*laughs out loud*
Sullen Mars Rover
...I believe we ought to balance the budget and until we can show how to balance the budget, we can't promise people tax cuts. The biggest difference between me and everybody else in this race, including President Bush, who is in some ways acting like the most liberal Democrat you could have because of the borrow and spend, borrow and spend, spend, spend, spend, charge it (Inaudible) credit card the administration. And but those (Inaudible) everybody else is running, they'll promise you tax cuts, they'll promise you health care, they'll promise you education, they'll promise you help with your college. Now, everybody knows that that's not true and you can't do it. I think the reason 50 percent of the people don't vote in this country is because they know darn well not only is there not much difference between a Republican and a Democrat, but everybody in Washington says one thing at election time and goes back and do something ... does something else. The reason I was so successful in (Inaudible) is because I didn't mind giving people bad news. And when they ... they'll respect you a lot more as a political leader if you give them bad news straight to their face.
How and what Americans are told about public health emergencies would be controlled by the White House, not by the agencies with the medical or scientific expertise to handle these crises, under a new plan proposed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Critics fear such a move would delay the release of critical public information and politicize the way it is presented. In comments submitted to the OMB, Dr. Jordan Cohen, president of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and Robert Wells, president of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, described several recent public health emergencies where delays in releasing information could have endangered the public. Among those examples were the emergency termination of a clinical drug trial that showed the drug was dangerous, and the announcement that hormone-replacement therapy was more harmful than beneficial to many post-menopausal women.
Cast on one stitch. Turn, and knit into back and front. [2 st on needles]
Slip one as if to knit, knit into back and front. [3 st on needles]
Slip one, knit across, knit into back and front. Do that forever. You're always slipping the first stitch, and knitting two stitches in the final one. Everything else is just knit. This forms a pleasant textured edging that would be easy to pick up from if you wanted to add some kind of trim later.
Socks! Cribbed shaping, heel and toe construction from the Latvian sock in Nancy Bush's Folk Socks. Using Regia multi-colored sock yarn, so tossed the actual lacy pattern that is the point of that particular sock. Nonetheless, I finished both, wear 'em, and have the yarn for another pair.
A quick break this past weekend for a nifty vest pattern, the "Twist Stitch Vest" (#8 in Leisure Arts leaflet 3023, "The Big Book of Quick Knit Sweaters"). This is knit from the bottom front, up over the shoulders, down the back. (So the stitches in the back go down, and those in the front point up. Neat.) Two tiny cables in the center, not done with a cable holder, but instead affected via a 4-row sequence of twist stitch* and stockinette. There's cable accenting at the armholes, the neck is basically ignored (I deviated from the pattern and instead of binding off umpteen stitches on one row and then adding on the same number on the next, I just knit umpteen stitches using waste yarn instead of my working yarn, and have now picked those stitches up to have a more-or-less oval hole for my head. Don't know what I'll do for the neck stitches. Might just bind 'em off. We'll see.) I like vests, but am also a sweater fan, AND I have enough yarn...so it looks like I'll pick up stitches at the armholes and knit sleeves.
The neat thing (one neat thing, actually) about this project is that there's no shoulder seam(s). All seams will be under the arm and down the side -- hardly visible.
The other neat thing is that I started this at 8pm on a Saturday night, knit will watching the late movie(s), knit all day on Sunday, and finished the back (about 6 inches of knitting) on Monday night. If I hadn't decided to do sleeves, I would have been BLOCKING AND SEAMING this thing 2 days -- 2 days!! -- after starting it. I feel like I've just established my knitting cred. I am a knitter. Wow.
Finished in Tennessee during a family reunion -- and yes, I had enough yarn to do sleeves. Here it is.
A beret from Zilboorg's 45 Fine and Fanciful Hats To Knit. In gray and a maroon/navy/cream ombre [Caron something-or-other], for my twin brother on our birthday.
Matching mittens from Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Without Tears. In gray and a maroon/navy/cream ombre [Caron something-or-other], for my twin brother on our birthday. My very first mittens, and extremely easy.
A knitted bag for my niece, using band and top patterns from Zilboorg's book. In 3 colors: Red, black, and white. Snowflake like motif on the bottom of the bag [using a beret top pattern], and various wave-y and geometric patterns. Aside from the charting, completely seat of the pants. About 1.5-2 inches ribbing, yarn-overs for the make 1's to get up to 144 stitches, to leave gaps I can run silken cord through. Beret bottom pattern from chart. Some random stuff, mix-n-matches from a couple other charts. Top chart for beret as bottom of bag. Looks cool, now I just have to find a couple things to put in it, and the right drawstring cord. Birthday gift in August. Pictures forthcoming.
A beret from Zilboorg's 45 Fine and Fanciful Hats To Knit. In green and a creamy off-white with some sort of yellowish undertone [a Caron Sayelle]. Definitely for a man's head. I tinkered with the classic beret pattern, using ribbing instead of garter stitch, after seeing a photo online of a beret with ribbing. Pictures forthcoming.
A beret from Anna Zilboorg's 45 Fine and Fanciful Hats To Knit. In 4 colors of varying brands all alleging to be "worsted weight" -- Caron Sayelle, Jiffy Imagine, some other stuff. These things are perfect for using up a ball of yarn left over from some past project.
An Egyptian hat from Zilboorg's 45 Fine and Fanciful Hats To Knit. A fabulous book for the seat-of-the-pants knitter. Zilboorg tells you the generic pattern, then offers charts of different color designs you might like to use.
My very first stranded color work!
I got TOTALLY distracted by this project. [see? what did I just say?] A big fluffy cardigan from the December 2001 issue of Knit N Style [page 37, the "Naomi" Cardigan]. I'm using 2 strands together of a pale blue and a blue/white/pink variegated yarn. Finished the back last night and started the left front. Mostly I just wanted to do something with the yarn. I have a matching pink solid that I'm going to do the pockets in, and the collar will just be in a solid pale blue. I might do the cuffs in just solid color as well, but haven't decided.
A basic gansey I started in Jiffy 'Santa Fe' variegated yarn. I'm going for the basics of the gansey style with very little embellishment. It just won't show up in that yarn, so there's no point. This one'll be for me, and I like simple. It's also enormous, and heavy, but who cares? It's my first gansey!
A circular shawl for my mom for Christmas. It's the shawl from "Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac" [Elizabeth Zimmerman. ISBN: 0-486-24178-5], done in a beautiful green mohair blend from Dharma Trading Company. My mom has red hair, she'll look fabulous in it. I was just recently back up at Dharma to pick up another couple final skeins, and snatched up some of a lovely pale gray that will, I believe, look great on ME no matter what my hair color is.
I am currently knitting a scarf! Jiffy Mohair-like Yarn. Mostly, I was just looking for an excuse to buy this yarn, and use some of my recently-purchased circular needles. So, I'm doing a simple garter-stitch scarf -- it'll be someone's Christmas gift. The color changes from purple to pink to green, and I really like the way it's knitting up. Size 4 circular needles, cast on 30 stitches. Knit until finished. :-) This doesn't require the use of circular needles, they're just more convenient.