women of a certain age are like sunflowers; they know how to turn their faces to the sun.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may

cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost."

- John Quincy Adams

What are you doing here? Go to your polling place and participate in history.

But take your knitting. The wait in line could take a while...

And may God bless our republic.

Have you made your personal contribution to democracy?

OK. Now you can read on...

Poinsettia is off to Maria the wonder knitter today (Finally! I changed that thing more often than the Republicans changed strategy!) so now I can turn my attention to Sherwood, which will be out later this week.

So, what does Poinsettia look like? Last week , you'll recall, she looked like this:

The bottom border was good; the poinsettia flower pattern was good.

But the surrounding patterns were competing with rather than complementing them.

After a weekend spent in redesign, I moved the poinsettia pattern to the center of the scarf, added more plain stitches between motifs to frame them properly, and substituted a more harmonious, slightly floral looking, secondary pattern on the sides.

Notice how the upward lines of the side motifs enhance rather than detract from the downward diagonal lines of the rest of the piece.

And how the vertical texture lines of the top half of the side motifs echo the same technique used in the background of the bottom border.


To quote Sarah Palin...

"You betcha!"


momsue84 said...

Thank you so much for the reminder to vote. So important today. On another note, just wondering how the Sherwood pattern is coming? Thank you! I love your designs.

dragon knitter said...

i did already! and i took my knitting and didn't need it. my neighborhood has a lot of working people, so it's kinda quiet during the day.

Anonymous said...

Took 4 of my 5 kids (oldest is in high school this year for the first time in public school)....this is what homeschooling is all about...Democracy in action. #1 son was bummed not to be going with me this year. They sure ask a lot of questions, but how else do they learn...Loving poinsettia....knitting...knitting..got to finish something else so I have needles...Thanks....YOU ROCK!

Megan said...

I voted a few weeks ago when I mailed my ballot which isn't quite as exciting as voting on election day. Not to mention you don't get the "I voted" sticker =( I like the changes you've made in your design, it is very uplifting. Can't wait for sherwood!!! =) Megan