Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Hello from Virginia!


Hello Everyone! I am Krista in VA. I've been voting Democrat ever since I cast that first ballot in '91 for President Clinton ('91? is that right?) Call me a liberal and I'll say "Thanks!"
My blue project of the moment is "Hourglass Sweater" from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I've been wanting to make this one since I first bought the book a year ago this month. I had some Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere so I starting knitting it back in October. I'm up to the yoke section. Now you knit the sleeves from the botton up and then somehow attach them to the live stitches that are sitting on holders. It has a very unique construction. Glad to be able to talk about politics a bit on a blog where you won't be offending any of its readers. I posted on my blog the other day this huge tirade on the same-sex marriage ban that passed in my state. Still can't believe it! We vote in a democratic senator (and governor not too long ago) and then we do something this shameful. I am truly disgusted with it. Glad to have the blog around to post my discontent and get agreement!

12 Comments:

At 7:14 PM, Blogger Marianne said...

Welcome!
Yeah, the marriage thing, go figure, seriously the country is just so full of dumbshits. DH and I both feel anyone who wants to be married...they should be welcome to it.
Your sweater is looking great, looking forward to seeing and hearing about it.

 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger lobstah said...

Welcome! The hourglass sweater looks so soft and cozy. And yeah, aren't these same-sex marriage bans totally strange (and lame)??? I don't get it...

 
At 8:23 PM, Blogger Cassi said...

Hey, I know you! Are you going to do the Hurricaine Sock Party again this year? She's holding signups again now!

 
At 9:04 AM, Blogger Krista said...

Hey Cassi! Yes you knit my sock! I probably will join again!

 
At 9:32 AM, Blogger Kate A. said...

Heya!

I've never understood that issue either...they hate seeing marriage undermined, and they hate everything about the single gay lifestyle...so gay marriage should be the perfect solution to all their little hangups, shouldn't??

Ooh wait. I'm expecting fundamentalists to be rational. My bad.

Needless to say, I too am SO loving having a place to chat honestly without offending people. I really don't *want* to offend anyone, but these days I feel unable to restrain myself from talking politics, and absolutely unable to even feign basic respect for opinions when they reflect nothing but the kind of ignorance and blind zealotry that has turned the US into a proto-fascist state in a mere 6 years.

 
At 10:54 AM, Blogger Kimmer said...

Krista, the sweater looks lovely, and what a wonderful shade of blue :)

The whole marriage thing...grr. I'm in California, and folks here passed a DOMA law a few years back that is bound to be shot down by the courts because the state constitution contains the same "equal protection" clause that Massachusetts has; this law didn't change the constitution so it can be challenged on this basis. I'm not sure if anyone has tried this here, though.

South Africa recently passed a common-sense marriage law that allows any couple to legally marry, but still give the churches the right to not acknowledge the marriage. This is the way I see it happening here ultimately, once the fundies are put back into their prayer closets (hey, Jesus said to pray in a closet...).

 
At 2:10 PM, Blogger Patricia said...

Hello from Alexandria! Yep, I'm thrilled we voted in Webb, but I am ashamed to about the marriage amendment. But not suprised of course. I'm think the northern blue part of the state should break off from the rest of the state (just as West by God Virginia did for other good reasons) and be called New Virginia. And this is our second Dem governor in a row! Who knows how things will go in '08. (Btw, have you seen your first Condi 'o8 bumper sticker yet. Dear gods.)

Also, a good thing to watch for background about the neo-cons is "The Power of Nightmares: The Politics of Fear" from the BBC. It oversimplies the reasons for the US being in Iraq, etc., but it also explains a whole lot (I had to beat my head against a wall a few times while watching it).

 
At 2:50 PM, Blogger Marianne said...

Patricia, thank you for the heads up and also...the condi 08 bumper sticker???!!?!?!? talk about some nightmares.

 
At 4:05 PM, Blogger Krista said...

I even heard Mexico, like South Africa, recognizes gay couples legally. So, have you all been seeing Senator Obama around lately? Now that's a man I'd vote for!

 
At 4:12 PM, Blogger Kimmer said...

Krista, I've been reading about a possible Edwards/Obama ticket in '08. Oh, we can only hope. I don't think Obama is ready for the top job, but he'd be a good second, and have some coattails to ride into the top spot in '16 :)

 
At 4:17 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

*sigh* such closeminded thinking on these "ethical" issues drives me nuts. Tell me. Just how does 2 loving people being married (no matter what their sex is) affect my life? It doesn't. If Marriage was so sacred, they really need to do something about the ridiculous divorce rate in this country.

Anyhow, the sweater looks fantastic, I keep thinking I might have to knit one of those :)

 
At 2:08 PM, Blogger the nut said...

Hey there! I live in Richmond so the blue section of VA can't separate completely or I wouldn't have anything to aspire to! :)

This is exciting to have found this Dem KAL since I have a blog that discusses both knitting and politics (more of the former lately) which, I have noticed, doesn't necessariliy a good combination make since most knitters tend to be of the middle to high income status, since hey, how else could we afford all this cool blue yarn?

Anyway, I finished a Dragon Scale Scarf in Berroco's Cotton Twist (shades of blue) and a Flower Petal Shawl in Rowan Cotton over the summer (pictures of it are on my blog somewhere). Now I'm going to have to find more blue to knit with!!

 

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