Sunday, February 17, 2008

How to Waste 8 Hours Without Really Trying

For my community health class we have to find additional clinical hours. You would think that means volunteering somewhere and actually doing something. Unfortunately, all the volunteering suggestions I've made have been shot down. So I spent yesterday at a research conference. How that relates to community health, I do not know. What I do know is that, although it is really tacky, I got a lot of homework done in the back row. It's really frustrating to have to sit in a chair for 8 hours wishing you could really be contributing. Oh well. I have to get 15 more hours in by the end of April. A diabetes conference in March. And one more. I'd much rather be doing a Habitat for Humanity build day. But that doesn't count. Sigh! Here's the big question... How tacky is it to knit in the back row. I almost pulled it out once my homework was pretty much done. The meeting was sponsored by my school and there were a lot of professors there. So I didn't dare. Maybe I'll be braver at the next one where everyone is a stranger.

Speaking of knitting. I made a purchase. Now, I didn't go on a yarn diet in 2008. I promised to be more mindful of what I bought. And I was because I bought yarn with a specific project in mind...

Rowan Felted Tweed- Herb

Rowan Felted Tweed in Herb. 10 balls from Webs for the Tangled Yoke Cardigan. I saw one in this color on Ravelry and knew it was the color I had to have.

Now I just have to finish the Central Park Hoodie.

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Blogger peaknits said...

I love your color choice for the Tangled Yoke - I so want to try that sweater! Hmmm, tacky to knit in the back row? I have often asked myself this same question...

12:09 PM  
Blogger rohanknitter said...

So your community health class won't let you actually do anything with the community for your extra hours? OK, like that makes any sense! Not!

The yarn is gorgeous though!!

4:16 PM  
Blogger Knitting Kris said...

I love the color of your yarn! I am in love with that sweater pattern, but am a bit intimidated. I've got overcome this fear. I'm in a knitting funk right now.
I would have kept my old job if they would have left me knit in meetings.....I never had the courage to ask.

5:11 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Gorgeous color for the tangled yoke. Yay for mindful yarn purchase. That may go out the window for me next week at Stitches, but I'll try.

Knitting at conferences...just depends on the conference (size, strangers, etc.). I've been to plenty where others have been knitting (some where I had to "network" and was envious I couldn't knit, others where I was a bit surprised since it was a heavy participation conference with a small group of people). I think you're gut is good though (you didn't knit today with a bunch of your professors around...homework, that's perfect to me!).

8:38 PM  
Blogger Queen of the froggers said...

You really need to send that yarn to me. I love it!

8:26 AM  
Blogger chemgrrl said...

Oh, I love that color! What a nice Tangled Yoke it will make.

9:49 AM  
Blogger KnittingMoose said...

Pretty yarn! That's a great color.

I don't know if I'd be brave enough to knit in the back row either...but I can tell you for sure that the idea would come to my mind!! :)

11:15 AM  
Blogger Morticcia said...

The Boston Globe has a Miss Manners column and I read through her archives the other day. Wouldn't you know it but there were two knitting references since last fall. Bottom line, she said it was rude to knit at conferences.

I disagree, in spirit, but I guess I can see how non-knitters view it as rude. People don't understand that knitting makes knitters better listeners. (Or at least this knitter!) LOL.

I'll never knit in a large meeting ever again.

Much envy on that Rowan. I am dying to buy some but I've been a bad sweater knitter lately. The tangled yoke is a gorgeous pattern, too! Can't wait to see what you make of it!

6:37 AM  
Blogger tapmouse said...

I have that yarn! LOVE it! Same colorway, too. Except mine is being used for a scarf that won't happen! It's been in UFO land for quite some time...(I don't do scarves well!)

And I say-go knit it the back row! I would! But I know what you mean-you need to consider your audience and how it will be received!

7:29 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...


I really think that if you are participating in the workshop, it doesn't matter if you are knitting. If you just sat in the back and didn't get involved, that would be different. Tell them you are knitting for a community charity. Hows' that?

6:00 AM  

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