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If you slog through my blathering, you will be rewarded with a chance at a little giveaway at the end of the post…

I’ve been fighting a nasty cold for the past week and a half. Just as I was starting to feel a little better, my ear started to hurt. A lot! Took myself to urgent care last night. It’s not a good sign when the physician’s assistant looks in your ear and exclaims, “eeyuu”.

Thanks to this grand state of health, I haven’t had the energy or brain power to blog but I did manage to finish a couple of much anticipated projects. That is to say, much anticipated by me, not necessarily anyone else.

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(let’s ignore the crooked buttons, shall we?)

Pattern: February Lady Sweater by Pamela Wynne (Flint Knits)
Yarn: Tranquility by Mooncake Yarn
Color: Brown Stone

I cast on in mid-September and was wearing it by mid-November. It grew a little when I blocked it, as expected. I don’t think I would change anything, with the possible exception of my yarn choice. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED knitting with this yarn. It is so soft and yummy, not unlike Malabrigo. Problem is, it is pilling like a mofo already. The danger of knitting with single ply yarn?? Regardless, it won’t stop me from wearing it all the time.

I also finished a couple of Lazy Days Skirts for the girls. You can’t beat a 45-minute sewing project with such cute results.

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Although I love the pattern, especially the ribbon hem, I am most excited about the fabric! It is from the new Moondance line by Jenean Morrison from Free Spirit. Look at these fabulous prints:

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I met Jenean last spring while visiting my family in Memphis. Her husband, Joel, was a good friend of mine in high school. Although Joel and I had lost contact for many years, thanks to the power of the internet, we were able to reconnect. He sent me a link to Jenean’s Posh Patterns website and I immediately responded, “Her work is amazing. She should get it made into fabric!” I soon found out that Jenean was already working with Free Spirit and I started to count down the days until I could get my hands on some fabric.

When Jenean e-mailed to say she wanted to send some of the sample yardage she had left, I was beyond excited. I figured she would send a couple half yards or something.  I had no idea she would send so much! I have plenty of projects in mind, but I feel a little selfish.  So, here’s your chance to get your hands on some, too.

Leave a comment by November 30th and I’ll draw a name.  If your name is drawn, you can choose to receive either 4 fat quarters or 2 half yard cuts.   If you win, be sure to share photos of what you make and spread the news about this great new line of fabrics!!

Be sure to go read about Jenean’s adventures at Houston Quilt Market.

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A friend of mine called me Wednesday and referred to me as her “happy, happy Democrat friend”. I’m not sure happy does it justice. It’s more like the feeling I experienced after giving birth – exhausted from the effort and anticipation; over-the-moon with the result; overwhelmed by the enormity of what just happened.

Since turning 18, I’ve done my share of “lesser of two evils” voting. It is a thrilling experience to get to cast my ballot for someone I truly believe in. Someone who is smart, articulate and espouses hope, as opposed to fear. And the fact that he won? Amazing!

Then there is the fact that the U.S. just elected its first African-American president. Think about it this way: within Obama’s relatively short life span thus far, the U.S. has gone from enacting the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to electing an African-American to its highest office. It’s true that the 15th amendment, ratified in 1870, prohibited governments from preventing citizens the right to vote based on race, but that didn’t exactly make a clear path. Facing tactics like poll taxes and literacy tests to violence and intimidation, African-Americans remained disenfranchised. Getting to the point where African-Americans in Alabama can register and vote freely was no easy task. Just ask anyone who was trying to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in March 1965.

Some committed and brave folks crossed that bridge and many others. Thanks to them, we’ve come a long way, baby! But to think that we are in a post-racial time is pretty naive. It only takes a few anecdotes from the polls to understand the continued need for such a law. The need for The Movement isn’t over, but the face of those who are being discriminated against and disenfranchised is changing.

I don’t envy Obama the task at hand. Not since Atlas has someone had such a weight to shoulder. The whole world is looking to him to fix the myriad woes that surround us: the economy, the environment, health care, education, the war, etc. None of these tremendous problems are going to be fixed anytime soon. Let’s face it, he doesn’t have a magic wand. As I’ve learned parenting a little boy with no impulse control, it takes far more time, effort and patience to fix something that’s broken, than it does to break it in the first place.

Brad took Sarah to daycare on his way to work, so the bigs and I could go vote.  We walked the two blocks to our polling place and took our place in line.  I’m guessing there were nearly 100 people there when we arrived at 8:30.  Sounds like the line was even longer at 7am.  It took about 45 minutes of waiting, but the kids were great and I even got a little knitting done.  The kids got to cast their own ballots and were eager participants in this exercise in civic duty.  I’m pretty sure Joshua just voted for president and skipped the rest of the ballot.  Brad assured me that there are plenty of adults who do the same thing.

Sarah is obviously not old enough for Kids Vote, but she knows her pick for prez, too.  She joined me the other day as I watched a clip of Barack Obama on The Daily Show.  When it was over she said, “more!  brack omama”.

My sentiments exactly.