Monday, September 17, 2007

Blogger Goes Green

Did you watch the Emmy's last night? I did. It's the one night of the year when I realize that I don't watch nearly as much TV as I thought I did. It was okay overall... there were some funny moments (Ellen Degeneres and Steve Carrell alone can make it worth the while), and I was glad that the Sopranos didn't take a clean sweep of the awards (nothing personal... I've just never seen the show and find it boring to watch it win for everything), but clearly they made a huge mistake with the award for Best Actor in a Drama Series (but it's okay Hugh... only 8 more days).

Of course, in following the new standard of political correctness, the producers of the Emmy's decided to "go green" with the show. Now don't get me wrong... I love the color green. Really. It's probably my favorite of the colors. Half of my clothes are green, at least half my yarn, and even my carpet is green. (Although if a carpet is green and nothing was recycled to produce it, is it still green? Descartes can rest in peace knowing he didn't have to struggle with that one.)

Seriously though, I like many of the "green" ideas... and I'm not opposed to the concept of "going green" (although I am slightly more opposed to bandwagons and slick, overused catch phrases). I very much agree that we need to be more aware of how we can make less of an impact on our environment. However, I find it hard to reconcile the whole green concept with the elaborate gatherings of entertainers to celebrate their achievements and contributions to society. I mean, sure, I suppose those solar panels provided enough power for at least a couple of the cameras on the red carpet (whew!), but wouldn't it be more efficient to just buy a good steam cleaner and re-use the same red carpet each year than to recycle bottle caps? After all, I would think it would take a significant amount of power to produce carpet from bottle caps. No?

Oh well, I know it's all in the interest of public awareness (which is good) but it still makes me roll my eyes. I thought the few minutes with Jon Stewart and the Colbert guy said it all. They were a crack up.

Anyway, I've finished the back and fronts of my Minimalist cardigan. Last night I cast on for the two sleeves. It's the first time I've knit two sleeves at once and was grateful to come across the suggestion of pinning them together so I'd remember to go all the way across.

Now I must go sort my trash for any boxes or cans we may have accidentally thrown away so they can be properly recycled. Hey, maybe someday Hugh Laurie (or Dr. Gregory House as I really prefer to think of him) will walk on one of my plastic bottles! (What? A gal can dream can't she?)


Charity said...

I hear you on the green stuff - sometimes people can get so wrapped up in having the appearance of "going green", they forget how easy it would be to really just do it. :0)

I've been thinking of trying two sleeves at once next time... I hadn't thought of pinning them together!

Julie said...

I hear ya! I even carpool, but these carpools can kill a girl! I am doing no less than three of them today, and I am glad to help people and work together and even save on gas...I just need more brainpower to keep it all together. Any ideas out there on saving or recycling brain cells?

Octopus Knits said...

I love all your green yarn!

I missed the Emmy's. It's always kind of discomfitting when a big to-do that sucks huge quantities of energy is billed as "going green," but at least it's better than advertising the opposite (trying to convince everyone they need a Hummer, etc.). Do they really not re-use the red carpet! Ack! (P.S. I love "House," too)

Your Minimalist Cardigan pieces look beautiful! I'm swatching for one now.

uberstrickenfrau said...

Yeah, thats why I despise hollywood, its soooo plasic!!!;o)
I know I am totally out of the TV loop, I don't know any of the people they feature on the gossip rags anymore,I'm still looking for Anna Nicole Smith....

Julie said...

I am waiting to see you blog about the morning at the local high school.

Auntie Pudentaine said...

Jimmy Beans went to the Emmys with our "go green" swag bags. Jimmy came in yesterday with some funny stories about knitting with the celebs, and we are excitedly waiting for the pro photos of everyone. I guess Tim Daly (sp?) can knit like a fiend! Who knew! They should be on the site soon enough.

kasiaiscarly said...

On the 'going green' front, I've knit several of these bags --> (sorry, I don't know how to make it a hyperlink!)
they're pretty quick and it's amazing how much they fit. I haven't taken a plastic bag from Kroger in 2 months!