Friday, July 21, 2006


Look what I found!

I was taking E's advice, and looking for Myrna Stahman's book, and I stumbled across a bio for her - she is apparently not only an accomplished knitter, but also an accomplished (retired)attorney. Someone to admire, for sure.

Pasted from the site...

The First 50 Women in Idaho Law
October 3, 1974

Myrna Anne Itzen Stahman was born in Wheaton, Minnesota, where her parents were grain farmers. She is the fifth of six children. Stahman attended Hamline University and graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris, earning a B.A. with distinction. In 1967, she married Robert Stahman. She and Bob served in the Peace Corp in Liberia, West Africa, from 1968-70.

Upon her return to the United States, Stahman enrolled at the University of Idaho College of Law. After graduating from law school in 1974, both she and Bob joined the Army. Stahman served in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps, Third Armored Division in Frankfurt, Germany and was one of the first 25 female Army JAGC attorneys. While in Germany, Stahman’s daughter Kayla was born. Kayla, following her mother’s example, is now a graduate of Stanford Law School and is practicing law in Washington, D.C. A son, Jeff, was born after the Stahman family moved to Boise. Jeff, a graduate of Kansas State University, interned in golf course management in New Zealand, sharing his mother’s interests in distant people and places.

In 1977, Stahman moved to Boise and went to work at the Idaho Attorney General’s Office, starting in the Consumer Protection Division. In 1981, Stahman transferred to the Criminal Division Appellate Unit of the Idaho Attorney General’s Office, a position she held for 24 years until her retirement in November 2004. During the course of her long career at the Attorney General’s Office she received published appellate opinions in 580 cases and hundreds more unpublished opinions. Over that same time frame, she taught numerous classes at the bi-annual Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys meetings and at the annual judicial education meetings for district and magistrate judges.

In 1996, Stahman enjoyed a special assignment in Washington, D.C. as a Supreme Court Fellow with the National Association of Attorneys General. During her fellowship she had the opportunity to attend all United States Supreme Court arguments and assisted states attorneys preparing for oral arguments before the Supreme Court. Shortly after her return to Idaho she wrote an amicus curie brief on a case of interest to the development of criminal law in Idaho.

Stahman is an accomplished knitter, specializing in lacy shawls. She is frequently invited to teach knitting classes all around the United States and has also spent time in New Zealand and Australia working with wool growers and knitters. Stahman not only knits shawls, but she also designs patterns. In 2000, she published Stahman’s Shawls and Scarves: Lace Faroese-Shaped Shawls From the Neck Down and Seaman’s Scarves, a collection of her original designs. Her second book, Variations on a Theme will likely be published in 2005.

Stahman is a long-time advocate for young people and for women in the Boise community. She has been active in the Girl Scouts and in school literacy programs; she has gathered contributions for the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, and lent her hand to those attempting to improve services to victims of domestic violence throughout the state. She is an active member of the Zonta Club, an international service organization focused on improving the status of women worldwide. Several years ago Stahman designed a dressing wire kit for knitters, which has been manufactured and sold nationwide by the Boise Zonta Club ever since, with proceeds funding several international service projects, including a scholarship at the Lester B. Pearson World College. Stahman’s ingenuity did not stop there, however. Approximately a year ago, she developed a service project in which the Boise Zonta Club purchased looms in New Zealand and had them shipped to Chrissiemeer, South Africa. There, a skilled and dedicated spinner/knitter/weaver teaches native South Africans to spin, weave, and knit; skills they use to support their families.

In addition to all the accomplishments summarized above, Stahman is a steadfast friend to many people. Her unwavering support has helped a lot of individuals through the hard times of their lives.

Reflecting on Stahman’s life and career, former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robert Bakes says:

Myrna Stahman was a product of the 1970s. She was one of those dedicated idealists who committed themselves to public service. She served several years in the Peace Corps in Africa, and then came to Boise were she was Assistant Attorney General handling criminal appeals before the Supreme Court. She handled dozens of criminal cases before the Supreme Court, and was a strong law and order advocate for the prosecution. As a result she often disagreed with, and engaged in spirited arguments with Justice Bistline, who was an advocate for the rights of the criminal defendant. To her credit, Myrna stood her ground and was not intimidated by questions from the Justices.

Stahman retired from the practice of law on November 1, 2004 and lives in Boise.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


looking for suggestions

I've made a decision.... I'm going to be making a wedding shawl. This may turn out to be a dubious decision, but so be it.

I'm asking for your help in deciding which shawl to make- actually, I'm looking for your favorite shawl patterns.

Here's what I'm looking for...
1. a lace-weight shawl that will look good in ivory (I've already bought it-merino!)

2. something not too long(hitting mid to lower back)- so either the pattern is easily modified, or it is already shorter

3. a pattern with some patterning, but not too over the top- while I want people to ooo and ah over the shawl, it should not be so complicated that people try to interpret the "story" i.e. the beautiful Pacific Northwest/ Southwest shawl patterns.

4. I might be easily convinced if the shawl was faroese-styled, that is, there is shaping in the shoulder to help the shawl stay on (I have problems with keeping wraps/shawls on!) Of course- this is not mandatory, since I could get a clasp of some sort too.

I'll post a list of shawls that I'm considering tommorow... but until then, brainstorm away!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Hooray! I bought my wedding dress! (and we have a date, a place, a reception place and a band) Not bad, eh?

Anyway- see some of you on Sunday at the knitting meeting! Or at Erica's sale

Monday, July 03, 2006


Finally... more knitting related writing!

It had been a while since I had knit- I was working on a crocheted white and yellow baby blanket that was started because it was somewhat mindless knitting, but now just bores me to tears after I do about 4-5 rows on it. The good news is that it's finally a square, so maybe another few movies, and it'll be done!

Yesterday I went to the Taste of Chicago- yes, I braved it on a SUNDAY- because some friends from SB took the train up. We walked around, ate lots of tasty (expensive) food, and generally enjoyed ourselves. Plus I got to make fun of a perky country band... ahhh, it was a wonderful day.

But the best part was the train ride. Some of you may recall last summer... a vertible knitting extravaganza- with new projects finished in mere weeks, if not days! That was because I took the train downtown for work everyday. Not anymore, and boy, do I miss it! Instead I drive my commute, and by the time I've worked out and get home, it's dinner, some wedding planning and then bed. Ok- by "planning" I mean surfing the net to look at dresses. Sometimes flowers. But mostly dresses.

But yesterday, on the train, I finally turned the heel and finished the decreases on my little blue lacey sock. You know the one... from Spring Break!
Forget second sock syndrome... I've apparently contracted decreasitis.

Have a Happy Fourth!

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