Monthly Archives: July 2007

Bubbles Baby Blanket II Complete

OK, so I finally finished the Bubbles Baby Blanket crochet pattern that I modified. It really turned out well, if I might say so:

Here’s a closeup of the ‘bubble’ effect:

My only real modification to the original pattern (created by Deneen St. Amour) was that I used three strands of ww yarn instead of just 2.

Final dimensions: 36l x 22w

Powder Keg

So yesterday, Ethan and George got ahold of the baby powder and shook it all over the bedroom. Of course they had to help clean up, and they had to sit for punishment, and I figured that would be the end of it.

I came downstairs this morning to find this.

No, that isn’t Caspar the Friendly Ghost — that’s Ethan sitting in that cornstarch cloud.

George had GIVEN Ethan the baby powder so that he could make this mess (I put it out of Ethan’s reach for a reason), then blamed Ethan. Amazing. I cleaned the bedroom while Daddy gave Ethan a bath. (What a productive start to the day.)

And George decided to show off his dictatorial side.

Celebrate Independence Day

“…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.”

Happy 4th of July.

An Inconvenient Truth

I am stunned by all of the media attention that Scooter Libby’s commutation has received. All of the ranking Democrats clawing for face time on the evening news, decrying how this administration thinks that it is “above the law.”

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, who had demanded that Bush promise not to pardon Libby, called the commutation “disgraceful” and said, “History will judge him harshly for using that power to benefit his own vice president’s chief of staff.”

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama of Illinois said Bush’s action cements his legacy as one of “cynicism and division” that “placed itself and its ideology above the law.”

Senator Hillary Clinton of New York said the commutation “sends the clear signal that in this administration, cronyism and ideology trump competence and justice.”

But what of the pardons granted by Bill Clinton? Those apparently have been long forgotten.

And what of Sandy Berger, who only had a fine, probation and temporary loss of his security clearance after intentionally removing and destroying documents from the National Archives?

White House Press Release

Now, don’t get me wrong; as far as I’m concerned, you do the crime, you do the time. But 2 1/2 years seems a little excessive in comparison to Berger’s slap on the wrist, especially considering that no one was charged with a crime or fired for the CIA leak.

On the hook

I’ve gotten a few requests from people who would like to know what crochet projects I’m currently working on. Since I seem to have at least two or three going at once, I added a progress tracking item on my sidebar.

I was searching for a newborn hat pattern the other day and found this really great charitable organization:

Afghans for Angels Project

They accept donations of baby blankets/hats/mittens, etc. and distribute them to parents who have lost a baby through miscarriage or stillbirth. If you crochet or knit, or know someone who does, feel free to pass this along.