Friday, November 9, 2012

And On A Happier Note...

There has been knitting!!!!!!

The green sweater is progressing,
and I have just finished the THIRD ball of fingering-weight yarn for it.   I have not yet looked up how many balls of yarn I'll use (I did when I ordered it--thank heavens), because I think at this stage it would just depress me.  But I love this sweater!  The pattern is interesting but not difficult (yet), and I'm still just immensely proud of myself for finally starting this sweater.  I just hope the feeling lasts for the next year, so I can get it finally finished. 

For knitting-while-reading, I have another sock:
 the beaded scarf got several more rows:
 and the new sweater has a front AND back,
and I'm doing the sleeve shaping already.  It's another cowl neck sweater because 1. I love that sweater and wear it a lot, 2. It's fast and I'd like some instant gratification, and 3. the pattern I intended to make with this ribbon stuff was designed for ribbon stuff 2 sizes smaller than this, which I had failed to notice when adding it to my queue.  (And all of this was even BEFORE the pain pills, so I can't even blame them)  I'm going to do the cowl neck slightly different this time--probably just straight rows rather than the short rows to make the front bigger.  I am sure it's just me, but every time I wear the other one, the front reminds me slightly of a bib--possibly because I keep spilling food on it, but a design change sounds good anyway. 

And my new yarn for the ornaments arrived!  I opened up the box, basked in its existence, then closed it back up for January.  I think if I'm going to make it an entire year without buying anything new, it might help to stretch out the last new thing I got for as long as possible.  If I get really desperate, I might have Andy wrap it up in smaller boxes and occasionally leave them on the doorstep.  Or maybe inside--our neighbors did take some squash I set outside to cure in the sun, so I may not want to trust them with yarn...........


I think I speak for most people--
 and cats--

when I say THANK HEAVENS THE ELECTION IS OVER!!!!!!  In their election night speeches, both Romney and President Obama called for a joining together and moving forward, but I am not too optimistic, largely because of this:

Snopes articles about President Bush
Snopes articles about Romney
Snopes articles about President Obama

Not counting anything listed as "half true" or anything except false, there were

9 untrue rumors circulating about Romney
17 untrue rumors about George W. Bush, even though he spent 8 years in office
85 untrue rumors about President Obama

Not to imply that everyone who voted for Romney believed this junk or that everyone has to be a fan of Obama, but this taints us all--whatever we personally believe.  That level of hate that it takes to generate so many false stories and to circulate and believe them is just not going to go away or compromise.  Whether or not one likes a candidate, to automatically believe anything no matter how "out there" is really just a matter of determined hate.  I remember when the rumor first surfaced that President George W. Bush knew about the 9-11 attacks ahead of time but let it happen anyway, and while I didn't care for him as president, I still didn't believe it and sent out the Snopes links to people who did.  There can be dislike without hate, but I think when one opens their heart to hate, I don't know that one can ever stop, and I don't know that our nation will ever heal--and it makes me even sadder because so much of this is because President Obama tried to help the uninsured in America, which is a cause I truly believe in and a cause I firmly believe humanity requires.  I am sure that I will anger someone by--for once--airing a political view on this blog, but I firmly believe that helping others is something we should fight for, not against, and I will never believe otherwise.