Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sometimes Movie writers get it right.

Operative: "I believe in something that is greater than myself. A
better world. A world without sin."
Mal: "So me and mine got to lie down and die so you can live in your better world?"
— "Serenity"

The fun part being that this 'better world' involved the Alliance (AKA: Government) poisoning an entire planet with millions of people with a chemical in the hopes of making them more subdued. This resulted them being so apathetic that they ended up just laying down and dying

But there were a few  that ended up turning into Reavers: People who lost all humanity, and traveled the 'Verse' killing in the most horrific ways imaginable. "If they [Reavers] take the ship, they'll rape us to death, eat our flesh, and sew our skin into their clothes ... and if we're very, very lucky, they'll do it in that order."

The Operative was a hired gun, a man who did whatever the Alliance ordered without question. He was sent to kill River Tam, a young lady with the knowledge of the atrocities that the Alliance had done to the inhabitants of the planet Miranda. The Operative killed many innocent people trying to get to River: Shepherd Brook, the young lad in Shepherd's care as well as others who took refuge with Shepherd. Any person that knew Malcom Reynolds died by the hand of the Operative..who did not question the Alliance's orders

Moral of the story: Trusting the Government to give you a 'better world' "A world without Sin" is wrong. Blithely following their orders without questioning the motive is also wrong.  It was only 45 years ago that the youth of this country openly questioned the authority of the Government. What is darkly hilarious is that the hippies of my parent's day are not staunchly against any criticism of the Government. They would happily inhale the poison and die of apathy.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


The geese are in breeding mode, I'm typing one handed due to a baby chick being in the other hand. he's keeping warm and chatting. We had two hatch but one died...and that leads to a lonely chick.

Knitting is going sporadically. One cardigan and one shawl are being worked on interchangeably. I purchased (gasp! Yes, purchased a pattern!) the Lin-lin pattern. I'm working that in Malabrigo red. The other one is a cardigan with a cabled front, but I cannot find the pattern right now.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Um, yeah. Time to get to work!

Today we will be accepting the delivery of a pair of new recliners to replace that old busted up part of a sectional sofa/recliner that has been my rest for over 6 years. I'm excited! I'll be able to sit closer to my hubby, watch tv and take good naps.

On the knitting front, I've been going through the spare bedroom where my sewing/craft excess is stored. I found a few more projects and will think about whether to frog or finish. In an effort to puzzle out a pattern I saw online of a cute little fox hood for a kid, I tried to create a semblence of it in an adult size, without the ears and with a pattern to the hood.

My effort was interesting. At first, I made the hood part too short. Which made it just insane to try to wear. This is when I added another 2" to the whole thing.  All of the yarn in this hood was handspun, two ply. I held 3 strands together and worked on size 11 needles to give it a ton of warmth.

I casted on 90 stitches on circular needles. Then did what I would call a spaced seed stitch throughout the whole thing. You know when you usually do seed stitch, it's like k1, p1 then the next row it's p1,k1? Ok, well add a plain knit row between them. That's it. So I get oh, about 11" from the bottom and think, now how do I want to make the face hole? Well, my asthma likes to kick in while breathing cold air, and I do have one cowl that makes it simple to duck my nose under it to gain a bit of warm air, so let's try it with this.

I isolated 10 stitches, knit back and forth for an inch, then bound them off and just kept on knitting the hood part flat. At the edge of each row, I faked ribbing by keeping 5 stitches as a border. If I ended that row with p5, then I purled that 5 for the start of the next row, then the next two rows would start in stockinette.  In the end, I 3-needle bound off putting 40 stitches on each needle and using another one to bind it off.

The fit is ok, and it was an experience and it IS warm, but functional? I don't think so. It is too deep from face to back of head to stay on properly. But I did whip it on the other day to keep the sun out of my eyes to take a nap. It worked and I kept really warm.

And lo and behold, when the uber-warm thing gets finished...spring finally comes! Not needed anymore.