Sunday, November 16, 2008

Look, Ma, no cable needle!

"What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?" (George Eliot)

Remember this sweater that I started B.S. (before Sam)? It's the Dougie Dog Sweater from Lucinda Guy and has 37 cables across each row. I was seriously doubting my ability to ever finish it, not to mention finish it in time for its intended recipient (my godson Lincoln) to wear before he's too big for it.

Well, now there's at least a chance. I learned the nifty "cabling without a cable needle" technique from Grumperina, which I'm using on the front (I had already finished the back). It involves letting a stitch hang in midair (which would be more stitches with a larger cable), so I'm not sure I would use it for all cabling. But it works great for this pattern and really makes the cable row go much more quickly. Still, I've got quite a bit of the front to go, plus the two sleeves. And not a lot of time to knit.

Speaking of cables, I made this nice cabled baby hat, thinking it might fit Sam, but it is too small. I really like the pattern though. Maybe if I just rewrote it to have another repeat. Yea, in my spare time!Look at that drool. He's getting two more teeth. He's also going through a "must be held by Mama at all times" stage. We're happy that he's attaching, but it drives me a little nuts. That, combined with his sleep issues (very short naps and still not sleeping through the night) makes it pretty impossible for me to get anything done, never mind a sweater with 37 cables across each row!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

I was there!

"This victory alone is not the change we seek – it is only the chance for us to make that change." (President-elect Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008, Grant Park acceptance speech)

Just me and a quarter of a million other ecstatic Americans celebrating the election of the first non-white president in our country's history. What a party! I got there late (waited until I put Sam to sleep at my friend Kristin's, so didn't get there until 9:30ish. Ed was working the election returns.) The line for ticket-holders was about a mile long, but after it was announced that he won, they just moved all of us into the non-ticket area. So I wasn't able to see him (or meet up with my sister and her family), but I had a great view of the Jumbo-tron. And it was energizing just to be around so many happy people! Even the CTA was organized. I was really proud of my city.

And proud to have been part of making this happen. On Election Day, my sister and I made our third trip to Indiana during this campaign , knocking on 82 doors in a final GOTV attempt. (Some say Indiana is still too close to call, but others are saying it went for Obama, the first time Indiana went for a Democratic president since the 60s.) This is the first time I've gotten this involved in a campaign (donating and volunteering, although I also volunteered once on Obama's Senate campaign). I really am inspired by his integrity, his own personal story, and his concern for the least among us. In fact, it is my Catholic/Christian faith that led me to become a Democrat and to be so excited about Obama.

I was touched by McCain's speech (wish we'd seen more of that side of him during the campaign), though I can't think of anything nice to say about Palin, so I'll just keep my mouth shut. I hope that those who didn't support Obama will give him a chance. I think they will be pleasantly surprised by the job he will do as leader of this country. Lord knows we need a good one now.

Enough politics for now. Back to knitting and crafting soon.