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Old Yarn [Jun. 23rd, 2015|11:09 pm]
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Fifty years ago, more or less, my mother was knitting me sweaters with a lovely yarn, Bernat "Sesame".  100% wool, permanently mothproofed, colorfast, it came in 2 oz sacks called "Pull Pouches", with a little plastic cllosure at the top that the yarn could feed through. The wool stayed safe and untangled in the plastic bag, and it was very convenient packaging.   When I dug past the acrylic stuff at the top of a box of my mother's yarn stash, there were some of the bags of "Sesame" in various colors, the perfect opportunity for striping socks.   The wool was as soft and "bouncy" as I remembered, a lovely feel in my hands, and I tried it first in very narrow stripes (1-2 rows...and then in the "frame"  of a shorty sock.  This is what the packaging looked like:
Bernat-Sesame
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Sunshine and #40 [Jun. 20th, 2015|11:55 pm]
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The yellow striped shorty socks are finally off the needles:


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Charleston, SC and Me [Jun. 18th, 2015|11:59 am]
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I've never been to Charleston, South Carolina.  I never intend to go there.   So aside from the rather obvious point that they celebrate their past (which includes a solid history of supporting the Confederacy, including the state capitol flying a Confederate flag), and the many-many pictures of pretty old houses and Spanish-moss-draped trees and colorful gardens, including on some PBS shows about gardening,  I don't know Charleston except when something there hits the news. 

Which it has in spades lately.  I had seen the video of the black man shot in the back by a police officer who later claimed to have been in fear of his life.  (Ritual disclaimer: it's not just Charleston, S.C.  Texas has its own out-of-control white cops and right-wing gun nuts, a plentiful supply.  I've already blogged about the racist white cop in McKinney, Texas, screaming abuse at unarmed black teenagers at a pool party and throwing a young girl on the ground and kneeling on her.)   But now Charleston has the church shooting.  The young white guy who shoots and kills black men and women in a church during a prayer meeting, after going in and sitting with them awhile (with the intent of killing them.)   And people who are asking why, and how does this happen (all those people are white--the black people know exactly why it happens, has happened, and will happen again until white people quit doing it, raise kids who absolutely will not do it, raise grandkids who absolutely will not do it...But we still have actively, eagerly racist white parents and grandparents.  And I can say from personal experience that arguing with them does not change their mindset.)   Some white people are wondering if maybe the shooter wasn't a white guy, really (you can practically hear them praying for it to be a Hispanic guy with a grudge, a middle-Eastern terrorist trying to stir up race hatred, some other foreign terrorist, anyone but an ordinary young white guy who just hated black people.)
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A Red Sock Day [Jun. 15th, 2015|11:02 am]
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Yesterday, actually.  I thought I'd finish these last week, but didn't until Sunday afternoon, when I purse-stringed the toes, sewed in loose ends, etc.

Red-white-stripe-socks-pair

These socks were cast on early Sunday morning at KeyCon in Winnipeg, but had only some of the cuff worked when I got home--the other red pair, started before the trip, was finished on the train an hour or so before it reached the station.
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Apparently, this is "Knitting Posts Day" [Jun. 11th, 2015|03:13 pm]
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And "If you talk about a problem long enough, you may figure out how to solve it."    The yellow-striped sock that was laddering badly at the ends of rows starting about five or six rows back?   The one I posted about earlier today, bemoaning the need to rip back all those rows?

It's fixed, and without ripping everything back.

Yellow-short-sock-bottom          Yellow-short-sock-front
L.  Bottom of sock where ladders were.                             R.    Top of sock
You can see some uneven stitches (mostly two-yarn stitches, in the  widest schoolbus-yellow stripebut also that  it's still snugly together.  I had to stuff it with an old mitten my mother had made me to get the relevant area flat enough to stay in focus.
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A Nifty Knitting Book [Jun. 11th, 2015|02:54 pm]
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Knitters and geeky-knitters should both be glad that Joan of Dark has another book out, Geek Knits, published by St. Martin's Press and available at Barnes & Nobel and other fine stores, Amazon.com, etc.  For more information on price & where to get it, check out her website at
http://joanofdark.com/books 


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Mother Was Right...Again. [Jun. 11th, 2015|09:14 am]
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Many years ago, when I was a child, my mother pointed out (repeatedly!) that the first thing to do after making a mistake was admit it.  Because if you didn't admit your mistake, you'd just keep on making the same one, and whatever you'd been doing would be ruined.   "Admit it, then learn to fix it, then learn how not to make it again, and you won't have to be afraid of trying new things because you 'might make a mistake.'"

Don't you kind of cringe when your mother is STILL right, even after she's been dead for 25 years?   But she is, and admitting it is the first step to getting it.  

Which leads up to this:
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McKinney Texas [Jun. 8th, 2015|11:18 pm]
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For those who haven't heard about it yet:   In one of McKinney's gated communities , a mother threw a pool party for her daughters and their friends to celebrate the end of the school year.   Only thing is, this mother and daughters are persons of color, and their friends' kids are persons of color, and despite the fact that the gated community's pool is supposedly open for such parties for all residents...suddenly there were "too many black people" at the party.  So somebody (stories differ) called the police, telling them that a bunch of black people were in their pool and refused to leave.  (Because, duh, they either lived there or had been invited to the party.) 

So the police arrived and at least one of them was a hate-filled, fury-filled bully named Casebolt who (among other things) grabbed a young black teenager in a bikini by her hair and threw her down, pushing her face in the dirt and then kneeling on her back in a classic display of racism and police thuggery, and then pulled a gun on others.  All this was fortunately videotaped by a 15 yo who'd been at the party, who happened to be white.   Black kids were arrested right and left; the white kids (and the nastier looking white residents hovering around approving the police--take a look at the guy in shorts & T shirt who's sticking right with the worst of the cops, and the two butt-ugly-with-rage white women, one of whom is alleged to have taken a punch at one of the black girls.)   Several white kids also in the pool area (not sure if they were party guests) commented that the police chased and manhandled only black and Hispanic kids, and appeared to completely ignore white kids, whatever they were doing.

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A Concatenation of Stupid [Jun. 5th, 2015|10:21 am]
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My mother the engineer said (more than once and in several ways) "There are no accidents; they are all caused."  The following is an account from online sources of a tragedy for all involved, and resulting from stupid behavior by all involved.

Direct from The Eagle in Bryan-College Station:
http://tinyurl.com/ohactek How a graduation party turns into a fight over beer pong and a young woman acquires a gunshot wound that kills her.

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Saturday Butterflies [Jun. 1st, 2015|01:07 am]
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Common Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis) nectaring on small yellow Compositae
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