Monday, September 30, 2013

A Risky Bet

It seems the Republican's abdicating their seat to their spin-off group, the tea party, could be very risky for them at election time.

Most Think They're Crazy

Maybe I'm watching too much MSNBC, but it appears that most of the U.S. (and anyone from other countries that follows this craziness) think that the Republicans are nuts...insisting on shutting down the government to try and de-fund a law because they don't like it's sponsor (Obamacare).  It's bad enough that they don't care about the cost to our country of sending out hundreds of thousands of furloughs to government workers who can't be paid if they don't pass the continuing resolution to fund the government...yes, even though we don't pay them for a few days, while the bill eventually gets passed, but all the administrative work of putting them on furlough is more costly than the salary savings).  But if they delay the debt ceiling bill, shit will definitely hit the fan.

Nobody likes when the U.S. has to default on their debts.

Even big business hates that.

So, yes...I think the Republicans are playing a very risky game...this is the kind of thing our country doesn't forget when elections come up again.

Current Knitting/Quilting

With the arrival of the new quilting fabric, I couldn't help myself from beginning to cut it up!

And then I started to sew and lay out the stars to see how it would look.

Sorry about the shaddows and bright spots in the photo...I didn't have anywhere big enough to lay out the design without catching some in shadows.

Suffice it to say, the new fabrics perfectly fitting into the overall design of the quilt.

I have been knitting too!

Yes, I'm determined to finish this blanket, and while it's impossible to show decent progress photos for this project, I have added a few inches to the blanket.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Barilla - Italian for Asshat

Anyone that follows me on Facebook has probably already read about the hateful, bigoted comments made by the Chairman of Barilla pasta.

Ways To Apologize

I honestly don't think I could read or hear an apology from this man that I would find acceptable.  He stated with grand, Italian pride that his company would never use a gay couple in its ads.  Barilla America issued an apology, but honestly, they didn't do anything wrong except get stuck with an ignorant CEO of their Italian-based company.

You don't usually just get over those feelings of hatred  overnight, and apologizing on behalf of a bigot doesn't really work for me.

So even if he personally apologized for his comments, I would find it a convenient business ploy to stop the shitstorm of negative social media that's happened since his comments were brought to light.

We just had some delicious DaVinci Whole Wheat Angel Hair pasta. for lunch today.

Current Quilting

While planning out the design for the star quilt, I envisioned three repeating, diagonal rows of stars in the three general colorways of the star fabric...blues, orange/yellow and purple/green.

I realized  I wanted about 10 different fabrics in each general colorway, and didn't have that many.  So, I ordered more fabric.

I know as a knitter, this might be heresy, but there is nothing more exciting than getting a package or gorgeous fabrics in the mail!

I'm using two muted shades of yellow/gold as the background for the see one of them in the center of the pile.  I also got a couple yards of the other one, which isn't in the photo.

Couldn't wait to start chopping up new fabric!

Monday, September 23, 2013

QueerJoe is Stacked!

Or at least, that's how it feels.  After having gone through at least ten sessions of Rolfing, it truly feels as though I'm properly...well...stacked, for the first time in my life.

Benefits of Rolfing

I started getting Rolfed a while ago, based on someone's recommendation when I was in my twenties (I know, it took me a while to get to it).

Rolfing is way of adjusting the fascia and soft tissue (tendons, grizzle, etc.) to make the body more balanced and structurally integrated.  Diane Kuschel, is an Advanced Certified Rolfer (trained by the Rolfing Institute) and has over 16 years of experience Rolfing.  She likened the process of Rolfing to properly adjusting the canvas and the ropes on a complex tent, so that it hangs in a balanced way, without torquing, twisting or falling down.  It's all about balance and tensegrity.

Here are some of the benefits I've gotten from this process:

  1. Maintaining a health posture with ease and comfort - You'd think proper posture would be something that would come naturally, but there are imbalances in almost all of us that often times make it difficult to stand or sit in a posture that supports us.  Now, when I sit or stand, a health, supportive posture feels easy and natural.
  2. Natural ease with movement - just the simple act of walking or getting out of a car has gotten easier and more efficient.  When the structure of my body seems balanced, and my limbs hang naturally from my frame, movement just seems more natural and easy.  Running/jogging also seems more fluid and less jarring on areas like my knees.
  3. Reduced pressure on nerves - I used to frequently lose feeling or get that prickly pins and needles feeling in my hands and sometimes feet when I'd do certain things regularly, or sleep in a certain position.  Even knitting for a long period in some positions would cause it.  It almost never happens anymore.
  4. Elimination of tension headaches
Overall, my body just seems to work more easily, and I've established a "new normal" for how I hold myself and carry myself that is much easier, more natural, and more efficient.

Current Crocheting

I worked a few more Koigu granny squares this past week (and finished correcting the remaining squares with mistakes):

This is the best photo I've been able to get of this mish-mash of colored crochet squares so far.  The next dozen squares will use dark navy blue as the center-frame and border color (green in the current squares).  I'll probably need at least one more solid color to make a blanket (maybe two more) so I'll be looking for appropriate yarns for this in my yarn shopping adventures.

Friday, September 20, 2013

We Need a Leader

Some people have the ability to stand up and declare something with such conviction, that they're able to make it happen.  JFK was one of those people, and I was hoping Barack Obama would be one too.

Inspiration Over Politics

I don't know if he'd succeed, but it doesn't appear that the president's use of maneuvering and politics are working either...but I still think the president should lead with declarations and inspiring people to rise up against his detractors.

The republican congress just passed a bill eliminating $40 billion dollars from programs for the desperately poor in this country.  It's unconscionable.  At the same time they gave about $15 to $35 billion to subsidize farmers in this country, including millions that will go to some of the very members of congress voting on the bill.

Like I said, unconscionable.

I think the majority of the people in this country would listen to our president if he were to reach out and say "enough!"

I wish he would and perhaps...just perhaps...things might change.

Current Knitting and Quilting

I've done same additional work on the Summit Shawl in Tosh Sock yarn.

I did a little light blocking on it to see what it will look like and I'm liking it a lot.  Madeline Tosh yarns make anything look better in my opinion.  I also realized I will need to do a lot of blocking on this shawl when it's finished.

I've also done a bit more work on my current quilt top using Glorious Colors fabrics.

For this, my second quilt, I'm going back and correcting sewing errors (which I didn't really do on my first one).  It's a lot more work, both because the pattern is more difficult to sew, but also because picking out mistakes is a lot harder than I thought it would be (but still worth it).

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Catch Up Blog

Lots of things going on in my life lately, and blogging got pushed off a bit.  So here's a three-fer to get me back on track.

First, a random art-like photo that I just loved.

Fresh plum tomatoes in an orange colander.  Makes the yellow-green part at the top show up as a little bright spot.

Flea Market Finds

I was able to buy out some knitter's needles and notions stash at our local flea market.

She must have knit a lot of socks and I'm always in need of a stitch holder and stitch markers.

I just hope when my stash gets sold, it goes to someone who will value it as much as I value this stash.

Current Crocheting

I finished a few more Koigu granny squares, and then realized half of them had an extra round of green yarn in them.  I've fixed all but two of them.
 I'm thinking I might just end up with a nice lap blanket out of this endeavor.

Friday, September 13, 2013

International Crochet Day

Okay, I don't know why yesterday was International Crochet Day, but fortunately, I have been working on a crochet project.

Who Makes This Shit Up?

And more importantly, who puts text with such a stupid font on top of a beautiful closeup photo like this one?

I know my sister made up a day just for her family and celebrates it each year, calling it by her last name, for example McDonald Day (that's not her last name).  I liked the idea and so did her husband and kids.

I'm going to just have to start QueerJoe Day...or should I give it a bit more gravitas and call it "International QueerJoe Day"?

Maybe a bad idea...just another day I'd forget every year, like my blogaversary...another example of some ridiculously made up concept.

Current Crochet

I started working with some of the leftover Koigu KPPPM I had near my television seat and got wrapped up in making these delightfully colorful squares.

Not sure how far I'll pursue this, but they crochet up quickly (relatively) and I love the colors.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Not Luvin' It

Seems despite protests and a strike, McDodo's has decided keeping their CEO is more important than keeping their workers and customers happy.

No Skin Off My Nose...Except

I don't eat at Mickey D's.  After watching a documentary about how they squeeze fractions of pennies from the meat-packing much so that most use uninsured illegal aliens to butcher the cows that make the McPatties...and when the low-paid workers are hurt on the job (often), they are thrown to the curb...damaged and unemployable.

And obviously, I don't work for the fast-food chain.

So how does this issue affect me?

Turns out McDumbheads cost the American taxpayer billions if dollars by forcing their employees to rely on social welfare programs, since they can't make a living wage.

I'm not sure someone starting out at a fast-food restaurant should automatically start making $15 an hour, but I do think the disparity between executive increases at the company compared to the people that work in their restaurants is despicable.

Current Knitting/Quilting

I've been working on two knitting projects...the kid alpaca blanket that I've been working on for years and a new project I started that I found on Pinterest.

The Summit Shawl by Mandie Harrington is a free pattern from Knitty.  Without blocking, the shawl looks kind of dumb, but when I just stretch it out a little, it looks quite cool.  The pattern is extremely well written and easy to follow.

I've also added a bit more to my most recent quilting project.

The sewing is getting a bit easier and I'm liking it more and more.   It's clear, I'm going to have to get some additional fabric from Liza at Glorious Colors to be able to make this a king size top.