I want it to be known that I don't believe the bible is a factual, truthful book.
Some of it may be factual. Some of it may be truthful.
But I will never accept the bible as the ultimate authority for anything, just like I would never accept "Gone With The Wind" as the ultimate authority on Southern women, nor "The Bourne Identity" as the ultimate authority on espionage.
In fact to take this thought one step further, I find it unthinkable that millions of people would rely on a book as the ultimate authority on their spiritual, social and political lives.
I could understand being inspired by the writings in the Bible. I could understand choosing to study the Bible. I could understand using some of the stories in the bible as a way of setting my moral compass. I could even understand putting the Bible up on a pedestal as a symbol of one's religion (or would that be idolatry?).
But to take a text that is the consolidation of both pre- and post-Christ writings, that over the years has been censored by men with clearly non-spiritual agendas, and also translated by men (oftentimes badly or purposefully incorrectly), and then use that jumbled mess as the justification for imposing your beliefs on another...that just doesn't work for me. It's almost like circular logic, where the bible is used by many as proof of something because it is divinely inspired.
It doesn't bother me that others hold this book in reverence. I am tolerant that way, even though I don't understand why. But please don't ever try and tell me what is right or wrong in my life based on this mish-mosh of text, just because you've assigned it some holy status in your life.
I have finished crocheting all the "leaves" of the Boteh scarf, and I'm halfway through with the border stitches that go all around the outer edge of the scarf.
The edging is pretty mindless, and goes quickly (if you look closely, you'll see the bottom edge is finished but not the top edge). I'm hopeful to finish the scarf this evening.
I've also done a little more work on the Lavold-inspired bulky pullover.
Not much, but I've finished another repeat or more of the twining cables design, and I'm trying to figure out whether I will knit this garment flat in pieces, or in the round. I'm thinking flat would be easier overall.
Curmudgeonly Birthday Wishes
Make sure you wish the crankiest knitblogger a HAPPY BIRTHDAY
She officially reaches the age of "too old to mention anymore" on Wednesday, April 25th.
For my straight sister, I wish her the best of years.
Local Knitting Classes
For those interested, my local yarn store, Twist, is having a couple of knitting classes in May.
Learn some fun techniques while you get started on a great scarf that knits up quickly with bulky yarn and big needles, or pick another project suitable for beginners.
Sat. May 5, 10:30 until noon FEE $25
FINISHING TECHNIQUES with LISA
Bring in a sweater or any other project ready to finish and learn techniques that make your piece look professionally done!
Sun. May 6, 1 until 4 FEE $50
TRADITIONAL CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES FOR FAIR ISLES with BETH BROWN-REINSEL
Level: Intermediate (Experience with double pointed needles and carrying a color in each hand is helpful.)
The classic details and traditional construction of the Fair Isle sweaters will be taught in this two-day workshop through the circular knitting of a small cardigan. Techniques to be learned include choices of different corrugated ribbings, shaped and unshaped knitted steeks for two different armholes (shaped and drop shoulder), stranding and weaving, cutting steeks, picking up stitches for sleeves two different ways, underarm gussets, buttonbands, and finishing steeks. Discussion will include different pattern families (seeding, peerie, border, OXO, stars, and all-over patterns), and designing a Fair Isle.
Sat and Sun, May 19-20 (12 hours total)
Deposit required FEE $175