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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.

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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A slightly unfinished look, and a draft chart for the knittersCollapse )

16 December 2014 @ 11:20 pm
I'm done with my dental "adventures" for this year... I hope.

I went to my neighbour's place this last evening for a knitting therapy session. :P

Then I typed the original version of this entry and forgot to post it (I guess that shows how exhausted I felt). It's good that LJ autosaved the draft.

Now I can finally return to the land of the living. :P
15 December 2014 @ 03:14 am
We didn't have a family celebration this year because my brother and my sister went on a trip abroad (and haven't returned yet). So my birthday celebration yesterday was just Galya and me at a cafe-and-pastry shop.

We were going to go to another place of the same chain, but it didn't occur to us that it may be full on a Saturday, so we had to move to the other one in a less central location. I even managed to buy a skein of yarn on our way to there. :)

Here we are:
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Our little treat:
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My birthday card from Galya:
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Modelling that hat for changeling72:
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The piece of our modest in-home cake that I saved for today. :)
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Alas, I missed the neighbour's visit (it was my mother's birthday too), but I'm going to see her in some of the next days anyway and maybe have a knitting session together with her.
12 December 2014 @ 04:40 am
It's for one of my "adopted children", the one who loves American cookies and Christams decorations, but he doesn't read my LJ, so I can post it here without ruining the surprise before I've managed to send the "gingerbread cookie" out to his city.

It wasn't exactly meant to be a hanging ornament, but it was easy to adjust. Mine ended up with a slightly sharp head because I decreased in two rows (to end up with the tie in the middle) instead of closing all stitches at once. :)

The pattern is here and is free.

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(Meanwhile our white Phalaenopsis orchid has been slowly growing a flower spike.)
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A closer look at my embroidery:
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12 December 2014 @ 04:25 am
My Christmas card from hettie_lz arrived today (or yesterday in my own time zone :P).

A photo on that chair in the balcony because it was another cloudy day.

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Buy the way, we inherited That Round Thing that I use as a background for some of my photos from my great-grandmother; she crocheted it herself, and I still admire her patience for this kind of work. What do you call it in English, people, a doily or what?
09 December 2014 @ 03:18 am

I knitted myself a hat, and forgot to post the photos because I'm soооо absent-minded. :) And then when I tried to post them last night, I had trouble with LJ, or maybe my Internet connection wasn't good enough.

The pattern is available here and is temporarily free until 31 December 2014.

My "head manequin" was made of a big ball of woolen yarn in a bowl :)
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Before washing, drying, joining the top firmly together and attaching the pom pom. It wasn't easy to photograph the top of my own head. :)
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Two more "nearly finished" photosCollapse )

06 December 2014 @ 03:35 am
I had two nasty dental procedures this week, on Monday and Wednesday. I'm still recovering, mostly from the sheer stress of it. I think I'll be fine tomorrow, and in good enough shape to read my Friends page (I know that I'm waaay behind on the English section), finish the complex calculations to modify the head of this cat toy I'm knitting for my mother's birthday and maybe even work on my own translation project, or on my own monster pattern.

Good night, my darlings, because it's already almost morning here again.
01 December 2014 @ 01:45 am
Winter can typically begin here any time in December, but it started early in the last week of November this year. Well, the temperature fell below 10 C at the warmest part of day, which means winter temperatures here. The worst part was the very strong and very cold wind for a couple of days, when I luckily didn't have to go out of my neighbourhood.

And then we unexpectedly got some sun after all those cloudy days (we even got an entire sunny day once!), but it was still pretty cold. It's raining now, and it's expected to rain all day tomorrow, but we don't expect any snow or ice in my part of the country.

Here I captured some surprise sunlight in the photo together with the bare branches without even realizing it (29 November):
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This little (self-seeded?) fig tree under my window was so stubborn that it leaves froze before they turned yellow (the other one next to it shed it leaves much earlier, the same way as last year):
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And there is the Vaguely Seasonal Cactus in ts full glory (28 November):
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A closer look at that solitary upward bloom:
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26 November 2014 @ 12:02 am
I had a "visit" to the dentist today, and I guess I was lucky that I got a shot of local anaesthetic before all that drilling. I have a root canal procedure scheduled for next Monday.

The strangest thing is that the tooth itself didn't and still doesn't hurt at all. It's good that I've learned to be suspicious of those stubborn cases of gum inflammation...

I have yet to have that tooth x-rayed. Let's hope there is nothing even worse than what the dentist already saw.

With the only exception of the adrenaline rush at the dentist's, I've been very sleepy all day because I didn't sleep all night for fear of what horror the visit to the dentist may reveal. Having a creative imagination is a disadvantage in certain situations. :P
Current Mood: grateful to be still alive :P