Thank you for the compliments on the Flower Basket Lace Shawl. I wore it Wednesday to a breastfeeding conference put on by the Breast Cancer Fund and the shawl got a lot of comments, and compliments. As an aside: people are saying that there are more knitters than we know out there. There were approximately 100 participants at this conference. I saw at least 9 other knitters sitting in the crowd knitting. Do the math, and that equals roughly 10 percent of this sample population. So, it stands to reason that approximately 10 percent of the average population knits, or it shows that more of us in the breastfeeding-related fields knit. Something to consider next time you spy a knitter in public.
On the other hand, the conference rather scared the crap out of me. It had to do with chemicals and how/why they condense into breastmilk and reviewed what BPA and other chemicals did to kids in utero and during specific phases of childhood, as well as why we are seeing earlier puberty in girls than we were even 20 years ago. It was facinating info, but it really raised the point (for me) of the fact that we can’t live in a bubble and there will always be chemical exposure of some type. There are ways to decrease it, yes, but we can’t eliminate it all, or at least not in our lifetime. I have started to phase out the major chemicals in our household that were discussed at the conference for my peace of mind. I think it would be succinct to say that what you don’t know can hurt you, but what you do know can cause panic at times.
On a happier note, we went climbing again at REI in Seattle again last night. You can check out the flickr pics in the sidebar. While there, I saw a huge puppy. The gentleman in the picture below is approximately my height, around 5’6″.
I think my boys could ride this dog to school!