OK, I'm not sure that anyone was really waiting for the big reveal, but I'm gonna give it to ya anyway, you betcha (wink). Here's what I'm knitting now:
Here's a bit of a close-up:
This is the Plum Lotus scarf, by Bad Cat designs (Rav link). I'm using Knitpicks Shadow in the Juniper color. This is meant to be a quick scarf, an accessory rather than a winter necessity. The pattern goes pretty quickly, and although there's patterning on both knit and purl rows, it's easy to do.
I know I just got a whole bunch of gorgeous laceweight from Yarn Chef, but I'm waiting for the right project for that yarn. Do you do that too -- "save" yarn for a special project, as if it's too good for something more ordinary?
OK. Debate Talk
I did, indeed, watch the debate last night. I was somewhat pleasantly surprised that McCain wasn't going as negative as he had indicated he would. That's not to say that I liked what I saw and heard from him, but at least he didn't sink as low as he was ready to go. How sad is that when I can be happy he didn't sink lower than he did?
McCain's whole demeanor was one of condescending impatience. It was as if he thought he was entitled to be President, obviously, so why did he have to go through all of this nonsense to try to convince people to vote for him? He's John McCain, dammit, a maverick! How dare we question him. When he was answering questions, the tone of his voice sounded like he was trying to explain things to kindergarteners. "You probably hadn't heard of Freddie Mac before a few weeks ago?" WTF? If I had been the guy who had asked that question, I'd be supremely insulted.
He also seemed, at times, to be channeling both Bush and Palin, vocally. At one point, I noticed that he was dropping his gs, a la Palin, and Mr. T cruised by at one point and asked why he was imitating Bush's raspy, breathy vocal style. Maybe he thought it was less aggressive. Other commentators said it made him sound old. I just think it made him sound false.
By the way, his grand new plan to have the government buy up mortgages on devalued houses and renegotiate terms with the owners isn't new or unique to him; a version of it is actually part of the bailout (oops, I mean rescue) plan.
He was moving oddly too, jerking around the stage and stalking around, even when Obama was talking. Was it nerves? Age? Anger? He clearly doesn't like Obama, not even bothering to hide it out of respect or some sense of propriety.
I thought Obama seemed calm, cool, and collected, again. For the most part, he answered the questions, seemed to connect with the questioner, and offered specifics, as opposed to McCain's "I can do this, I can do that" approach to answering. When McCain was speaking, he appeared to be listening respectfully. There was one question where I could see that he was grasping for an answer, kind of fumbling along (I'm not sure which question it was, perhaps the question about healthcare being a commodity). Otherwise, he seemed on target. His answer to the question about sacrifice was spot on, and resonated well with the audience.
But seriously, what kind of asshole is John McCain to refuse to shake Obama's hand after the debate? Is that the kind of man we want as President. Not me, no way, no how.
Last, but not least, shame on John McCain, for the depths his campaign is sinking to, in inciting so much hatred and racism that people at his rallies call Obama a terrorist and threaten to kill him. (The Secret Service is investigating.) And McCain's reaction is a fake wince and a satisfied smile, because he's getting just the reaction he wants, without having to utter a word of his own.