I want my life’s work to be performing in front of many people. So maybe it’s just my own personal weirdness. Read the rest of this entry »

A sweater, a Harlot, and the return to blogging

April 2, 2008

For a while now, I’ve been thinking about starting the ol’ blog up again. I’ve been doing some temp work, but lately the jobs have been few and far between (recession, anyone?), leaving me with a lot of free time. I’ve also joined Ravelry and I’ve been wanting to have blog posts to reference. The final motivation, however, came tonight at Stephanie Pearl-McPhee‘s book signing. When I mentioned to a fellow knitter there that I’m going to be starting grad school in the fall, she recommended blogging regularly as a way to get used to writing on a deadline. So, I haven’t figured out how often I’ll be writing, but you can expect to see new posts here much more often (4 or 5 times a week). There may be more of the knitting and boring daily life stuff than previously, but I’ll try to make it as interesting (and topical) as possible.

To start things off, here’s what I’ve been working on lately- please forgive the photo quality (and ugly floor background):

Insect Boy sweater

This is for the first of three babies due in May. The recipient’s mother is known as Insect Girl in our band (caution: music is hilarious, but NOT safe for work!) so I wanted to make an “Insect Boy” sweater for the baby. It’s my first baby sweater (and my second finished sweater ever), so I’m rather excited. The pattern is my own, based on measurements for Chaos (12 mo. size), and the yarn is Knit Picks Shine Sport.

More to follow tomorrow!