Friday August 31. Shownotes episode 13: An Idea and a Half
today’s segments include: noteworthy, drafting, fully drafted, brainstorming, lit review, mortarboard moment and five favorite things. Let’s knit together!
KAL: Aug/Sept. non-vanilla socks in self-striping yarn. prizes: Vesper in Verbina donated by me and project bag donated by SeashoreSharon.
Da rulz: Knit any patterned socks in self-striping yarn (no plain old vanillas). Cast on anytime in August or September and bind off any time in August or September. You have to be a member of the group to win a prize. Prizes will be announced on the pdocast.
Tag your projects: tskaugsept2012kal
personal sock yarn club
pick 12 skeins of sock yarn. tuck them away somewhere. every month from sept-aug pick out a skein from your club and pick a pattern to knit. you can do all socks like I’m doing, or you can knit shawls, fingerless mitts, etc. We’re starting next week! I’ve opened a thread for chatter; feel free to show us your WIPs. I’ll also open a thread for finishers and think about some awesome prizes for each month. We can have the skein that Denise madaboutmatisse donated for a September prize! We also have a prize donated for October and November. Yay awesome viewers! Cast on Saturday. I’m going to put a thread up for finishers to get prizes.
only worked on socks again this week. no new cast ons.
Jedi Mind Trick Socks in Enchanted Knoll Farm EKF Superwash sock colorway Genmaicha, on addi lace turbo 1.5/2.5mm.
Vanilla socks in Desert Vista Dyeworks 75/25 Merino Nylon base colorway Tiki Bar on size US 1/2.25mm needles. When I came home exhausted from meetings and teaching this week, they were all I could manage to knit.
Dumbledore’s Christmas Stockings in Sanguine Gryphon skinny bugga colorway Seaside Dragonlet, knit on size 2/2.75mm hiya hiya sharps.
Hexipuffs: I finished the star trek puffs and started on my pink and grey puffs.
brainstorming: I am using a spreadsheet on googledocs to keep projects for my personal sock club and for my KALs organized. Here’s the link. Each column lists the subject of the KAL and next to that is a space for me to list the pattern and the yarn I plan to knit.
tomorrow I’m casting on. I will try to finish as much as possible on my Jedi Mind Trick socks first.
Three pairs of socks for September! Denise madaboutmatisse vanilla socks in Vesper yarn. For knitabulls KAL.
Personal sock club month 1, Wendy Johnson’s Ribbed Ribbon socks in Tempted Lil’ Luxe Girl in a colorway she dyed just for me! For SKA all knit with Red KAL, and I want to do another pair of socks with a toe up gusset heel so I can show you what they look like and how they work.
Rose Hiver’s Katniss pattern in Hazel knits artisan sock colorway Silhouette. For Solid Socks black/white/grey and for Hazel knits Rose Hiver pattern. Double Dipping!
Lit review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Everytime I try to listen to audio books while walking to school, it doesn’t work cause I get too distracted. I found when listening to this book, it worked the best while I was cooking. It takes me roughly an hour to make almost any meal, so I would have a good chunk of listening time.
In my opinion, the Night Circus starts out slow. There are long periods of description which in the introduction to an audio book are easy to tune out for. I was drawn in however by the narrator of this book, Jim Dale, who was also the narrator for the TV show Pushing Daisies (one of my favorites, sadly cancelled) because he has a very unique storytelling quality to his voice.
The story of the book blends together in my mind. I do some of the main characters, Celia, the daughter of Hector Bowen, a now deceased powerful illusionist; Widget and Poppet, twins born to the circus with special abilities including reading the future; Bailey, a farm boy bound who falls in love with the circus. The characters are complex and interesting, they have cool abilities, and they act in ways that makes for a compelling story.
The basic plot is that Celia, daughter of Hector Bowen, her mentor, must compete with Marco, an orphan boy, mentored by the man in the suit, to be the magician in the circus. To avoid spoilers, I won’t tell you how the story progresses, but I did enjoy the story. At every step I enjoyed it more, and I found the ending was surprising and beautiful. I think this is a delightful book, and I highly recommend listening to it on audio book.
There are a lot of things jumbled in my head right now for this segment. I’m teaching a class for the first time and reading the most delightful things for it, trying to figure out what to say about the essays and what I want my students to get out of them. I’m teaching a class for the second time that I’ve changed quite a bit, and my students are using iPads so in a way, it’s like teaching for the first time. I don’t want to bore you with some of my worries, but my biggest insecurities in teaching lie in teaching something for the first time, because you never know how it’s going to go.
This week in Essay Writing, we read two essays with beautiful ideas that I’m still thinking through. The first is Donald Murray’s “Letter to a young article writer” which starts “Your pieces are filled with interesting, specific information; they have a clear focus; they are well written; but they are not likely to be published without revision.” He goes on to say that in order to be a successful essay, it can’t just have a good idea, it has to have an idea and a half. A perfectly well written essay can still be terribly boring, and I wonder if there is any worse thought for a writer than being boring.
The second essay we read this week that I enjoyed even more after the third read and the class discussion was Alice Walker’s “Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self.” The essay is about a cute little girl that is doted on by everyone around her who is accidentally shot in the eye with a BB gun at age 8. This changes her outlook on her life; she doesn’t use the word “ugly” but that’s what I kept thinking when I read, she thinks the injury makes her ugly. I asked the students to find Walker’s idea and a half and to pick the sentence they thought best represented it. We all picked differently lines, but we seemed to agree as a class that the idea and half was not only about Walker’s transition out of childhood that made her feel so insecure, but that Walker perceives as her greatest weakness is actually her greatest strength. She doesn’t realize this until the end of the essay when she has a daughter who look at her eye and sees the world in it. Wisdom can be found in mysterious ways.
I’m not sure if there’s an idea and a half in that fact that I find my greatest weakness in teaching to be teaching something for the first time. But as Murray says “it is essential to discover what I have to say by saying it.” I just want to encourage my students, myself, and you that if there is something you are struggling with, perhaps you can find a way to turn it around and see how it benefits you. I personally have a lot to think about this week because I was brave enough to put these ideas out there to my students and see what they would do with them.
five favorite things
2. notions, I got needle gauges from Tangerine Designs and tape measures from All About the Buttons
3. Fibernymph‘s sparkly tardis
4. this week’s podcast, Knitting Pipeline
5. this week’s game, Steam
So wherever you travel, don’t forget your knitting, and engage your creative process!