Thursday, September 06, 2007

Circular Lace

The last swatch I have to resubmit to TKGA for the certification is circular lace on double pointed needles worked from the inside out.




I made this swatch yesterday and blocked it. Lace needs lots of pulling and stretching, so I made a paper circle and used it as my guide for blocking.

No screamers or criers today. One of them was absent. The others are getting settled in and we are focusing on phonics. There is a lot of pressure put on school districts, principals, teachers and therefore students to learn to read in kindergarten. I am not convinced that all five year olds are ready to learn to read. It's not a problem if you learn to read when you're six or seven, unless your teacher's job depends on your learning to read when you're five. That's a lot of pressure. My job is to make it as easy and fun as possible.

Honestly, three hours a day is all I want to spend in the classroom. I like teaching little ones to read and write, but a half day is good for me. I just love my garden, my kitchen and my knitting needles too much to be separated from them for too long.

6 comments:

Bethany Hissong said...

Beautiful lace work! I want to actually read more of your past blogs... looks very interesting! Thanks for commenting on mine... 34 years is a great accomplishment! Something for us to aim for ;)

Beatriz said...

Your lace swatch reminds me of a hat pattern I knitted back in January 2007 called "Star of the Day" hat by Susan Pierce Lawrence.
http://ma2ut.blogspot.com/2006/05/star-of-day-hat.html
Of course, I cheated and just did ssk when the pattern said to k2tog and vice-versa. A lazy left-handed whenever I can get away with it!

Becky said...

Your lace work looks beautiful. And so did the first one they rejected. :-)

I'm glad you got to make it to knit night and meet more of the girls. We really have a great group.

Roxie said...

Excellent work on the circular lace. They gave me a much simpler piece! Would you mind sharing the pattern for that one? I can see a shrug with that motif centered on the back . . .

nikkipolani said...

Beautiful beautiful pattern on that lace, Willow. I'm in awe of people who can do these intricate things.

ancient one said...

So nice. Love that Lace piece. Hope your little children all learn to read this year. I'm sure they have a great teacher!!