Sunday, February 17, 2008

Knit Out a MOA and other stuff

Unbelievable! Almost a month has gone by since my last post! Life has been busy, which is very good for me at this time of year. I just don't "do" cold the way I used to. The bitterly cold days and nights leave my joints screaming, and the gray days make me, well, gray. I attended the Knit Out at the Mall of America yesterday. It was the second annual. I have learned that I will approach Knit Out differently next year. Rather than spending three hours in line waiting for patterns and yarn which I will probably not use, I will instead spend most of my time attending the demonstrations and activities on the stage. It is always wonderful to spend time amongst the hundreds of knitters who share the same love of fiber that has me engrossed. I met some new friends in line, and Ryan was beyond patient with me. All in all, a nice but tiring day.
This is a pic of me and Steven, The Glitter Knitter. He is so much fun!! We are all looking forward to his visit to our Northern Lights affiliate of the Minnesota Knitters Guild in May. Although you can't tell from this blurry picture, his sweater was knit with some sort of chain in it. Awesome!

I have agreed to teach a graduate level course for the College of St. Scholastica's St. Paul campus. It is an eight week course in Elementary Science Methods. This is something I have wanted to do for about 25 years, so I'm sort of fulfilling a long-time dream. Naturally, I'm a bit nervous about how it's going to go. I'm spending today and tomorrow (President's Day) getting my head wrapped around the syllabus and text and starting my planning. I truly think this is the best opportunity for me to find out if I LIKE teaching at the college level. My student teacher will be starting on the same day I begin teaching, so I'll have an extra pair of hands in the classroom to help take the pressure off. I am excited and anxious and overwhelmed, but happy to be given this opportunity.