Bleeding Orange and Maroon

Posted on 18, April 2007 by

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This week has been heartbreaking, and now anger is slowly replacing half of the sadness in my emotional goblet. In Blacksburg, many knots are being untied, and many strings are being unraveled. The more details I hear about the shooter and the reactions around the nation, the more I grieve. What frightens me is the backlash that has come about because of the gunman’s Asian heritage. I hear folks screaming about “the damn Chinamen” and “mean Koreans” all over the radio talk shows. Not only am I praying for the victims, their families, and the campus, I am also praying for Cho’s parents and his sistera fellow Hokie alumni a successful Princeton graduate working for the US Government.

With the Swallowtail Shawl only needing to be blocked, my fingers have been itching to work on a project. I did crochet a 24″x36″ baby blanket using a pound of worsted weight yarn (8 ounces of forest green Caron and 3 skeins of Panda’s FDK in green/white tweed). That project needs to be fringed, and I will post a photo when the blanket is an official FO. Turning to the pile of UFOs, I rediscovered the “Children of the Lir” stole in Aristocrat’s sage green. I knit a little over one ball to add a couple of sets, but with Monday’s horrible event, I wanted something that would provide quick comfort. I also wanted to make something in my Hokie colors of Chicago Maroon and Burnt Orange. I decided that socks and fingerless gloves would fit the bill.

The next question was which yarn do I use? I was met with an interesting surprise. I never realized how much maroon and orange I had in my stash! Throughout the piles of yarn, the shades of rich burgundy alternate with the tangerine and copper. I found variegated Trekking XXL, Kitten mohair, CTH Supersock Merino, and many others begging to be cast on. I am debating between knitting the Artyarns Supermerino, the Elsbeth Lavold’s Angora, and my Horsta silk/wool in both orange and maroon. Whatever I decide, it needs to be soon. Besides having to match my regular Hokies gear, I want the FO to match my Clapotis. 🙂

During lunch today I allowed myself to stroll in memory lane and wandered through Upper Quad, a section of of the campus where I lived while in the VTCC. There is one particular dormitory named for Major Lloyd Williams (Class of 1907) of the Marine Corps. This Distinguished Service Cross recipient was the first Virginian killed in WW1. What made him famous (among us Cadets at least) were his words when told that he had to lead his Marines back to where they came from after they had just arrived for battle: “Retreat? Hell [no]! We just got here.” The “no” part is what is on my only VA Tech t-shirt. I had traded for it with one of my VTCC ones (the other mysteriously disappeared while dating someone who greatly admired it) from a Major Bill resident. That quote seems perfect to promote “National Orange and Maroon Day” around all circles. If possible, please wear the Virginia Tech colors of Chicago Maroon and Burnt Orange this Friday (April 20). I think the gesture would match Professor Nikki Giovanni’s beautiful words honoring the victims’ lives. Now I must find my bobblehead Hokie bird to annoy the University of Miami alumni at work… =:8