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Wednesday, January 21, 2009


I forgot to show off the yarn I spun:





It's the corriedale/merino/silk that I purchased at the Connecticut Sheep and Wool last spring, spun rather fine and plied with some gold embroidery thread from A.C. Moore. It was an experiment, and so far, it's been a successful one. It remains to be seen how it knits up.

I'm thinking of trying to do some sort of nice cowl with this. There's about 280-300 yards (I think), and like it said, it's rather fine. Not quite lace weight, of course, but maybe around fingering weight. It's hard to tell with the fluffiness of it; I usually associate fingering weight with tightly plied sock yarn. I may have to just play around with it and some needles, just to see what it wants to be.

I need to go to a more serious topic now: racism. I've been pretty active on a certain site lately, and I have seen stuff that I disagree(1) with. I have, however, never seen anything that prompted me to report a post. I know I could be bringing the wrath of the racists on me by posting about this, but I am going to go ahead and do it anyways without naming any names.

This is what the post said: >>On a funny note: I saw a new thread du jour in the "patterns" forum, called "Inaugural Scarves". Yeah. Right. Over here we have another
name for those: Nooses.

Seriously. I was HORRIFIED. The post was reported (and not just by me), and the post was later edited. I didn't bother to send the poster a PM, nor did I attempt to post in the same thread questioning her choice of words. I just reported it to TPTB.

So, tell me, did I overreact?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Firstly, and most importantly, that is lovely yarn and a gorgeous shade of blue :)

Secondly, no, you didn't overreact.

See you soon around and about

DunkTheBiscuit (Emma)

8:12 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Absolutely no, you did not overreact. I was horrified, too. I'm feeling like taking a little break, too, not just because of this, but because of how TPtB seem to pick & choose what to respond to.

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Kat said...

Your handspun is beautiful. I just got a wheel this past weekend and I hope I will be spinning usable yarn soon.

In regard to the other stuff, you did not overreact at all. I reported the group in general to tBTB yesterday, so hopefully something will be done.

I imagine great wanking about suppressing "freedom of speech", "libtard bias", etc. will ensue if action is taken against them. I'm quite hoping that when it's all said and done some people will be banned, or at least have their posting abilities suspended and it won't be the people who have brought this to the attention of tPTB.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Jamie Fritz said...

Ahahaha I'm totally going to stalk your blog now. Muhahaha.

(aka fennel)

8:43 PM  
Blogger mehitabel said...

Not an overreaction at all. I'm trying to find the quote that says, all that is needed for evil to succeed is for good people to do nothing. (That's not it exactly but close enough!)

And your handspun is beautiful. I love the pirate hat, too!!

9:08 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Freakin' fabulous yarn, Zanti!

I don't think you overreacted, I hope the person just misspoke but still, aaaaaaaasshooooooole!

PS The knitty board feels your absence, they're talking about how much they miss you!

1:04 AM  
Blogger Trillian42 said...

Dear God, NO! You did NOT overreact! That was an incredibly inappropriate and ugly thing to post, and I'm glad you stood up and reported it.

On a happier note... gorgeous yarn!!!

2:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the PTBs are out of town in San Diego at TNNA...they were at a special event at my LYS last week and said they were taking a vacation all week. Now, I can't speak for the moderators, but if I had seen it, I totally would have reported it!

Beautiful yarn, BTW! Have you seen the Yarn Harlot's cowl that she made? It would be beautiful in that yarn. She's apparently working out the pattern since so many people loved it!

2:38 AM  
Blogger Bezzie said...

Ooo! I love the gold embroidery thread. I've wanted to do that. Was it on a spool when you plied it with the wool?

Yeah that's why I don't really venture into the larger forums of that place.

7:09 AM  
Blogger Michele said...

First of all, I must say that your handspun is gorgeous and can't wait to see it knitted up. Doe you have plans for it yet?

Secondly, NO you did NOT overreact at all. Had I read that comment I would have reported it as well as telling the author what I thought of a disgusting statement like that. I can hardly believe that people can publicly make racist is truly horrifying!

7:30 AM  
Blogger Terri D. said...

Hey, ZMK. I'm off posting for awhile, slapped last night for my threat to throw someone off a cliff. Will keep in touch in many other ways.

Beauteous yarn. xoxoT

7:50 AM  
Blogger Eileen said...

The yarn is lovely. I wondered how it would look once you got your spindle on it! :-)

As for your my opinion, spot-on.

That anyone in this day and age could make such a comment as the one you relayed on here is horrifying.

In cheerier news, DH was asking about you & Mr. Zanti. When are we going to see you two again?!

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah pretty much ditto what everyone else said. I've lived in different parts of the south for about half my life, and it has never ceased to amaze me how people can have such intense feeling over something that no one has any control over(skin color)...
Maybe I'm missing something but it always seems so stupid to literally hate someone because of something that person didnt have a choice over.
I mean you wanna hate someone because they murdered your kid, or even if you hate them because of the ideals they embrace, that I can understand.. maybe not always agree with but at least understand, but hate them cause they happened to be born a certain skin color? boggles. my. mind.

ok sorry about the teal deer, but this subject tends to push my buttons.
On a different note, the yarn is beautious and if you decide you hate it, and any sisters you might make for her I would be willing to despose of it for you...


9:32 AM  
Blogger adrienne said...

Super gorgeous yarn! And wow... I am so glad I haven't seen anything like that in any of the groups I frequent. Eeesh! No, you didn't over-react. That's just wrong.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

I don't think it's *possible* to overreact to a statement like that.

I love your sparkly yarn-- I'm just learning to spin, and am yearning for the day when mine looks like. . .well, like yarn.


11:45 AM  
Blogger KnittingReader said...

I am so glad that you reported it. I wish I had reported offensive posts in the past.

And please to be sending me your yarn.

3:39 PM  
Blogger Beverly said...

Your yarn is so pretty! I love the gold thread. Great idea.

No, you didn't overreact. I would have done the same thing.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Oh my God. No, you didn't over-react.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Krafty Keri said...

Everyone pretty much already said what I was going to about the racist remark- I'm glad you reported it.

As for your yarn- WOW! That is gorgeous! What a great idea, plying it with embroidery thread. It makes it look so classy and elegant. You make me want to learn to spin =)

3:19 PM  
Blogger Ina said...

Beauteous handspun - I must try plying in gold thread.

You did not over-react. It looks like the gloves (and hoods) are finally coming off and what lies beneath is being revealed.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not overreacted at all. If I had seen that there would have been a flurry of action on my part-- so its just as well. I'm a little horrified after-the-fact. Good thing I'm sitting down.

Pretty yarn... I'm always impressed by people who can spin...

6:34 PM  
Blogger Morticcia said...

I probably could guess which board that was on. Sadly.

The part of me that puts my foot in my mouth (all the time) prefers to give people credit and assume they made a joke that was more off-color than they intended.

But even if that is the case, those words reference something so morally reprehensible one must stand up against it and I'm glad you and everyone else who did, did.

7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My jaw literally dropped - I knew something had been said, but I was late to the party, so got the cleaned version of the post. Unbelievable, truly. GOOD for you for reporting it.

8:59 AM  

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