Friday, September 07, 2007

Re-Perspectivizing


While completely blaming the media for skewing the perspective of the general populace, with your help, I will now take it as my responsibility to try and put things back in their proper perspective.

Pop Quiz
Put the following events in order of worst to least worst:

1. Clinton getting caught getting head in the oval office.
2. Vidder having sex with prostitutes even though he's married and espouses family values.
3. Vick conducting dog fights and killing dogs that don't perform.
4. Craig propositioning a cop in an airport men's room.
5. An illegal alien shooting Newark, NJ high school students.
6. Bush starting a war in Iraq.
7. At least 70,000 (and up to 400,000) people killed in Darfur.
8. Over 3,000 still displaced households caused by Katrina
9. Shoddy quality control on Chinese imports kill pets and threaten childrens' lives with lead paint.
10. Barry Bonds takes enhancement drugs to help his homerun record along.


Again, I get tired or seeing/reading/hearing about supposed "news" events that have little or no significance, whle truly heinous things are happening that get no news time at all because they aren't sexy.

Current Knitting
Having enjoyed the accomplishment of finishing two pairs of socks on size US1.5 needles, I thought I might want to try my hand at the hiking socks in Kristin Spurkland's The Knitting Man(ual) which use US7 needles.



The colors I chose look a little Christmassy in the picture, but they're a little more earthy/tweedy colored than they seem. I love the pattern. I would highly recommend this pattern for a newbie making socks. It uses classic techniques, has multiple sizes, and walks the knitter through each step of knitting a sock. The resulting sock is comfortable, fits well, and looks great too. I will be making the matching socks for each of the socks pictured over the next few days.

Readers' Comments/Questions
Concerning the men's knitting booklet from the 1950's, Carol writes, "Now I must ask you to elucidate: when you say the models will "give [you] joy for a long time to come", exactly what are you inferring? Is that magazine going to take the place of the Patternworks catalog as your preferred bathroom "reading"?"

No, not the "Larry Craig" kind of joy...the doofy pictus of men about to go yachting or smoking a cigarette and making themselves a martini kind of joy.

Concerning the same booklet, Elizabeth notes, "I think that cover sweater on Men's Sweaters has potential. It just needs to be longer in the torso."

Yes, that's true, and you'd have to add a lot more ease than they allowed for even the largest sizes.

Fredda (of The Knitting Vault fame) asks, "The socks look great! What is "kitchener-like"?"

Kitchener stitch is used to graft two rows of active stitches. I use a similar technique to bind off a single row of stitches so that it still has stretch to it.

10 comments:

FiberQat said...

It's tough to pick which is the top worst: 6 or 7. IMHO the last four in the list would be (in order of least to most) 1, 10, 2, and 5.

At least we don't have to listen to Paris Hilton whining.

Selma said...

I thought those WERE the matching socks. Aw, c'mon, Joe, break free....

Your pop quiz was sobering. Makes me proud to work for public radio, where we have our priorities screwed on straight.

anne marie in philly said...

my personal list:
6, 8, 7, 3, 9, 5, 10, 2, 1, 4

I still miss bill clinton.

Roberto Iza said...

Kind regards

Debby said...

Not to mention how many people in this country live in poverty and without proper health care. When will the people in charge get it? We don't give a flip about Larry Craig's sex life, except that he is so self-righteously intolerant of exactly the behavior he seems to indulge in.
Thanks, Joe.

Judi said...

I was thinking along the same lines as you this morning when I read in the paper that 70% of the applicants for firefighter positions in a major city couldn't pass a simple math test (it is 90 yards to the fire, how many 30 yard hoses will you need to connect?).

SEVENTY PERCENT! The mind boggles. And this was reported in a small paragraph buried in the middle of the second section. Where is the outrage?

Evelyn said...

1 worst. Bush starting a war in Iraq.

2. At least 70,000 (and up to 400,000) people killed in Darfur.

3. An illegal alien shooting Newark, NJ high school students. (dead people rank high on my list)

4. Over 3,000 still displaced households caused by Katrina.

5. Vick conducting dog fights and killing dogs that don't perform. (arguably the Chinese thing is worse, because it is more widespread and has the potential for human suffering. But tormenting dogs is wanton cruelty while the Chinese thing is negligence and economic forces.)

6. Shoddy quality control on Chinese imports kill pets and threaten childrens' lives with lead paint.

tied for 7. Vidder having sex with prostitutes even though he's married and espouses family values.

tied for 7. Craig propositioning a cop in an airport men's room. (hypocrisy is hypocrisy so Vidder and Craig are tied. Not to each other.)

9. Clinton getting caught getting head in the oval office. (less hypocrisy, since everyone, including his wife, knew he was a philanderer.)

10 least bad . Barry Bonds takes enhancement drugs to help his homerun record along. (not good, but doesn't directly harm anyone.)

Lisa said...

Joe--I love your knitting but I also return to your site to read the political perspective. Why aren't we able to get a politician elected who has a clear, down-to-earth perspective? (Probably because at some point they inhaled)

Cara said...

6,7,8,9,5

but sadly the more I hear of these news stories the more I don't want to watch or read the news.

Cool socks, I'm tempted to get the Man(ual) just to make "easy" socks, though I would have to make them small.

BTW, while digging through a box of mostly nasty acrylic yarn I inherited a couple of years ago, I found a kit pattern for 3 very traditional mens sweaters, and I thought of you and your pattern find. The only one I could see making for the Man of my life is the saddle shoulder cardigan, but they are all very decent-looking.

RoadSide said...

Hey Joe!...Just de-lurking to let you know that I think "Christmassy" should be a technical knitting term.
Also, I completely understand your exhaustion with the "news"....I use the term loosely.