Saturday September 15. Shownotes episode 15: Stripeys!
today’s segments include: noteworthy, drafting, fully drafted, brainstorming, mortarboard moment, lit review 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. Post in the September finishers thread to win a skein of Vesper in Flying Solo that Denise madaboutmatisse donated for a September prize! We also have a prize donated for October and November.
tag your projects: tsksept2012club
My september club project, Wendy Johnson’s Ribbed Ribbon Socks in Tempted Lil’ Luxe Girl in a colorway she dyed just for me! Knit on size 1/2.25mm addi lace turbo. 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.
Hyla Brook by Paula! I’m knitting mine out of Fiberphile Super Squish Sock in the colorway Shadow Lake (one of my precious skeins), on a size 6/4.0mm signature needle. I got through week 1’s pattern repeats, and now I’m working on week 2.
Rose Hiver’s Katniss pattern in Hazel knits artisan sock colorway Silhouette, on a size 1/2.25mm needle. For Solid Socks black/white/grey and for Hazel knits Rose Hiver pattern. I am sailing through these socks. I already have a HO!
Vanilla socks in Vesper colorway Sorbet Redux. 72 sts. top down with an afterthought heel on a size 0/2.0mm needle.
Vanilla socks in Desert Vista Dyeworks 75/25 Merino Nylon base colorway Tiki Bar on size US 1/2.25mm needles. Top down with an afterthought heel.
Hexipuffs: I finished the pink and grey puffs.
brainstorming: new colors for puffs! Red Spotted Purple Butterfly, and I’m contrasting with orange, yellow, purple, and red.
I’m trying to figure out what pair of stripey socks to knit next. I am going to put a poll on the board for this show and you can vote on one of these 5 skeins:
Ewe Spin Me Line Dance MCN
Twisted Fiber Art Tasty Self-Striping
Twisted Limone Tangy Sock Yarn
Spinning Fates Toula
This week, as promised, I’m going to talk about the concept of media literacy. I first starting thinking about this back in 2005 when I was teaching a course called Writing with Video at the University of Illinois. The first semester, I co-taught this course with one of the course’s developers, Maria Lovett. She had been a documentary filmmaker before she came back to grad school, and thus had an incredible ability for thinking about writing as a part of every stage of the process of video production.
The first project we assigned in this course was a literacy project. Students had to film and edit a short video wherein they answered the questions, “what is literacy?” and “what is writing with video”? Part of what we were trying to get students to realize through that project is something about the concept of media literacy. We were working to get students to see that literacy is more than being an educated viewer of video and being able to critique video. There is something important about students making their own videos; in the process of the making of videos, students learn to think about media in a different way.
This made perfect sense to me; I had long believed that literacy is more than the technical ability to read and write. In the society I live in that is saturated with text, literacy also has something to do with the ability to sort through all of that and make sense of it. Writing is much more than a technical skill. Through my own experience, I’ve come to see writing as thinking, and as long as I’m talking about writing, there’s something missing. I have to actually be writing to get the benefits of thinking afforded to me that I can’t get just through talking about stuff.
I no longer teach writing with video, but I have been teaching other digital writing courses, most recently writing across media. I always introduce the idea of media literacy because I think it is the core reason why it’s important to write, produce, and edit multimedia projects rather than just doing the writing for them. In my opinion, media literacy is one of the most important things a student can learn about in my class.
So what exactly is media literacy? It is more than the technical ability to produce projects in multiple media. It’s about the ability to understand how media operates in society, how people use it, and how we can use media to communicate. It’s using media for thinking, having a critical eye towards something that is ubiquitous in our society. This is something that is much harder to teach than the technical skills of using imovie and something that is far more important. I no longer believe it is enough for students to view and write about media. I think they must produce in order to better understand it, and that as there are responsibilities that a writer has to her audience, so there are responsibilities that a media-maker has to her audience.
So tying this back to last week, I teach about media literacy because I think as students develop a critical eye towards viewing and producing media, they become better citizens of society. They become able to contribute to the kind of conversations that most people participate in these days, whether it be through audio podcasts or youtube or social media sites like ravelry. I think that media literacy helps students be able to understand abstract information like someone else’s experience, or as some of my viewers have talked about, it allows them to imagine what something is like for someone else. I have seen this firsthand. I have seen a class of students better understand what it was like to be in Lebanon when Israel was dropping bombs, and I have seen an individual student better understand what it’s like to blind. In both of these situations, students participated in every step of the video making process from pre-production to post-production to having an audience view their work. Their participation in that process is what led them to have those experiences and to write about them, and that would have never happened with writing alone. There was something very special and unique that happened for these students by developing this critical eye towards media and producing their own media.
It is truly my hope that every student in my classes can have an experience like this. I think this is really what school should be all about, not doing things just to get a good grade, but doing things because they make a difference in real life.
lit review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I’m going to make this is really short review because I don’t want to give you spoilers, and this book is full of twists and turns. Basically as the book opens, Nick Dunn has come home to find his wife Amy Elliott Dunn missing on their 5 year wedding anniversary. The story is told through both Nick’s voice as the events are unfolding, and Amy’s voice of the past through her diary. This is the first thing I loved about this book: the way the story is told. It’s very unique and instantly caught my attention.
Another thing I really enjoyed about this book is the focus on writing. Both Nick and Amy wrote for magazines in New York City before they lost their jobs. Amy wrote quizzes that are found in magazines, and she often incorporates this genre into her diary entries, which I found really cool.
Tracie of the 2 knit lit chicks listened to this book on audio and said she didn’t enjoy the last third of it as much as the rest of the book. I enjoyed the whole thing. Throughout the entire book, I didn’t really like any of the characters. I also didn’t really like the ending, however, none of that took away from my enjoyment of this book. I think it very rare for an author to keep my attention and have me really enjoy a book where I don’t like the characters or what is happening in the story. Much of the book is about relationships, Amy and Nick’s marriage, their relationships with their parents, their relationships with Nick’s sister, their relationships with friends, and with the public when the story of Amy’s disappearance makes its way to the press. I think that made the story really compelling for me, and kept my attention every step of the way. I’m really glad I listened to this on audiobook as I think it was a really enjoyable way to read it.
five favorite things
So wherever you travel, don’t forget your knitting, and engage your creative process!