Monday, August 27, 2007

get Red(dy)

I've updated the poster/flyer/webdisplay for this year's Red Scarf Project, with the October due date.*
Email me (ezisusATsnetDOTnet) if you'd like the image files to print out a version to hang up in your very own LYS, knitters' hangout or to pass around.

The lowdown is over at Norma's fabby Red Scarf Project 2008 blog.
And speaking of fabby, show some love, in the form of a donation, to the Red Scarf Fund for Foster Youth.ofafigureredscarf_2

And still speaking of fabby, there's Norma herself. She's the mastermind of this fund, and she's running a contest, you can win as long as you donate and then drop her a note.

When you start thinking about it, the mind boggles with what's missing from a young person's life once they age out of the foster care system. The obvious- parental figures, is just the tip of it. If you have a child heading for college, think about how much help you're giving them. Not just with tuition. All the little decisions and the problem solving. The which dorm and how do I register and what's the way to get my banking done. These kids? They do it alone. No one to guide them along the way. No "back home" to return to when they need some TLC.

* the photos on the poster are Orphan Foundation staff posed with some of the college kids who benefit from the OFA red scarf care packages. Those smiles? 100% real.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

knit! I so?

with apologies to these folks

Had I not broken the power cord post off into the little hole on my laptop, you'd have read this a week ago.080707colorado007
a view akong the way - groovy, no?
There I was, computer-less, for the Big Extended Family Week of vacation togetherness on a far off mountain. Was I all angsty and stressed? No! Why not? Because I realized a couple of weeks ago that this summer's theme is...SO?

As in: my kitchen is being trashed regularly by zombie- like hordes of teenage boys cooking midnight meals, (so?) or snacking heartily with the TV and computer both blasting in the family room as I ignore and churn the pixels upstairs in my home office. So? . The sand is building up in the living room, the backyard garden was never weeded past July 4th and we are eating some very sketchy combinations of food passing as meals. So? So? and SO?

Every summer has a theme and this is it for 2007. I usually slack off the work a bit in the summer. Not this year and something's gotta give. It just happens to be my standards. SO?

In keeping with the theme, aware of my responsibility to continue the woolly/alpaca/mohair-y test knitting for the book, I said.. SO? I'm taking silk for vacation knitting.0807silk05
Has nothing to do with fiber farms, only , as a friend pointed out, worm spit. Hand dyed silk, aran weight, and just exactly the color of the water at the neighborhood beach.

I'll show an after-vacation shot of what I knit with the silk sometime soon. Yeah, I've been back a few days and should already have a photo of it. But I haven't. SO?