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It being the Season, I've begun knitting again - also there may be a Stich n'Bitch group starting up at some point in the near future *crosses fingers*, so I thought I'd get a head start.
That and knitting always makes me feel cosey and my house being the draft machine it is, it seemed like the best thing to do when the Internet was boring, I'd finished my book and all I wanted to do was clear my head before the guests for the Hannukah get-together this late afternoon would be arriving.

I think I'm going to be skipping breakfast for the next few days to get rid of all the oil I consumed this week, Sufganiot (fluffy traditional deep-fried dough-nuts), Levivot (crunchy traditional deep-fried potato latkas) and Cream-bo (a traditional Israeli chocolate covered marshmallow biscuit winter treat).

Yeah, Hannukah, like the majority of my "Holy"days are all about the Food... and remembering stuff:
Hannukah itself isn't about "They tried to kill us, they failed, let's eat", like almost all the other Jewish holidays.
It's really an alternate date for Sukkot, which at the time the Jews couldn't celebrate because the Temple wasn't under Jewish rule, but under Hellenic rule - Greek.
Hannukah is all about the Jews under Greek rule in the land of Israel and how we defeated the Greek who had the audacity *gasp* to be all imperial on the Jews.
The Jews rebelled, called the Hellenized Jews Heretics, had a miracle in the Temple - to do with purifying it with too little oil and the need to light the Holy Menora (another Israeli Symbol, beyond the Magen David), hence all the deep fried food - and the Jews celebrated a belated Sukkot (which became canonised in the holiday calendar)... after punishing the heretical Jews and kicking Grecian Ass of course :)

Yay for military might!
Yay for burning light!
Hooray for deep fried food!
Down with imperialist Hellenization!

Though strictly speaking, I see myself being a Hellenized Jewess. I mean all that beautiful culture mingling with mine! Who could resist?
Oh, right.

Candles, fried-food and chocolate money! Woot!

Happy Hannukah all of you and a Happy Winter Season to everyone!
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Isn't this* the best thing ever!!!!!

Having gotten the knitting bug again, I've been scouring through the knitting communities on LJ and the most fun projects come from the fandom knitting communities, mainly HP, since you know, they actually wear wool things.

As I've mentioned previously, I've been knitting a Slytherin scarf, having already made a Gryffindor one. I'm almost done, well half way done, done eight stripes of the sixteen needing to be done. And after I'll commence on either the Ravenclaw or the Hufflepuff (even though I'll look like a giant bee if I wear it). I can't have just two of the Houses, I'll feel so unbalanced, plus I'm all about House Unity Baby!

Now that my brother owes me some money *ahem*, I'll exchange that for him ordering stuff for me online.

Yay, books. Craft books.

Oh, I gush.

*Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter by Alison Hansel.

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.
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I want this - it's a Denise interchangeable knitting needle kit.
And I want one of these - it's a French Press. Don't really care which.
And a coffee grinder.

Oh, Crikey I'm sick of the instant! So effing sick of it. And I'm just no capable of cooking the coffee on the stove and have it with sugar(!!!) every time.

And I want my fucking FAIR TRADE!!!!!!!!!!!!

*ahem* So obviously, the coffee stuff is a bit more crucial for me. But not to worry, I have another nine months to nag my family about getting me all those things.

Okay, not really, it's not that big a deal, but I really, really want these things.

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.
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I knitted a scarf for [ profile] tamara_russo.

I knitted hers in Ravenclaw coloures (bronze and dark blue), not too long after I knitted a scarf in Gryffindor coloures (gold and red) for a friend, but by the time I started it and finished it I lost touch with the friend and have kept it for myself.
But looking at the scarf lying in my cupboard, as it waits patiently for October and November to come around, it looks lonely and really one shouldn't just have one House in their home. Seeing as how every person has "aspects of every house" as the Fans say.

So now I'm knitting a Slytherin scarf (green and silver) and then I'll knit a Hufflpuff (black and yellow) and Ravenclaw (as stated above).

All the Houses in one cupboard to be used interchangeably throughout winter.

Heh heh, aren't I cute?

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.
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After almost six months, I've finally finished [ profile] tamara_russo's Ravenclaw scarf!
Man, it took me a long time and friends that thing is huge!

I've also gotten a commission for my friend Shira's birthday, she wants a long thin scarf for the winter. Not worry, should take a whole lot less time, since I plan on getting a multi-coloured yarn ball so it comes out all nice and colourful.

I also have to make a scarf of my own in the style of Tami's, since it rocks my socks!

Hope it keeps you warm in the winter (it'd better, since it's damn thick!)
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Sunday I returned to the Big Apple and saw [ profile] orcabee once again, and she was kind enough to be my kind once again, thanks sweetie!

We went to the American Natural History Museum, all I can say is WOW!
I was reminded greatly by the Natural History Museum in London, which I have visited quite a bit in my previous trips to England, but for some reason this seemed much larger (most likely due to the fact that all the special exhibits cost extra and I didn't even touch those!) and full of beautiful exhibits.
My favourite was the Endangered Animal Exhibit (which had too many stuffed animals unfortunately) - it was strange seeing a stuffed Panda and Cheetah when just a week earlier I saw live ones at the Washington Zoo - I felt a bit sad after-wards.
Both [ profile] orcabee and I went Ga-Ga! over the marine mammal exhibit, since we're both whale freaks and mourned when Keiko died *moment of silence* but at least she died free.
I was a tad annoyed that the language they used on the explanation placks was American English, but then again I'm a Euro-snob :) And that they clumped all the South American, African and Asian Anthropological exhibitions on one floor and didn't give each Continent it's due respect.

We had lunch at a very nice Sushi place (I love Shrimp Tempura and California Roll!) and coffee (not at Starbucks!!!!) at a place called World Coffee (or was it Coffee World?) and we shared a chocolate truffle cake (*dies*) and had a great time was had by all!

On the bus home, a guy pulled out some yarn and begun knitting, I was over come by curiosity and asked him what he was knitting - from that began a whole knitting lesson (I taught him how to purl and knit in stockinette) and we just has a very nice conversation. Probably the best bus rides I've had in quite a while and I reached Philly in time for the last train.

It was a good day!
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Another week went by and indeed another Friday, one of the coldest, but rather satisfying.

I finally got to the Yarn shop on Chestnut Hill (a very nice neighborhood near Mt. Airy, where I'm currently staying).
The shop was awesome! )

Went to Borders books and bought a DC comic book with Batman and Superman, oh how I love the Bats... Supes is okay... in a boy scout kind of way. I love the interaction and dichotomy in those two, it's amazing how different their approach is and still how successful they are as superheroes.
Batman in probably the only reason I prefer DC to Marvel (okay and Vertigo is better, but they're practically independent from DC anyway).
Oh to be a superhero... but being a Mutant is better.

Batman is human and he's better than all of them.
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You are Shetland Wool.
You are Shetland Wool.
You are a traditional sort who can sometimes be a

little on the harsh side. Though you look

delicate you are tough as nails and prone to

intricacies. Despite your acerbic ways you

are widely respected and even revered.

What kind of yarn are you?
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And I haven't even started my HP scarf :( Sorry Tami, it'll happen, I promise.
Right now i've nearly finished Shvo's scarf and Libby's blanket.
Then I'll probably knit something for myself and then for Tami... and then something else... I'm thinking booties ;D
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In regard to the last post, I had started the scarf, but it got twisted and then I noticed the joining got screwy (using circular needles, though I think I'm gonna have to get a shorter pair *grumbles*), so I ripped it and asked:

"Mummy, do you know how to make a proper joining?"
"Um... let me see... why do you want to join the yarn?"
*hard look* "The scarf is supposed to be knit in the circular"
"What do you mean?"
"What do you mean "what do you mean"?! A row of stitches that connects into a circle" I have begun to laugh hysterically.
"But wouldn't that make a tube?"
"Yes! That's the point!"
"Why would you make a scarf that's a tube?"
"Mummy didn't you read the pattern?"
"For what?"
"The scarf!"

Mummy and I always seem to get into these little Abbot and Costello moments :) It's a bonding and trying experience at times.
Mummy is quite irate about this, because she's confused about the circular knitting I'm "insisting" on using.

In any event I ripped the beginning :(

Who am I supposed to turn to for help in craft if not my mother (who is unfortunately confused)... I still suck.
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I just realized I committed myself to a very big project.
It will take me a long time and most of it will be done in the states!

Gah, what have I done *face-palm*!

Must prepare mentally for at least of month of painful knuckle cracking.


Dec. 11th, 2005 05:35 pm
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Today I bought sky blue and blood red wool (המבין יבין) and a new pair of knitting needles.

I don't actually knit for creating anything, I find it is the only thing that manages to put me into a meditative state... it's very zen, the repetitive movements in knitting. Plus, eventually I get a spiffy scarf :)


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June 2015

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V and Justice

V: Ah, I was forgetting that we are not properly introduced. I do not have a name. You can call me V. Madam Justice...this is V. V... this is Madam Justice. hello, Madam Justice.

Justice: Good evening, V.

V: There. Now we know each other. Actually, I've been a fan of yours for quite some time. Oh, I know what you're thinking...

Justice: The poor boy has a crush on adolescent fatuation.

V: I beg your pardon, Madam. It isn't like that at all. I've long admired you...albeit only from a distance. I used to stare at you from the streets below when I was a child. I'd say to my father, "Who is that lady?" And he'd say "That's Madam Justice." And I'd say "Isn't she pretty."

V: Please don't think it was merely physical. I know you're not that sort of girl. No, I loved you as a person. As an ideal.

Justice: What? V! For shame! You have betrayed me for some harlot, some vain and pouting hussy with painted lips and a knowing smile!

V: I, Madam? I beg to differ! It was your infidelity that drove me to her arms!

V: Ah-ha! That surprised you, didn't it? You thought I didn't know about your little fling. But I do. I know everything! Frankly, I wasn't surprised when I found out. You always did have an eye for a man in uniform.

Justice: Uniform? Why I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. It was always you, V. You were the only one...

V: Liar! Slut! Whore! Deny that you let him have his way with you, him with his armbands and jackboots!

V: Well? Cat got your tongue? I though as much.

V: Very well. So you stand revealed at last. you are no longer my justice. You are his justice now. You have bedded another.

Justice: Sob! Choke! Wh-who is she, V? What is her name?

V: Her name is Anarchy. And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none. Unlike you, Jezebel. I used to wonder why you could never look me in the eye. Now I know. So good bye, dear lady. I would be saddened by our parting even now, save that you are no longer the woman I once loved.


-"V for Vendetta"


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