Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Knitting Continued

… but apparently blogging did not.

I started a post last week about why I didn’t blog a single word about the election here, but it was fighting me too much and I ran out of steam. I realized my subconscious was probably trying to tell me something and decided to just let it go. There are so many people who write so well about the political system in the United States, I think the world can probably live without my contributions.

I will say this before I return to writing about knitting and other things: elections in this country last too damned long (two years? really? was that necessary?), and they rarely bring out the best in us. While I’m quite pleased with the results, I’m sick unto death of name-calling and mud-slinging and broad sweeping generalizations that came from all sides. There’s got to be a better way.

There, all better.

The black fan lace socks continue to zoom along. The lace pattern is just complicated enough to keep my interest without requiring total silence, which makes them good for knitting in almost every situation.

My husband tends to pout when I take my knitting into another room, but working a lace-weight shawl just doesn’t seem to go to well with watching hockey on TV. There I’ll be, counting plain knits between decreases, and he’s hollering at the players while the announcers are reciting statistics. I can state unequivocally that listening to Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda call a San Jose Sharks game during a heavily patterned row has caused me to have to tink on more than one occasion.

What was I talking about? That’s right, my socks! Soon it will be time to do the toes, but first I have to decide how much longer to make the foot. Too long and the lace won’t open up enough, not long enough and my mother will get herself another pair of socks. I love my mother, really I do, but I want to keep these socks! I suppose I could run a lifeline and knit the toe on one sock to see if it works… how terribly practical of me.

I’ve been thinking of starting a long-term blogging project, a personal alphabet series. I’ve got some good ideas, with some posts half-formed in my head, but I’m having the toughest time coming up with “A”. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


Anonymous said...

I can honestly say this is the first time Drew and I have ever received regonition on a knitting blog. Thank you. We are honored.

Randy Hahn

Rose Red said...

How about A is for Anonymous!

For me, A is for Agree with you entirely on your very long election process - wow! Very different to ours (but then, so is our system of government!)

Anna said...

How about "Anna" for A? :) Couldn't help it...

Bells said...

oh yes, two years is waaaaay too long. And nasty. I hated watching Clinton and Obama have a go at each other because it's the only way to get ahead - and now they have to work together. Weird.

Show us your black lace!!!

I like the idea a long term project but am too hot to think of ideas right now. Will look forward to seeing what you do.

fefferknits said...

Well, F is obviously for Famooos! (Hee.)

Amen to your sentiments on the political process. (Hey--A for Atheism?) I'd like to see your socks, too!

Karen said...

So he wants hockey socks? I guess that would depend on which team...I could see doing some for les Canadiens, for example; but the Ducks or the Sharks? Not so much. We really should have a word with those teams about their colour choices!

Alwen said...

My A is for Agree - by the time the run-up to the election is over, I'm ready to ship the lot off to some remote part of Estonia.

Donna Lee said...

Agreement here too! Not only is the process way too long, but it's so expensive. Billions spend on, what? air time? Enough rant. I had to give away some socks too because I underestimated the size. My feet are wide and I forget to account for that when I measure them.

Joanne said...

A really nice person: Andrea.
:) You are welcome at my dinner table (cyber or not) any time! I hope you're still reading older comments... I was behind on your blog, too!