May 19, 2007


Two thick envelopes arrived in the mail for DD#1, "Welcome to the University of Washington," emblazoned across them. Hallelujah! She's finishing up her AA at community college, and applied to six different four-year colleges and universities as far flung as Sarah Lawrence in New York and Reed College in Oregon. We've been on tenterhooks, waiting, as so very slowly the acceptances have shown up in the mailbox. I think I can safely speak for the whole family when I write that the UW was our first choice for her. Located in Seattle, it's not so far away that she can't commute there, while still living at home, keeping her part-time job at the local branch of the county library, and being handy to give me wardrobe advice and to tease her little sister. Scott and I both have degrees from the UW; we feel sure she'll be getting a quality education. She plans to major in English with a minor in Environmental Science.

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This weekend, I'm continuing my own studies -- and the subject is knitting, of course. I'm taking the Designing in Fair Isle Workshop taught by Janine, pictured above. Day 1 I said that I wanted to "play with color," but by the time we started swatching in the late afternoon, it felt to me more like a chore than like play. Janine teaches a quick-and-dirty method she calls "speed swatching," which involves knitting a basic diagonal stripe in the two colors you've chosen -- no chart chasing (as I was determined to do on Day 1). I was able to keep a much more playful attitude, once I succumbed to speed swatching on Day 2 (today). I've been exploring the colors in this photograph I took in the San Juans Islands last summer:


Posted by Karen at May 19, 2007 09:19 PM

Congrats to DD#1! That's wonderful!

Sounds like a great class. I'd love to take one from Janine some day. And a gorgeous madrone there. :)

Posted by: Romi at May 19, 2007 11:07 PM

congratulations to DD #1. I am just hoping we pass 7th and 3rd grade here!

Posted by: marti at May 21, 2007 12:39 PM

Congratulations to your daughter! As an underclassman, I found the large size of UW rather daunting. I hope she finds like-minded friends and interests so she can create her own community there. Best wishes to her!

I'm still rocketed out by all the ideas and information from Janine's wonderful workshop. Your encouragement and advice during those intense 3 days were so helpful, and I am so grateful. It was a very special, memorable time.

Posted by: Gail at May 21, 2007 02:16 PM

Oh yeah! Congrats to DD#1!

Posted by: Jen at May 21, 2007 03:55 PM

Congrats to DD#1! I'm sure it's a relief to you all now that a decision has been made. I'm so jealous that you get to learn with Janine. She's such a wonderful teacher!

Posted by: Jewel at May 21, 2007 07:19 PM

How exciting for your daughter. I wish her the best of luck in her upcoming studies. The colors in your tree picture are beautiful.

Posted by: Kathleen at May 22, 2007 06:09 PM