Madame Nostradamus, a witty little knitter…

Since I know there are some crafty people who read this:

Project Linus makes blankets for traumatized children from birth to 18 years of age. There are chapters all over the place, the website should tell you if there’s one near you.

Warm Up America! has been around for a while and is still going strong – and you don’t even have to make a whole blanket. Just a 7″x9″ square. You can donate as many squares as you want to be stiched together by their volunteers, or you can find a WUA! circle in your area and help stitch them yourself. If you’re local to this area, JoAnn’s does a WUA! stitch party every year. Watch their class calender.

And if you’d rather make something else like scarves or sweaters or chemo caps or socks or any of the endless things that people make out of yarn and donate,’s Charity Connection can hook you up. Local or national; you can search by area.

I’ve been listening to some coworkers in the break room having a conversation about gay/lesbianism, and their attitudes towards such people in general. I’ve always found it amusing and, I’ll admit, rather beneficial that when one is a quiet person, the rest of the population tends to forget that one has ears that work just fine. Not that the attitude was hostile; the general consensus seems to be “I don’t think anyone should be mistreated for their lifestyle, but if you ask me if I think it’s right, I’m going to say no.” It’s fascinating, though, to learn what assumptions people make about others, co-workers in particular. By and large, I think, most people see what they expect to see, and miss the subtleties.

And, nothing to do with anything, merely making my day better:

 Maria Callas in Norma: Casta Diva.

Introducing Sasha

This might not interest anyone but me and Q, but Lion Brand has a new yarn I’m kind of excited about. From the looks of it, the texture will be somewhere between Homespun, which is my very favourite to work with and feel texture-wise, and whatever their wool-like sort of fisherman-esque yarn is called – Jiffy, maybe? I really like that one too. Plus, there are some really neat patterns already up for it. Any other closet knitters or crocheters out there?

In other news, due to a wacky combination of insomnia, a freak attack of allergies and, in the wee hours of the morning, some throbbing jaw/tooth pain (that went away completely eventually, yay) I have now been up for about 24 hours. I got perhaps an hour’s sleep between 3 and 4 this morning. I’m fine right now, but I expect to crash pretty hard this evening. Oy.