Sneaky sneak peek

I stated in an earlier blog that I had frogged an old cardigan for it’s yarn and well here is a glimpse of what I have been working on.

I love the owl cables!

And I decided to make my own Short ‘n Sweet by Angela Best. I added extra stitches under the arms.

It's easier than it looks I promise.

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Gamer community

I was one of the people that grew up with Mario, Sonic, and Lara Croft and I was reading somewhere that a majority of gamers are over the age of 18. The median/ average age for a gamer was about 30 but somehow a lot of people keep this stigma that video games are for kids or for people that lack social graces. I’m sure there are gamers out there that don’t help shake that stigma with their constant talk of tea bagging n00bs. Well I hope those tea baggers ban together as video games are being taken to court. The Supreme Court nonetheless. The final legal word.

Are you listening to me?

In school, I was taught that the odds of a case going to the Supreme Court was smaller than the odds of you being discovered by a Hollywood agent while winning the lottery for 15 billion dollars but somehow it is happening. In fact the state of California (yes, California, the state that legalized marijuana is going after video games.) is helping it go to trial and the ammo that it’s using is all those studies that we gamers have pushed aside and scoffed at. You know the studies that say that video games are harmful to minors and should be regulated.

It looks kind of intimidating now for some reason.

Well, what the developers of gamers are trying to prove that it is a legitimate form of media because if they can’t prove that, then video games can be considered obscene and subject to censorship. Now those who are American history buffs understand that the first amendment right of freedom of speech does have limitations. Things that satisfy the Miller test or the Three Prong Obscenity test do not enjoy freedom of speech and can be subjected to regulations and whatnot.

Now some of you are going to understand that a lot of states are going to bring back older laws that ban the sale of certain video games. Pretty soon all we would have would be Barbie Horse Adventures and Wii games about cooking.

Now California also believes that people under the age of 18 do not have the mental capabilities to make reasoned choices. Okay, I’m paraphrasing but I’m not even paraphrasing it out of context. Seriously look it up. It will make you think. ” Wow California, way to have faith in your youth.”

Oh, California. Why don't you have faith in your youth?

Now, it’s not all bad. There are a lot of allies on the side of video games who are arguing that we, the people, should have the right to buy whatever games that we want. Because shouldn’t we be responsible for our actions?


For video gamers everywhere

This is the nerd in me speaking plainly but here are my thoughts.

I am a supporter of video games and I believe that it should not be thought of any less because of what it is. It is a form of media and SHOULD be protected under the first amendment’s freedom of speech. Sure there are some games that are graphic, violent, and gory but what about books and movies? The Birth of a Nation was a highly racist movie that depicted inaccurate racial stereotypes. The Marque de la Sade wrote novels about raping children and murdering them and why do we, the general public, think video games are worse?

Apparently I have no artistic merit

Every time a console is found in the house of a murderer, the uninformed mass seems to shake it’s head and the blame is put on the video game industry. Whatever happened to free thought? The idea that people make choices and that they are the ones that should be responsible for consequences.

Now why do I defend video games? Because there are lessons in some of them. Take for instance Call of Duty 4, Modern Warfare: in “Aftermath,” you play a soldier gasping his last breath, dragging his useless legs around an eerily quiet crash site littered with the bodies of his fallen comrades. His final actions all in vain as he slowly succumbs to his injuries and joins his friends, unmourned and alone. Why do I bring this up? Because in the game you got to play as him, his face concealed and you became him. He was you and in his death it taught you a hard lesson of war. That those aren’t numbers that are lost but people like you and me. Sons, daughters, father, mothers destined never to come home.

Such a heartbreaking moment in gaming history.

Another example is Mass Effect 2. You are given an option to kill off a race of aliens bent on destroying the human race or reprogram them. This is a thinly veiled question on how we should treat the conflict in the Middle East and another lesson woven into a game.

Now, not every game has a lesson and neither does every book or movie, but to throw the good in with the bad isn’t right. Despite this there are people out there, the agony aunts and old foggy politicians who believe that every console turns kids into mass murderers and threaten to limit video games. The right to free speech should not be limited because of what form of media it is and let Congress know that. If you agree go to videogamersvote.org to find out more about what you can do to help change this view.

As always, much love and respect,
ViralLola


Fall cleaning

I decided to clear out some of the sweaters I had made in the past year. I am selling the following for a fairly cheap price of 40-50 dollars. Email me at sunny.thi.knits@gmail.com if you are interested. Unfortunately I can not ship internationally and all sales are final.

Owls in love. Size 34-36” bust

the front

the back

Arielle. Size is child’s 5t to 28″ bust.

The eyelets are perfect for adding a bow

Ivy. Size is 34-36″ bust

Cropped cardigan


recycled yarn

Recently I frogged a sweater I had finished to recycle the yarn. I wasn’t going to wear it and didn’t have anybody to give it to. So I thought to myself, “If some poor sheep/lamb/ewe had to get defluffed for it, I might as well make some use out of it.” It’s a lovely color. Paton’s Classic Wool in this lovely deep reddish purple with little specks of orange and dark blue here and there.

The sweater in question was perfectly wearable but the yarn was too thick and the eyelet lace pattern got lost in it. It was not as crisp as I would like it to be nor did it drape the way I wanted it too.

I designed a whole new sweater for the yarn and I will post that when I am done.


Camera and pictures

I have been looking at cameras because looking at the pictures I posted for my tutorials, I think I need  better resolution one. In the meanwhile, I have been job searching. I have become rather disillusioned with my current job. The hunt is on going but baiting a new job is another issue.


Posting tutorials

Due to time constraints, I can only put two up a week. I am the knitter that knows wayyyy too many methods to cast on. Most people look them up but not me. I should probably thank my Great Aunt Minh for showing me a bunch of them. So far I have posted one about figure 8 cast on. It’s by far the fastest cast on method I know but probably one of the most annoying. The end result is rather gorgeous and it acts like it has built in elastic in it.

So if you have been watching this page. I am so sorry my blog is boring. I’m getting there. To tie you guys over in the meanwhile. Here’s a funny picture of a dog I found.

Oh... he looks so upset.