Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Rant

Okay, clearly I have not been paying enough attention. I went to a Legislative Update program put on by the Kansas Bar Association today, and heard that there was a proposition on the ballot of Johnson County to elect judges (right now the judges are appointed by the Governor). One of the attorneys from Wichita said that if the attorneys in Johnson County had better be prepared to be deluged with requests for campaign contributions if it passed.

I do not recall hearing about this before, and I am a rather disturbed, even though I do not live or work in that county. About half the state of Kansas elects judges, and there was proposed legislation a couple of years ago to have them all elected, including the justices of the Kansas Court of Appeals and Kansas Supreme Court. It did not go anywhere, much to my relief.

I know that some people think electing judges is a good thing, and they are entitled to their opinions. The county I live and work in does not elect judges, but I have dealt with elected judges in other counties. Some of the elected judges are very good at their jobs. Others are not, but the same can be true of appointed judges as well.

I do not favor electing judges, but if we are going to do it, well then the Board of Bar Examiners need to add some subjects to the Bar Exam.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Yarn Harlot


A few of us from Topeka went to Kansas City last night to see the Yarn Harlot. It was awesome! Stepheny bought coffee from PT's and Jaime brought Tallgrass. It occurred to me today that we should have brought her some Kansas wine. All I had for her was a Ravelry button, which she already had one, but she did not have it with her.

As we suspected, Lynn made the blog, because of the story surrounding her first pair of socks.

Stephanie was shocked by the photographic evidence Lynn provided. She actually took a picture of Lynn holding the photograph.

Karen and Melissa also made the blog.

If you look really close at the top picture, you can see some of us from Topeka :)

The Yarn Harlot's post about Kansas City is at

Stephanie, if you are ever in Topeka, Kansas on a Friday night, come join us at Francis O'Dooleys, where we can knit, drink, and listen to Rich Stevenson, the Irish Rebel.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Reversible Cabled Scarf

Back in March, I took the Reversible Cables class offered by Needlework University, and in the second session of the class we got the pattern for the Dazzle Your Friends Scarf designed by the instructor. I played around with the pattern for a while, but I did not actually start the scarf until August. Life has kept me rather busy, so I have been working on it on and off.

I am using Dark Horse Fantasy Yarn in Renaissance Green. I had originally found one skein of this yarn and color at Laura May's Cottage in Lindsborg, Kansas last year. I liked how it felt, so I bought it thinking I could do a hat or something. Well, when Settlers Farm in Wamego opened up earlier this year, a few of us went there and then went on to Wildflower in Manhattan, where I found more of the same color. Not only was it the same color, but it was the same dye lot! I bought five more.