As you may know, I have been working on learning how to spin from a silk hankie, which is one of my Fiber Goals for 2012. It has been a really fun experience and I would certainly do it again just for the feel of the silk against my fingers (so soft!). Pure silk really does have it's own special texture.
- Spun: April 2, 2012.
- Fiber: 100% silk
- Spindle: Schacht 3" Hi-Lo drop spindle (2.2 oz.)
- Other: single ply, 77 yards, thick and thin
I'm so excited to see how it knits up. I'm not sure exactly what I will do with it yet, but I'm thinking about knitting it up as a square for my scrap blanket because it just seems to fit there.
*** Warning, personal rant up ahead, feel free to skip:
I'm not sure if this is the most appropriate place for such a rant; however, considering it is my personal blog and I have to get this off my chest, here goes.
I attend Smith College, a historically all women's college. I would like to think that our college is known for being a very open and caring environment, as well as for producing strong, intelligent women. However, today we were told that two anonymous notes containing strong racist and homophobic sentiments had been slipped under students doors. Frankly I don't think that there is any reason to do such a horrible thing and it makes me deeply sad.
As a scientist, I'm well aware that as of now, there is no genetic basis for the existence of race. I'm also a secular humanist, in this case meaning that I believe that we are all responsible for treating each other with respect and compassion simply because we are all human beings.
Not everyone may agree with me on everything, but my question is: why can't we all just get along?
I like how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights puts it best: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood".
Anyways, apologize for the rant, I'm just deeply shocked by the fact that such a thing happened within my community and I'm not sure what to do or what to think. I suppose I'm glad that as a community on Ravelry, that we are for the most part (at least in my experience) very supportive and caring regardless of our differences.