The SOPA/PIPA protests yesterday really made a difference. According to Fight For the Future, “Approaching Monday’s crucial Senate vote there are now 35 Senators publicly opposing PIPA. Last week there were 5. And it just takes just 41 solid “no” votes to permanently stall PIPA (and SOPA) in the Senate.”
SOPA is a great example of the way that money talks in this country. There is a lot of money behind SOPA. There must be, because it’s so ridiculous, how else could it even be seriously considered?
If you or I proposed something like SOPA, we would be laughed out of the party. But when wealthy lobbying interests bring it to the floor, people are all “Harrumph! Let’s take a look at this! It has merit!”
So the rest of us have to push back against the lobbyists the only way we can. Contact your representatives. Raise awareness. Try to resist the urge to be snarky. There’s a lot of snark out there, and I get that. But this is, like, important. For reals.
Anyway! In other news, I have been snowbound since Sunday. Getting restless. The forecast is for 45 degrees and raining tomorrow, but I’ll believe it when I see it.
I never did get around to documenting this hat! This is Hermione Hearts Ron, a nice little combination of cables and lace.
It took about 75% of one of my last two skeins of Reynolds Whiskey. (Not sure how much yarn exactly, because my yarn scale is finally and completely dead.) The pattern is lost in the dark blue yarn, but that’s okay, I just wanted to kick this yarn out of the stash once and for all.
Reynolds Whiskey turns out to be a pretty good yarn for hats. I worried that it might be a bit scratchy on the forehead. But it doesn’t bother me too much. And the yarn texture means that it’s “grippy” which would probably make it a good choice for slouchy beanies and berets.
I used the tubular cast on from the Grace Lace Beret to start. The final hat is a snug fit on me, but I have a lot of hair. It should fit most women.