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22 February 2013 @ 01:42 am

This is a Russian campaign against Article 6.13.1 (of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation), the federal bill which is to ban the “propaganda of homosexuality among minors”. You can enjoy the full insanity of the bill in English here. It was already approved by their Parliament in its first reading, and has two more readings to pass.

So the Love is Legal site is where people’s photos and accompanying messages opposing the bill and supporting the Russian LGBT community are posted. I asked one of the Russian activists if I could join the campaign, and he gladly gave me his permission. I sent my photo and my message to the campaign’s email address, and this is the end result:

My message is in Russian (thanks to ilupin for the editing), so I’m translating it into English for you.

I am a volunteer who works with gay teenagers. I know from experience what it’s like to talk an underage boy out of killing himself over the Internet.

For such teenagers, the information that they are perfectly normal and no worse than the others can be literally life-saving. They need information and educational resources, and not protection from the “propaganda” of what is absurd to propagandize. They need to know that they are not alone on this planet. I am against Article 6.13.1.

Darina Ivanova

ETA: I'm making this post "sticky" for some time because I think it's important.

25 October 2016 @ 02:59 am
This is the result of a mystery knit-along that I took part in ("mystery" means that you don't know what exactly you are knitting until you get the last part of the designer's instructions).

Form this pattern: Flynn by Stana D. Sortor http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flynn-5

The wings weren't in the original pattern, so I adjusted them from this pattern (it's free): Songbird by Sara Elizabeth Kellner http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/songbird-6

This flamingo is going to one of my Bulgarian chosen children, and I also got asked to knit a second one for the English boy (the last balls of yarn he sent me are just right for this project lol), so watch this space, but I don't know when I'll get around to the second flamingo because I have two charity fish and a Halloween "mystery" to knit, and don't even get me started on all those unfinished toys waiting to be sewn up. :P

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18 October 2016 @ 03:51 am
So, the pattern is finally out: Samuel and Fiona by Stana D. Sortor:

And I can now present the mystery creature from my previous entry: I made a spider this time, so mrdreamjeans is the winner, but alas, there is no prize. ;) It is a gift for one of my Bulgrian chosen childen who happens to like spiders (because such an unconventionl person's children must be eccentric in one day or other, right? :P).

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In case you are wondering, Samuel is the spider and Fiona is a fly, but I don't think I'm going to knit the fly. :)

P. S. featuring my great-grandmother's crochet doily as the spider's web.
Current Mood: accomplished
17 October 2016 @ 02:45 am
Not your usual knitting or sewing tools...

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.. but they served me well to cut and bend these things, which have a thin wire inside. They are called pipe cleaners or chenille stems in English, and I don't even know what they are called in Bulgarian; I just bought ten of them in a clear pack with just a price tag at a craft shop. I inserted those into my newest knitted toy's legs, and the whole process was not easy at all for somebody with no previous experience, although I did get a couple of tips from other knitters on Ravelry.
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This is a test of new pattern, and I don't want to post photos of the finished toy before the pattern is released and I'm able to post a link to it, but it's otherwise not a secret. Can you guess what the creature is from looking at its parts? :P

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P.S. That knitted lace bed cover (serving as a sofa cover :P) is my late great-grandmother's work, and I don't have a pattern for it. I can only admire her patience.
22 September 2016 @ 03:01 pm
LJ was terribly glitchy for me last night and kept "eating" my comments so I was forced to start saving them to my clipboаrd before trying to post them, so I finally gave the whole thing up. Meanwile, some other people complained on Facebook that they had no access to LJ at all.

I only managed to open my own journal at the third attempt today, so let's see if I manage to get this test entry through. 
19 September 2016 @ 03:30 am
So, this is the monster of my own design I was in such a hurry to finish for my sister's birthday. She asked me to make this toy for her baby “to just look at” before he has learned to reach and actively grab his toys, but my mother and I both think it’s more for my sister herself. :) So it isn't really really baby-safe; I would advise the knitters who want to make a safer version to embroider the eyes and nose and skip the pom pom on top.

And now that I've finally written the pattern and having it test-knitted on Ravelry (still recruiting testers in my group, in case anybody here is interested), I can finally start publishing the photos on the social networks.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Victor's Monster (yes, Victor is the baby's name).

All finished-object photos were taken at my sister's place because I made the monster's hair there (I took with me a bag of different yarns for her to pick from):

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Yes, I'm this "spatially challenged". :)
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A monster in the makingCollapse )

So here he is on my sister's sofa:
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I love it how the monster matches the rest of the baby's things:
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Current Mood: accomplished
16 September 2016 @ 02:43 am

4 September was an unusually lucky day for my exercises in frustration attempts to photograph the house martins in my area. Yes, I was extremely lucky to come near this building at exactly the right time when they were flying to their nests and back feeding their young (ouch, still in the nests in early September!). I did get two photos with a blur-of-motion bird flying away in some corner, but these two are the most successful I've ever got with my current poor little camera.

House martin butt lol:

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A whole two birds in one photo (that's a different window). I can only hope they are visible enough:

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The last photo uncropped for perspective:

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I don't know how the young of that particular building are doing, but I've been watching other groups of clumsy youngsters still learning to fly for a second day now. They were kinda-sorta circling around in the new park yesterday evening, frantically flapping their wings to stay airborne (I don't know if that was really necessary or they were just in a panic) and having much trouble steering. To my surprise, they kept flying in semi-darkness, after the afults had gone to sleep, and then descended low enough to make their white bellies visible from below when it was getting very dark and had even more trouble manuvering among the trees. I was even more surprised that they were much more confident and their flight skills had improved considerably this evening, but of course they were still far frombeing skillful enough fliers to make it to Africa. Last year's last generation were given tree weeks flying practice before ythey were suddenly gone one day along with the adults (Ithink it was 19 or 20 September), but they started a little earlier. So I wonder if the adults are going to fly south a little later to give these youngsters a chance to learn to fly properly first. I havent observed any follow-the-leader practice yet, so they may stay a little later this year indeed.

And by the way, talikng of house martins' young, l found this helpful site tonight. :)

05 September 2016 @ 02:35 am
So, I wanted to explore the tiling of this fountain in a park in my home town to see what was behind (or under) the effect that changeling72 described as "It looks a bit like a broken mosaic" in a comment to this entry of mine.

This is what the "broken mosaic" effect looked in daylight (the ripples were this time provided by the fountain jets instead of the wind). Photos from 19 August:

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Ehat the fountain itself looked like:
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And alas, this is what the tiling really looks like - you can see it clearly in the dry area of... ouch, I don't know what to call the side structure in English.

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01 September 2016 @ 07:26 pm
The geranium (well, actually Pelargonium) on our balcony, 27 August.

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The growing fruit on a young quince tree in my part of town, which reminded me of the approaching autumn as early as 22 August:

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The weather itself got kinda autumnal on the very next day (if I remember correctly), and we were "treated" to more than a week of wind that felt too cold for August while the sun was still rather hot, so I was still grateful for each cloudy hour. It somehow felt so autumnal even in the hottest days that I had to look at the green trees and the unperturbed swifts in the sky to remind to myself that it was still summer (I guess the shorter days and the sunlight coming from a different angle now didn't help either). On the plus side, that weather helped me to adjust to cooler weather, so now I no longer shivered in my summer clothes when it was 21C (69.8F)on the balcony one cloudy day.

Then it rained a lot yesterday, which didn't help much with the late-afternoon heat because ugh, the heat is even more difficult to bear when the air humidity is suddenly much higher. But now that the wind has gone down to a light breeze, we are finally back to... I don't know, maybe the best part of late summer, or just a period of slow transition into autumn this year, for a change.
24 August 2016 @ 03:21 am
.. and don't forget that unperturbed cat at about 3:24. LOL

Bellieve it or not, the original of this song is Bulgarian "pop-folk" (if my research is correct) and is sometimes referred to as the oldest chalga song, although I won't be surprised if the music was taken from some Gupsy/Romani folk song (or just instrumental piece). What we have in the clip is a Turkish cover, with just a bit of the Bulgarian maybe-original at the end (the Bulgarian lyrics sound ridiculous to me, by the way, and I can only hope the Turkish version is better because I don't understand a word of it).

The music does suit these Turkish dancers though; I love it how joyful and positive they look, seriously. :)

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