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21st September, 2017. 3:12 pm. Letter to my Senators

Dear Senator,


I know you have fought, again and again, for the ACA.  Thank you.  Please continue to fight.


Allow me to tell you about my personal situation.  I am fifty-five, female, and employed.  When I was a child, I was diagnosed with asthma.  These days, I’m mostly fine.  I have a rescue inhaler, but rarely need it.  But that diagnosis is a pre-existing condition.  That means that, if the Graham-Cassidy bill goes through, I could be denied coverage.  When I was in my thirties, I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder.  I was treated, and am currently just fine; I no longer even need drugs to manage this condition.  It is even possible that the diagnosis was not entirely correct.  However, that diagnosis is in my medical chart, and therefore a pre-existing condition.  Therefore, I could be denied coverage.  When I was thirty-five, I was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea.  I have a CPAP machine which I use nightly.  It won’t last forever.  I need to replace the mask at least once every six months.  This is a pre-existing condition, and I could be denied coverage.  Any one of these conditions could kill me.  Any one of these conditions could mean that I can be denied coverage.  And not just denied coverage for this condition, but denied coverage at all.  This has happened to me before.  When I lost my job, no insurance company would offer me any coverage at all, because of the bi-polar diagnosis.  I was fortunate enough to live in Minnesota, which offered Minnesota Care.  Not every state has such programs. 


The holy grail, according to the Republicans, for health coverage is “choice.”  As if I, or most people, have ever had any real choice.  I get my insurance through my employer, who negotiates with an insurance company, and those negotiations don’t include me or my interests.  I may be offered a “choice” of tiers.  When my employer and the company they have contracted with parts ways, no amount of pleading will allow me to keep my doctor.  I will be subjected to transitioning care to whoever it is that my employer has contracted with this year.  This has happened to me over and over and over again throughout my working life.  The claim that the ACA has reduced choice is laughable.  Most of us have had no choice, anyway.  What it provided, what it guaranteed, was access.  I might prefer to see the doctor I have been seeing, sure, but I _need_ to be able to see a doctor.    I have preferences, yes, but access is much more important.


Health insurance isn’t like car insurance.  I can choose to pay a minimum amount to cover my old beater, because quite honestly, if it’s in an accident, there’s not much point in fixing it.  This is not true of my body.  I can’t just write off my aging body as not worth fixing.  I can’t decide to buy a new, better body.  Still, we are required to buy car insurance, if not for ourselves, for the people we might hurt if we run into them.  And in this sense, there is a similarity between health insurance and car insurance.  Health insurance means that I can afford to get vaccinated, and treated for serious, contagious diseases such as tuberculosis.  And that protects everyone I come in contact with, including those who are too young, or in too fragile health to get vaccinations.  This is important, and necessary, for all of us.  I really don’t want to die of bacterial pneumonia, and neither do you.  I don’t want to watch a generation of children be crippled by polio, or die of scarlet fever.  And yet, when you strip away the ability to get health care from the poor, this becomes a very real danger. 


Please continue to fight.  Please feel free to share any of the details of this letter with your colleagues or anyone else in this fight for my life. 



Sigh.  My senators are Franken and Klobuchar.  Maybe they can wave their numbers in someone else's face.  

I really don't want to die.  Why do the Republicans want to kill me?

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16th September, 2017. 2:27 pm. Let There Be

This actually is much prettier than the pictures show.  Alas.  It is in 100% silk, a pale, luminescent blue, and sparkly silver-lined crystal beads.  I wish I could show it off better.  The pattern was called "Illumine" and it is just lovely.  If it calls to you, do let me know.  As I said, it is actually even prettier in real life.

Illumine, front

Illumine, back

Illumine - splayed


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16th September, 2017. 2:25 pm. Remnant Neckerchief

This was to use up the last bit of the handspun that Beth gave me.  It...didn't work out.  It's not a useful size, it was rather a lot of trouble to make, it wouldn't block worth shit.  But, here it is.  Sigh.


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16th September, 2017. 2:21 pm. Blue and Sparkly shawl

I really like this shawl.  It is done in a sapphire blue merino and tencel yarn, with those silver-lined crystal beads.  it came out well.  But, as previously noted, I have a sufficiency of shawls, and it is available on the usual terms.  

Blue and Sparkly 
Blue and Sparkly, back


Blue and Sparkly detail

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16th September, 2017. 2:13 pm. Just for the record, Mohair is a lot of trouble

To quote from my Ravelry page:  

05-24-2017, In which I pick a fight with my own brain

It’s all Steven Be’s fault. Really. I went in to try several different types of interchangeable needles, so that I can tell my girlfriend what to buy me for my birthday. They were terribly, terribly nice, and let me try things with some waste yarn. So, after, I looked around for something to buy, and saw this lovely gold/smoke/purple ombre lace weight mohair silk blend. I’ve never worked with mohair. “How hard can it be?” thought I. So, seriously, I don’t know why I bother thinking. Not only does it not help, but encourages me to do stupid things.

Mohair. It’s a lotta damn trouble. Ok, you experienced, skilled knitters, I’m sure it’s not trouble for _you_. Me? It’s trouble. Also, although moss stitch is about as easy as you can get, bar garter, I still had to frog three times to get properly started. I mean, seriously, brain, what is your point? You don’t keep me out of trouble, and then you create needless errors just so I can’t start a project clean. It’s all very well to look wise and say, “It’s my process,” but that’s for the rubes. In point of fact, it’s stupid and annoying and I wish you’d just cut it out.

On the other hand, it did turn out really pretty.  It is also quite warm.  Mohair and silk.  

I think I'm keeping this, but if it really really speaks to you, I could probably be persuaded to part with it.  I kind of have a sufficiency of shawls, just at the moment.

Mohair and Me

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16th September, 2017. 2:06 pm. Spiraling Pinwhweels, Afghan edition

So, this is a pattern I did once before, but i wanted to find out how it looked with larger pinwheels and in a solid color.  Oh,this is also crochet, not knit.  I do still do that.  

Looking at the picture it is apparent that "no dye lot" isn't always true.  This is actually less noticeable in real life, however.  And, bafflingly, the color is called "Pagoda."  This is all acrylic,  Caron Simply Soft, which is a very, very nice yarn to the touch.  Available on the usual terms.


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16th September, 2017. 1:55 pm. Grey and Sparkly

I think this one is a near miss, and might be a bit better if I re-blocked it?  Not sure.  It's in this really lovely Madelinetosh variegated yarn, called Mockingjay, with these great, sparkly crystal, silver-lined beads.   The Madelinetosh is 80% merino wool and 20% nylon, I believe.  I really, really love the yarn.  Again, available to anyone who asks.  If I re-block it, I'll show new pictures, but first I have to convince myself that reblocking wold improve it.

Stone and Sparkle

I do really love the spine on this one:

Stone and Sparkle, back

And, you understand, once again with the incredibly goofy smile.  Sigh.

Stone and Sparkle, Front

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16th September, 2017. 1:47 pm. Interim Interim Shawl

If I recall, correctly, this was a stop-gap project to fill in the time until I could get the materials for an interim project which I had started because I was waiting for materials to finish the project I was working on.  This was pretty easy, and it's an odd, interesting shape.  I am not happy with the bind-off, but it's not too horrible.  It is in a navy yarn, a mixture of alpaca and silk.  Relatively nice to the touch, but although there's silk, it's very matte and not shiny.  Will give away on the usual terms.  Tell me where you are, an I'll drive it by or mail it to you.

Begonia Shawl

Begonia Shawl and me

Begonia Shawl from back.

I promise, you will not look as fat as I do in this shawl.  That fat, it's all me.  

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16th September, 2017. 1:39 pm. London Shawl

This is the traveling project that went with me to London.  It has a 6 stitch repeat, and I used stitch markers, which meant there were almost 40 stitch markers when I was working on it on the train on the way back from York to London.  A very nice tea lady and I talked knitting for a while, and she was amazed at the number of stitch markers I used.  One of the biggest suprirses about London (and environs, I guess) is how bloody friendly everyone was.  I guess I was expecting more...reserve?  The lady on the train was just one example of someone extremely friendly and outgoing.  

This shawl, I'm totally keeping.  Because London.  So there.

London Shawl 

London Shawl back

And me, with an incredibly goofy smile:

London Shawl, front

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16th September, 2017. 1:31 pm. A Failure of Gague

I don't swatch.  Since I don't do things that are fitted, I can usually get away with this.  This time, not so much.  It is significantly smaller than it should be.  It was really fun to make, but in the end, the size is a problem.  I may try the same pattern again, with larger needles.  The yarn is a lovely woolen blend, great colors.  If anyone knows a child who would like a lovely blue shawl with cables, I would be happy to give it to them.

This lace, woolen shawl would need to be re-blocked if you ever washed it.  Which is do-able, but a bit irritating.  My general advice is, don't wash it.  

Here are pics.  


Malgven w/me

Back view of Malgven

As you can see, it's too small for me.  It is circular, and about 35" in diameter.  But it's actually really pretty.  So, interesting experiment.  One of these days, I'll start swatching.  Also, pigs will fly and horses will talk.


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