Sunday, February 27, 2005


back for a moment

Sorry about the serious lack of posts lately, however there has been a serious lack of knitting going on. Spring Break is a week away, which means my 1st final exam is a mere 3 weeks away. However my elann order is at the post office, and so Monday perhaps I'll get in an hour or two of needle time. :) that would be very nice.

ok- back to work :(

Tuesday, February 22, 2005


Brooke really likes my secret project... don't you wish you could see it! ;) Muhahahahaha



So last night I finished the submission for knitty! I'm going to sew in the ends and send it off tonight! I'm so proud of myself- I've majorly modified patterns before, but this is the first moderately complicated pattern that I envisioned, wrote, and it worked the way I expected! (other patterns I've written were scarves, shrugs, a hat and baby blankets. Pretty simple stuff)

I also came to grips that I'm going to have to dye the yarn I bought in Tibet. It's soft, and has these little plasticy mini strings throughout... but I bought it in a color that almost matches the Woolease Rose Heather (between pink and lilac) Basically it's so not my color, but all the dark colors I did like were really scratchy. I'm thinking it should be dyed burgandy. It may have to wait until summer anyway, since I have so much on my plate already.

Monday, February 21, 2005


Constitutional Law strikes again!

Today in Conlaw, the professor is explaining the Commerce clause. Here's his hypothetical-

"Could Congress say, 'No more knitting'? Knitting is a big craze now. It drives me crazy. Machines are better! 'Let's spent hundreds of hours doing something that's worse than if you did it on a machine." AUGH! My knitting is way better! First of all, my sweaters actually fit my body!

The hypo went on for about 20 minutes... during which he said that it was unlikely that home knit garments were unlikely to have an aggregate affect on the market. Hmm.. maybe, but I would bet that knitters buy fewer knit garments in order to save up for that fabulous skein of Noro, or whatever floats your boat.

anyway- just to tease you, I'm 2/3rds of the way done on my knitty submission. ;)

Sunday, February 20, 2005


feeling good in the neighborhood!

Nothing much is happening this weekend, except I'm working on my submission (in between long periods of reading of course)
I am soooo excited about my idea- I wish I could show it to you, but all in good time, my pretties! If it doesn't get picked up, I'll post it here...

I missed the knitting guild meeting (getting reading done) grr... I would have enjoyed it, but my free time seems to have dissipated into thin air.

Oh well... I'm going to throw Chicago on the DVD and finish up my property reading.
(I missed you too Elizabeth! and JT- just remember, you may have to wait until next winter)

Friday, February 18, 2005


Busy, busy, busy!

Good news everyone! Blogger has reworked the way comments work! Now they should appear in pop-up windows, and you no longer have to be registered in Blogger or merely Anonyomous to leave a message, you can leave your actual name and homepage :)

ok- first, I have a confession. Wednesday, I did not go to the knitting meetup at Sufficient Grounds. Instead, I stayed home and did some school related reading, and worked on a draft for an appeallate brief that's due today.

To punish myself for missing such a fun event, I finished one sleeve to the old UFO... it's a bit tight, but I prefer it to what the pattern called for. Personally, I think I was a bit dumb when I picked out a project for this yarn- it's thick and thin acrylic stuff, and I picked a pattern that showcases a soft mohair. What was I thinking? I've had to seriously cut down the number of stitches on the sleeve, it's very evident that my stitch gauge has loosened over time.

Of course, having to calculate, sketch and knit was not punishment enough. Not by far. This weekend I might have to attend the guild meeting, and I'll also be working on a pattern for submission for the summer Knitty!

also - requested presents (all in the last 2 weeks)
BF- a pair of glittens of his very own!
Law school friend- a pair of orange glittens of her very own!
older sister- a shrug (this was a little random- I think she saw the one I made for another elder sister)

Tuesday, February 15, 2005


knitting sighting!

Today's Simpson's episode was #1321- "Helter Shelter". Homer and the family live like pioneers on a reality television series.

My favorite part was Marge and Lisa when everyone was sitting around the living room. Marge was knitting and Lisa was using a spinning wheel!

Needless to say, I was thrilled.


knitlunch today!

I've put Glitten #2 on hold temporarily, since it's about 40 degrees outside, and I and jonesing to finish my oldest UFO... the blue zip-up hoodie made out of acrylic thick and thin. I have the front and back pieces done, and I'm about 10 inches up on the first sleeve. One sleeve and a hoodie left to go.

This is the project with twisted stitches, and now I understand why I was such a slow, slow knitter. Twisted Stitches with thick and thin yarn is damn hard. I must have been one stubborn knitter to keep with it.

Anyway, I'm planning on putting a picture up once I have one sleeve, this is a boring knit- although the colors are great. Ah well, this will be good practice with zippers. A prequel to the CardiRouge if you will. (mmm, CardiRouge)

Lunchknit today- if you're in the area, and want to come on campus, drop me an email and I'll give you some directions.

Monday, February 14, 2005


Welcome to Monday

I'm one weekend closer to Spring Break... Unfortunately. It turns out my Constitutional law professor is leaving for greener pastures after Spring Break, so for the next 3-4 weeks, we have 2 hour classes (8-10am) and we have our midterm right after Spring Break. Oh well, there goes my chance to vegetate.

I did enjoy my weekend in Ann Arbor with old friends immensely. We rehashed old times, talked about what was going on in our lives and discussed our futures. Best overheard comment of the weekend, from someone's BF (not mine!) Somehow they started talking about tv golf tournaments- and BF made some comment about how boring watching golf is. Guy replies "Watching someone knit was as boring as watching someone play golf" heh(I thought this was funny). Obviously he hasn't met my niece- she is hypnotized by my knitting.

Unfortunately, I had to read during the car ride, so I had zero knitting time this weekend. Zero. I pointed this out to the BF late last night (after finishing even more reading) and he said I could knit right then, and make it so I did knit this weekend. He's so great.

Happy Valentine's Day Gentle readers!

Saturday, February 12, 2005



Hi CUA mom- thanks for posting with respect. I was a little worried about potential flaming- but so far so good, right?
Actually, I've had discussions with several students, both conservative, liberal, Catholic, religious otherwise, and non-religious since. I think my final stance on this is that typically, the university does an ok job balancing Catholic teachings with the desire to create a university which also preaches tolerance, acceptance and diversity. I'm not thrilled, but it's a start.

What I'm really mad about is the fact that these were scheduled events. Scheduled months in advance. And this letter writing, calling and emailing campaign resulted in a school sanctioned event being removed, without notice to anyone who had bought tickets to the Eve Ensler dfundraiser/dinner. They literally removed it from the calendar and that was it. As for the Queer Film Festival, the Thomas More Society of the Law School inappropriately sent out the bishop's letter to the list-serv without approval. I think the inclusion of context probably explains why I'm so upset. I realize I go to a Catholic University. I just hate it when they break their own rules that we've been playing by, and I especially hate it when the school feels the need to bow down to some extremely fundamental groups. The majority of Catholic students on campus don't agree with the tactics and behavior of the fringe groups, and it is unfair to remove previously approved programs because a small minority make a huge fuss.

PS- thank you for the lovely compliment on the crochet... I'l have to post some pictures of projects past. I'm teaching a group of law students to crochet- I think they're chomping on the bit to move onto knitting though.

Friday, February 11, 2005


I am so disgusted

Controversy at the law school- actually the school in general.
First, Eve Ensler was supposed to have a benefit dinner on campus. Then the following letter circulated, and the school caved to pressure. (so much for raising $ for a domestic violence shelter, and a sexual assault resource center.)

"Dear friends and members of the Notre Dame family:
On Thursday, February 16, pro-abortion advocate and authoress of the Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler, will be speaking at Notre Dame. Invited to be the keynote speaker for a luncheon to benefit the YWCA of St. Joseph County and S-O-S of South Bend, Ensler’s talk is sponsored by the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, the Department of English, and the Program of Gender Studies.
Eve Ensler is an avid supporter and outspoken advocate in favor of abortion and women’s “reproductive rights”. She has marched and spoken at several of the “March for Women's Lives” sponsored by NARAL and Planned Parenthood. Most recently, she participated in the marches held in Washington, D.C. (April 2004) and in New York City (August 2004).
The YWCA is a pro-choice organization that, according to CEO Prema Mathai-Davis, “stand[s] firm in [their] belief that every woman has the right to choose among all legal options available for her reproductive health.” (Statement on reproductive choice,
Sexual Offense Services (S-O-S) of South Bend is an organization that provides support and information to victims of rape and domestic violence while the victims are still hospitalized. Director Laurel Eslinger maintains that information on abortifacients is provided to pregnant victims by the hospitals. The S-O-S advocates have no need to provide additional information, nor would they attempt to influence or dissuade a pregnant victim regarding the choice a victim makes as to the fate of her child.
That three academic departments of the University of Notre Dame would bring such a speaker on this campus is an embarrassment; that they would be complicit in raising funds for these organizations is a scandal.
Please help the students of Notre Dame as they attempt to stop this event before it occurs. Call and/or write to the heads of the following departments as well as Provost Nathan Hatch and Mark Roche, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, and inform them that Ensler’s speaking engagement is a direct affront to the principles of our Catholic university. Our Lady’s name should not be tarnished by allowing Her school to host this pro-abortion advocate.
Thank you,
The Pro-Life Students of Notre Dame"

Provost Hatch demanded that thebenefit luncheon be moved off campus or that the group don't allow Eve Ensler to speak DESPITE the fact that neither the S-O-S nor the YWCA of St. Joseph County nor V-Day nor Eve Ensler is publicly pro-choice.
Provost Hatch's email is (it's publicly available, don't worry)

The Second controversy of the day is over the Queer Film Festival. And we all got this offensive letter in our inbox this morning.

Statement by Bishop John M. D’Arcy Regarding the “Queer Film Festival”
For the second time, the University of Notre Dame is sponsoring, through six of its departments, a seminar and film festival under the title, “Queer Film Festival.” The presenters who have been scheduled have a history of not supporting, and indeed openly opposing, Church teaching concerning the morality of homosexual acts.
One of the presenters is Sr. Jeannine Gramick. After a thorough review of the writings of Sr. Gramick and her associate, Father Robert Nugent, Pope John Paul II, on May 14, 1999, personally approved a notification of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which included the following:
“Father Nugent and Sister Gramick often stated that they seek, in keeping with the Church’s teaching, to treat homosexual persons, ‘with respect, compassion and sensitivity.’ However, the promotion of errors and ambiguities is not consistent with a Christian attitude of true respect and compassion: persons who are struggling with homosexuality no less than others have the right to receive the authentic teaching of the Church from those who minister to them. The ambiguities and the errors of the approach of Fr. Nugent and Sr. Gramick have caused confusion among the Catholic people and harmed the community of the Church. For these reasons, Sister Jeannine Gramick, SSND, and Father Robert Nugent, SDS, are permanently prohibited from any pastoral work involving homosexual persons.”
When she continued to cause confusion on this issue, Sister Gramick and Father Nugent were told not to speak further on this matter. Sister Gramick has refused to accept this decision.
Other speakers in this seminar are long-time advocates for the acceptance of homosexual activity and homosexual marriage. Among them is Terrence McNally, author of the offensive play, Corpus Christi, which I read in order to give guidance to our people at the time of its presentation at a State university within our diocese. In this play, so offensive to Catholics, McNally has Jesus, whom the apostles are following, strike a Catholic priest, who supports Church teaching on homosexuality. He also writes the following:
“Very few Christians are willing to consider that their Lord and Savior was a man, with real appetites, especially sexual ones. To imagine that he was not only sexually active, but a homosexual as well, is gross blasphemy. And they would deny others the right to conceive of Him as such.”
Academic Freedom
This presentation is an abuse of academic freedom. Pope John Paul II makes clear the place of academic freedom, when he says it must always be linked to certain values central to a Catholic university.
“A Catholic university possesses the autonomy necessary to develop its distinctive identity and pursue its proper mission. Freedom in research and teaching is recognized and respected according to the principles and methods of each individual discipline, so long as the rights of the individual and of the community are preserved within the confines of the truth and the common good.”- John Paul II, Ex Corde Ecclesiae
Freedom is always linked to truth. In this seminar, held at a Catholic university, there is no place given to the presentation of Catholic teaching on the matter of homosexuality. The rights of others are violated. What about the rights of the Church to have its teachings properly presented? What about the rights of parents of those students at Notre Dame who find the content of this seminar offensive?
People with homosexual orientation must always be accepted with dignity and respect. They belong in the mainstream of our Catholic life, not shunned or separated or told they cannot live a holy and chaste spiritual life.
Since no place has been made at this seminar for the clear and accurate presentation of Catholic teaching, I present the following statements from the Catechism of the Catholic Church so that the rights of the Catholic community and the primacy of the truth revealed by Christ may be clear.
“Homosexuality refers to relations between men and women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scriptures, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”
“The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.”
“Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.”-Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2357-59

I am flaming mad. I am appalled by the attitude and lack of real discussion. I'm going back to Ann Arbor this weekend, so I'm not going to feel quite so isolated and judged.

Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, February 10, 2005


Brendan beat me to it!

I got preempted on my own blog! Oh well, Brendan only got the scoop because he was walking next to me as I was making the call.

So here we go- Everything is going to be alright!
ok- that's the last mention of the job on this site- I'll be in Chicago for the summer, which means I get to knit every day on my commute (eeeeee!!!!) Yay for Metra!

Thanks for the hugs and the good thinking and wishing- It worked ;)

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

I need a hug :( I screwed up due dates for internship paperwork, and I'll see if it's going to be a problem tommorow... ah well- it's going to be ok. really. God I hope I didn't screw this up.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005



I am absolutely drowning in reading, legal writing and FAFSA filling out! Not to mention fundraising for the Women's Legal Forum. grrr. But I am still making time to knit! (a teeny bit) Actually, Tuesdays lunch is a knitlunch- today it's a weaving in ends day, and maybe a start the second mitten day.

In other news, the BF desires a pair of glittens of his own- sans fuzzy bits. He was thoroughly amused by the name and wants gray and blue, exact color scheme and design to be left up to me... Muhahahaha! Any suggestions gentle readers?

Finally, I caved and bought stash to complete the CardiRogue. We'll see if it works- I bought cheap; Bernat Denim- the pattern books actually show it cables pretty well. It's a blend of cotton and acrylic, and it's sooooo soft.

Oh yes, and for Northern Indiana readers, Friday night at Palais Royale is Carnaval night... free admission, starts at 8 and the Chicago Samba Band is going to be there (they are awesome) So if you want to have a little fun, dance a little bit, hang out with good friends (or new friends) consider showing up :) I'll be there- guaranteed

Saturday, February 05, 2005


Glitten #1 is finished (I'm ignoring the thousands of trailing ends) Also, I know the glitten looks deformed in this picture- but it's really not. REALLY


mitten in effect...



Thursday, February 03, 2005


Winds of change

I was watching CNN on Tuesday, actually I was flipping through and stopped, because Newt Gingrich was on. (I love to hate Newt) He's written a new book, called "Winning the Future" which according to reviews, has some pretty bad reasoning. The New York times reviewer writes that some chapters suggest that the author is trying to reposition himself within the Republican Party.
I totally agree.
I watched Newtie tell the interviewer that the Republican party doesn't care enough about the enviroment. It was surreal. Then I had to change channels before he started supporting welfare, my head would explode if that happened. That said- let's brace ourselves in case Newt decides to run in 2008- God help us all. For a frightening review- see

ps- I found this on a website- not sure about the legitimacy... but it's pretty funny
"Incidentally, Marianne told Gail Sheehy she doesn't want Newt to run for President. " I told him if I'm not in agreement, fine, it's easy. I just go on the air the next day, and I undermine everything. ... I don't want him to be president and I don't think he should be."

Tuesday, February 01, 2005


1/2 of a thrummed mitten... It's moving pretty fast, maybe I'm just really excited :)


Welome to day 1 of thrummed mitten #1- isn't it pretty? Well, enjoy it, since I have to rip it out.


The reason I had to rip was because I decided to carry the roving, rather than make a billion tiny loops to knit into the mitten. I did make sure there was enough give for the roving to stretch between the stitches, but silly me, I forgot that about the fact that these need to stretch to go around my hands... Fortunately I am mildly obsessive about trying things on as I knit... So back to row 20 we go!

If at first you don't succeed, swear at your knitting, rip it out and try again.

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