Thursday, October 11, 2007

Trying to avoid being a heel.

I started my Microbio class a couple weeks ago, meaning that I don't get home until after nine two nights a week, which is totally harshing my mellow, man. It's also cutting into my already not that frequent TV-knitting time, so it's all but a miracle that I've made it halfway through the heel of the Bee.

Which I'm still loving, btw. I wasn't sure about the Pond Scum for this pattern, but it turns out it looks like twisty tangly vines. Awesome.


The other good news is that Thing Three is cranking right along, despite being a commute-only knit, for secrecy's sake. Well, commute and class. Which brings me to my dilemma, a propos of which I want to conduct a little informal survey: Is it ever acceptable to knit in class? I know some of you folks teach -- would you be offended if someone were knitting during your lectures? In this specific case, it's a class of about 50 people, I sit at the back, keep my knitting in my lap, frequently pause to take notes, and am engaged in discussion when there is any. In other words it's nearly all review so far and I'm arm-gnawingly bored, but I think I hide it pretty well. The prof is a nice lady and I don't want to be rude. I thought of just asking her if she minds but that feels weird somehow too, like it's making it a bigger deal than it is... Thoughts?

14 comments:

Desiknitter said...

The colour of the sock is gorgeous! A perfect shade of green - not too bright, not too dull.
Re: the knitting in class, I'm inclined to not allow my students to knit, partly because it sets a bad example (you can multitask in class time) and distracts other students. Even though I'm a knitter and know I can pay attention while knitting. So, contradictory. But I know lots of people do allow students to knit - you could just ask the prof. Although if she hasn't said anything so far, she probably hasn't noticed or doesn't care.

femiknitter said...

I gotta say that I'd probably be annoyed. If you were doing well in the class and contributing and appeared to get stuff from lecture, I'd be a little lenient and probably wouldn't say anything. But I would still not be happy that you're knitting, and I would be less likely to bump you from, say, a B+ to an A- on papers and such just on the thought that if you hadn't been knitting in class you might have merely made a small mistake as opposed to just not paying attention.

With that said, I wish I could knit through all my classes and discussion sections, so perhaps I'm just jealous!

Stacey said...

loving the green bee sock - that green is wonderful!

about the knitting - you may want to ask her just so she isn't feeling insulted that you are doing "something else" while she is lecturing...

Kristy said...

Your sock is looking gorgeous!

I've knit in two different lecture classes. Both times I asked the professor if it was OK first. I thought it was great!

Courtney said...

Nice sock lady!
I love knitting and listening, assuming the pattern isn't too difficult. Looks like most of the teachers are saying no or ask first, good to know. I do it all the time at work meetings.

JulieFrick said...

Hey there! I knit in faculty meetings, but I asked my boss first. I wouldn't want my students knitting in class, not because it distracts the knitter, but because it distracts other kids. But I teach sixth grade, so factor that in!

whitney said...

I love the way that pattern looks in that yarn!

I've never knit in class, but I haven't had many large lecture-style classes where it might be possible to do so, either. I'd ask the professor about it.

pamela wynne said...

I've said this a million times, but I love the sock SO much! I will likely say it a million more.

Re: knitting in class... (1) I agree that it distracts non-knitting students (after all, knitting is riveting! exciting!), and (2) while I don't doubt that folks can knit and still pay attention, it opens up other doors I'd prefer remained shut (e.g. if s/he can knit during class, why can't I do the crossword, or send text messages?).

KODACHROME said...

I'm in agreement with the others. Though a knitter, I would not want a student knitting in my classes. As others have said, it'd be a distraction to the other students (they're soooooooo easily distracted) and I know I myself would be distracted. I would be probably watching your knitting, wishing I could be knitting too. And, as Pamela said, it opens up the door for other students to insist they can multi-task as well.

LOVE the sock, and the color too.

tiennie said...

Looks beautiful! That's definitely a new thing to say about pond scum but not Pond Scum!

Ashley said...

I have had a student ask if she could crochet in class, and I did say yes, but I think I would answer differently next time, mostly the reasons that Pam gave. The girl was really pretty engaged in class, and incredibly smart, so she could handle the multitasking, but it still opens the "but I want to do X in class!" door. Plus, _I_ actually found it distracting, since I always wanted to look more closely at what she was doing (incredibly complex doilies made out of thread for the most part).

Amy said...

What an incredibly gorgeous sock!

I think that knitting in class is highly dependent on the instructor. Some would understand, some wouldn't, and there's only one way to know. But I think it's *totally* appropriate to ask!

Lisa said...

Your knitting is beautiful. I have Joelle's other book which has lots of fun projects. I may get her knit book too because I'm seeing lots of mentions about it.

I'm still learning to knit but your projects are inspiring.

Have a nice weekend!

Elinor said...

OK, I'm just now catching up on blog reading so please forgive the late comments. I'm taking a microbiology class too!! We can sit and wish we were knitting together in spirit. I have to say, I've always admired people who can knit in class. I know that I can knit and pay attention but I don't think any of my teachers could appreciate that. Theresa (Knitting Underway) knit socks all through med school. I aspire to be her. :-) I do sneak in some knitting in a genetics class I have because it's team taught to 350 students and so boring that I decided last week to sit in back and knit. The rest of the class is working on crosswords or texting and the teacher reads us PowerPoint. I guess I got the nerve to knit because I feel like the teacher doesn't put the effort in to really teach. That's a bunch of rambling but there you go.

BTW, I *need* that pattern! And the green is so yummy. I've been thinking about some Fleece Artist Sea Wool in Moss...