Friday, March 27, 2015

Who Cares If Someone Believes in Evolution or Not?

A few days ago on Facebook, WonderMike recommended Richard Dawkins' book, The Greatest Show on Earth, to help argue that evolution is valid.

Let Them Wallow

I've not read this book, but if Michael says it's good, I'd imagine it's a good book to read.  But honestly, I say let the ignorant wallow in their ignorance.  In their heart of hearts, they know they're wrong about evolution and they're just parroting back the words of their preachers.  But no polished argument from the most brilliant author on the planet is going to change their minds.

Normally, I say educate the ignorant, but when it is willful ignorance, I have to say they deserve all they get and their stupid, poorly educated children are included in that sentiment.

Maybe that sounds bitter, but to me it sounds more like tough love.

Now, when these same ignorant fools try to get public education curricula changed to reflect their ignorant views, I will stand up and fight against those efforts.

I equate teaching children false religious beliefs to encouraging them to eat lead paint chips.  Both will make them idiots.

Current Knitting

Work progresses on the Linen Stitch blanket.





I've completed the extra vertical rows on both sides of the blanket to make it a bit wider and I just have a bit more i-cord bind-off to do.



Just the little bit on the one long side and the bottom needs to have the i-cord border and then it's off to the niece to keep her cozy and warm on cool Spring nights.  I guess it might have been better if she had it over the Winter, but that wasn't in the cards.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Knitting, Spinning AND the Use of "Gay"

Have you seen the "Gay Sweater?"

 

QueerJoe is So Gay

Some folks would say I'm being too politically correct when I take exception when someone uses the term "gay" as a derogatory way of describing something or someone.  But if you try to personalize it, and imagine someone hijacking a term that describes your people, and using it as a generic insult, it's easier to see how demeaning it is.

I love this video in that it combines at least three of my passions, spinning, knitting and gay social issues all in one project.

Please like this video, share this video and tell all your friends...I personally plan on seeing who advertises on this video and seeing if I can support those businesses too.

Current Knitting

Work has been phenomenally hectic and busy lately, including traveling to Upstate NY both last week and the first two days of this week, so the best I've got is some progress on my current sock project.


I've turned both heels and now I just have the leg portion of both socks to go.  I think this pair of socks will quickly become my favorite...I'm really loving everything about them.

Has anyone had the chance to try the QueerJoe sock recipe yet?  I'll have to check if there are any projects listed on Ravelry.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Eight Weeks Until Men

Or, eight weeks until this year's Men's Spring Knitting retreat.

Sundays Can Suck

First, as a kid, it was always having to dress up and go to church.  And then I had to behave like I cared about the reverence of the mass.  I didn't

Then as a teenager and college kid, I knew Sunday was my last day until I headed back to school.

And of course, as an adult, Sunday is the last day of the Men's Spring Knitting Retreat where I say goodbye to 45 of the most amazing men each year, knowing I won't see most of them for at least a year, and sometimes longer, or not at all.

But it's all worth it, and as I continue with all the preparations for this year's event, it's getting more and more exciting.

Currently, we're organizing self-run workshops on various topics, such as slip-stitch color and texture, entrelac and backward knitting, introduction workshops in spinning and weaving and of course, beginner knitting workshops for our newbies (we call them ramekins...kind of like a lambkin, but male).

I also just finished putting together the name tags, which is always a chore.  On the front, they have two logos, the name, the Ravelry name (if they have one) and their photo).

 And on the reverse, we put an abbreviated personalized agenda, so the guys remember which workshops they signed up for.

I think I may offer my services as an retreat coordinator for Easton Mountain when I retire!

Current Knitting

I've finished one side of the Unforgettable yarn blanket for my niece, and the border on that side and the top.


Both the linen stitch and the border treatment look acceptable on the back too.  I basically picked up 348 stitches along the side and did 8 rows of linen stitch before doing an i-cord bind-off.  Then I continued the i-cord bind-off on the top.


Overall, I'm quite pleased with the result and should finish up this blanket as soon as I'm not traveling quite so much for business.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Two Great Canadian Things

Recently, I posted a blog entry reviewing the new Koigu book, Wrapped In Color, which Amazon starts shipping this Tuesday, though you can pre-order. now through Amazon

Pam, of "In Stitches" blog, has written a much better review of the new Koigu book than I did...you might also want to read her review.

Koigu Yarns and Other Canadian Favourites

It's no surprise that I love Koigu, and recently, one of my very favourite yarn stores has started selling their yarns on-line.  Espace Tricot has an amazing store in Montreal, but since I rarely get to Montreal, I was thrilled when they opened their on-line store.

Two items you should take note of (I'm sure there are more that I haven't seen):
  • Scrumptious Purl Self-Striping Sock Yarn
  • Homegrown Tanis Fiber ArtsYarns
The self-striping yarn I did one of my recent pairs of socks with:


Check out her colorways and get the yarn while it's in stock.  They often have difficulty keeping inventory on-hand.

Also check out their Tanis Fiber Arts yarns...They're from a local farm and mill and I felt compelled to buy some of this gorgeous yarn when I was up in Montreal.


They also carry Koigu and have tons of different colorways in their on-line store.  I think they have the Canadian Connection with Taiu.

Current Knitting

I finished the center block of the Unforgettable Yarn blanket for my niece and it turned out to be a lovely, lightweight blanket.


Now I just need to do a couple of narrow side panels and maybe an edging.

Friday, March 13, 2015

New Sock Pattern is Up

Based on my last blog post, one might think I never would have published another pattern.  Alas, enough people have asked me about my standard sock pattern, I thought I'd publish it.


QueerJoe's Standard Toe-Up Sock Pattern

So here's where you can get the pattern, but a couple of things:
  1. I opted to price the pattern at $2.99, since writing the pattern, putting it up on Ravelry and answering questions all takes the same effort as any of my costlier patterns.
  2. The pattern is only for one size sock - About U.S. men's shoe size 9 - 10.5.
  3. All proceeds from the sock pattern will be donated to the Men's Spring Knitting Retreat Scholarship Fund.
  4. If you would like the pattern and you don't have the means to pay for it, please contact me privately at queerjoe@comcast.net and I will be glad to give you a coupon to get the pattern for free. 

Current Knitting

I decided that the Noro Silk Garden Sock was a terrible choice for the pattern photograph of the finished sock, so I opted to start another pair of socks!





I think the neon green will look great against the drab textured browns of the sock yarn.  And as soon as I finish this pair, I'll update the pattern with the new photo.

Readers' Comments/Questions

Jenny writes, "Did you knit and design the green toque with the ear flaps? My hubby would love one of these! I'd love the pattern."



I did design it, and since you asked, I published the pattern for free on Ravelry.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/queerjoes-earflap-hat