Ugh, can’t look in the knitting tag anymore. Too many “OMG knit an adorable penguin sweater” posts even though this is not a new project (like, 10+ years old or something) and they get so many sweaters that they hardly use any of them. Also, when I saw these links 2 years ago they were mentioning that the program only accepted 100% wool sweaters because they can release the penguins in them and the biodegradable material will break down over time, so no one has to help the little critter back out of it, and this year I’m not seeing a mention of that (I’m also not clicking through links though). Anyway, too many pictures of penguins for today.
*sees really cute/cool craft someone made*
I could totally make one of those
I'm gonna make one of those!
*never makes one of those*
I need a new knitting project to take to Baca next week, but I don’t have any in mind, and I need it to use yarn I have on hand. Dilemmas
THAT’S A FUCKING STRAIGHT JACKET FOR BABIES WHAT THE FUCK DON’T ADD A LITTLE SMILEY FACE WITH SOME HEARTS AND PUT THE WORD SNUGGLE IN THERE THAT’S HORRIFYING
You guys have clearly never dealt with babies, it’s called swaddling you dumbasses and it helps calm a baby down and it makes it easier for a mother to hold onto/nurse a very fussy baby.
also it makes babies less likely to like poke themselves in their eyes or scratch their faces up with their demon infant nails
seriously, baby nails are incredibly sharp and a baby does not need to claw themselves up
swaddling is an ancient as fuck technique to keep your baby warm, safe, and calm (it simulates being held which helps make babies chill) and this particular invention means swaddling without all the fabric which will help keep babies cooler in warm climates, and also allow for changing diapers and the like without unswaddling them
sit yo asses down and learn to care for a small hairless human
Also also, traditional swaddling binds the hips and legs as well and can actually be pretty dangerous, causing hip problems (I don’t remember the specific problems but I think the main one is hip displacement). So this is probably better and safer
Women between fifteen and forty-four are more likely to be injured or die from male violence than from traffic accidents, cancer, malaria, and the effects of war combined.
A difficult, important piece by Ariel Levy for The New Yorker.
Help do something about it here.
I swear to fuck if someone tries to come up in here and be like, “SOME men are violent towards women.” NO. SOME men aren’t violent towards women. Read the article, check your shit.
My previous anons protesting me writing off the majority of men as being violent. Read this and then get off the internet forever.
Sorry it’s true
The premise of minimum wage, when it was introduced, was that a single wage earner should be able to own a home and support a family. That was what it was based on; a full time job, any job, should be able to accomplish this.
The fact people scoff at this idea if presented nowadays, as though the people that ring up your groceries or hand you your burgers don’t deserve the luxury of a home and a family, is disgusting.
Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched.
Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (via ynannarising)
I love reading about alternate translations pertaining to the bible. At the very simplest, words change over time, and often translations don’t keep up. At the most complex, translators choose potential synonyms to align with what they believe the text should mean. It’s all very cool
shout out to all of the custodians, cooks, garbage truck drivers, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, waiters, and every one else whose jobs and entire fucking existences get shit on by the same people who wouldn’t know what to do with their lives if they had to do anything for themselves
this is some willy wonka shit
The gooseberry’s we grew in my backyard growing up weren’t quite so… gay. I have to say I’m disappointed that my plant was clearly unhappy.
like is there an easier way to make sure nothing is twisted? i keep getting things twisted because its so hard to see the middle when all the stitches are so close together
Re blogging so I can give a longer answer:
As long as it isn’t twisted when you first join in the round (take your straight cast on and knit into the start of it), it doesn’t matter if your circle twists around. It will be really easy to tell if it’s twisted at the ends of the needles, so that’s not a concern, and as the hat gets longer, the weight of it will keep it from twisting any more.
To avoid twisting when I join in the round, I start at one end of the needle and slowly push the cast on to the bottom of the needle. It gets bunched up and ruffly looking, but that’s ok, and when I reach the other end of the needle, I pick it up and just start knitting.
I hope this helps at all! I think knitting in the round is easier than most people anticipate before trying it a few times.
2014: thicker eyebrows, fatter ass, more lipstick, bigger hair, more reading and better politics.