Monday, November 08, 2004

Knitting? Yes. Thoughts? Maybe.


I have been knitting--in face I made great progress on my Mom's secret progrect while my daughter was charging up and down the sliding board at the playground. And the booties are complete:

Aren't they cute? I really like working with Mission Falls cotton, though I'm not sure how it will hold up over time. Guess we'll see. I cast on the hat and am working on the lace part. I have had to frog it a few times, but it really is my first lace try. I've got to start somewhere!

I was considering what to make my friend's children for Christmas, and here's what I came up with:

I love these little felted fish! They are cute, plus the colorwork will be fun. And, I have a ton of bright colored Nature Spun Brown Sheep in my stash. Perfect.

Look at the lovely yarn that I received in the mail:

This is for the edging of Sursa, the shawl from Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton 2. Klara is so beautiful, that I am anxious to try another Noro project. My Mom is giving me the yarn for my (upcoming, I'm in denial, I'm really only 28) birthday, so I couldn't resist. I'm still waiting for the Silk Garden for the main body of the shaw, but the Cash Iroha continues to amaze me. This bright green was difficult to find, but I snatched the three skeins up when they became available.

And here is what my daughter did all weekend:

Do you see the color theme?


Yes, I have been thinking (Shocking). I have been thinking about some of the issues raised by the flaming war over on Wendy's blog. If you read the entries and comments, then skip on over to The Dishcloth Queen, you will see lots of views on the position of blogs. Are they public, are they private, do you have any responsibility for what you write or to whom you write?

I don't quite know what to make of the flaming (actually I do--see below), but I do think that once you put up a blog, it isn't a private journal anymore. Blogs have been getting much too much attention, particularly from the political situation, to be private anymore. Just by the nature of putting them on line, they become part of the public discourse. Add to that the ability to track down folks electronically, one is fairly exposed. I also know that legally, once you publish on the blog, your writing is public domain, though polite folks quote and attribute.

It is also interesting to see how knitbloggers respond to the public nature of the blog. For example, I see some bloggers who refuse to put any personal details or pictures of their faces on their blog. Others are far more revealing (see the Yarn Harlot's bra discussion! What a hoot!). My own blog has walked the line between these two. Let's just say you never know who might be reading this thing, while I do like to use the blog to ponder more personal issues (such as this--nobody else probably cares for my babble).

The flaming? Maybe I have been living in the South for too long, but I hate to see petty and ugly posts. Flaming just seems rude. But, I realize that lots of folks like blogs because they are a place to vent. I also worry about issues of privacy. I think my experience is impacted by the numerous students I have had over the past 15 years who have been stalked. You never know what people might do with information--I wouldn't want to be responsible for harming a person, no matter how out of hand their comments and behavior might be.

Gallery of Finished Objects

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Gallery 2004

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Cable Cardigan

Faroe Island Sweater

Rowan Denim Seahorse


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Lisette from Rowan

Lorna's Laces Socks

Backyard Leaves Scarf

Eloise from Jane Ellison


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