Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Howdy, Rick. Do you like my Tea Leaves cardigan?

Before I show you all my Tea Leaves cardigan complete and modeled I want to digress for a moment.

I don't know how many of you happened to listen to NPR's Morning Edition this morning and hear the story about the contested Republican nomination for governor here in Texas. The segment began with an clip of a speech that current governor, Republican Rick Perry gave to a crowd of supporters. He was discussing the state of the economy in Texas and, though I don't remember exactly what he said, I do recall that he used the non-existent contraction mightn't in place of the words might not. My guess is that his word choice was an attempt to sound folksy. Well, I'm here to dispel any notion you all or y'all might have that folks in Texas talk like that. Even Rick Perry doesn't really talk like that.

OK. Back to the cardigan.





Ain't it purty? It mightn't be my last crack at this pattern.

28 comments:

The WoodLand School said...

Love the sweater ... and love the Texas vernacular!

courtney.janelle.sews said...

I have on very very rare occasion said mightn't, and I'm from Arkansas! ....NORTHERN Arkansas....live in Missouri. anyway, y'all is one of my favorite words! hehe :) love the cardi.

trentsky said...

I really, really don't want to be put in the position of defending the man, but ol' Rick is in great company when it comes to the use of this contraction. According to this link the list of authors using "mightn't" include Dickens, Twain, James, Stevenson, Carroll, Hardy...

Oh, lovely sweater, honey! :)

Ammie said...

Have I ever said "mightn't"? I'm an Idahoan, and Idaho hicks are as good as any.

And your cardigan is so sweet. I love the scarf, too, and am gonna have to buy some pretty yarn and knit one up myself!

badlandsquilts said...

Cool cardigan...

Interesting to hear the TX politics, we lived in The Woodlands for over 7 years!

Claire said...

Ohh, I do like that cardigan!

I'm Australian and I say mightn't!!! I think it exists as a valid contraction in the english language if it is used and widely understood :o)

Vivika said...

Love the story - I've even noticed Obama trying to tone down his accent to sound like he's one of the "folks" - must be a political thing. This afternoon's All Things Considered had a "re-knitting" segment that would be right up your alley.

BTW the fabric arrived and it is smashing in its new piece - will send a photo.

house on hill road said...

so so purty!

kathy york said...

gorgeous sweater! the scarf looks wonderful with it!

Kigwit said...

I use mightn't and I'm a native Texan.

But I really don't like the GLG (my brother calls him the GLG for good looking governor but doesnt like him either).

Actually I don't know anyone who admits to liking him.

Victoria said...

Darn tootin' it's purty!

As for Mr. Perry... I am tired of politicians choosing to "folky's" up their language in a pathetic attempt to appeal to their skewed idea of the common masses. Some folks where I live are fond of peppering there speech with "you's", "ain't" and "he don't know nothin". However, the vast majority do not talk this way, and I would be horrified if an elected official or running hopeful, adopted such speech in an effort to win votes!

(By the way, my sister has lived in Austin, TX. for sometime and I would faint if I ever heard her say "mightn't".)

fancystitching said...

Beautiful sweater!! I so admire anyone with persistence enough to complete a sweater... I can only manage socks at this point. Of course, my sweater would have to be about 4 xs the size of yours, so it would take about 6 months of knitting to complete. I can fit my feet without too much difficulty... I'm not even going to THINK about encasing the rest of me in hand-knitted anything!!

Kat

beki said...

gorgeous!!

Cindy said...

The sweater is fab and I love the 3/4 length sleeves.

Cheryl Arkison said...

Oh you knitters, always making me wish I had that skill and/or talent. Looks great!

Emily said...

Very pretty! And I like the teal color you put with it.

Lasso the Moon said...

Well done! Really beautiful work.
Anna, fellow Texan

Ravenhill said...

Wow, VERY pretty!!!

Debra said...

Malka,

Congrats on being featured in "Artful Blogging" magazine ~ loved your article.

Smiles,
Debra
www.endofthedaycrafting.etsy.com
www.endoftheday.typepad.com

brown robin said...

I did hear that interview and wondered. Funny to see you post about it. I just bought that pattern. Do you mind sharing what yarn you used. I'm on the fence about springing for the Madeline Tosh.

HollyM said...

I liked your sweater so much that I joined Ravelry and downloaded the pattern.

Antonia said...

Mightn't is a perfectly acceptable contraction in the UK. But then I've just read your later post about how you pronounce dilemma and I can't see any other way, so what do I know?!

Chamilia said...

This is adorable..the more I hope, that YES I get the same skills as you guys..and the more I envy! Congratulations for your wonderful collection.

Kartenlegen said...

Looks really simple..making it very elegant. :)

CD Replication said...

The scarf just looks perfect on this one. I can wait to try on this using another colour..hot pink will do.

List Broker said...

Are they available in ETSY!?
And I hope they come in generous price!

gooseneck hitch said...

Lovely cardigan. I love its colour and contour as well.

Anonymous said...

lipitor Prix en France
lamisil Bestellen
nolvadex acheter
proscar Online Bestellen
Prix kamagra Pharmacie