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Progress minus... [Feb. 12th, 2016|12:23 pm]
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So...I got sick.   Now when I can't work on the computer, I can often knit (and sleep, then knit again...) so I continued to keep the socks in progress on the bed with me.

This led to...really stupid and first-time-ever errors.  But here's some images of where the socks are now...

Brown-green-sunset-socks1   Brown-green-sunset-socks2

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Socks: one pair down, two more coming [Feb. 5th, 2016|11:53 am]
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I finished the rose-nep socks yesterday:  Plymouth Yarns Galway Nep, a discontinued yarn, in a rose color with multicolored "neps".

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January Socks in Work [Jan. 29th, 2016|02:47 pm]
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Socks overlap: I like to start a pair when I turn the heel of the socks just ahead of them, and sometimes I get lucky and am ready to turn the heel of the "behind" pair when I finish the "front" pair.  Not always.  So far this month I've finished one pair (medium blue) and started a following pair (rose with speckles), but wasn't down to the heel turn for some days after finishing the blue.  So when I did turn the heels of the rose pair, I started a brown heather pair (a warm orange-tinted brown).     Here's where they are, now.

The rose socks are past the little bump on the top of the foot and have had their final decrease before the toe, so there's just straight knitting, no counting, for a few more inches.  The brown socks are still on their ribbed cuffs, one just over two inches and the other just under; they'll end up at five inches before I switch to plain knitting.   I've not made socks in either of these colors before, though I've used the rose as a combination with other colors in the summer short socks.  These will be "fill-in" socks, to complete the seven pairs in a week's bag of socks (there should always be five: red, blue, green, turquoise, and purple, plus any two other colors.)  Once I realized I wasn't limited, in socks, to the same colors that look good near my face, I went just a little crazy...I can wear yellows, coppery tones, etc. on my feet.

When the rose socks are done, I'll add their final picture here, as well as on Ravelry
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First Finished Socks in 2016 [Jan. 20th, 2016|02:16 pm]
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And here's the "denim blue" pair finished:


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It was a gray day when I took the picture, so I lightened it somewhat.  The yarn here is Ella rae Classic # 46
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2016 Socks Starting [Jan. 13th, 2016|11:09 am]
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The blue socks showed up in an earlier post--still not finished, as Christmas/New Years/book revision-before-Editor-gets-back-after-holidays is not conducive to finishing a pair that continues to have problems (like knots in the yarn, indicating a tie done at the factory).   So, seeing more problems ahead, I elected to start another pair to take on the first convention trip of the year, GAFilk in Atlanta (a great filk convention, by the way--thoroughly enjoyed it!)  and chose Plymouth Yarn's Galway Nep in a rose color, that I've used for striping short socks before.   Here's where I am, not quite halfway through January:

Blue and Rose socks 12-13-16

The blues are past the heel turn; one is past the gusset decreases and the other is just starting them.  Behind them, the rose pair has completed the ribbing on one sock, and has a row or two to go on the other.  They will wait until I finish the gusset decreases on the blue pair and then proceed slowly while the blues charge ahead to finish (I hope!) by the end of the month.  However, there's other work to be done (the annual report on our wildlife management project), plus revisions requested by Editor when they come in, plus work around the house beyond daily chores.
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Armed Insurrection and False Claims [Jan. 7th, 2016|09:50 am]
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The armed gang that occupied the headquarters buildings of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and is now (according to them) planning to stay there and start farming the land is one of many anti-government groups that have a seriously skewed understanding of government, law, the Constitution, and their "rights."  They have previously demonstrated a willingness to threaten violence (threatening to shoot federal employees doing their job in Nevada) and have boasted since how happy they would have been to kill every federal employee there.   Now they have seized territory and plan to hold it--an act that, from anyone else, would be construed as an act of war (seizing territory from a sovereign nation.)    They have said that they have women and children with them to act as human shields should they face a forceful attempt to evict them from the territory they are holding illegally.  One of them, stroking his rifle, announed that no, he wasn't ever going to surrender and go to jail.

This is armed rebellion against the lawful government (which they claim is unlawful) and it is the same attitude that began the Civil War.:  "we have a right to whatever we want".  Aside from using women and children as human shields, which is a sign of degeneracy and cowardice.  At least the Johnny-Rebs didn't do that.

Among the claims made are that the family the gang of thugs showed up to "protect" were subject to illegal "double jeopardy" when their sentence was changed.  Double jeopardy applies to someone being acquitted for a crime and then re-tried for the same crime.  What happened here was that the trial judge did not impose a mandatory sentence he should have, and an appellate court insisted that the mandatory sentence be applied.    Another claim is that the federal government, with the BLM, has "cleared people off of their land" in the west.   That did happen when the government moved Native American tribes around, but that's not what these bozos are talking about.  What they're talking about is that the federally owned lands administered by the BLM--land that belongs to the whole country--puts some requirements on use by private individuals:  if you run cattle on it, you're supposed to pay a fee.   This land does not belong to ranchers just because their cattle are on it--they *lease* grazing rights, and the BLM does limit how many cattle they can put there.   In return, the BLM does many things to improve the range, to help ranchers deal with predators and competing livestock (such as wild horses and burros), to improve water supplies.  Many ranchers get along with his program just fine.  Others...think they should be able to use any land that's not privately owned for whatever they want.

The refusal to accept that the government can own land, and manage government owned land for the best interests of the country as a whole, is part of the larger picture of anti-government activism.  These people not only want public lands (rangeland, wildlife reserves, etcl) "returned to the people" (by which they mean a small minority of the people--them and their buddies) but they want National Parks, state parks, county and city parks, military bases...everything....returned to private ownership.  And they feel that they have personally been harmed by any regulation of their activity on public lands (including damaging them.)

Many ranchers in the west do not own all the land they use.  Some lease private lands; many lease public lands.  But use does not translate to ownership.   If you rent a building, you don't acquire ownership no matter how many years you rent it, or what improvements you put into it.   And as knowledge about resource management has grown, the management of federal lands has changed, heading in the direction of sustainability of the resource, and also multi-use sustainability.

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Not So Merry Socks [Dec. 26th, 2015|04:21 pm]
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There's nothing visibly wrong with this sock:

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Yes, the ribs twist a little, and some of them are less straight than others, but otherwise...it fooled me into thinking everything was just as OK inside as outside.
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Merry Christmas Socks [Dec. 25th, 2015|01:01 pm]
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These are sorta plain brown heather socks...but they're Christmas socks because I finished them on Christmas Eve, for someone else.  Many mistakes delayed these socks, but they're done now, with love and prayers for the recipient, who will get them late, but no less wrapped in love.
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Christian? Really? [Dec. 23rd, 2015|01:10 pm]
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I was trying to hold off all the rants I wanted to rant until after Christmas, but unfortunately (for me and maybe you)  the frothing, foaming self-proclaimed Christians have already slobbered their poison over the whole Christmas season, even before Advent 1 and continuing right up through Advent 4 to now, two days before Christmas itself.  So in defense of the Christianity that's founded on the actual words and deeds of Jesus Christ, and not on every paranoid fantasy about, and vicious hate-filled threat to, everyone else, I have to speak out.  Yes, I'm annoyed.  Beyond annoyed.  Just as I was a few years ago when I posted Things Jesus Didn't Say.   This post will combine religion and politics because the self-proclaimed Christians who are actually bigots and about as Christian as a box of doughnuts run over by a dump truck also combine religion and politics and even say they should be combined.  Fine.  I'm combining them differently.

A Christian--the real kind--has one big command from Jesus and some subsidiary ones that give examples of what the big one means.  The big one: "Love one another."   Examples include "Feed the hungry, house the homeless, clothe the naked, deal fairly in any business (addressed with specifics to tax collectors, soldiers and judges but generally in "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"), avoid litigation, avoid showing off your religion by praying in public, avoid ambition--to be famous, to be privileged, etc.,  welcome in the stranger, help those in need even if you don't like their kind, love your enemies, do good to those who screw you over,  don't judge others, fix yourself before you try to fix others."   There are more examples, but those crop up in more than one Gospel.  Don't be greedy.  Don't be proud of your possessions.  Don't try to get rich in things; get rich in virtue.  Know (find out, accept, and speak) the truth, for truth makes you free.   No dirty secrets, because they will all be revealed in time.   Love.  Love enemies.  Love strangers.  Love the poor.   And what is "love" in this context?  Jesus specifically mentions that his followers will be known and judged (not by each other) on whether they actually do feed, clothe, house, welcome in, etc....or not.  Because every one they help, is as if they helped Jesus...and everyone they don't help is as if they turned their back on him.

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The Colors of Oaks [Dec. 7th, 2015|11:29 pm]
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European Oaks, I've been told, do not change color in the fall and winter.   Some North American oaks develop brilliant color, and among these are several species of oak that grow in central Texas.   They change late--later now than fifteen years ago, pushing the ones in our yard to late November and early December, instead of early -mid November.  Years back, the oak leaves might have blown off by Thanksgiving; now they're just starting to turn then.  But this year, this week, they've been developing color.

What makes oaks very different from other deciduous trees in terms of the effect is their leathery-shiny surface, and the variability--even on one tree--in the way the leaves turn.  Sunlight glints off the leaves as well as penetrating them, so the tree sparkles and shimmers with color (very unlike the fiery glow of a sugar maple in New England, which has broader, thinner, and matte leaves, not glossy at all.

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These were photographed with the sun behind me, showing the "shine" on the surface and the variatility of the leaf change.  These are all still on the tree--one branch of one tree.  This particular tree, when fully changed, ranges from a medium to a dark red with a few yellow and orange leaves.
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