I passed my dissertation defense, and am now officially Dr. Dominick! Good alliteration, eh? My dissertation research included two knitting groups with 4th grade girls to see if participating in the knitting group enhanced their social skills and academic achievement, while reducing problem behaviors. The group seemed to have a medium effect on lowering bullying scores and raising communication scores. The girls loved participating in the group and I loved working with them, so while I would have expected a greater number of positive results, it was a lot of fun conducting the group.
In knitting news, I’ve been totally lazy about getting a good picture of my New Girl skirt. I will get to it soon. In the meantime, I’m feeling a little out of inspiration for new projects. I just finished a secret project that I will get to blog about later in the week, after a baby shower. I have those socks on the needles still. I’m almost lamenting the end of the cold weather here, because colder weather inspires so much fabulous wool knitting! I’m ready to focus on warm weather items with linen, but I’m not sure what to make. I’d love suggestions in the comments. I have been eyeing Cocktail(Dress) for awhile and I have a TON of Laines du Nord Baby Milk (merino/milk fiber/cashmere) to use, but it’s in super pale pinks and gray. I don’t usually swath my person in that much pink, but the yarn was a STEAL from WEBS, so this dress will only cost me around $40 to make. I think the peachy color on top would work for the sleeve caps, then gray for the chest stripes. I have the most of the pink on the bottom, so that will have to be the main color. I’m going to swatch a bit and see what I think. It might be some super girly insanity. But I want more ideas! I’m ready to fill up my dance card with summer knits. What are you planning for the warm weather this year?