Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Former "Outrage of the Day" Has Been Vindicated

On Dec. 9, 2009, I blogged about Glen Fortsch, an Iowan elk hunter. I was outraged because he was facing charges of killing an endangered animal, a grizzly bear, on Sept. 22, 2009. The bear was going to attack Fortsch and because he decided to rightly defend himself, he was looking at the possibility a $25,000 fine and/or 6 months in PRISON. I just couldn't believe that shit.

On Dec. 2, 2010, the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier had an update to Fortsch's story. "A local hunter who shot a grizzly bear last year won't be charged with killing an endangered animal...Roy Brown, a special agent with the U.S. Department of the Interior who investigated the incident, called Fortsch in June and said the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Wyoming wouldn't file charges. Even though it was a kill-or-be- killed situation, Fortsch said you never know if the court would see it that way."

OMG...justice actually prevailed for the common man!

"As required, the shooting was reported. Brown and two state official investigated. Brown said all the facts backed up Fortsch's self-defense claim.

"For example, Brown said the location of the bear, Fortsch and the bullet wounds, along with testimony of other witnesses, indicate the bear charged."

Congratulations to Fortsch and I hope that what he went through doesn't keep him from enjoying future hunting trips!

Last of the Baby Blankets for Christmas

I finished the last baby blanket for Christmas just a few days ago. This one is for our most recent niece, just born in June, so it's another travel blankie. It's four different yarns in as many different colors, and measures 26" x 28". I started it with nine granny squares in the center and then added the green stripe to two ends later on to make it a little longer than it was wide.

I told myself this one was going to be a granny circle, but I started it and just didn't like it. I started with this pattern and right from the get-go, it was looking like a soft sided granny square. I didn't know if it was just me or the pattern, so I tried it twice. I thought it was the yarn. I had first started with Premier Yarn Deborah Norville Collection Serenity Sock Weight in Saffron(that's the variegated yarn in the photo). It's very fine and almost too lightweight of a yarn for my liking. I switched over to the unknown cream yarn and tried it for the granny circle. It's a medium weight cotton yarn. But it too seemed to make a lumpy granny circle, although not nearly as lumpy as the Deborah Norville yarn.

BTW, for what it's worth, I love the colors of yarns in the Deborah Norville Collection from Premier Yarns. They are extremely pretty. However, overall, I prefer Vanna's Choice from Lion Brand when it comes to overall workability. If Lion Brand could find a way to combine Vanna's quality of yarns with Deborah's colors and shades, then I'd be all set to crochet forever! Maybe it's time for Kassie DePaiva, the former host of "Knit & Crochet Today" and a crocheter herself, to get a yarn line of her own. And let's be honest, more people would buy yarn that had Kassie's name and image on it than they would mine because she's a celebrity. Me, I'm just an amateur crocheter with a blog and en Etsy shop.

Hmmmmmm, maybe there's hope for a line of Lion Brand yarn called, "Kassie's Collection" afterall. :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Shabby "Cro"-Chic is ONLINE

Well, I finally got my act together and decided to give the Etsy world a try. Remember, I'm a lazy person and just got off my ass to do this.

Shabby "Cro"-Chic is open for business. I actually opened it two days ago and today, I made my first sale! It was a crochet pattern for an Easter Basket pattern. The pattern itself is priced at $2.50 so after Etsy's listing fee of $0.20, I made $2.30! :) Whoo hooo! Thanks, Christine B from Texas.

I'll have to wait until after Christmas to post some certain patterns, as they are Christmas gifts, but I think I have enough stuff squirreled away on my computer to keep things going there for a little while.

So, stop by the shop and let me know what you think or what you'd like to see there.


Lil Kim vs. Nicki Minaj? Nah.

"For months, the buzz has been on Nicki Minaj, whose recently released "Pink Friday" features a track, the Eminem-guesting "Roman's Revenge," that many took as a side-slap to Lil' Kim (sample lyrics: "Look at my show footage, how these girls be spazzin' / So f--- I look like gettin' back to a has-been? / Yeah, I said it, has-been /Hang it up, flatscreen /Haha plasma.")

"And last Friday, the Queen Bee bit back."

I never thought to compare Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj to each other. They are two totally different kinds of performers. Apparently, up until her prison-stint, Lil Kim was a hard-core rapper. Since getting out, she's cleaned up her image and even appeared on "Dancing With The Stars." Her last album came out in 2006 and she's only had individual releases since then, not another album.

Nicki Minaj is more hip-hop and hasn't been performing as long as Lil Kim, either professionally or as an amateur making her own mixed tapes.

I don't personally know much about Lil Kim's music. What I have heard, I've liked. I have heard more of Nicki Minaj's music though. She said she was influenced by Lil Kim but I look at her and think Gwen Stefani. Her appearance and style are her own but she reminds me of Gwen. Until reading the CNN article (linked above), that's who I would have guessed her influence was.

But the odd thing is this: if you read Nicki's lyrics in the article, I don't see how it could be taken that Nicki was insulting Lil Kim in the first place. Right now, it seems more like Lil Kim is trying to keep herself relevant and Nicki's the way for her to do it. Lil Kim needs to get back in the studio and get to work on a new release of her own and showcase her own talents. She can be relevant again and she doesn't need Nicki or anyone else to be compared to.

Monday, November 29, 2010

(Bird) Food For Thought

I got an email from the International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) the day before Thanksgiving. I had sent them a small donation earlier this year for the work they were doing for birds in the Gulf of Mexico because of the oil spill. It was an email to get me to donate again, I'm sure. It was very well written and very interesting. I want to share some of it here. It was from Jay Holcomb, Executive Director of the IBRRC.

365 — days each year we are caring for oiled and injured birds at our two rescue centers in California.

5406 — total number of birds treated at our rescue centers so far in 2010. The five most common species treated were: Mallards, Brown Pelicans, Black-Crowned Night Herons, Western Grebes, and Canada Geese.

2839 — number of Pacific birds admitted and treated at our two rescue centers in California between April 20 and September 30, during the height of the Gulf spill.

4 — number of smaller West Coast oil spills IBRRC responded to in 2010.

5 - the number of oiled birds received in the last week from natural seep along the California coast.

600 —number of critically ill pelicans treated by us following the heavy rains, flooding and pollution from run-off that hit the California coast in January 2010.

5 — pounds of fish consumed by a recovering pelican every day.

25,000+ — hours logged by IBRRC volunteers in 2010.

39 — number of years IBRRC has been rescuing and saving injured seabirds from crises. (That’s right, 2011 is our 40th anniversary!)

24/7 — hours and days a week IBRRC is on-call for wildlife emergencies.

Musical Monday

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Another One Bites the Dust

Another finished Christmas gift, that is.

I managed to get this blanket for our newest nephew done about two days ago. It's just a big five-sided granny square. I guess that would make it a granny pentagon. This nephew has just turned a year old this fall but he's a little guy because he was a preemie, so I decided he needed kind of a  funky different blanket, hence the odd shape. It's about eight different kinds of yarn with as many different shades of blue. After my version of blocking, each side is about 34" long and from top corner to the closest bottom corner, it measures about 40" long. I was thinking it would make a good travel blankie.

When it's laid out like that, it reminds me of a butterfly.

One more travel blankie to go for the newest niece. I'm going to wind up with carpal tunnel! But it will be worth it.