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Tuesday, August 14, 2007


I have long been debating with myself whether to start another blog.
There is just so much I want to say, because my world is certainly not all about knitting.

Don't get me wrong; knitting is my life, and I am fast discovering how I LOVE spinning. And I just know I will be dyeing a lot more yarn come fall and everybody is back in school.

Knitting is the proverbial thread that holds it all together. Knitting is what I do, knitting is where I have made lots of friends, knitting is the creative outlet and the personal income. I love talking about it, I love discussing whether it's worth it to do left and right leaning decreases when you can't even see them on the purl side of a sweater. I love talking yarn. Gauge. Fiber content. Needle sizes. Sizes, and ease, and what works best as far as style for a certain body types.
On and on I can go, and never tire of it.

But I think it must be because I've made so many friends through this medium, and because I am a fairly open person and I am open to ideas and new information, that I decided to have a blog. Not just to tell you all that I've made another pair of socks, or to tell you that I've ordered yet more yarn. But to use this kind of forum to pass information along, and to allow myself to not only have an opinion about certain things but to pass it right along to you, figuring if you don't want to read it you can move to the next blog.

I have been thoroughly concerned about climate change. Every day I try to stay optimistic, and every day it is getting harder. Every day that I see someone idle their car in a parking lot with the AC on because they are waiting for their wife/husband to come out of that store...I get a little more discouraged. Every time I see someone cruising up and down my street just for the sake of crusing, I get more disgusted.

I get more upset when the clerks in the grocery store are letting me know that they don't like packing my groceries in the canvas bags that I brought from home because they are too floppy. (I'll bag the things myself then, thank you very much).

I get upset when I see the aisles of cereal, crackers, and chips that we have to choose from. Yes choice is a good thing....but have you looked around lately? Go look in the cracker/cookie aisle. Just the sheer fact that we have entire aisles dedicated to snack food.....
The truckloads it takes to transport all that snack food, the packaging it takes to put it in, the factories it takes to produce the stuff. And nobody really truly NEEDS to eat any of it.

To be continued.


Jody said...

And what about the fact that while I asked for another recycling container from my garbage collector because mine isn't big enough, an aquaintance had to get a bigger garbage can because she can't be bothered to wash and recycle!!! AAARRRGGGHHH!!!

Connie said...

I've been thinking about a lot of this stuff too, Karin. I'm a physicist by training, but am trying to get a postdoc in energy policy. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I appreciate your sharing.

Vivian said...

Karin, I, for one, would be very interested in your thoughts on these subjects. Sometimes I think I'm just not into the American lifestyle (throw-away culture, video games, convenient food and all), but then sometimes I think this is just plain wrong. People should learn to live better.

Ellen K-L said...

Apropos of the supermarket... have you read Barbara Kingsolver's new book "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle"? I highly recommend it-- an important and very readable book.