Monday, November 3, 2008
The fact that I really, consistently, genuinely like what Obama has to say about things that I feel are important is almost baffling to me. I can’t decide whether this happy or sad. Happy because I actually feel like I am voting for someone I respect and *gulp* trust. Or sad because it took so long to get here…
At any rate, I haven’t been spending any time with my mobius/scarf since about three rows after my last post. I think that was way back before the Democratic nomination went to Obama. One week in particular, I was so fed up with the ridiculous infighting going on between the Obama and Clinton camps. When it was time to start a new row on my mobius, I pulled out this scary, gaudy, awful novelty yarn and started to knit with it.
I think this was the beginning of the end.
The thing began to look more and more like an intestine wearing a cheap feather boa that had been chewed on by a cat. Let’s just say I did not think happy thoughts when I worked on it…
At around the same time, I started working on a lace shawl with some gorgeous hand dyed tussah silk. I loved the yarn, I loved the pattern, I loved the rhythm of the lace chart. Working on this project made me feel gooooood.
I had and idea. It’s an idea that’s been steeping in my head for months.
If McCain wins, I’ll finish the Inaguration Day Intestine/Mobius/Scarf/Beast. I won’t like it, but I’ll wear it. Then I’ll give it to the cats to destroy…
If Obama wins, I’ll finish the Handsome Triangle for Inauguration Day, and be happy that something beautiful prevailed.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I'm usually pretty good about following the rules for just about everything. I have to confess, however, that I didn't follow all of your rules. My scarf is finished too early.
I was really excited about this knit-a-long, and I tried to keep putting it down. BUT...every time something would happen I'd get it out to help me feel like I was doing something. Every time someone sent me an insulting email, I read a disturbing article, I overheard someone say something -or have them say it to my face- unkind...I'd knit. Every time there was a primary, or a speech I knit. Every time I felt hope and change were coming, I knit. It kept getting longer and longer.
Then one nite my husband says, "That's pretty cool. You'll look great wearing it on Inauguration Day when they swear in Obama. I'd like to have one." AHA!!!! So the first one is finished (I gave it to my husband for the idea) and I'm starting a second one for me.
I'm sorry for breaking the rules. I DID use all scrap yarn. I DID pick the snake pattern from the rules page. I DID knit with thought and purpose. AND I DID put my Obama sticker on the car this week, right next to the Alabama license plate!
Please forgive me.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I also think that it would be cool to have knitting (and non-knitting) people that I share my life with this year knit a row or two on my scarf! I guess I just have to carry around a *huge* bag of scraps wherever I go! :)
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
She was too busy enjoying the repurposed first effort.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Lucy kindly offered to provide some scale in the photo. This scarf is nearing the half-way length of a normal scarf. I think I will end this scarf at the half-way point of the year (with 182.5 days left until Inauguration Day) and start another. My brain was in such a strange place last night I began to consider doing something that would challenge me for my second scarf. Maybe even (gulp) fair isle....
Monday, April 14, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
I started my scarf last week. I was going thru my stash and trying to find pleasing colors. I found lost treasures I'd forgotten about. I had several skeins in different colorways all set out on my bed when it hit me. This is supposed to be knit from scraps. It was a count down, DAYS LEFT scarf. I went back to the pictures of all of your works, and yep, I had to go to the leftovers basket. It's the Leftover scarf.
So I searched for every bit of small scrap of yarn I could find. I put a large pile on my bed and it looked chaotic, ugly, and not something I'd actually try to make into something...and I thought "What a metaphor for the last 8 years!"
A week later and I'm actually pleased and feeling like I'm protesting one stitch at a time.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Next up is either green or turquoise (depending on whether I get to the spinning wheel today or not). Kids are home from school.
It was quite a weekend in primary/caucus land, wasn't it? Wonder what the final result in Washington will be...
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
I am actually concerned that it is going to be about a mile long by next January. I'm now thinking I might have to start a second scarf half way through the year....
Monday, February 4, 2008
Admittedly, it doesn't look like much, but it's a good excuse to make a scarf I really like the look of (I'm a total color junkie)! I'm hoping it ends up more the size of a wrap, but I guess I could add more blocks.
Anyway, I'm a liberal/progressive mother of 2 (girl 9, boy 6), mid-40's (oh, man, that sounds old) in Southern California. I've been struggling since Edwards dropped out of the race with what I should do tomorrow, although I think I've made up my mind. As of this minute. Talk to me tomorrow. I'm spending today listening to the FISA debate on my computer.
Looking forward to seeing what everyone else knits up!
If you want to see more of my political ramblings/knitting/spinning come over to my blog, Progressive Purls.
Monday, January 28, 2008
I'll just come right out and admit that I voted for Nader/LaDuke in 2000. May I remind you that times were different- Nader was different- and I had enough optimism/ feelings of frustration with a two party political system to think that voting my convictions was a good idea. Um, sorry about that one...
Of course, the painful results of the 2000 election were made much, much worse by the events that followed in 2001.
2004 was unbelievable. Despite the fact that I agree strongly with the Douche vs Turd analogy drawn by South Park, http://http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douche_and_Turd I sucked it up and voted for the democratic ticket. Fat lot of good that did us all.
This year, despite a very healthy dose of cynicism, I could maybe see myself inching back towards a somewhat optimistic outlook when I think of some of the candidates vying for the democratic nomination... Ok, one of the candidates, but it's a start... Perhaps that's why I am making my Inauguration day scarf a giant mobius. When I need a little reeling in, it can remind me that, no matter how good things may seem, politics will always cycle back to the same place. Of course, my husband points out, when I'm feeling down, it can symbolize no more Bush forever.
My plan is to finish a round every other week-ish. Right now I'm using yarn from the stash under my bed. I have no idea exactly how long or wide it will turn out to be so it could potentially turn out to be a huge chaotic mess. ...Actually, that's exactly how I feel about election years.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
• Anyone could join at any point in the year - there really is no need to 'catch up' with the people who started with 365 days to go. Just cast on an knit a bit every day. Even if you're starting November 5th and are making the scarf to celebrate the inauguration of your candidate.
• You don't have to knit every day. You might choose only to knit on weekends or Mondays (if you're a Monday person - I'll be lucky if I remember to do mine on Mondays...).
• If you're doing lots of stripes and you don't want fringe, you might want to designate one day of the week as a weaving-in-ends day instead of a knitting day.
• Some of us, local to Northampton, MA, were talking about having a scrap swap later in the year. This is an idea if you're bored with your own scraps or they are of a limited color palette.
I have noticed that I am tending towards to the blues and greens. I have a theory. I think that we are willing the election to go blue (and green and purple) through our knitting. I will soon run out "liberal" colors and will have to turn to more red state colors, but for now I am enjoying the symbolism.
Got to figure what color for tomorrow when I am seething over the State of Union address.
I have noticed a color pattern - I tend towards the purples and greens it seems. My technique so far has been to randomly grab scraps and knit them up, with very little consideration for matching colors or textures, and yet here we are with very little color variation.
Odd, especially since the current Primary Catchphrase is "Change". Hm. At least so far none of the yarns are engaging in unnecessary and unproductive personal attacks. We will see if that trend continues as we get closer to Super Tuesday.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I'm doing a fake basket weave using a knit 6, purl 6, repeat. My plan is to reverse the pattern
Judging from the current length of my scarf, we still have a lot of Bush left, huh?
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Here's my scarf on day 3. I'm doing one garter ridge (two rows) per day. I decided to leave the ends and tie every 4 or so together as fringe. I also decided to make it bias which isn't really clear yet, but I am starting row 1 every day with an increase and starting row 2 with a decrease.
The scarf can be made of any yarn you like, but I plan to make mine out of the little balls and scraps of yarn that end up piled in the corners of my house.
Basically, you cast on whatever number of stitches you want, in whatever yarn you like, and knit a little bit every day for the next 365 days. Bind it off on January 19th, 2009 and wear it while you watch the next president being sworn into office on January 20, 2009.
You can do any pattern you want - I've listed some ideas below. Mine is going to be basic. I'm planning to do one garter ridge a day in a different color (leaving the ends hanging for crazy side fringe I think). It's going to be a crazy, chaotic, hodgepodge scarf (to match the crazy, chaotic, political hodgepodge I expect we're in for over the next 12 months).
I'll be posting regular updates (maybe on key political days like Super Tuesday and Democratic Convention Day and The Day Mitt Romney Dropped Out of the Race Day) here and on the Knitting Liberally blog.
Anyone is welcome to join in. Join any time, you shouldn't have any trouble catching up since it's just a row or two a day...
Some scarf ideas:
Focus on Fringe (scroll down a bit...)
Noro Striped Scarf (because we love Brooklyntweed)
And if some of you are really anal about stripes, but still want to appear to be doing random stripes here's a cool stripe generator.
If you want to join in send me an email and I will authorize you so you can post to this blog.