Friday, April 27, 2007

Tofutsie Socks Finished

The Old Bay socks are finished! I called them that in an earlier post because they contain Chitin which is made from shrimp and crab shells. I made these for one of my coworkers, Angie, because she has very narrow feet. When I started them using my regular pattern (Wendy's Toe-Up Socks, thanks Wendy!) I quickly realized that this yarn is so much finer gauge that I didn't cast on enough stitches. Rather than ripping them out I asked if any of my friends have narrow feet and would like a pair of hand-knit socks. Angie's feet were just the right size so I continued on with them, matching her length and ankle size.

This yarn knits up very soft and squishy but it can be a little splitty when using US#0 Knit Picks circulars with their stiletto points. I hope they hold up well for Angie. Don't they look great with jeans?

I used Wendy's Feather and Fan Pattern for the cuffs and finished them off with an inch of 2x2 ribbing. Now it's back to the Lacy Cable Scoop sweater. I'm ready to put the body and the sleeves together and start the yoke.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

The "See-food" Diet

I saw this on PBS the other night and nearly tossed my cookies. I'm not easily sickened but this has haunted me ever since I saw it. I told my husband, who also saw it, that I would give just about anything to have those last few minutes back. I will carry this bit of video with me for the rest of my life. I found the website of the man who shot the video (link to the YouTube video is on the right).

Visit the site if you're interested but DO NOT WATCH THE VIDEO UNLESS YOU WANT TO BE CHANGED FOREVER!

If you don't want to watch the video here is the narrative. It's easier to read about it than watch it, believe me!

Hardy Jones


Hardy Jones,

"I’ve been going to Japan for over 25 years. They have a great cultural historical tie to hunting whales and dolphins and they make no bones about the fact that they’re doing it.

Imagine a school of dolphins frolicking off the coast. Suddenly they hear the sound of engines and then the overwhelming painful sounds of the banging of metal bars. The dolphins flee before the terrifying sounds. But their flight takes them in to a confined and unfamiliar space. They extract the young and the pretty and they put them in slings and they send them off to aquariums where they’re going to pay anywhere from $4000 to up to $50,000 a head.

Then they kill the rest for the dolphin meat. The horror of lying on your side out of the water, having trouble breathing, hearing the sounds of your pod mates as they’re slaughtered. I just said to myself, just keep filming. Just keep filming, and then get this film out of here.

They always want the video. They always want the video from you. Then I just ran away from them. I knew what those dolphins were experiencing.The only thing I can do is take pictures and show the world what they are doing."

I've seen a lot of documentaries about dolphins and I'm not one of these bleeding hearts who think they're just like you and me. Or maybe I should refrase that and say that maybe they're too much like you and me. They have their vices just like us. But they are intelligent creatures who don't deserve to die like this.

Here are a couple other links. The first one is another, equally disturbing video so be warned!

Save the Dolphins
PBS Frontline Report

When I went to read "Sherman's Lagoon" this morning I noticed a link on the home page to this - Seafood Watch. If you love seafood AND care about the environment (and I know you do) you should check this out.

The only thing I can't figure out is how you know where the seafood you eat in a restaurant comes from? I have a feeling that if I sit down in Red Lobster and ask them whether the shrimp in the scampi are from the US or Mexico, farm-raised or wild-caught, I'm just going to get a blank look. Even the management probably has no clue where or how the seafood they serve was caught. Sure, in some fancy restaurant on the shore they probably know exactly where the fish came from but what about all the chains? In some parts of the country that's your only alternative for a seafood dinner.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

New arrival Spider Spud poses with Lacy Cabled Scoop sleeve

My, what a handsome devil! You can see on the box that he comes with all the necessary parts to transform back into Peter Parker Potato. Work continues on the Lacy Cabled Scoop. I have one sleeve almost done, just a couple more rows. Hopefully I can get a good start on the second sleeve this weekend especially since I'm off work tomorrow.

Saturday is our Spring Farm Toy Show and I'll be taking money at the door so I should be able to get a little knitting done after the initial rush. Happy knitting, Everyone!