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February 20, 2008

Items of Interest

Boy, the Princess has got to get more sleep. Thought I had published this a day or two ago. Guess that explains the lack of comments :p

Sometimes, work bites.

If you knit or crochet, the Marine Corps needs your help. Yes, you heard correctly!

Spread the word.

Via Eric, this young man can write. Well worth your time.

Yesterday A few days ago was the 20th anniversary of the kidnapping of Lt. Colonel Rich Higgins.

I was mildly astonished at how few remembered the Hezbollah connection when the death of Imad Mugniyah was announced last week. For those of you who may be rusty on the story, Lt. Col. Higgins was tortured and murdered by Islamic extremists. His wife, Lt. Col. Robin Higgins, was a Marine PAO at the time. Her grace and dignity under extraordinary pressure have been an inspiration to many Marine wives. You can read more about Lt. Col. Higgins here.

"Boredom is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. That debased and attenuated state of ennui which thinks that nothing is worth making fun of is far worse.”

Posted by Cassandra at February 20, 2008 09:18 AM

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I must engage in Yarn S.e.X. This is a very involved undertaking as it requires visiting yarn shops and fondling the goods and checking the content and color of said yarn.

I have no such colors in my stash, hence the mission. You thought I was engaging in a public
display of something, didn't you?

I will have you know that the above acronymn is
knitterese for 'Stash enhancing Expedition.'

Posted by: Cricket at February 20, 2008 01:02 PM

One other thing; If a knitter has a relaxed hand and forms Sagging Pearls and Loopy Knit stitches, he or she needs to go to a smaller needle until the gauge for the design is met.

On the otter hieny, if the knitter is Uptight about knitting and tends to be a Perfectionist, I suggest taking up ballroom dancing.

That is all.

Posted by: Cricket at February 20, 2008 01:10 PM

Do you know, I have not knitted anything since I was 19 years old.

I had never knitted anything in my life, and for some unknown reason over the summer I was up at Dartmouth and saw this gorgeous pattern for a man's sweater ... with a ribbed pattern in it, no less.

Well, of course I decided that this would be my first project for my current boyfriend (the Unit). So I start knitting....


Come late November or thereabouts, we had been dating about a year and a half. We have a big argument. I break up with him. Now I am stuck with this *&^%$ man's sweater that cost me $60 frigging bucks (which back then was a pretty penny).

And I'm not even talking to the big putz :p So a few days before Christmas, I finished it and took it down the street and gave it to his Mom. I felt a lot better afterwards since I'd been pretty mad at him and I like to stay on good terms with people.

Three months later, we got married.

Moral of the story: knitting is a dangerous hobby.

Posted by: Cassandra at February 20, 2008 01:22 PM


I hate acrylic yarn. It has a mind of its own, more so than wool or silk. I prefer natural fibers, and when in need, have been known to
spin my own.

Superwash wool is almost not even wool, as it is descaled to keep it from felting on one when it is washed. HOWEVER, I have also been known to knit socks with it, and it holds up VERY well.

Just don't get a blend of wool and nylon. I detest that type of superwash because the nylong will weaken the wool and cause holes.

Also: Have they considered the dreaded m*ths?
What are they telling the troops to wash the liners with and whyinhelkamIaskingyou?

I need to contact them.


Posted by: Cricket at February 20, 2008 01:34 PM

Thanks for posting the notice on behalf of the Marines. My wife has been crocheting hats for guys in the 173rd Airborne in Afghanistan and for the children there for maybe 18 months now. A student of mine was posted in Afghanistan in 2006-2007, and he oversaw distribution of dozens to hats to children who had little else to keep them warm. The photos of these kids are beyond endearing.

Last summer, we got hooked up with a chaplain serving with the 1-503rd in Afghanistan and he distributed over three dozen black, 100% wool watch caps among infantry in that unit. Since that shipment my wife has completed nearly 100 more for distribution to children through a civil affairs team and one of the infantry companies operating in eastern Afghanistan. So, once we have these Marines squared away, those of you who are good at this and look forward to Yarn S.e.X. (I didn't realize it had a 'proper' name...) might consider this additional use of your skills and time. The kids are thrilled to be warmer (plus they look cool!), and the impact of these donations on turning villages away from the Taliban is substantial and important.

MaryAnn Phillips at Soldiers Angels Germany has also been an outlet for this sort of thing, too, but check with her before you send stuff her way. Just a thought.....

Posted by: Robert A. Connolly at February 20, 2008 01:59 PM

A stitch in time saves nine.

30 minutes later....

I now have way too many stitches...

60 minutes later....

For the love of God somebody take some of these stitches...

And finally...

My intention was just to leave you in stitches You see I already have too many and frankly I have absolutely nothing to add to this thread.

Posted by: Dr. Harden Stuhl aka ['Stitches] at February 20, 2008 02:01 PM

I wonder, could one perhaps combine projects? Say Yarn S.e.X. with Holy Moses, Whatta Challenge. Give a whole new meaning to idle hands and the devil's work. May even persuade JHD to give up visqeen.......
Nah, not even fresh potato salad could do that.


Posted by: Snarkammando at February 20, 2008 02:26 PM


That's a pretty good yarn about you, the sweater, and the Unit.
You're a stitch sometimes with these real-life anecdotes.
I'd needle you with more bad puns, but I have to get back to work, and leave this thread dangling.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at February 20, 2008 02:46 PM


Forsooth... prick us, and do we not bleed, sir?

But darn it all [groan]... don't leave me on pins and needles, Don! Your deft commentary, as usual, has once more knit up my raveled sleeve of care. Your wit is the golden thread that enlivens the warp and weft of my dull life.

I shall wait for your return, hoping for more purls of wisdom.

Posted by: Cassandra at February 20, 2008 02:59 PM

... leave this thread dangling."
"...prick us,..."

Must. Resist. Temptation. Must. Resist....
Ahhh, it burns!

Posted by: Snarkammando at February 20, 2008 04:15 PM

Forsooth... prick us, and do we not bleed, sir?

Alas, only the first time. And then the flower of wonderfulness is lost forever!

Egg salad forever! :-o

Posted by: De Flower Er at February 20, 2008 04:49 PM

Wait just a gawldarn minute...

Cass gives her boyfriend something "ribbed" (for *whose* pleasure, again?) and she ends up married 3 months later?!?!

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at February 21, 2008 11:09 AM

Actually, she gave something *ribbed* to her boyfriend's mother.....
And I suppose it's better than him giving her something *ribbed* and then getting married, oh, say.....8 months later.


Posted by: Snarkammando at February 21, 2008 01:00 PM

The two of you are cruising... :p

Posted by: Cassandra at February 21, 2008 01:30 PM

You started it.

neener neener


Posted by: Snarkammando at February 21, 2008 03:49 PM

Oh, I so needed to hear that.

My brain is completely fried, my friend.


Posted by: Cassandra at February 21, 2008 03:59 PM

Posted by: Cassandra at February 21, 2008 04:13 PM

Posted by: Snarkammando at February 21, 2008 04:46 PM

Behave you two!

Posted by: JHD at February 21, 2008 11:03 PM

But, it's Friday!

Posted by: Snarkammando at February 22, 2008 02:07 PM

And it's time to cut loose.

Posted by: Snarkammando at February 22, 2008 02:59 PM

Yes it is!

This one is for you Gurlz!


Posted by: JHD at February 22, 2008 11:25 PM