Sunday, November 16, 2008

February Lady Sweater and John's scarf

Everybody's made one, so I jumped off the lemming cliff and made one too. It looks pretty much fabulous on every single person who's knit one, so you kinda can't go wrong with the standard top-down raglan babydoll cardigan. I normally don't dig garter stitch much, but on this sweater, it's perfection. So here's the specs
Pattern: February Lady Sweater by Flint Knits.
Yarn: About 4 1/2 skeins of Lion Brand Woolease. Cuz I'm broke, and really if you wash it in wool wash and dry it in the dryer, it's soft as any really fab wool you can buy for more. And who hates saving money? Not this kid.
Mods: Just shortened the sleeves and went down a needle size to make them a little more fitted. Other than that, followed the pattern.
Verdict: Love to the power of 10!

Here's a little scarf I whipped up for John so he can protect that pretty face while walking from Union Station to his office in Chicago.

It's some cheap, but soft acrylic yarn I bought for another project and the stitch is a checkerboard pattern. He likes it.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Yes we did!!!

For the first time in my adult life, I voted for the guy that won. In both 2000 and 2004, I automatically voted for the Democrat, b/c, well, I don't think it's a secret that I'm a bleeding heart. And while I agreed with many of Al Gore and John Kerry's policies, they just didn't get that heart of mine bleeding nearly as much as Barack Obama. Not only does he stand for everything in which I believe, he's just the coolest cat I've seen in a long time. In the debates with McCain, he was calm and collected and stated facts, while McCain got flustered and rolled his eyes, and made incredibly idiotic comments, such as "That one."
My voice has finally been heard, and it feels damn good!
John and I watched with a collective sigh of relief as Obama's name was shown on our TV screen as the next president. And I don't mind admitting I got a little weepy. Yeah, I could go on and on about the importance of electing an African American as president, and it IS important and historical and warm fuzzy making. But what is important to me, and I hope to everyone, is that this is a turning point. Do I think he's going to have time or power to undo all the damage that Bush caused? Absolutely not. But a dent will be made, and dents are a damn good start. I've never been more proud to be an American.