What I love about knitting doilies is how portable they are – they’re never too large for my purse or bookbag – and most patterns are fairly repetitive, making them easy to pick up at any time.
So here’s the start of Pafuglehale, or the Peacock’s Tail doily. Pattern is from Kunststrik and translations by Yarnover. Long-time readers, or short-time readers who poke around on my sidebar, should recognize many of their patterns – these are beautiful designs and easy to follow. 22 rows in, the baby doily appears! 1.5mm needles (US #000), thread is 44/2 wetspin Irish linen from WEBS that I also used for Alita, Mommes Lysedug, and another little doily.
In other news, I’d like to share one of my favorite / most disturbing “blast from the past in news!” articles. New York Times: New Homosexual Disorder Worries Health Officials. (Follow-up: Clue Found on Homosexuals’ Precancer Syndrome.) The history of the coverage of HIV/AIDS in the media amazes me, from early bewilderment to panic fueled by bigotry and ignorance. As a mid-twenty-something, I was too young to understand the height of the ‘epidemic’, yet I’m still amazed by how those a decade younger than me view it. Ask most high schoolers now and they’ll associate AIDS with Africa – not with certain gay enclaves in the United States. Compare that to the second article in which researchers were still speculating that the disease may have been related to the “lifestyle”, not a retrovirus!
Tonight I read this post on different models of discourse. The difference between academic and political discourse is very well articulated and reminds me that personally, when it comes to how I relate to people around me, I would rather emulate the dispassionate academic approach. You don’t take criticisms personally in research – you’re looking for truth. Clearly this is superior in interpersonal relationships than the political approach. But this is still missing something. (Reminds me of an early XKCD.) What is it? How do you seek resolution and truth with other people without trying to reduce them to a formula, when humans are necessarily subjective?
Pattern: Variation on Triple S Shawl by the Knitting Fairy
Yarn: a variety of stash yarns
In my current apartment I don’t have a suitable place for blocking. I had to resort to washing the finished blanket and hanging it over my shower curtain!
See my Ravelry post on the same!
Besides that, if anybody manages to stumble past here or is still subscribed to my RSS feed, I’m sorry for the template problems – I’m on here so rarely that I’ve been neglectful. Hopefully I’ll clean this place up in the next year or so.