Can you believe that Shoeless Val has created a medal inspired by my 100% knit-from-stash, Drive-Thru experience? Behold:
Please feel bestow this award upon yourself & share in the knitting-from-stash triumph, if you are so inclined. Thanks Val, you made my day!
This brings me to another topic. Did any of you see the Frontline episode about kids growing up online? It made the point that the generation gap has never before been this wide as parents have no idea at all what Facebook is and how kids are using it, to give you one example. I am sure as bloggers we are more aware than most, but we can all admit that the web is full of peril. The Curmudgeon and I spend a lot of time being suspicious of the notion of an Internet community. His latest motto is that "The Internet is Taco Bell for the intellect". We are constantly fretting over the role of technology in the dumbing-down of our nation's youth--you know, amusing ourselves to death with our gadgets and supposed mastery of technological skill when all we're really doing is ripping songs off Limewire and all that. (Well, he does most of the expounding, I'm the one with the iPhone, remember? So I really don't have a leg to stand on there being a permanent adolescent and all, but I play along). We worry about our kids becoming more adept at conducting virtual relationships that flesh-and-blood ones. Tween Thing told me that pro-anorexia websites are all the rage with the girls at her school. Ugh. Let's face it, on the web at any given moment you are a click away from some really negative shit...
But then there are bright spots. How about all of these Make My Day awards going round? The spirit in which these posts are written makes you realize that we knitbloggers are involved in a mutual admiration society, and I mean that with no snark at all. We truly support and admire one another's creative endeavors, and it is an unexpected outcome of Internet life for me. Thanks to Véronique, James, Tiennie, Jodi, Weezalana, Peaknits and Courtney--you all make MY day. Have a look at my blogroll if you are looking for new reads--I truly read and love them all and can't choose just 10. Please don't think I'm a wiener for not specifying which ones!
Yesterday I whipped up an ear flap hat that heralds two firsts for me: making an i-cord and taking the time to finally learn to properly crochet an edge around something & having it not make the garment look worse. Can you believe it? I'm not a total wench after all...
Pattern: Everyone's Favorite Snowboarder's Hat
Yarn: 2 skeins Nashua Handknits Painted Forest (foliage) and .35 skein of Lamb's Pride Bulky (oregano)
Needles: Size 15
I got this pattern at Kathy's Kreations in Ligonier, a shop that I seem to be seeing a lot of recently. It was written by a shop employee and teacher, Tracy Earhart. This is a hat that I would never normally be attracted to, but given my renewed fondness for off-the-grid/hippy culture, I thought I'd give it a shot. And who can say no to size 15 needles?