December 11, 2007

There's been a whole lotta knittin' goin' on

There's been a whole lotta knittin' going on -- two sleeves and a sweater back's worth, to be exact:



Alas, if only I had more time aside from my Nihon Vogue class homework to knit on fun projects like this. My responsibility for all of this knitting is limited to commissioning my dear friend Anne to knit the Duxbury Point sweater for me.


Anne squeezes in a few minutes of knitting while in her kitchen after breakfast, before leaving for work. She's wearing a Wicked Kidsilk Haze wrap called "Glad," that she made her own by incorporating a lace pattern into it. The pattern for "Glad" can be found in Rowan 39; the original version in the magazine is stockinette.

We think the sleeves will fit me -- although now that I think about it, I didn't try them on, myself. D'oh!


A note about Duxbury's color: I like the color shown for Duxbury in the Silk & Lambswool yarn, a color called Glenbuchat (Glen-book-at). It's a sort of a teal green that's got black tweedy flecks in it If you look at Simply Shetland Book 4, you would be misled into thinking that the color is more of a pale blue-gray. (I know there can be problems with color separations when going into print production, and I think the Rowan books are notorious for this.)

Allegra and I had a quick overnight trip to Portland, Oregon, to visit Anne, as part of a fun side trip during a homework assignment Allegra was working on. You see, Allegra came home from school a few weeks ago with a huuuge homework packet. Her social studies teacher had assigned his students to get out and do college visits. How many college visits? Six hours' worth. I knew the assignment was coming because he had talked about it when I met him at the open house at the beginning of the school year. But even though I knew it was coming, that still didn't prevent me from getting pissed off when I saw the size of the packet and the detail of the questions that she would have to answer (questions that ranged from "What kinds of clubs are there at this college?" and "How are dorm roommates chosen?" to questions that related more to the acadmics of the college). She's only a freshman in high school, for pity's sake.

To be fair to the teacher, though, I do think it is a good thing that he sees his job as mentoring his students toward a college education. Part of his point in giving the assignment, as he explained it at the open house, was that the college of your dreams might have an admission requirement of three years of a foreign language, but if you wait until you're a junior and taking the SAT to find that out, it's too late. And although he did not explain this at the open house, I am fully aware that there is a hidden curriculum: The state and the school district put pressure on teachers to give assignments that will involve the parents. I know this because it was not that long ago that I was teaching high school. So I think her social studies teacher had found a very clever way of creating an assignment that would involve the parents.

So I thought of a way to make this assignment fun: We would go to Portland and tour Reed and Lewis & Clark Colleges, and take advantage of Anne and her husband's hospitality while we were in their area.

Part of our tour of Reed included a stop in the thesis tower. Graduating seniors are required to write a thesis, one reason I was very impressed with this college. All of the theses, going back to Reed's beginnings, are filed in this tower in the library.


Another reason I was impressed with Reed:


This flyer on the bulletin board reads: "Sit 'n Knit with Librarians." Hey, I like knitting and I like books and libraries -- it sounds like a grand time, to me!

I didn't take photos at Lewis & Clark, but while in a neighborhood coffee shop there, I saw the headlines in the Oregonian predicting a storm of hurricane-like proportions slated to hit the Portland area over that weekend. Glancing at the article, I thought, "Oh, slow news day . . . they always try to make the weather storms sound so bad."

We made it home before the storm hit. At home, we had a dusting of snow on both Saturday and Sunday, and were deluged with rain in the early part of that week. What we had here in Kent was nothing like the devastation seen in Lewis or Grays counties here in Washington.

Our tours at Reed and Lewis & Clark were two hours each, for a subtotal of four hours. We rounded out the assignment with a tour of my alma mater, the University of Washington, last Friday.

UW Tour.jpg

"We" completed "our" six hours on this assignment. In the end, I was glad that we toured the colleges and university; in some ways, it was eye-opening, to find out about admission requirements and tuition fees.

Posted by Karen at December 11, 2007 01:14 PM

Oh hey! I went to L&C, oh so many years ago. It's so strange to see a mention of it in random places. :D

Posted by: moiraeknittoo at December 14, 2007 06:37 PM