Do Knit Disturb!

BY shannon carlin in DIY

                 Over the last year I’ve become pretty obsessed with yarn bombing so the idea of a hotel room that is made completely out of wool sounds pretty amazing. Call it the “Do Knit Disturb” room (an adorable touch, I might add!) and I’m already packing my bags to get across the pond. For this particular room at Brighton’s Hotel Pelirocco, local artist, Kate Jenkins and her two assistants spent a month knitting cushions, curtains, the bedspread, a vase of flowers, a lampshade, even a tube of toothpaste. Read More
                                Sarah Silverman is heading to Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry’s home state of Texas for a form of comic relief. But with Silverman you know there’s got to be some controversy there. And with this one it’s the comedy fundraiser’s name, Live From N*****head: Stripping the Paint Off of Good Ol’ Fashioned Racism. Read More
                         When you see David Jay’s photos from the SCAR Project you might gasp. His portraits of young breast cancer survivors, all ranging from 18 to 35 years old, hide nothing. From October 28 to November 6 the Openhouse Gallery in New York City will be exhibiting the photos, which show off the scars of breast cancer survivors and chronicle the effect it has had on their bodies. Some of the women stand alone, others together. Some look proud. Others look vulnerable. Read More
                                From eggs stamped with little pink ribbons to pink yogurt tops to special pink KitchenAid mixers for Cook For The Cure, everyone knows it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But did you know that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month? Since October 1987, October has been the month to bring awareness to all those struggling with domestic violence. Read More
                              Yesterday, the House passed the Protect Life Act, which would ban women from using federal money to purchase health care plans that cover abortions.  It would also allow hospital and health care providers to refuse to provide abortions for women “if it has objections on grounds of conscience.” No matter the circumstances. Even if an abortion could save the life of the mother, the hospital can refuse. Read More
                 Every teacher I’ve had since I was about ten years old has been giving me the plagiarism speech. It’s ingrained in my brain. Never steal someone’s words without giving them credit. In print the rules seem clear, but what if it’s something like a dance move? It seems like copyright gets a little more difficult to define. Read More
                                             Feeling bloated? Perhaps you’re having abdominal pain? Or maybe you’re just peeing more frequently? Although these symptoms don’t seem like much, they could all be signs of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer was believed to be a silent killer, but more often than not these run of the mill symptoms (bloating, pelvic/abdominal pain, urinary symptoms and difficulty eating or feeling full quickly) are misdiagnosed. Read More
                  The Nobel Committee announced that three female activists would share this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia, along with Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman, an activist from Yemen were all chosen “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.” Each woman has pretty long list of achievements. The 72-year-old Sirleaf was Africa's first elected female head of state. Read More
                                       I’ve never shared my missed connections with the World Wide Web, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like reading the ones that other people post. From the woman who’s trying to find the guy who was eating beef chili to the man looking for the girl on the C train with the bag, you can’t help but wonder if any of these people, well...connect. Apparently Sophie Blackall wondered the same thing. Read More
                         How is this legal? That’s the first question you'll have when you hear about Jailbait, a subsection on Reddit, the social news site that lets people submit content through links. Jailbait features scantily clad pictures of underage girls, some as young as 13 years old. The photos are often taken from Facebook profiles and other social networking sites. Read More