Monday, November 20, 2006


All done with the blue mittens and now onto another blue project, but I'm not telling what this one is until it's done!

Democrat mittens v.2.0

As far as background information... I grew up conservative and Christian, but then when Harry Potter came out I said "what could possibly be so bad that everyone would freak out that much?", so I read it and realized the answer was "nothing", and once I'd realized that the people I looked up to so much couldn't be trusted about everything, I started to doubt them more and more, and eventually realized that I had never actually been conservative and that I was no longer Christian.


At 6:55 AM, Blogger Marianne said...

Good for you! It's never too late, usually. I have an Aunt Harriet, I've only been around her a handful of times in my whole life, she's a devout Christian...but totally fell in love with the Harry Potter books, yay, and go figure, now if only she could go on to enlighten some of the others...
I'm not Christian either, it's a rather long story, but knew at a very young age they were leaving some very important things out of their story, although there are certainly some fair points to live by,,,,it just wasn't enough to convince me....
The blue mittens are sweet and lovely, just your basic mitten pattern? in the round?
Looking forward to your next blue project.

At 7:22 AM, Blogger mollieknits said...

Yup, I used this pattern but I used two strands of worsted (Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in lake ice heather) instead of bulky. Oh, and I changed the ribbing to k3p1.

And I think if I even tried to knit mittens on straights, I would go crazy. I <3 DPNs!

At 8:29 AM, Blogger Marianne said...

Mollie, thanks for the link, printed those babies off and will make some.

At 9:19 AM, Blogger Farrah said...

Mollie, you and I might be cosmic twins. Except the "aha" moment for me was admitting to myself that I could never really believe in a divine being that didn't see me as equal to men.

Lovely mittens.

At 12:55 PM, Blogger Kimmer said...

Good for you for actually reading the HP books! I swear, every time a new one comes out the same ignorant people come crawling out of the woodwork to complain about how "evil" they are, and how they promote Wicca. These same people have never read the books, but they just "know" this about them. When the fifth book came out I read an op-ed piece by one of these ignorant fools and shot a letter to the paper in response. The paper contacted me to get permission to publish my letter, and it was pretty good, if I do say so myself :)

I was raised Missouri Synod Lutheran but it didn't really "take", in that I went to Sunday school and church every week from age 5 through confirmation, and I was the top student in my confirmation class, but that was it. It never really felt right, and I had too many "hard" questions that no one wanted to answer. I stopped attending my home church after I moved 55 miles away, and I never bothered to look for a new church to attend. Just about 6 years ago I started down a pagan path, and so far it's been answering my questions and raising more, and I can honestly say that I'm a much happier and better person now than I was back when I was going through the motions as a Lutheran.

At 3:46 PM, Blogger Marianne said...

Hey, Kimmer, I understand, it's quite a journey and the pagan path along the way I found delightful, hopefully there will always be more questions you will seek the answers to on your journey.

At 4:04 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

yowza what a realization :)
I love the fact that it was Harry Potter that drove the reaction :)

Nice mittens :D

At 4:37 PM, Blogger Patricia said...

Another reason to love Harry Potter!

Nice, pretty mittens, and I can't wait to see what else you're working on!

At 7:17 PM, Blogger Kate A. said...

Wow, I too am totally excited that Harry Potter had that effect for you! I've been secretly convinced for a long time, actually, that Harry Potter can save the world. After all, it's getting kids to read when all hope in that direction looked lost, and I also think - especially as more and more of the books have come out - that it's got an incredibly solid, brilliant, wonderful moral message. We're all so cynical about everything, even morality - I think HP brings the magic, and the positivity, back to old-fashioned ideas like truth and honor and love and friendship. But, unlike in most organized religions, it's *real*. No hypocrisy, no lies, no unanswered questions. Good stuff.

And there's already an organization of young people organizing in a non-partisan way in favor of many good causes, all inspired by the ideas in HP:

It's funny how these inclusive little religious communities are a perfect breeding ground - when the right conditions are met - for critical thinkers. They create a whole alternate version of reality and then claim with all that fiery conviction that it is, in fact, real. The problem of course is that sooner or later someone's going to ask a question and...*pop*! That was the effect, anyway, of my growing up in a similarly insane community. Once you start to see the hypocrisy, it's impossible to pretend anymore that it isn't *everywhere* in nearly everything they do.

Thanks for sharing your story, mollieknits!


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