Popper Upper

The Trayvon Martin Case  and some minor personal issues really saddened me the last few days. The snippets of this horrible latest story of racism that got stuck in my head are:

Last night on Real Time with Bill Maher Charles M. Blow saying: As a black man in America today you have to be aware at all time of how you carry yourself and think about any gesture or movement before you do them… or something like this (I don’t have the exact text, but the meaning of his words really saddened and terrified me!)

Melissa Harris-Perry saying during her MSNBC show this morning, that during her pregnancy she found herself praying for a daughter as she was too worried about being a mother of a black boy in America today! (Here too I have only the spirit of her statement not an actual quote).

This is the reason I am even happier to have a real popper upper on my needles right now:

Last night I finished the first two sections:

and reached the point where I had to join in the red:

The minute I had a few red stitches on the needle the work popped up and filled my heart with happiness, seriously! This project was a pleasure since I started it but the red really do wonderful things to it. Whenever I get to a red row and get a few more red stitches on my needled my heart start singing!

So now I have a really big knitting dilemma: Do I knit fast to get to the red edge (I really want to see it) and then have the finished shawl, or do I slow my knitting down to enjoy this pleasurable knitting experience for a longer time?

I hope you know exactly what I am talking about!

Thank you again Vicki for dying these most wonderful colors for me and providing me with such a great knitting experience!

6 thoughts on “Popper Upper

  1. Paula

    I was smitten with those yarns when Vicki posted about them and doubly smitten with your latest shawl. Your dilemma is the best kind to have. You win either way.

  2. cauchy09

    yeah, we still have a long way to go in the US before everyone feels equally free. what’s funny is how much we fear each other and continue to fail to get to know that the fears are sometimes unfounded. But the violence is all too real…

    wow, that is an amazing red yarn! and i love what you’re doing with the yarn.

  3. margene

    It’s tough to comment on this situation because it is such an ugly side of who we are.
    Yesterday’s mail brought me a wonderful package from Vicki, too!

  4. Vicki

    There are so many sad things — too many sad things.

    SQUEEEEE!!! How fun to see this! So like mine… and yet so different. I loved knitting with only the grays, but adding in the red — definitely happy. ;)

  5. Kym

    So beautiful (the knitting; not the current events; which are simply sad beyond words). A definite popper-upper!

  6. Noa

    ” … filled my heart with happiness, … my heart start singing!”
    This is hand knitting at its absolute best, what it should be, the ideal. Magic. :)

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