Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Asalam Alaikum,
Remember a couple weeks ago when I posted about sugar?
Well today when Tariq went for a quick grocery trip what came with the tea gave us both a laugh-

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pi Progress Paused

Asalam alaikum,

I have made it to the last section of the shawl, and run out of red yarn. I had planned on using some black that I had in my stash for the border but it was a lighter weight and I didn't like the way it looked. So now I am going to wait until after Eid, and go to the market to pick up some thing a bit heavier.

I am still planning on black though, because this red is very bright and I think black will look best. I will be using the sideways knitted on garter stitch border that EZ suggests in the Almanac. So this WIP is going into a temporary hibernation.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Praying for the Victims

Asalam Alaikum,

"O Allah! Forgive our living and our dead, those who are with us and those who are absent, our young and our old, our men and our women. O Allah! Whomever you keep alive from us keep him alive on Islam, and whomever you take away from us, take him as a believer. O Allah! Do not leave us bereft of his good and do not send us astray after them."(Ibn Majah 1:480, Ahmad 2:368)

Ameen. The victims of the most recent attack here in Karachi are in my duas, may Allah(swt) give them peace and protect their families.

Some ayat for those responsible(and terrorists in general) to keep in mind-

5:32-On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our messengers with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.

6:151-Say: "Come, I will rehearse what Allah hath (really) prohibited you from": Join not anything as equal with Him; be good to your parents; kill not your children on a plea of want;- We provide sustenance for you and for them;- come not nigh to shameful deeds. Whether open or secret; take not life, which Allah hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command you, that ye may learn wisdom.

17:33-Nor take life - which Allah has made sacred - except for just cause. And if anyone is slain wrongfully, we have given his heir authority (to demand qisas or to forgive): but let him not exceed bounds in the matter of taking life; for he is helped (by the Law).

I am not a scholar, I have only been a Muslim for four years, but it seems that the Qur'an is very clear on prohibiting these kinds of acts.

Here is part one of a video from a sheik that I really respect, Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri, at the release of his fatwa condemning terrorism.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Saga of the Never Ending Socks...Ends?

Asalam Alaikum,
This is the end of my most long-term FO! Tariq's "Forever Socks" are done, and it only took two and a half years!

Pattern-Wendy's Generic Toe-Up Sock"
Yarn-Olive Green sock yarn that came with a kit the Mom gave me when we were visiting.
Needles-US 1

This pair of socks has been on the needles since the summer of 2008. They went with me to the first U-knitted Amiras meeting in Abu Dhabi in September of 2008. These socks have been all over the UAE and have gone on our Omani Border Runs a couple of times, and has come to Pakistan twice. These are some well traveled socks!

Never again will I make socks for Tariq with anything less than a sport weight yarn. NEVER. EVER.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

On a Sugar High

Asalam Alaikum,
This situation is getting ridiculous, when we first came to Karachi we could buy sugar in the market for Rs.45-55 per kilo, today the price is Rs. 125 per kilo. It seems like every couple of months there is a spike in the price, especially during Ramadan. Last year it got so bad that it was difficult to even find sugar in the market unless you went right at the time the delivery was coming off the truck. Tariq would have to go sometimes two to three times during the day to try to find sugar, and most of the shopkeepers wouldn't sell him more then one or two kilos at a time.

At one point when the shortage was really bad I remember watching the news and seeing a police officer in a room filled with sacks. He cut one open to show a white substance, then dipped his finger in to taste it. It was like a scene from a movie where the cop finds a shipment of cocaine. I thought it was a drug bust at first, but then Tariq translated, it was sugar.

This video from Al Jazeera from Ramadan last year shows how it was last Ramadan.

The problem seems to continue getting worse. Every time the price spikes afterward it doesn't return to its previous level, but ten to fifteen Rupees more than it was.

Monday, November 8, 2010


Asalam Alaikum,

Many people that I meet assume that I am Pakistani. There have been many times when we have gone somewhere(offices, visa renewal, wedding functions outside the family, shopping) when I have been mistaken for Pakistani. It is just assumed that I am, until I or Tariq says something.

Tariq says that many people just think I am Pathan(Pashto speaking tribe from Afghanistan and northern Pakistan). Pathans tend to have lighter skin, hair and eye color, so he says I look similar to them.

It can be useful, when we are shopping they don't give me a crazy inflated price for items(just a normally inflated price :-) so that we can bargain), and when we are out on the motor cycle, or walking around I don't get stared at(anymore than any other woman). I think part of it may be the area we live in, it is not a fancier side of the city where there are lots of foreigners. I also dress like everyone else, and skip the jeans and tees that I used to wear. I always wear shalwar kameez suits(with matching bangles of course:-), abaya, and dupatta, sometimes even a niqab.

Until the second I open my mouth to speak, I am just like everyone around me, and I kind of like it.

Friday, November 5, 2010


Asalam Alaikum,

Awhile ago I blogged about some birds that we watch from our roof. I really like the crows, they have such personalities.

There is a saying here, that if a crow sits on your house that means that you will have guests.

This guy was hopping back and forth between two bowls of food that someone had place on their roof. That is another interesting thing, if someone in the house drops some food on the floor or if something is starting to turn then many people put it up on the roof for birds/squirrels rather than just dumping it in the trash.

Some times when Tariq goes to buy meat for the house he will get some scraps from the butcher. Then he takes them up on the roof, spots a crow and tosses a scrap at it. After a minute or two the entire roof is covered with crows, looking for scraps. Pretty soon the cheels(the hawk types) come to investigate, and are swooping down to catch scraps thrown into the air. It is an amazing thing to watch.