Today’s segments include: noteworthy, drafting, fully drafted, iPad musings and five favorite things. Let’s knit together!
October personal sock yarn club. tag your projects: tskoct2012club
Thanks to Rebecca Rhamhist and Carol Knitsnpurls for their donations! We have prizes for the rest of the year.
Prizes have gone out for September!
PB & J by Cookie A, in Lorna’s Laces Solemate colorway Boysenberry Jam, on a size 1/2.25mm addi lace turbo. I’m knitting the small, and I have a HO! I cast on the second sock, but I had a really stressful week and when I tried knitting on these it was just too much.
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.
Spring Shoots by Alice Yu, knit in Lollipop Cabin 420 smooth 9 ply on size 1/2.25mm needles. So far I love the stitch pattern but I’m not sure about how the socks is going to turn out. It’s new to me!
Vanilla socks in Vesper colorway Sorbet Redux. 72 sts. top down with an afterthought heel on a size 0/2.0mm needle.
Hexipuffs: Mantis Shrimp, Blue Ringed Octopus, Feathered Thorn Moth, Dawn Dropwing. Love these colors.
Shawl show, Jaali by Kitman Figueroa, knit by Sigris54 for a swap
One of the students’ assignments for this semester is to create 2 images for their blogs, a banner image and an image for their “about me” pages. The purpose behind the assignment was for them to think carefully about the identity they wished to represent on the blog and to make conscious choices in their image and text design to reflect that identity. As a part of this assignment, I demoed an app for drawing and image editing. Today I am going to show you these apps and give you the main idea of what I taught them in class.
I will start with procreate which is for drawing. This app is very powerful for my purposes, and I’ve been told that artists like it very much. Some of the highlights, you can work with different brushes, different colors, a stylus or your finger. I did a signature for the traveling sock knitter blog.
Then I used laminar for image editing. Laminar uses layers in a similar way to photoshop, so first I showed them how layers work in photoshop so they would have an easier time transitioning. I find it is sometimes a challenge to learn something new on the iPad. I think this is because you can move around as easily on an iPad as you can on a computer. Some of the highlights of laminar, selecting an image size, importing your photos, adding text. For the second banner I did, I added the signature I made in procreate instead.
Just in case you’re wondering pedagogical reasons behind making an image in a writing class, with writing for the web, design is the first thing someone notices on a website. A poor design can turn a reader off, a rich design can attract a reader. Now, if you have awesome design but no meaningful content, it doesn’t matter who is attracted to your site, they won’t be able to make meaningful connections out of it. Thus, my course emphasizes meaning in both image and text.
Additionally as a part of this unit, we read a book chapter by Anne Wysocki called “The Multiple Media of Texts” where she discusses how text, which is a visual thing, is designed for both paper and screens. I had my students find some sample texts in different genres and analyze it for the class. In class, we looked at a variety of news sites including the New York Times, CNN, and a humorous news site, Addicting Info. These sites look incredibly similar to each other, in fact, my students were quite distressed about how similar CNN appears to Addicting Info.
The point of all this is to say that text can be used rhetorically both through content and design, and that to priviledge one over the other doesn’t cut it anymore in our times. Students have to be understanding of both in order to use them effectively. Thus the final part of this assignment is a written reflection, wherein they must articulate what choices they made in their images and how those choices reflect the professional image they are trying to represent on their blog. In this writing, they must use the readings to talk about their choices. This is another important step in them bringing together theory about image and text with their practice of making images, pushing them to make their design and their content meaningful to an audience.
five favorite things: I got so many great things in the mail!
- Cookie A Sock Club October yarn
- Cookie A’s announcement that we can enter all 2012 club socks we knit in for a chance to win a free membership next year. What an awesome prize! Here’s what socks I’m planning for November.
- Hazel knits sock club
- Hazel knits extras this month
- Hunter Hammersen, Hazel knits artisan in sedge, and Pinus Silverstrus Socks
So wherever you travel, don’t forget your knitting, and engage your creative process!