Archive | November, 2004

Snowboarding!

29 Nov

I’ve decided this blog is my general “jock Nicole” blog.

Chad and I went snowboarding up in Tahoe this weekend, breaking in our Heavenly passes. The first day, Thanksgiving, was horrible–the snow was fine, but I had so much trouble getting my legs to remember what to do. We were going to play it by ear to see if we wanted to ride/ski again on Sunday before heading back to the city, and on Saturday, there was a huge blizzard. So of course we had to go. After a few runs, I felt like I was back to normal! Hooray!

Wildflower registration opens December 1. I’m still not sure what to do. Chad suggested I focus on my soon-to-be new job and music before committing to another tri. It’s a smart idea, but then again, I like the idea of having another goal. Maybe I’ll sign up for the sprint distance.

Ebony photo

29 Nov

Here’s a photo of Ebony. It doesn’t look so great with the pink shirt, but I’m pretty proud of how it turned out, considering it’s my first non-rectangular piece of knitting (well, except Eve).
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Baby Uggs and Alpha Hats

29 Nov

Oh man, after reading the discussion on Craftster, I thought these were the cutest darn things, so over the weekend, as I was knitting up a storm (in the storm), I knitted three. Yes, I know, you only need two for a pair, but I’m making them for Prentice and either her sister Cameron or my friend Simone (who’s having twins). It just depends on how many pairs I can get out of the yarn I bought.

I wanted to take a picture of them on Chris’s porch, when it was covered in snow Saturday morning, but alas, I forgot. Here’s one taken on our kitchen table:
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I also knitted up Alpha, the hat from Rowan’s Ribbon Twist Collection, in the same brown that I used for the Ebony shawl. I thought the earflaps would come out differently, but maybe the girl in the picture has a longer face than I do or maybe I just read the pattern wrong. I think it’s pretty cute, but it’s a bit goofy, too.

I love Rowan patterns. I want a subscription for Christmas. That free frilly poncho pattern is too cute.

Knitting and Politics

22 Nov

This post on Craftster talks about the Yahoo group, Knitting for Kerry. I couldn’t find the group on Yahoo’s site (please post a comment if you have information about it), but I did find the link to the Knitty article about Knitters Against Bush. You can check out the website for yourself at www.knittersagainstbush.com.

Now, why is it OK for me to post about “Knitters Against Bush” when that could be considered “negative”? Well, if these knitters were designing sweaters that said, “George W. Bush is a ninny” or something that attacks the person rather than the addresses the issues, they wouldn’t get on my site. But since they’re focusing on the issue of choice and women’s rights, it’s just a clever name that avoids the requirements that are legally forced on poltical organizations (for example, only certain types of non-profits or not-for-profits can advocate voting for a particular candidate). Of course, I’m basing that information on Samantha Bee’s awesome 527 segment on The Daily Show, and yes, I do realize fake news shows aren’t the most reliable source of factual information, but hey, it’s probably more reliable source than Fox News.

There’s another article from the fall 2004 issue about knitting for charity that folks might find interesting.

Maya Frommer’s Cool T-shirts

16 Nov

I think my favorite Democraft so far is Maya Frommer’s I [heart] [heart] [heart] Kerry t-shirt. Clever. Her “John Edwards is hot” shirt got some publicity during the Democratic National Convention. The power of craft!

Here is the original thread on Craftster that includes her Barack Obama tees.

No negative crafting

15 Nov

With every election, the media always makes such a big deal about how Americans are so sick of negative campaigning. But then they go ahead and report all the negative campaigns or use the “echo chamber” style of journalism to repeat negative, often unfounded or unproven, statements made by partisan pundits or other party foot soldiers who have been fed their talking points by campaign higher-ups who have a cavalier relationship with the facts.

I, for one, am sick of it. I subscribed to Factcheck.org’s updates on the veracity of campaign ads, speeches, statements made in debates, etc., and I wrote to the Kerry campaign when I felt they overstepped the bounds of politics as usual and stretched the truth. I feel that we Democrats have the moral upper-hand, despite the way Republicans are trying to spin the election and their candidate’s win. See, we stand for good things: helping out those less fortunate, trying to make sure all Americans have access to the American Dream regardless of the economic or social sphere they were born into, preserving the freedoms that our forefathers fought for, the very freedoms that led to the formation of this country. See, like Thomas Jefferson, we do “hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men (and women) are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

And crucial to happiness, I believe, is not tearing someone down because they are not our chosen candidate. It’s refraining from contributing to the echo chamber of negativity but rather focusing on issues, not persons. And so although you might see “No W” type of crafts mentioned in these posts (a way of addressing the iconography of our current president, not the person), you won’t see any “F Bush,” “Jesusland,” or “Blue vs. Red” crafts. Those ideas do not support the progressive politics we hope to promote here at Democrafts.com. They merely serve to restate and thereby reinforce the ideological divide that currently plagues our country, not repair it.

We at Democrafts.com will not stoop to that level. No negative crafting.

[Speaking of the iconography around the Bush campaign, Scott Dadich, a graphic designer, wrote an interesting opinion piece for the New York Times about the visual messages conveyed by the Bush-Cheney and Kerry-Edwards logos. You have to pay to see the article, but the graphic is still accessible on their site.]

Music Is Not a Loaf of Bread

15 Nov

Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy gives his thoughts on downloading music and music as a commodity, from Wired News.