Sunday, February 10, 2008

Still Here

Whew. I can't believe it's been over a month since I posted ... I certainly didn't intend to go so long without blogging. It's amazing how much time working takes up! Heh.

But I have been knitting, if not finishing all those WIPs as I planned to do. For some reason, I'm all about berets lately. Here's one I finished last night.

Pattern: Le Slouch by Wendy Bernard
Yarn: Rowanspun Aran, about two-thirds of a 219-yard skein
Needles: Knit Picks Harmony circulars, sizes 7 and 8
Thoughts: A fun and easy pattern. I started it in seed stitch and then decided along with one of my knitting group friends that the tweedy yarn would look better in stockinette. Note that I used far less than one skein of Rowanspun Aran, and I knitted the slouchy version. The pattern calls for 200 yards of aranweight, but I think you could finish this with much less, especially if you make a less-slouchy version. I am slightly worried that this is going to look like a food service worker hair net on me. But, hey, it will go with my Clapotis.

Generally, I try to remain non-political 'round these parts, but I'm going to make an exception. Being a political junkie and former Hill staffer, I tend to get pretty fired up about national elections. But this year, the Presidential election feels more important than ever.

I believe this country needs a change: a change in our vision for the future, a change in our place in the world, and most of all, a change in our political discourse. I believe we need a leader who can unite people and who will address the many challenges we face as a nation: educating our kids, ending the wars we are fighting on two fronts, achieving energy independence, and protecting the environment. I believe we need a leader who can restore hope. For these reasons, I am supporting Senator Obama.

If you are not inclined to vote or be involved in the elections this year, please reconsider. If you favor a particular candidate, please go out and vote. If you don't, learn about the candidates and then don't forget to support him or her on Election Day. Participation really matters.

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