We’re going to Glasgow today, hoping to have lunch with Alexander and Ketki. So I must be relatively brief. The gansey has been divided for the shaped neck, and if I’m not too tired, I ought to be able to finish the front tonight. I mustn't be too tired, because tonight is a big one, and Obama needs me.
You will have noticed novelty in the sidebar. It doesn’t reflect any skill on my part – it links to the LeCompte Family donation-page: you’ll see the identical thermometer on their blog. Theo sent me some code and I bunged it in. If you feel like donating, please say that you have done so in a comment or more modestly, if you wish, in an email to me (address in sidebar), and I will match you. The initial fifty smackeroos came from Theo himself.
However, my own endeavours were not entirely feeble, either. I mastered buttons! I even had one of my own engineering there for a while – Kathy in Juneau saw it, for one. (Do, please, follow the link in her comment yesterday: it’s a riot!) But I was worried that I wasn’t entitled to the image I was using, and Theo suggested doing it this way. The Obama campaign is so well-organised and so internet-friendly that you’d think they’d have a little corner of their website headed Buttons for Your Blog, but they don’t seem to.
Maybe tomorrow, after we’ve recovered from Glasgow, I’ll put up a Knit From Stash ’07 button just to prove I can.
Emily, that’s an interesting point, about how prominent women are referred to. Literary critics offend all the time by referring to Jane Austen (for example) as “Jane” while they’d never dream of calling Chaucer “Geoffrey”.
In this case, though, I would defend general usage:
a) because a straight “Clinton” is potentially confusing, as Tamar says. It’s sort of like the way we sometimes refer to the present unpopular incumbent as “W"; and
b) because she does it herself. All the pictures I see of her rallies are populated with people waving placards which say “Hillary”, never “Clinton”. Whereas Obama’s placards call him “Obama”.
If we’re still feeling happy this time tomorrow, I think we may be on a roll.