Thursday, March 29, 2007

Episode Forty-seven: How Sweet It Is!

I've cleaned up the craft room!
Can I get an "Amen"?

And I've got more Chip for you today!

And I've got a lot of cooking to do! Good thing that deadline is past!

We weigh in on Mdm. DeF's knitting choices, Cast on for Kenya, and generally enjoy some more Dickens!

NOTE: There may be the same problem with this week's file. Try downloading again...sorry!

The Kenya Info:

HIV positive children in Kenya need
blankets to keep them warm at night and to keep fever at bay, and
also simply to have a soft, comforting object of their very own.
These children own almost nothing, and a blanket handmade with care
especially for them would show them that someone, even someone very
far away, cares.

This blanket drive is part of the Slum Doctor Program, a grassroots
organization whose mission is "to lift the burden of despair for
people impacted by AIDS in Africa by providing hope, medicine, food,
education, and dignity." For more information visit We're asking that blankets be made of a natural fiber or high quality acrylic, so they will be easy to keep clean, and that they be sized for children ages 0-8. We're also
asking that if you do plan to cast on for Kenya, you email The blankets will be brought to Kenya by
volunteers, and they need to have an estimate of how many they will
be carrying with them. The deadline for donations is June 15th.
Finished blankets should be sent to the Slum Doctor Program, P.O. Box
2156, Bellingham, WA 98227-2156.


  1. Hi Heather -- I'm finally caught up!

    I have so much to say, or at least *had* so much to say. A lesson to take notes as I'm listening, instead of trusting my memory.

    I do remember one thing, though. Your discussion of Bedlam and treatment (and observation) of the mentally ill reminded me of a book I found through LibriVox a few months ago. It's Ten Days in a Madhouse, by Nellie Bly. (I have to admit that I was first drawn to the recording not because of any deep knowledge of Nellie Bly or of the book, but because when I was a child there was a run-down amusement park in Brooklyn called Nellie Bly.) It's a fascinating read (or listen), and you should give it a try, even if it's just for personal enjoyment and not for the podcast. I just discovered another Nellie Bly piece on LibriVox (Around the World in Seventy-Two Days), and am eager to get listening. Both are journalistic pieces, not fiction, but I can attest that the first one is well written. I can only assume the second one is, also.

    I loved your theory of Madame Defarge knitting code. Morse code would work very nicely in a knit and purl pattern. Gives a whole new meaning to reading your knitting.

  2. Happy Anniversary! How cool is THAT? :-)


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