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Poppy progress

I need to go to Lettuce Knit to get the contrast yarn for Lizard Ridge, so in the mean time I've started Poppy.  This pattern is stretching me creatively, which I rather like.  I'm getting much better with Noro yarns--relinquishing control and letting the colour happen--but Lisa Shobhana added another twist by not telling me where to put the garter ridges and striped on the bottom part.  I have to decide. 


So far I haven't planned farther than the next element and I'm just winging it.  I am doing things like picking what colour of the Silk Garden I want for the next stripe, but not planning the whole thing.  It's fun.  The knitting isn't a technical challenge so this makes for a good balance.


I also started a sleeve so I have something to take with me on the subway.  I need some mindless knitting too.  I am working on a navy cashmere scarf, but sometimes that's too mindless.

Time Flies

My baby little guy turned SIX today. (Stephanie said he's not a baby anymore, even though he's my baby.)


We had a great birthday party at Bowlerama.  I would show you pictures, except I forgot my camera.  We bought a disposable one but need to get the photos developed.  Seems so 1995!

I did snap some at home.  I'm pretty sure he had a good birthday. 


Time really does fly when you're having fun.  You're a great kid Alexander, I hope you have a magical year.

I wonder if I can get my students to call me that?

You are The High Priestess

Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.

The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Shell Game

Twenty-four squares complete:


Now to arrange them.  Like this:


Or this:


Or this:


I don't see much difference either.  I think I need to close my eyes and trust the force on this one. 

My plan is to crochet the squares together.  It is faster than mattress stitch (I think) and will leave a criss-cross ridge along the back which will look nifty (I think).  I know it means I can just work from the ball of yarn and go which is easier (I think). 

I haven't decided what my border colour is yet.  I have black, a gold/mustard colour (Elann's Allspice) and a deep cranberry red in my stash.  The blanket isn't screaming a contrast/complimentary colour at me yet though.  I'll have to ask Craig--he has good colour sense.

I'm not making any decisions tonight though.  It's been a long week.  There were lots of good parts to it though.  An afternoon visit with Jo, lunch with Amy and Jacquie (who I just realized has a blog), knit night at Lettuce Knit (where I got to meet Ms Vesper herself), but also a ton of work (reports written, classes taught, essays collected, legal house papers to sign, moving stuff to deal with and a fridge that shall not be discussed). 

Tonight, I treat myself to mindless TV and starting Poppy.


Check out this new initiative. I like what they have to say.  Though I think they could have emphasized more aspects of women's inequalities, especially concerning race, class, disability and sexual orientation.  AND the fact that violence against women is still a major problem in this country.  I'm a well-off white woman and I'll tell you, there are lots of days where I don't feel all that equal in this society, so Stephen Harper is full of shit. 


*Who are we?*
We are a group of women in Halifax who are angry about the Harper government's anti-women mandate. We are pleased to be joining the 'wave of campaigns' that have responded to this government's recent funding cuts. Through this campaign, we are reaching out across Canada to women (and those who love them) to join our fight for equality (which Harper has mistakenly declared over).

*Why are we angry?*
On September 25, 2006, Stephen Harper's government announced a $5 Million dollar (40%) cut to the budget of Status of Women Canada. This cut, along with $95 Million dollars in other cuts, have destroyed vital programs for women, children and families across this country.

Prime Minister Harper has justified these cuts by suggesting that equality has already been achieved for women in Canada. In the wake of this suggestion, the word "equality" has been removed from the mandate of the Status of Women.

Women in Canada face inequality everyday, the most obvious example of which is the fact that in 2005, Statistics Canada reported that women still earn just 71 cents  for every dollar earned by men. Women deserve EQUALITY, which includes an equal share in the wealth we have created
through both our paid and unpaid work.


Of course, there are other reasons to be angry, including the fact that:

Although we live in a country that takes pride in a strong network of publicly funded social programs we still lack a QUALITY, UNIVERSAL CHILD CARE PROGRAM. Mr. Harper's 'plan' does not support the cost of child care and does not reflect the value of the contribution made by parents in this country. Accessing quality affordable child care has always been a barrier for women to maintaining meaningful employment.  This will continue to be the case until we have a government willing to address the need for a national child care program.

The COURT CHALLENGES PROGRAM HAS BEEN ELIMINATED.  Like SWC this program provided a means of leveling the playing field.  It meant that you did not have to have power and money in order to stand up on issues that you thought were important.  This program has allowed many groups that have experienced discrimination to challenge laws they thought to be unjust.  Eliminating this program eliminates another of the few venues women have for voicing their concerns at a Federal level.

*What to you do if you're angry too...*

Be a part of /The Women Are Angry/ campaign! Wear a button, send a postcard, include our logo and/or link on your website, print our ad in your publication. PLEASE visit our website for all the details.

We also want to hear from you! Why are you angry? Tell us your story and we'll add it to the website where we'll collect stories from angry women across Canada! E-mail us

We want this campaign to be 'owned' by ALL CANADIAN WOMEN. For this reason, /The Women Are Angry/ campaign is anonymous.

When there's nothing to say, do a meme

From Em.

Here's what you do:

1. Open your music library
2. Set settings to "Shuffle"
3. Press play
4. For each entry, type the song that's playing
5. For new entry, press the next/forward button

opening credits: "At my most beautiful" --R.E.M.

waking up: "Variation 16" -- Goldberg Variations performed by Glenn Gould (After this I started skipping the Classic stuff--a meme full of Variation X and Sonata Y doesn't work here).

first day at school: "Set Yourself on Fire" --Stars

falling in love: "Who Needs Sleep?" -- Barenaked Ladies (snork!)

breaking  up: "Whenever God Sheds His Light" --Van Morrison (That's a bit creepy, I like to plan my own destiny).

prom: "Take a Message" --Remy Shand (make-out soul music)

life's okay: "Under Pressure" --Queen and David Bowie (life mirrors meme)

mental breakdown: "Forgiven" -- Alannis Morrisette

driving: "Add it Up" -- Violent Femmes

flashback: "E-bow the Letter" R.E.M.

getting back together: "Ice Cream" -- Sarah McLachlan

wedding: "Knowing Me, Knowing You" -- ABBA (I'm sooooo embarrassed.  Emma likes ABBA.  We listen to it in the car).

birth of child: "My Generation" --The Who

This made Craig and I think of this, from about 4 years ago, which is seriously cute:

final battle: "You and the Candles" -- Hawksley Workman (So I go out quietly.  I would rather have had "Sympathy for the Devil" or something with some metal)

funeral song: "Walking in Your Footsteps" --The Police

end credits: "English Rose" --Everything But The Girl

Telecommunications questions

I'm guessing this is one of "those" topics you don't discuss in polite company--like sex, religion and politics, but since I talk a lot about those already, I'm going to ask your opinions on a good carrier for all things electronic--cell phone, cable, internet and home phone.

Right now we're with Bell for all of that (except TV since we don't have cable, we get it the old fashioned way through the air) and I did put in a move order with them (and to get Bell Expressvu) but last night I was going over our mobile phone bill and discovered that nights start at 9pm (ie after we really need those unlimited night time minutes we pay for) and they just put our system access fee up to $8.95 from $6.95, I'm reconsidering. 

What really clinched it was the email I received confirming the change.  Not only is there a $55 fee (higher than the gas bill or hydro or even getting my mail redirected) there was a signature from the head of Customer Experience.  What the fuck is customer experience supposed to mean?  What happened to Customer SERVICE?  You know that part of the fee I pay for all this stuff--that part where I call someone and they provide service to me, the customer? 

Experience is a neutral term.  My experience as a customer of Bell can be good, bad or in between.  George Orwell nailed that one, didn't he? (Or maybe not according to the link).  Basically Bell is telling me that the service is non-existence, I just get the experience of giving them money for my telecommunications stuff and possibly the experience of having someone at Bell help me out. 

That being said, I may just rant here and stay with them.  Everything except dealing directly with them goes pretty well.  My home phone always works.  My internet is very fast and works 99.9% of the time, the cell reception is good (I was one of the few in my group who could get a signal at Rhinebeck for example) and though the TV is untested, family has used it with no real complaints.

I figure the evil I know is probably easier than the evil I don't know and I get to keep my phone numbers and email addresses.  Though I do hate those stupid beavers.

However since I have this blog and everything could change if I wanted, I'll canvas you Ontario types.  Who do you have for this stuff?  What do you like?  What don't you like?  Any smaller companies you might recommend?  Let me know.  Keep the horror stories short though because I know there are lots of them out there.   



I've knit my way through all my full balls of Kureyon and have completed 19 squares.  For the last 5 I will use the leftovers from these squares.  My plan is to match up squares that I think have harmonious colours and use those oddballs to form a square.  I'm not sure if I need 2 or 3 of these partial skeins to do this, but I'm hoping it's two so I don't have to buy more yarn.  All but 2 squares are blocked, so I'm getting anxious to put it all on the floor and shuffle things around to get the right colours. 

The sewing, I'm less excited about.

Olive it is

I went ahead and ordered the Chocolate brown Cash Iroha, figuring it was the best available colour to go with my Silk Garden 34.  It hadn't arrived yet when Jenna gave me a skein of Olive 14 to take home.  Olive is the way to go.  The Silk Garden doesn't have any brown in it, and while it's a nice match, the green is much better (and I like it better).  The photos aren't great, but it gives you some idea.  If I ever blog again in daylight I'll do some better photos (the last one is the truest of the bunch).




So Craig will have a nice brown scarf some day (or me, since I have a partial skein of fushia that would look great with it).  And I'm on the hunt for the green.  Julia of Vesper fame told me about some at her LYS, I'll do a quick call locally first but if not I'm calling her town.  Yarn Play is my current coffeetable book and Poppy is calling me.