Pop quiz: What do "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People", Terry Pratchett and the New York Times all have in common?
I'm pretty sure you didn't guess this: a knitting epiphany.
I was listening to an audiobook today that involves the theater, and was surprised to hear a character declare that “knitting on stage is bad luck”.
Having at least 50% of the qualification, and never having heard of this one — of course, I had to look into it. And yes, I found several websites that insist that knitting on-stage — or near the stage, or to the side of the stage — is definitely bad luck — even at rehearsals!
A long, long time ago — we're talking at least a couple of decades — I started one of those lists that are now often called "bucket" lists — you know, things you want to do before you "kick the bucket". (Only at the time I did mine, the list was titled "50 Things to Do Before You Die", which is a little more direct and a lot more specific.)
The interwebs is a fascinating and amazing time-waster, especially on cleaning day…
Don't ask how I got there, but today I found myself reading this psychology paper from UIUC. It had a description of an interesting set of psychological experiments wherein college students were "primed" with certain social concepts, such as politeness or rudeness, and their subsequent actions were analyzed to see if the priming had any effect.
I took a look over at Knitting Daily today and found the holidays staring me in the face. But in a kinda good way!
The Question o’ the Day over there is, "What are you knitting for holiday gifts?" and it seems that for many of us, the answer is, "Nothing." I’m firmly aligned with Sandi Wiseheart – and from the comments, several other knitters too – NO holiday knitting!
Some mention their knitted gifts being unappreciated in the past. This is always an issue. I forget what year it was that I became absolutely incensed to hear that supposedly, the "fruitcake" has been supplanted as the classic Most Dreaded Holiday Gift by a "hand-knit sweater".
Out of the blue, my DH sent me an email this morning:
"Our friends at the Art Institute of Portland are having an Open House on Saturday (9.13) afternoon starting at 11am until 2pm. Their mission is to help you develop your artistic ideas into abilities and your passion into a creative career. Students can earn a Bachelor’s degree with a major in 1 of 16 creative programs AND…you can even minor in sustainability! To get you started on your way to being the next Art Institute of Portland student click here and tell us what design means to you for a chance to win a $1000 scholarship! Don’t forget to swing by the Open House on Saturday for a tour, chat with instructors and check out the life of an Art Institute of Portland student."
There are two knitting questions that I get asked on a regular basis which I will not answer. Just don’t even try.
Not that I don’t know the answer, or I don’t have an opinion. It’s just that I have found that giving an answer usually leads me into more trouble.
This weekend, I taught a class on "Fixing Mistakes," and was gratified to see several new-ish and/or returning knitters becoming much more confident about their knitting abilities. I truly find that rewarding — as you may have gathered, knitting has been a passion of mine for over 20 years, and I love to expand other knitters’ horizons.