Today, I’m finally jumping back on the wagon and joining Ginny’s Yarn Along after a lengthy hiatus. Those who are acquainted with my slow knitting know that this project in particular has taken way too long to complete. In fact, I started it originally a few years ago when we were living in Montana! The pattern, from a magazine no longer published (ahem, maybe there is a reason for that!), stated that this was an “easy” pattern and so I naively assumed it would be a great jump from hats and scarves. Nope, nope, nope. I ripped out the rows so many times that I lost count and then really got down to business last winter in hopes of the sweater being done by Spring. I finally finished it in August of this year, but modified it drastically as I saw towards the end that I’d misinterpreted the directions. Again. Sigh. At the point of just wanting to get it done, no matter what the final form, I improvised and it morphed into a dress/tunic instead. I just couldn’t justify not completing it. The Blue Sky Alpaca yarn is just too wonderful to abandon. Our wee Sprout will fit into it quite well next year and she loves the buttons, thanks to her wonderful great auntie! And, me? Well, I’m just happy its done and I’ve moved back to working on a hat. Maybe, just maybe I’ll sign up for a sweater class this winter at our local yarn shop.
As far as reading is concerned, I just finished Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts In a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Its been on my list of books to read for a while now. As someone who grew up being constantly told that she’s too sensitive, a lot of what Cain researched resonated and reassured me. As a designer, mom, and someone who is fascinated by alternative education, I found the following two quotes especially intriguing:
“….excessive stimulation seems to impede learning: a recent study found that people learn better after a quiet stroll through the woods than after a noisy walk down the street.”
“Our schools should teach children the skills to work with others – cooperative learning can be effective when practiced well and in moderation – but also the time and training they need to deliberately practice on their own.”
Reading Cain’s book has been quite timely. If you haven’t read it, please do so and then check out the articles in this month’s Harvard Business Review where you’ll see that a lot of her work is being implemented as corporate America reconsiders the whole open office concept.