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  • Here, here!

  • I wish I were in such a lucky state!
    Now I’m fascinated as to who your candidate is… gonna have to figure out your Ravelry name! lol!

  • Oh, gawd – you have the same FDR machines as we do. In NYC, they’re almost always set to malfunction for the “minor” candidates. Ask me how I know.

  • Thanks so much for that post. I listened to Dr. King and all I could think about was how we will never see peace, and we will never see each other as equals, the way people around the world are being trained to hate people whose beliefs differ even slightly from their own. And the economic news didn’t help this unhappily unemployed worker, either. I will listen harder for the voices of the other people who are finally waking up and expressing their unhappiness–I sure am willing to work with them to make the world better.

  • LOVE moss stitch!

  • Ahhh, but do you know your known knowns from your known unknowns? (Or is it only not in the US that that little speech of old Rummy’s got famous?). I mean, is gauge on your new project a known, an unknown, or Something Else Entirely?
    I think you’re going for the same candidate we like. (Not that we count). My best friend’s mum has always pointed out that for us women in the UK, other women died so that we could vote, and not that long ago, so we owe it to them to vote so they didn’t die in vain. And anyway, you have no right to moan about the government that does get picked if you didn’t make the effort one way or another in the first place!

  • I am all gung-ho about voting and elections and whatnot (and the same candidate as you, incidentally), but alas, my state does not hold its primary until April 22, or some equally ridiculously late date. Am I wrong in hoping that this continues to be a close, hotly contested race so that my vote will really count?

  • I have become completely obsessed with the elections. And I just get so worked up thinking that I might have a baby girl growing inside of me and that the next president of our country might actually be a woman!
    I grew up in the seventies. My parents taught me that I could be anything that I wanted in this life – even president. Even with this knowledge ingrained in me, I’m overcome with the tantalizing idea that somehow my (maybe) daughter or my niece might grow up in a world where those aren’t just words.
    I can’t wait to vote! I’m going to talk to the baby the WHOLE TIME! YAY!

  • Yes! Go vote!

  • Yay! I’m so glad you feel that way Ann. I’m not the biggest political person around, but I think if we all got together and cared more and got passionate about who is making up the rules of our society, then we can make this country more of a place we want to live!
    And yes, I did bring the sweater I was working on to the caucus and wandered around, knitting. Got a lot of questions on that one.

  • As a Canadian, I would like to say many things about American politics, but I won’t. Just vote, okay, and do it right!

  • “Is it possible for a group of people, dissatisfied with the way things are, to find a way to change this mess?” I think the anti-war movement of the 60’s & early 70’s showed that it is. How to do it? Well, informed voting is a start. By which I mean don’t just listen to their rhetoric – exam their positions, past record & ask the hard questions. If you’re just going to vote for the best looking, best sounding candidate or the one you’d like to have a beer (or glass of wine) with, please do us all a favor & stay home. That’s how we got into this mess we’re in now. And pay attention to what they’re doing once elected.

  • I always get verklempt when I hear “I Have A Dream”. It’s one of the most timeless, inspiring speeches ever written.
    As for voting, I vote every chance I get. I do it for my fellow sisters worldwide who are forbidden to vote based on gender. Every referendum, every presidential election, even for the dog catcher. There’s nothing more American than a vote.

  • Go for it ..get out the vote, this time it really could matter. It hasn’t in a long time. Love, Dad

  • Go for it ..get out the vote, this time it really could matter. It hasn’t in a long time. Love, Dad

  • Your comments about the importance of voting and getting involved caused me to de-lurk to give my pitch for working the polls. I did it for the first time last fall and found it very rewarding. Poll workers are always needed (at least they are in Ohio), and it’s a wonderful way to help ensure the right to vote for everyone. Plus, you can get some knitting in during the lulls!

  • It took me a while to figure out what the first picture was. Being from Oregon and 30, I’ve only ever voted by mail!
    Weird contraption, that thing.

  • Yes! It always matters! Even though I have always lived in states where mostly my vote doesn’t count for much, and mostly my spouse’s vote has neutralized mine, I have always, Always! voted. (Then again, maybe I have been the neutralizing one…)
    You brought me out of lurker-dom with this post.

  • I often bring my kids to the polls…but this year….when I go my oldest will be with me and SHE’LL vote too! She got her “you are old enough, here are your registration forms” letter from our wonderful town clerk and sent them in, the good girl! It’s exciting!

  • Yes, yes, yes! I vote whenever I have the chance. I recently scolded fellow workers who dared to say they “only vote in the presidential election.” I’ve ALWAYS brought my daughter along, and I’m always mindful that where she comes from nobody gets to vote. 8 years ago, when she was 4, she wanted everyone to vote for Alec Gourd for president. (I blame VeggieTales.) Now she’s 12, and watches the debates and follows the primaries and has strong, uncomplicated 12-year-old opinions about it all. Forgive me for bragging, but I’m so proud!

  • I can’t vote in our primary because, in NJ, you must be registered to a Party to vote in a primary and I’m a registered Independent, but I am SO going to vote in November! I was a poli-sci major in college and have found this already-oh-so-long campaign season fascinating. There has never been an election cycle where people started seriously running SO far in advance . . . it seems like absolutely everyone, in both parties, simply cannot wait unti our current Pres is no longer our Pres.

  • Gorgeous handspuns. They’re perfect as the are.

  • Gorgeous Handspuns! So beautiful, that a scarf is perfect.

  • Ann, please keep this in mind: You live in a country that hasn’t had a terrorist attack since 2001. Despite the economy, I dare say you still have a roof over your head, food on your table, and money for luxuries (like a computer, TV and knitting supplies). You just posted a comment that in other countries would get you tortured and killed. Instead, you can make such “rants” freely and go to the polls and vote safely. I’m proud to live in such a wonderful country.

  • As a resident of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, where the Secretary of State wants to scrap our multi-million touch-screen system for an optical scan system because we all know how treacherous Hanging Chads are, I must say, I long for the old lever and curtain marvel. I always thought they worked just fine.

  • Yes, please vote! And remember that raising taxes (or revoking a tax cut) would be absolute economic suicide and through us into recession.
    Those of us who lived through the 70’s don’t want a repeat.

  • Yes, vote! And please note (from an econ professor here) that a tax hike under current circumstances would be devastating and would very likely throw us into a hard recession.
    Please, those of us who lived through the 70’s don’t want a repeat!

  • I always say, if you dont vote, you can’t complain. Thanks for the post. I’ll be absentee in the primary, watching from Japan, and still haven’t quite figured out who I’ll vote for, but I’ll be in the mix! Can’t wait to see the book and love the scarves.

  • By all means, VOTE, because EVERY election is important, not just this one.

  • I feel as strongly about voting as you do. My mom and dad talked to us as young children. I worked my very first election for my little town in Texas on my 18th birthday. What a process. We had paper ballots and pencils. I took both my boys to the voting booth when I voted when they were growing up. On each of their 18th birthdays, they both registered to vote. Your actions as a parent, role model, a citizen of this great country speak loudly about how you value both your local community and your gov’t by casting a vote for any canidate.

  • Amen Sister! Power to the People!

  • Every time I vote, from the first to the present, I weep; it’s because I do grok the privilege. Lately when I do my tours at the Historical Museum for the 4th graders I sit them down in front of the Suffrage exhibit and, after talking about *that*, get very serious and tell them, if they remember nothing else in years to come, I want them to remember this: This year, even though they are too young to vote, I want them to know and REALIZED that they are seeing Important History – a black man and a woman are both ABLE to run for President, ARE running for President, and it’s not a gesture — either has a good chance of BECOMING President. I’m days away from becoming 65 years old (yes, that’s me creaking, shutup). I was a Women’s Libber AND a Civil Rights Worker – and the fact that *I* (way that again louder **I** am alive to see this, is remarkable beyond belief. (I end by waggling my finger in their serious little faces and saying “Remember this!”) And you know? I think they will!

  • (should be “realizE”, and should be “Say that again….”) I was trembling with emotion….mes apologies.

  • Well, so much for your sacred rule, which I think was broken long before this. As for doing my part, yes, I vote. And yes, my husband and I want to do our part to change the world for the better, too. He is going to Bahgdad in February with his US Army Civil Affairs Battalion to serve his country. That means y’all.

  • As an ‘Old European’ who currently feels very screwed over by his newly elected PM who has already broken three ‘we’ll never do that’ campaign promises and has decided to throw out 5 decades of constitutional law while he’s at it, I can only say this: go vote. They serve at your pleasure, NOT the other way around.
    As for taxes, remember Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.: ‘Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.’

  • Ann and Kay —
    I gave you a “Make My Day” Award today on my blog:
    Thanks for brightening, and enlightening, my world!

  • Mason-Dixon for presidents!

  • Would you please be kind enough to share the instructions for the scarf that is NOT moss stitch? Was it simply a K2P2 repeat or did you do something special to get flat side edges? Thank you so much! It looks, and must FEEL…scrumptious!

  • Would you please be kind enough to share the instructions for the scarf that is NOT moss stitch? Was it simply a K2P2 repeat or did you do something special to get flat side edges? Thank you so much! It looks, and must FEEL…scrumptious!

  • Hi, I am new here and I’m wondering if anyone knows of an easy, simple cardigan pattern using worsted weight yarn? I can’t find anything I like. Thanks!
    Ps I’m SOOOOOOO excited about book two! I’m in the process of making the kimono for a friend.

  • question for you: i am working on a bedspread made from your little 4 inch squares, knit point to point which i love fr making it so easy to keep track. perfect knitting for college students in lecture. anyway, my question is about sewing up. i have been arranging them so that they are all on the same bias, thus
    //l//l as opposed to //l\
    (did that make any sense? oh well.
    what do you think? does it have an effect on drape, durability etc? i just like it cause it looks nearer than otherwise and since my squares are all solids it didnt matter for the pattern per se.id love your opinions! thanks

  • I’m always a bit awed and quite thankful, as I enter my polling place each year, at how peaceful and rather “uneventful” voting in this country is.
    I took my two boys along a few years ago when I voted, and we still had the mechanical machines. There was a “sample” machine on a table, complete with working levers, so voters could get familiar with its operation before actually voting. My boys, and then a few other children, had a great time “voting.” I was glad I could bring them along – and that they didn’t mess up my “real” vote when they came in the booth with me!

  • Amen!

  • You go girl! More power to the people! We can use all we can get! I’m with you 100%! (PS: I can hardly wait to see the new book!)

  • Hear, hear! Participation in the process is the only way to change anything. And I’m with you on kids at the polls; we always take our girls with us when we vote — we’ve even been known to let them punch holes in the appropriate places (this is one more thing I hold again touch-screen voting — it just isn’t nearly as satisfying). My poor students are going to be hearing the “vote” rant from me in the next week before CA hits the polls.

  • I’m not saying women’s suffrage isn’t important, but I’m quite sure no women ever died for us to gain voting rights… I couldn’t find any record of it, anyway. Can anyone enlighten me?

  • To quote Sinclair Lewis: “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.”

  • To quote Sinclair Lewis: “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.”

  • Mmmm, voting. I admit I get pretty excited about it every time. On the rare occasion when I get to work the polls, I take my knitting with me, and one of the dudes at the next table over always calls me Madame Defarge. I’m never sure if that’s a compliment or not, but it makes me grin.

  • Amen.
    Are you guys still alive? I’m nervous seeing that voting booth after 7 days… you didn’t make anyone in the gubment mad, now, didja?

  • Yes, me too on the missing you. Whenever I came home late without calling, my mother would say (in that frantic, near-to-tears voice that inspires guilt just thinking about it), “I thought you were dead in a ditch!” You’re not dead in a ditch, are you?

  • Lol. ‘dead in a ditch.’ truly a universal mom-phrase, then. may the knitting gods smite me if i ever say that to my fellows.

  • Well, come on, all you moms! Where could they be but in a ditch? They haven’t called! it’s late! This is really bad because it could involve a ditch in NY and an ditch in TN!! If they were males, we would know they were OK but when the girls don’t phone home… (at least that is the way it went where I grew up)

  • It’s been quiet ’round these here parts lately. Too quiet…
    First there’s the knitter and the Obama picture. Then knitters believing in issues and gathering support for those issues. I would not be surprised if poor Ann and Kay are knitting miters in Guantanamo Bay.

  • Mizzle:
    Plenty of women have died for the right to vote. This site: http://userpages.aug.com/captbarb/lives.html lists women who died in battle since the Civil War. I would guess that many women in history have been killed for demanding or fighting for rights be allotted to them.

  • I LOVE the picture you opened this post with! Thank you for it and for the reminder it gives that voting is deadly serious and important business.
    Even though I live in Florida and our democratic delegates have been discounted by the national party for moving primary day up (something I don’t entirely understand), I still voted and encouraged all my friends to do the same.
    As for the scarves and the gorgeous yarns, love them too!

  • Great post!