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ForestBird
Chatty Knitter

USA
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Posted - 09/05/2006 :  5:01:01 PM  Show Profile Send ForestBird a Private Message
So tonight I am driving home and listening to my favorite Public Radio station, which is reporting on the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's acheiving a diverse freshman student population this year.

A representative from UMass gushes: (I paraphrase here) "We even have a young lady who was accepted because of her participation in varsity knitting. She mentions it several times in her personal statement!"

And he goes on further about diversity.

Now what is varsity knitting? Any of you out there hear about this?

And is this what one would call an aspect of diversity?

"Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern."
Alfred North Whitehead, Dialogues (1954)

Heather
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
456 Posts

Posted - 09/05/2006 :  7:48:08 PM  Show Profile Send Heather a Private Message
Clever girl to use knitting to further her academic career! I have no idea what varsity knitting is, but I wish I had thought of it when I was in school.

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.
-G.K. Chesterton
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kadiddly
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Posted - 09/05/2006 :  10:35:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit kadiddly's Homepage  Send kadiddly a Yahoo! Message Send kadiddly a Private Message
Varsity knitting? Never heard of it, but wish I had been a knitter in college!

"Alright everyone, back to your knitting..."
- Fred or George Weasley, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (movie)
Backstage Stitches
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gwtreece
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Posted - 09/06/2006 :  05:06:06 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
I wonder if she got a scholarship for her knitting?

Wanda
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ozknitter
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Australia
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Posted - 09/06/2006 :  06:32:34 AM  Show Profile Send ozknitter a Private Message
Hi Wanda,

That's what I was wondering too, if she got a Diploma at the end of it all.

Knit in peace and harmony.


Rose in Melbourne, Australia.
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Heather
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
456 Posts

Posted - 09/06/2006 :  8:41:01 PM  Show Profile Send Heather a Private Message
Let's give her an honorary doctorate. DPK? Doctor of Public Knitting?

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.
-G.K. Chesterton
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lemons
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Posted - 09/07/2006 :  06:56:06 AM  Show Profile Send lemons a Private Message
They give degrees in knitting (probably fiber arts, but who's quibbling?) in Norway; my DSD had a tenant who had her master's in it.

lemons of missouri
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gwtreece
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Posted - 09/07/2006 :  07:52:52 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
I wonder what kind of jobs are out there for someone with a masters in knitting.

Wanda
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JARlady
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Posted - 09/07/2006 :  08:44:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit JARlady's Homepage Send JARlady a Private Message
Well, you know, if there is Varsity Knitting, then there are surely intramural knitting teams that we should all 'train' for!!!

Janice
http://jarlady.blogspot.com/
http://www.galenahaven.homestead.com
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gwtreece
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Posted - 09/07/2006 :  09:43:56 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
Janice, Good point.

Wanda
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Sher
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Posted - 09/07/2006 :  10:13:35 AM  Show Profile  Send Sher a Yahoo! Message Send Sher a Private Message
I Googled it and found this site:
http://www.varsity.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8411&Itemid=31
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lemons
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Posted - 09/07/2006 :  10:25:55 AM  Show Profile Send lemons a Private Message
This woman was teaching in an art school, as I recall.

lemons of missouri
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Heather
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USA
456 Posts

Posted - 09/07/2006 :  12:15:02 PM  Show Profile Send Heather a Private Message
Thanks for the link, Sher. I loved the article. Makes my fingers itch... too bad I'm at work and can't knit right now.

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.
-G.K. Chesterton
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gwtreece
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Posted - 09/07/2006 :  12:42:05 PM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
Thanks for the link.

Wanda
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Mama Cat
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Posted - 09/07/2006 :  1:42:02 PM  Show Profile Send Mama Cat a Private Message
Years ago, I used to tell people that my favorite sport was Full Contact Knitting. They usually backed away slowly with a kind of "heh heh ... that's interesting ..." and a look like "who IS this crazy woman?"

Then, this year, we had Olympic Knitting (which I didn't find out about until too late, or I'd have been there, baby). And now I hear that there's Varsity Knitting. So .... turns out I wasn't so crazy after all.

Knitting IS a sport. I'm glad that people are finally beginning to see that!
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ForestBird
Chatty Knitter

USA
265 Posts

Posted - 09/07/2006 :  4:50:58 PM  Show Profile Send ForestBird a Private Message
Great article Sher, thanks for passing that on. Sometimes one forgets one is in the 21st century and one can call up info with a few mouse clicks.

Only the article didnt't say anything about varsity knitting, per se.

So the question is still out there: what is varsity knitting and where is it being, er, played?

"Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern."
Alfred North Whitehead, Dialogues (1954)
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ForestBird
Chatty Knitter

USA
265 Posts

Posted - 09/07/2006 :  5:18:23 PM  Show Profile Send ForestBird a Private Message
I just did a further search on google, then ask.com, then wikipedia - nothing!

I'm beginning to think that a leg has been pulled at the U of Mass.

"Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern."
Alfred North Whitehead, Dialogues (1954)
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Margie
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Posted - 09/07/2006 :  11:16:58 PM  Show Profile Send Margie a Private Message
Well, since the article didn't tell us wht the varsity knitting rules are, let's make our own.

1) Each team shall consist of lots of friendly people.

2) Your turn!

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Heather
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
456 Posts

Posted - 09/08/2006 :  11:31:07 AM  Show Profile Send Heather a Private Message
2)One way to earn points is by knitting publicly.

3)Your turn!

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.
-G.K. Chesterton
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abt1950
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Posted - 09/08/2006 :  11:36:41 AM  Show Profile Send abt1950 a Private Message
I wonder what pattern she used to knit her letterwoman's jacket?

Anne

Knit long and prosper
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Margie
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1032 Posts

Posted - 09/21/2006 :  5:45:33 PM  Show Profile Send Margie a Private Message
4)Knitting in front of the comptuer counts

5) Your turn


Margie
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