Branching Out !

I cast off last night 🙂

It is a little shorter than a normal scarf, but just long enough to fold and wrap, and it sits very nicely on a slim person, and the person that I intend to send it to is rather slim, so I hope she likes it !

This morning I sewed in the ends, and have given it a bath in Martha’s Wool Wash, and it is now resting on my dining table on a lovely turquoise towel. I wouldn”t exactly call it blocking. I have no pins to speak of, and no real inclination to spend an hour trying to get all the edges straight.

And here it is..

And again, with the little stone bunny Mark gave me for Christmas 2003

Can I bear to Part with It ?

If You Have Any Spare VIbes…

Please send them to Paige, C/- Singapore….

Paige took her teenage son on a big adventure, they visited America, and the UK, and were on their way home via Singapore when Paige had a dizzy spell and fainted, knocking her head on a metal cabinet in the ladies. She has a severe concussion, double vision, a loud ringing in her ears, and a massive, continuing headache.

She has been told she is not allowed to fly, so she is stranded far from home until she gets better. But she isn’t getting better.

The lovely Vicki has put Paige in touch with a local friend, whose brother just happens to be a top neurosurgeon. He says Paige needs an MRI, but she has bad claustrophobia….

I am very worried about my dear friend. She could use all the help the universe can muster right now.

I’ve Been Sorted…

I really thought I’d end up in Hufflepuff or Slytherin, but….

Congratulations on making Gryffindor!

Basically, you’re brave, daring, chivalrous, and pretty much.. an all around good person. Of course, some see you as a goodie-two-shoes. But hey, it’s true! You’re really good at winning, and normally always come out as the hero. Everybody likes you.. except, maybe, the Slytherins. You’re too perfect. No, really.. You’re too perfect. It’s annoying to watch you win, repeatedly. Oh well. Be proud anyway.

i'm in gryffindor!
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How To Follow A Lace Pattern in the Car

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Though I am kinda getting the hang of the lace pattern, I decided that colouring each row differently will help me keep track of which row I am on. And I have a new iPod gadget, called the iGrip. It’s a kind of sticky pad that keeps my iPod from sliding all over the place while I drive. And guess what ? It works with knitting patterns too ! Genius 🙂

A “Win” in Macquarie Fields….

Well, close enough. There was a swing away from the Labour Party, and the Greens had a swing of about 1%, despite not really running a campaign.

And lets face it, Macquarie Fields is hardly a hotbed of dope smoking peaceniks (how the Liberals described the Greens yesterday), and more than one person heckled me by saying “I hope that’s printed on recycled paper”, (about the Green how to vote). Of course it’s recycled paper. Of the very lowest quality, and the cheapest printing we could find. Of course these same people happily took the Liberals glossy broadsheet and dumped it in the bin afterwards. We recycled. Some of our leaflets were used 3 or 4 times. Anyway, enough about recycling, but I do find it amusing that the Greens are open to such pointed scrutiny, yet members of other parties are allowed to be complete assholes and no-one bats an eyelid.

There was an old saying that a woman has to to a job twice as well as a man to be considered half as good. The Greens have to be 1000% more involved, passionate, active, and enthusiastic. We’re expected to carry a green bag with us at all times, ride a bicycle, have a thriving permaculture garden and wind farm in suburbia, volunteer for bush regeneration on the weekends, chain ourselves to trees regularly and save endangered wetlands on public holidays.

Well stuff that. I believe in social responsibility, and I believe that each of us has the power to make a difference. I believe in Grassroots democracy, I believe in Environmental Sustainability, and I believe in Social Justice. I also believe in having a lie in after a long week, having a beer at the end of a long day, and generally being as lazy as I can get away with.

Does that make me a bad Green ?

What a Delightful Way to Spend a Day!

There are three by-elections in NSW today. Maroubra, vacated because of Bob Carr’s resignation, Marrickville because of Andrew Refshauge, and Macquarie Fields, because of another resignation.

Marrickville and Maroubra both have a strong Greens presence, but not so in Macquarie Fields. Last state election Labour won by a huge margin, the Libs were second, and Greens a distant third at about 4% of the primary vote.

So Mark and I are off to hand out how to votes at Hoxton Park Primary School, and hopefully increase the Green vote by a small margin.

In knitting news, the lace scarf is about as long as my arm, and though I can see two mistakes, they are so far back that I refuse to frog. I admire perfectionism in others, but in me it only leads to procrastination, and I have enough of that already, thank you.