Tuesday, January 31, 2006

"Good science cannot long persist in an atmosphere of intimidation. Political figures ought to be reviewing their public statements to make sure they are consistent with the best available science; scientists should not be reviewing their statements to make sure they are consistent with the current political orthodoxy."

--Sherwood L. Boehlert (R- NY) in a letter to NASA administrator Michael D. Griffin, January 30, 2006.

Sunday, January 22, 2006


I have nothing against orange. I just feel it doesn't personally suit me. So why do I have five balls of this in my stash? Yard sale, of course. I can't pass up yarn.

To be fair, I have tried to use this yarn twice before, once as a sweater and once as a blanket. It *fought* me both times. Clearly it had something else in mind.

I am going to try again. I found a fabuous shrug pattern that looks to about my speed.

And here we go!

[Note to self: do not photograph orange on red background, even if it is the comfy sofa.]

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Happy New Year!

Welcome 2006! Only 1,038 days until Election Day.

Time for some New Year's Resolutions. But first, let's revisit Brewgal's 2005 Resolutions.

1. Learn to cable. Yes, I’m intimidated by those hooky cable needle things but I desperately want to make a sweater with a celtic pattern braid. Oh, the torture! Uh oh. Didn't do this one.
Y. Spend more time knitting (well, duh!) Done!
Y. Use up my stash. Started this one.
Y. Replace old stash with new stash. Done!
5. Photograph all finished projects for my knitting archive. Mr. Brewguy takes pictures for a living but the cobbler’s children don’t have shoes. Working on it.
6. Teach everyone in my office to knit so they can accompany me on lunchtime stash building excursions. Heh heh heh. Working on it.

Not so bad. Let's look at this year's knitting resolutions.
  1. Learn to use circular needles. Carrying 100+ stitches on straights is damn heavy.
  2. Learn to cable. Get over the image of cable needles as tiny stockade devices for Barbies.
  3. Start Christmas gifts BEFORE NOVEMBER.
Only three. Either my standards are getting lower or my attention span is ...um...
Hey look! A birdie!