The new Knitty is up. Cables and lace as far as the eye can see. Sweaters, socks, a shrug, a toy, a hat — check it out.

Brooklyn continues. I have photographed the sleeve the other way around to distract you from the fact that it looks just about the same as before. I really like the little white cables set into the blue. This is such a nice detail– you might like to add it to some plain sweater or sock or something that you are making yourself. It’s just a matter of doing the cables in one color and the ground in another, but I have never seen it done before, and would not have thought of it myself. This is why we need designers.

These little cables, plus the shaping of the sleeve, have almost lifted Brooklyn out of the zombie category, though I can still read while working on it. Bluefelicia has taken issue with the supposed technique of cabling without a cabling needle. She can’t see why it is so popular. I can. It isn’t a technique at all, is it? It’s just a matter of being too lazy to get up and find the cabling needle. And keep track of it after you use it. It’s like the “technique” of not boiling your pasta before putting it into the sauce — the results aren’t as good, but there are days when you’d like to skip a step. That’s all.

Katrina, the revelations of how much of the tragedy was avoidable, and high prices at the gas pumps have all led to a lot of discussion of environmentalism in my neighborhood.

Perhaps you have been thinking that you would like to try being more environmentally responsible, but are concerned about looking like some kind of liberal tree-hugger to your friends. Not to worry. Take comfort in these words from Chase Me Ladies:

“There’s nothing “commie” about environmentalism. Communists like pollution; they have a soot fetish. In Communist murals there is a great love of smoke and factories, whereas people like Peter Hitchens, Roger Scruton and Hitler are conservationists. “

Seriously, though, there are a lot of environmentally sound things that we know we ought to do, but they are more trouble than the less-sound alternatives. It’s like getting up to find the cabling needle — the results are better, but sometimes it seems like too much trouble.

 #1 son says it won’t matter if we make the extra effort, because as long as most people refuse to do it, it won’t matter whether we do it or not.

But we got ourselves into the mess with Katrina just as surely as we got ourselves (or the people living at that time got themselves) into the Dust Bowl. Every little bit adds up, and perhaps we can make a difference with all our little bits.

The Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices sorts out what changes will actually make a significant difference, and are therefore worth doing. If you feel overwhelmed by the pros and cons of various choices, or are willing to do just one thing and want to make sure it’s a significant one, check this book out.