Saturday, July 29, 2006


Okay, this is great. I really have done very little knitting and just hadn't been feeling inspired to do so and now, after the worst heat wave this area has ever seen, and in the space of one week I have received:

The new Knitpicks catalog. They have new yarns that I really like. They have a new interchangable (a la Denise) needle set, but with turbo style needles rather than plastic. They have a new knitting bag that has an attachable purse and different sized "project" bags. Very cool idea. I love knitters. They are fun, pragmatic, thinking people.

The new Interweave knitting magazine. Many lovely patterns in there. Of course, most of the ones I really like are using alpaca or alpaca blends. Yes, I can sub other yarns, but why does that always happen?! Ah well, I am totally jazzed to get some fall knitting going!

And FINALLY it is cooling off. This global warming thing is really something. And yeah, on that note you really do need to see An Inconvenient Truth. If you haven't seen it yet, well I don't know what to say. Bad, bad person you.

I was in Yosemite earlier this week with my family and my husband's family including many visiting relatives from the Netherlands. It is so beautiful there and I really wanted to stay longer. But I had promised to leave earlier with one of my daughters because she was scheduled to work on Thursday and otherwise she wouldn't have been able to go camping at all - I knew that she really wanted to. So, anyway, we left early on Thursday, leaving the rest of my family and visiting relatives behind for a few more days, drove back home (4+ hours, during which time she also managed to get car sick in my new car- argh) - she showers, changes and takes the bus to work and THEY DON'T NEED HER! I cannot even begin to tell you how pissed, disappointed, frustrated, etc... I was. I wanted to be back at Yosemite. I wanted to be hiking, swimming in lakes, enjoying starry skies, evening campfires and camp coffee in my sleeping bag (my husband always makes it and brings it to me). Man that sucks.

Anyway, this is a bit of a rambling post, but I really am looking forward to getting some knitting going again. Think I'll go do a few rows on the husband sweater!

ta-ta! (oh yeah- I would add photos except that my camera is still in Yosemite without me!)

Friday, July 28, 2006

an appropriate funny...

A highway patrolman pulled alongside a speeding car on the freeway.

Glancing at the car, he was astounded to see that the woman behind the wheel was knitting! Realizing that she was oblivious to his flashing lights and siren, the trooper cranked down his window, turned on his bullhorn and yelled, "PULL OVER!"

"NO!" the woman yelled back, "IT'S A SCARF!"

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

non-knitting post

Somehow it just isn't in me to knit or post on a knitting blog these days.

I am feeling quite overwhelmed about the world political situation. I feel frustrated, manipulated, and almost emotionally abused. Sorry. I know you don't come here for this, but I just don't know what else to say. Every day that goes by I feel like I don't know what to believe. I feel like our president is a puppet in Team America (mind you, I haven't seen the movie though) and whoever is holding the strings is obviously thinking of bigger things than we are seeing on stage.

It's like the middle of a chess game. I love to play chess, but I hate that part. You have to commit suicide, sacrifice pieces, just to get the board cleared so that you can play an end game. It is tedious, stressful, messy and dangerous. The game can turn on you so easily if you don't anticipate your opponents moves accurately.

This whole thing with Israel/Lebannon/Gaza - Syria/Iran/Iraq. I have no idea how this is all going to play out but it pains me so. And I still ask myself the question, are they trying to distract us from something else? And if so what are they distracting us from? And exactly who are "they"? Do I sound crazy yet? I have just read so many strange things in the last week that I may not make sense. I can't exactly put it together yet myself, but it just seems to me that there is more than meets the eye here.

I will get back to knitting if for no other reason that it will distract me a bit and help me stay sane. I just feel like this is a very dangerous game that is being played and the timing just seems really contrived, I am just left with the questions, "why?"