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Darina
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.

 
 
 
Darina
26 January 2015 @ 02:54 am
Now that I have my computer back, it's time to post some knitting photos again while it still works. :P

So, as I mentioned in my previous entry, I managed to get involved in a Bulgarian charity knitting and crocheting campaign on Facebook. It even got on TV; here is a video (not embedble, alas). It's in Bulgarian, and I'm not sure how well it's going to play outside Europe, but at least my Russian readers in Europe may more or less understand it if they are curious enough.

And here is a screenshot of the person who started of the Campaign, Marian Geleva, joining the crocheted pieces together (yes, they are African Flower hexagons0:

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The initial idea was to crochet a blanket be sold for charity piece by piece by as many crocheters as were available each month, and the money to be given for some ill child's treatment. And then it branched off into a separate project for the knitters in the group, and enough crocheted pieces for at least two blankets, and more smaller group or individual projects...

I ended up as one of the knitter's organizers, and I found this free pattern on Ravelry; it was decided that we should knit only the heart motifs, or variations based on them. Mine are maybe the closest to the original:

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I'm sending them out to the person who volunteered to join the knitter's project together tomorrow; I'll never see the finished blanket "in person", but I hope to get at least a good enough photo.

And now we are busy figuring out the details of the next knitting project, but at least we have the pattern and the yarn out of the way after an evening of voting and deciding.
 
 
Darina
25 January 2015 @ 01:17 am
I got my computer back again this evening, and it works for now. Let's hope that everything inside is indeed compatible this time (the new RAM chip turned out incompatible with the older one, so the older one had to be replaced - all that excitement for a staggering 2 GB of RAM :P). And while the Maintenance Guy was at it, he changed the battery too, so there is nothing left to be changed now.

I'm still learning to use Windows 7 and mourning Windows XP while on of my Bulgarian contacts is learning to use Windows 8.1 and mouring Windows 7. I'm sooo much behind the times. :)

I've been helping to coordinate a Bulgarian charity knitting and crocheting campaign lately - on Facebook, for crying out loud! Facebook can be a lot of things, but it's not designed to be a knitting/crocheting forum to be sure. *looks lovingly at Ravelry* Well, at least that's easier to do from the computer than from my mother's poor little tablet.

My email inbox is a mess; I see a lot of unsubscribing from all sorts of things in my future. :P
 
 
Darina
21 January 2015 @ 01:05 am
My computer suddenly started stopped working for no obvious reason today. It's going back to the Maintenance Guy tomorrow. *sigh*

Typong thks from that tablet again.
 
 
Darina
20 January 2015 @ 03:04 am
I did get my computer back yesterday afternoon... and then I spent the evening figuring out things and changing settings just to make the screen bearable to look at (no shiny bright blues and Aero-whatever transparency, please!). I'm still not sure I have the optimum combination of sreen resolution and font size, but I'm not sure I had it before either. And oh, let's not forget the keyboard settings (it was very exciting when hitting fmiliar key combinations lead to unexpected results)... and there are two new (to me) Bulgarian Cyrillic keyboard layouts that I can't make much sense of.

I did get my computer back yesterday afternoon... and then I spent the evening figuring out things and changing settings just to make the screen bearable to look at (no shiny bright blues and Aero-whatever transparency, please!). I'm still not sure I have the optimum combination of screen resolution and font size, but I'm not sure I had it before either. And oh, let's not forget the keyboard settings (it was very exciting when hitting familiar key combinations lead to unexpected results)... and there are two new (to me) Bulgarian Cyrillic keyboard layouts that I can't make much sense of.

What surprised me most of all was that I needed to get used to a real keyboard after a whole week of touch screen on my mother's tablet to handle my most important correspondence.

To my horror, Chrome was in Bulgarian, so it wasn't easy for me to make my way through the settings (featuring such gems as "searching machine," which I guess was an attempt to translate the English "search engine" literally) to change the language to English.

I'm still changing settings, restoring things, learning how to use Windows 7 and filling all sorts of holes in my computer literacy. And of course catching up on a lot of things I couldn't do without the computer.

I've been way from LJ for way too long now, so I'll never manage to catch up on your journals all the way back, but I'll see what I can do in the next days.

And ugh, why does the font of LJ look much smaller to me now?
 
 
Darina
17 January 2015 @ 11:44 pm
This is just a little experiment to see if I can post an entry from my mother's tablet.

I'm still trying to get used to this keyboard, but at least its less weird than the Bulgarian Cyrillic version.

If l'm lucky, I may get my computer back tomorrow.
 
 
Darina
09 January 2015 @ 03:39 am
This cat was my birthday gift for my mother (her birhday is on 13 December, the same day as mine), although I only mnaged to finish it on 29 December, what with recalcualting the shape of the head to make it a little more realistic, adding back legs, and just various other things getting in the way. It took me two days just to figure out how to position those back legs! I made it from a slef-patterning yarn, although I don't think it was specially designed for knitting calico cats. :)

Free pattern here:The Parlor Cat by Sara Elizabeth Kellner

Balancing on the edge of the chair :)
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A closer look at the head:
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An upside-down photo to show you the positioning of the legs:
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Current Mood: accomplished
 
 
Darina
09 January 2015 @ 02:53 am
This is what we got on Thursday, and it didn't last long in the early afternoon sun although the temperature can't have been much above freezing at the warmes part of that day.

I noticed that they had even threw some salt on the main street on my way to... guess where... the dentist - for another tooth now!

And then the next day was even colder, but no snow.

And now the weather site says it's minus 8C, which is very cold for my local climate. Brrrr!

And I now know how imporatnt it is to heat this room well enough (or altrnatively, stay in a warmer room), or else I can't concentrate or anything other than surviving the cold, not even knitting. :P

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Darina
08 January 2015 @ 04:31 am
I hadn't even heard of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo until I learned that terrorists had attacked its office and killed 12 people.

And now I feel sad, very sad, for my species. I feel so sad that I can't even get angry at the incredible stupidity (or alternatively, carefully calculated act of intimidation, provocation, whatever) of killing people over cartoons.

I couldn't post anything on Facebook tonight; I just felts somehow obliged to mourn in silence. I couldn't return to my personal posting on LJ either because everything else suddenly seemed trivial.

And I can't even explain why it is exactly this particular act of violence of all that's been happening on the planet, or even in my Europe, made me feel this way.

*goes back to silence*
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Current Mood: sadsad
 
 
Darina
23 December 2014 @ 01:37 am

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the designer and crafter of the (Bulgarian) LGBT Role Model of the Year prizes for 2014. :P

It was a hasty last-moment design because I didn't have the time to knit anything bigger or more complex, so I had to improvise. This is to teach me not to offer my services for such hastily organized events... or to become a very fast designer. LOL

I knitted one of these hearts last Monday after I returned from the dentist, modifying the first draft of my chart in the process (it's good that I drew it in pencil), and then the other two during the evening knitting session with my neighbour. And then I did the finishing work on the next day, and thought I was done (two were the prizes and the third one was to go into the Christmas package for one of my "adopted sons". And then one of the event organizers asked me to make one more on the day before the event, when I had plenty of other things to do. Then that person turned out "too shy" and didn't want ot get awarded, but I had already knitted that fourth heart anyway, so I decided to get it quietly forwarded to him anyway, took my tools with me to Sofia, and did the finishing work on that last heart right before the ceremony (there were  lot of loose ends to weave in with all those colour changes!). I never managed to photograph that last one.

And you can see in the photos here where one of those hearts went, but the text is in Bulgarian. :P

It was a very sweet ceremony, and my rainbow hearts were a huge succes, although they were a little floppy (soft baby yarn). One of the "role models" was an online friend whom I got to see in person for the first time (he is the one on the left in the top photo).

Then I spent the night at a friend's place, and got to see Memory the black cat again, but alas, I didn't have a camera with me this time. Then I got to meet another old friend, took a good walk in the city centre (the weather was just warm enough) and returned home in the evening (that was last Thursday). And then I felt terribly tired, but I had a big cleaning to do on the next day and I couldn't put it off because we were expecting visitors in the evening (just family, but still...). :P

And now here are the rainbow hearts themselves:


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