Monday, March 27, 2006
I think I have crafting ADD. I really want to get Emma's Swing Coat finished by Easter, but yesterday I decided I had to learn how to do intarsia. Intarsia is knitting a picture or pattern using two or more colors. I chose a simple design, but still had a little trouble following the chart. Apparently I can't count any higher than six. After finishing it, I decided to felt it into a potholder. Because I was lazy and just carried the pink yarn across the back instead of having two separate pieces for each side, the flower shrunk more than the rest and now it's not a perfect square. It's really not a square at all, actually. Now that I got that out of my system, I am back to working on the Swing Coat.
Lately I've been patting myself on the back a little bit because my worms seem to be thriving. At first I wasn't giving them very much food because I was worried about overfeeding them and ending up with stinkiness or, worse, mice. I've increased the amount of food quite a bit and they are really chowing down. I am amazed at how much they can consume. Whenever I add new food to the bin, I think they are contentedly smiling up at me with their full bellies.
Recently some idiot wrote an article for the L.A. Times about LLL and breastfeeding "militants" causing deaths in poor countries by speaking out against formula. The article is so stupid that I'm not posting a link. One sentence, however, said "At the prodding of the militants, the World Health Organization now recommends that women nurse at least until the child is 2, which would be quite a cultural sea change unless you live in a hippie commune." I've been thinking about this sentence, and how sad it is that there really are so few children in the United States nursing at two. I am so very thankful for my local AP group (otherwise known as a hippie commune)! Pretty much everywhere we go, we can look around the room and usually see at least one nursing baby or toddler at all times. I am so glad that Emma sees this as the norm, and not the exception.
This is a cool link.