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Nov 26, 2014 11:36:55   #
JSZimmer wrote:
Any recommendations for a clear explanation of how knitting works?? I am an ok knitter but because I don't get what's really going on I have a very hard time fixing mistakes, especially with easy lace patterns I have used. There is a new book called Principles of Knitting. Has anyone read it? Any comments and suggestions are appreciated.

I have that book and I love it! Principles of Knitting has been around for a long time, however a new edition of it came out fairly recently. However, some folks find it a lil too technical in the explanations. I do like it, cuz that's the way I tend to think, I want the explanations to be highly detailed and I want to understand the theory behind it and I want to know the Knitty~gritties. But sometimes it can be a bit much if you just want to know your answer and know it now. There are other books, of course, but this one fits me perfectly. There are a few others that I really like too, but most folks say that they are too theoretical and not practical {I agree, they are theory driven}. But if you want to look at it, you can, before you buy it!!
Nov 20, 2014 06:41:50   #
wow. i'd've thought that the blow dry option of driving down the road would have appealed more than toweling off!
Nov 20, 2014 06:39:16   #
In January of this year, my husband and I were doing some estate planning, rewrote our wills, consolidated deeds, etc. I also contacted various organ donation organizations who manage the collection and delivery of said organs. I too feel strongly about several topics and one of them is brain disorder/disease research. For every question we answer, we discover that there are more unanswered dilemmas for us to find solutions or research. My own brain is valuable to me while I am using it, but after I die, I'd like it to continue being useful and I will no longer need it. So I've made arrangements for the it to go to Harvard. Some part of me should go there and I doubt very much I'll make attending Harvard a priority whilst alive!

So my brain goes to Harvard, leaving the rest of my body behind. Many schools prefer whole body donation for anatomy classes and teaching tools. However not all of them require this, since there are still valuable lessons to be learned and taught, using a brainless body. So I've made arrangements for my body to go to the University of Mississippi's Medical Center located in Jackson, it's a large research/teaching facility that addresses many conditions.

My body gets to be useful after I'm gone, instead of moldering in a locked vault, taking up space. Each facility disposes of the remains in the way you wish upon completion of their use. I choose cremation, and I will finally be less than a weighty entity!

I do understand why many cannot contemplate these issues, but I think we most fear those things that we don't examine...and we've not been taught ways to do so that are not repulsive and that focus on the benefits rather than the macabre. (spell check just suggested "macrame"). Also many cite religions reasons, feeling that their bodies would be desecrated and they would not be honorable. I feel like if folks truly felt their bodies are temples, then the time to be treating them as such should have been when they were alive and able to do so; instead of treating themselves in unhealthy manners.

As far as organ donation goes, if others can use my organs, great! However, due to medication issues, most of my tissues are not going to be in remarkably good condition to be used as a replacement or improvement over the organs needing to be replaced. So I think my body can best be used to further our knowledge in research, medical or scientific.

That's my opinion regarding myself.

Now, it's a good idea to research this area before making a decision and knowing the steps that need to be taken in what sort of time frame. For instance, here in Mississippi, regardless of my wishes and my signed consent, and my arrangements made prior to my death....upon death, my body becomes the property of my next of kin. In my case, it would be my husband's if he is still alive. Should he proceed me, then my body becomes my son/daughter~in~law's property.

I've spoken with them all at length and have instructed them to the best of my ability. I've given them information such as who to contact when. Speed is vital when dealing with donation of organs, whole body, brain, etc. So please research this area beforehand. You cannot wait til the will is probated or even read, this is a decision that is made within hours if not minutes of death. That is not the time to be trying to figure out who to call and all that.

It is written in my will and I've also spoken with all parties concerned, gotten written materials, etc. specifically saying that donation is my desire so long as this occurs without expense to my estate. This is an important question that you should be asking, if you decide to go this route. Who pays for transport and use?

Please do understand that these are the options and opinions I've chosen for myself and they are not feasible for everyone. You need to do what is right FOR YOU.

By making prearrangements, I've hopefully made things easier for my loved ones to deal with my death and the immediate consequences thereof. It's not for every one, but it might be more of an option for many than what might be apparent at first blush.

thanks for reading, I hope I've given you something to think about. debra

bundyanne07 wrote:
Yesterday the guest speaker at the womens group I attend most Wednesday mornings was a specialist nurse from our Bundaberg Base Hospital and his topic was 'Organ Donation'.
He gave a most interesting talk and the point of the whole morning was to endeavour to get more of us to become organ donors.
My husband and myself feel very strongly about this and when the speaker asked who in the room had signed up to become organ donors only TWO, including myself, put their hands up and this was in a room of about eighty ladies!!
I personally found this quite staggering as so many lives can be saved - up to ten was the number he quoted - from one donor.
Our daughter knows about what we have chosen to do and we carry our donor cards with us all the time.
Another unbelievable statistic he quoted was, in the state of Queensland, 4,560,059 population, figure from the internet, there were only 38 donor donations last year!!! Nowhere near enough.
How do other KP members feel about this?
I hope I have not upset any member by putting this post onto the site.
Yesterday the guest speaker at the womens group I ... (show quote)
Sep 25, 2014 11:49:16   #
So, I do this all the time and more so the older I get. snicker, grins, debra

cathy47 wrote:
Hay anyone noticed that these days people just cannot start telling about something without starting off with "So" or "And So" What happened to the rest of the's like picking up in the middle.

Another is, and I'm not sure how to spell this, "Ah" there is empty space in ones head and ya got stupid to what you were saying. Politicians were good for that one. Always gave me the feeling they are telling lies they will never remember. Now a days they start to speak I turn off the sound..

Anyother grips about the same ol same ol... Or am I just getting old and grouchy.. if so I take the job as the Grench this Christmas..
Hay anyone noticed that these days people just can... (show quote)
Sep 1, 2014 10:30:54   #
I think Jessica~Jean summed things nicely {thanks!}. In addition, sometimes the projects are done in squares and then assembled, if the area is large enough to necessitate some pre~fab rather than completely created on~site. In those cases, the squares can then be separated when the project showing is completed; then laundered and used for comfy~bedding for pets {at home or in shelters}. I'm sure there are other uses; but even if there is not some other use, of all the things to grouse about...shrug...DO something that YOU feel is worthwhile with your time, energy, and materials. Be a good example for others to emulate; we certainly do not need to be sniping at each other as yarnies and fiber freaks! If you do make for charities, clothe the needy, and so on; kudos to you!! Keep doing the good that you can, grins, debra

Jessica-Jean wrote:
Actually, all the 'yarn bombing' outside the Smithsonian is simply a ploy - like any advertising ploy - to grab the attention of the public and thus get them to go inside and see his exhibit.

Read all about it (and view a few photos) at:

To those who mourn the use of yarn for other than warm garments, why sorrow? Does the sight of a motor vehicle curdle your blood? Surely, the money spent building and (above all) fueling them could be better spent feeding the poor. But we keep the gas-guzzling machines and - worse - their numbers are ever multiplying.

As much as humanity needs the basic necessities of life, so humanity has always needed art. Without it, we're no better than chimpanzees.
Art can be a skillfully knitted/crocheted/woven garment or blanket or floor-covering.
Art can be a skillfully wrought sky-scraper, church, office building, hospital, or any other form of shelter.
Art can be cunningly designed writing implements, computer housings, eating utensils, cooking pots.
Heck, as anti-gun as I feel, a well-made high-quality fire-arm can be considered to have the touch of art in its appearance!
Art can be many things, and one of them is yarn-bombing. Yarn-bombing is a more pedestrian form of art, almost on the same level as graffiti; it's just far more easily removed. It's entertaining. I believe that no one should nay-say it.
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Aug 31, 2014 11:53:19   #
MzKnitCro wrote:
Cocoa or Coco

yup, yup!
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May 23, 2014 20:44:31   #
I'm not exactly sure, because this was Alabama, within the last 150yrs. But generally, bride price is what the groom pays for the bride, to the bride's family or her village, in more traditional societies. Similar to what a woman would take with her into a marriage, as dowry. The bride price would be not always monetary; more often it would be livestock, food, or some other valuable material that would show the worth of the woman~~some cultures would demand high quality and quantity to demonstrate that the woman is highly valued in her own community. Generally these traditions often addressed the woman being valuable and the community losing her to her husband {and his family/community}, so give us something in exchange; rather than "this woman is not worthy and so she must bring these goods with her into your home in order for you to accept her" {which is one way that dowry can be viewed}.

I suspect that since this was in Alabama, in the not so distant past, that this situation was not bride price is the traditional sense as above; but rather that it is more likely to be as some of the others have suggested, indentured servitude, bonded, in debt, etc. At that time, in this area, it was more likely that she or her family, owed a debt.

But I would urge you, as another did, to contact your local library, genealogical society, or even the Tallapoosa County, AL's historical/genealogy/library for assistance.
Feb 28, 2014 12:37:02   #
False, I'm in Mississippi where it is NOT snowing, but is cold at the moment.

The person below me is drinking tea.
Feb 11, 2014 10:58:21   #
actually, a few of you hit on the "official" reasoning; which is that the medical profession as a rule struggled to become as clinical and objective as possible {which also meant that in some cases, bedmanner, patient report, compassion were minimized or lost altogether}. so the pros would leave the room, or ask you to step behind the curtain, so you can disrobe, put on the completely ridiculous {my opinion} gown and get situated on the table. then the pros re~enter the room, the stage is set, the scene has changed, and maintaining the roles of doctor and patient has been preserved.

likewise, men don't just drop trou and let the doc do a prostate exam. often they go thru the same ridiculous costume change to maintain the roles of patient/doctor as well. and the same with breast exams and mammograms.

and i agree with both sides, the patient that feels it's somewhat odd to disrobe in private, then reveal anyway; and the doctor who points out that disrobing is a private matter whereas it's the doc's job to examine breasts, butts, and balls {well, in this thread that would be vaginas, but it doesn't flow off the tongue quite as nicely as all those b.b.b's, does it?}

grins, debra
Feb 10, 2014 19:31:35   #
well, hey there! hello from Starkville, MS! I was just up in Tupelo today, my husband had several docs' appts. Corinth is just a hop, skip, and huge leap away!

So it sounds like it is a single rake, the loom that you have. which would produce some nice items, tho not usually the double thicknesses that some of the more recent popular long double rowed looms are. can you post a picture of it, so that we can see it? i was going to ask alot of questions, but it'd be easier if i could just see it, perhaps with a ruler or your finger or something for scale so i can get a better idea.

how did you acquire it? did someone give it to you? did you buy it? there are some great pages with some instructions, but sometimes the instructions focus on double rake long looms and not just a single rake, tho some wraps would be the same regardless.

welcome! stay warm and dry thru this next bout of cold wetness, debra
Feb 9, 2014 10:35:12   #
I didn't read thru all 12 pages, just the first and the last pages. Lots of times, I listen for the message and the intent the person is conveying rather than the actual words they are using to express themselves...tho there are some really good turns of phrase that appeal to me! SO when someone is using filler as responses, rather than actually expressing a true reaction; to me that indicates that the person is not listening, is not thoughtful, and probably isn't worth the time it takes to continue conversing.

For instance, one of the most overused filler phrases that really irks me is "I see". Now there are times when the person really does mean that, it's the perfect way for them to express "oooohhh, yeah, I get it. I understand. I see". But usually, the person is not really listening and is busy formulating what they are going to say next and "I see" is their way of putting themselves on autopilot.

So, in that case, it is both the phrase and the intent that irritate me. In fact some of my friends and I mimic "I see" with exaggerated solemness and very pronounced nods when we feel that we are getting to be too serious and invest too much effort into a piffling sort of matter. It relieves tension and brings laughter to ourselves and AT ourselves. See? grins, Debra
Feb 1, 2014 09:21:03   #
Welcome, from Starkville, Mississippi! I get to Tupelo fairly often as my mother~in~law, my husband, and I all see doctors there at different times. It's rare that a month goes by without a trip to Tupelo, as even when there are not doctors appts, sometimes my own mother and I have lunch and browse thru a few stores like JoAnn's.

You do beautiful work and I'm glad that you are finding other crafts that you enjoy as well. Sometimes doing one thing leads to another and then another and that's what makes the journey so great! grins, debra
Jan 13, 2014 13:03:35   #
sometimes things like that can throw a person who isn't use to doing that. so this might sound a tad silly but it actually is good for folks who are better with visual demonstrations {I have dialup at home and head into town when I want to do something like youtube, so I cannot see what youtube has to offer at the moment; this might be redundant}.

so crochet your chain, work back across it and then instead of turning it {as in flipping it over}, turn your piece as you would a steering wheel, go around the corners and then down the underside/bottom of the chain that you usually wouldn't use when crocheting flat. So basically, you are crocheting in the round to create the sole of the slipper.

Does that make sense? I hope so! grins, debra
Jan 4, 2014 14:02:41   #
Hello! There are times I miss PA, but I love my current home in MS. Hope you have a wonderful winter and do so enjoy your time here on KP, grins, Debra
Jan 4, 2014 13:59:27   #
Hello! I'm originally from Catawissa, PA. Currently live in Starkville, MS. I'll be returning to visit Catawissa sometime this year, as one childhood friend {and her family} and I {and my husband} swap travel to each others' homes every other year, so I'll be in PA this year, in two years my friend will come here to MS and two years after that I will go to PA again. It cuts on expenses and also gives us a chance to see each other.

Welcome to KP and hope you thoroughly enjoy it here! grins, debra
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