*sigh*


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Handspun lovely rose grey squishy soft baby alpaca?  Check.  Knitting needles?  Check.  Pattern to go with the yarn?  Nope.

I’ve started two sweaters in the past three days (one is still on the needles in the photo) and both need to be frogged which is knitter speak for ripping out.  It turns out that my hand spun alpaca is not, as I thought, a sport weight, it’s most definitely either a heavy DK weight or a light worsted weight.  AND.  Alpaca, it turns out, has no memory.  So the sweaters I started, will not keep their shape.  They will grow.  Which will be bad.

The first sweater I started had a lovely drape, which would have taken into account the stretch factor, but I’m not going to spin and ply 1800 yards of this stuff before it’s due to be given!  And the body of the sweater was quite drapey but the sleeves looked distressingly tight on the models which concerned me enough that I ripped it out.

The second sweater was working up nicely in the ribbed section at the waist, but when I started on the body I realized there was no way a light weight 2 ply was going to work with a sweater designed for a heavy worsted 10 ply yarn.  Nope.  Knitting you can see through just doesn’t work unless you’re knitting lace.

So, back to square one.  Another two hours wasted surfing patterns at Ravelry yielded exactly nothing that I thought my intended recipient would care for.  Lots I would wear, but this time of year I can’t possibly knit for myself.  I have custom knitting for pay, gift knitting for loved ones and no time to knit for myself, not even socks.

Then I remembered a pattern I had purchased last year.  I searched Ravelry for this pattern made with alpaca.  And found a quite lovely example that proved it could work.  So.

Enter Hitofude.  Lacey, light, drapey and yet slim and stylish, perfect for alpaca.  Win.

Now I’d better get ripping so I can get knitting!  Oh, and find my size 4 circulars….

 

 

Obamacare just might be going away after all.


http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/11/supreme-court-just-took-case-could-gut-obamacare-heres-how-states-can-save-it

So there you have it folks – it’s from a liberal perspective, so they’re all about saving it, but facts are facts.

How do you feel, if you live in a ‘red’  state, about having/not having this?

I’m concerned from the perspective that people won’t just go back on what they had before, if they had Medicaid or in Arizona’s case, AHCCCS (pronounced access).  They won’t have anything at all.  And I can tell you, from dealing with Obamacare in residents who were on AHCCCS and are now on ACA, it’s a poorer insurance with fewer choices, higher costs, and less coverage.  This is fine for those who should really be having some skin in the game, but for the elderly who were on some form of state sponsored long term insurance under medicare/medicaid, it’s really pretty paltry, and denies them access to the medicines they need unless they want to spend far more than half their monthly income on insurance premiums and medications.

I agree in principle that ACA must go.  It’s an insurance company bailout, and a gift to the pharmaceutical and hospital industries, nothing more.  But we really need to be having discussions about what will take its place.  When I get my license, I can provide visits for a quite reasonable fee, or barter for things we both benefit from, but that doesn’t help when the person needs to be hospitalized, or if the medicine they really need costs $249 per month.  By the time they’re at a place where they need a medicine that expensive, there are not many herbs I can prescribe that will do nearly so good a job of controlling symptoms.

Once again, we really need to be having discussions about alternative ways of care delivery.  And about medication costs.  And about hospital costs.  And about the elderly’s idea that medicare should be free for them.  And about the younger people’s idea that Obamacare should be free for them.  We STILL don’t have insurance.  Why?  Because it was too expensive even with the subsidies.  For a $12,700 deductible, we’ll just take our chances.   The penalty is significantly cheaper than buying the insurance would have been.

The system is broken.  We need to look at alternatives.  When can we begin this conversation?  Without having to talk about concierge care type systems that only benefit the wealthy, or subscription systems that still don’t address medications or acute care, or the idea that some should just go without or die?

I hate living at the twilight of empire sometimes.  Hobson’s choice indeed.