One of my favorite NPR shows is Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Yesterday, she interviewed two Philadelphia teachers who were attacked in two separate incidents, and seriously injured by students.
I heard one of these guys interviewed a while ago...the math teacher who sustained a broken neck, broken shoulder and a brain injury. I was also speaking with a recently retired teacher in Springfield, Massachusetts. She was telling me a gruesome story of having a high school social worker stabbed and murdered right outside her classroom door by a student she had just disciplined the day before.
I can't help but be incredibly disturbed by these stories.
For one, I consider education to be one of the critical solutions this world has to the many of its problems, especially poverty, class differences and even crime.
But without a safe environment for students to learn, there will never be a chance for education to take place successfully.
I've been wanting to have a blog contest for a while, and this latest interview with Philadelphia teachers has prompted me to use a blog contest to support a charity called Year Up, one of the more well-run educational charities that is doing excellent work with inner-city education.
Blog Contest is simple. Make a contribution, or in some way support Year Up (they have local volunteer opportunities, or the ability to donate goods, etc.). Just let me know via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org that you've done something to support them by July 15th at midnight, U.S. Eastern time, and I'll enter you in a drawing for one of three modest prizes:
Prize one: A copy of Kaffe's Classics
Prize two: A knitting project bag from KnitPicks
Prize three: A copy of Marianne Kinzel's Modern Lace Knitting
Please note in your e-mail which prize you would prefer, and I'll try to match the winners to their prize preference.
If you'd like to make a contribution directly on their site using a credit card, I don't need any verification of your donation...just your word that a donation has been made. If you contribution is less than $25, and/or you'd prefer to donate via PayPal, and you don't care about the tax benefit of your donation, you can make your donation to my PayPal account, and I will send all donations received this way to Year Up in one lump payment.
Click Here To Donate Via PayPal
I know the prizes aren't anything spectacular, but I do appreciate any support you could give to this very worthy cause.
I finished two more scarves...I'll post pictures of them in my next blog entry.
Regarding the Boteh Scarf, Glen writes, "I was wondering if I could get the knit version of the pattern from you, because I haven't a clue as to how to convert a crochet pattern to knit or vice versa."
Actually, I don't have a specific knit pattern written up for this scarf, and I don't think I'll be writing one...sorry. But here's why, first, I don't like how it looks in knit format, and second, I don't want to take away from Kathy's lovely crochet accomplishment by bastardizing her design.
Regarding the knit/crochet scarf I did in Kaffe's Kid Silk, Franklin asks an exceptionally inciteful question, "I'm curious, does the crochet edging have a noticeable effect on drape or stretch?"
A little on stretch, and none on drape. I mimicked the looseness of the knitted fabric with the crochet, so the drape would stay the same (very loose and drapey). The crochet edging does provide a little more structure than the original knitted edge, and will definitely help keep the scarf in it's original shape.