All the pieces of the entrelac coat are finished! The squares on the back piece are much better and I must have had some gauge issues because I used about 1/2 a ball less when I reknit it.
Once they dry I'll start the finishing work: pocket edges, bottom edges, button bands, collar and seaming. The instructions say to do the bottom edges before seaming, but I'm thinking of doing it after so it makes a unified edge--if I can get it all on the needles and actually knit it. It's only 4 rows of garter stitch, but it is a big piece. If anyone knows why I shouldn't do it this way, tell me ok?
I finished the knitting while watching the season premiere of The West Wing last night. Aside from the Donna/Josh love story (which I confess I like but in a sappy way), I thought it was great. Was it just me, or was this a little morality play about how a real leader should act in the face of a tough decision to go to war? Did it not provide an alternative to the "they killed our guys, so we have to kill their guys" mentality that is out there?
His entire staff and government and the public are calling for military action but with the knowledge that this will create a dangerous and uncertain future for his country, Bartlett moves toward a different solution, the higher moral ground, and does something daring. Now I would be disappointed if his efforts lead to peace in the Middle East (he ain't that good) but I like how it presented an alternative to current discourses about war that are dominant in the media right now.
And speaking of media, Kathy put me onto this little gem of Jon Stewart on Crossfire. It's nice to see someone take on the newsmedia and trouble the process a bit. I confess I've never seen The Daily Show, but I think I'll be setting my VCR to give it a watch. I don't do much American TV (I don't have cable even) but I might give this one a try. Besides, funny is always good.
And so is yarn. I've had two deliveries of yummy yarn this week. My Kureyon arrived today for Butterfly and I also bought some Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran in Venetian (which is a burgundy brown if that makes sense, I can't pin the colour down) to make my Lara sweater. While I'm anxious to finish my coat, I'm also itching to start some new projects.
Finally, Xander is improving. He didn't have strep throat, just a rather nasty viral infection. He's home today (napping right now) because he's still not 100% but I'm hoping to be back to the routine tomorrow. I must also comment on how great my encounters have been with the medical profession in all this. I always liked my GP, but she went out of her way to make sure Xander was doing well, calliing us at home and explaining her decision to send us to the ER because she wasn't sure about the severity of his illness. (I like when Doctors admit the don't have all the answers.) And at the ER the three doctors we saw were wonderful. The pediatrician actually called our GP so everyone was in the loop and Dr. Dana (don't know her last name) the pediatric resident just called to give us the test results and check up on Xander--how's that for good patient care--someone in an ER following up. I know Canadian like to complain about the state of Medicare, and I know our experience comes out of being in the largest city in the country, and there's lots of work that needs to be done to improve the system, but sometimes it's important to note that things are pretty damned good here in Canada.