01 April 2008

Knitting Scouts

I know, I'm later than everyone else with this Cast-On Scouty thing - anyway, on with the main event!

I was a Brownie for a little time, when I lived the States as a kid - I have distant memories of a hall full of noisy young girls, many of whom were unkind to the girl with the 'funny accent' and who couldn't walk properly (so I didn't last long). I enjoyed the Brownie book, though. So I was never a great Brownie or Girl Guide. But I can do Knitting Scouts :)

The “Proselytize Knitting” Badge
I've spoken to people on buses, and at doctors' waiting rooms, and lots of other places - to the point of taking needles and yarn in to one family at hydrotherapy and giving mini-lessons to a bunch of kids! I also taught my now yarn-addicted daughter to knit.

The “I’ve Been Published in a Knitting Magazine” Badge
Not a pattern (so I hope this counts), but a small article about my Knitting Art paintings was published in the Winter 07/08 issue of Vogue Knitting.

The “Knitting Has Forced Me to Seek Medical Attention” Badge (Level One)
Combined with playing violin and lab work, knitting heaps of fair isle jumpers contributed to severe RSI in both my hands. This stopped me knitting (and my science degree, and playing music) in the early 1980s, and I've only been game to try again in recent years. I still have to be careful, and can no longer crochet or do cross stitch. In fact, my Meida lace socks are currently causing me more hand & wrist pain than I should be in. Bugger.

The “I Will Crush You With My Math Prowess” Badge
While not a high-level maths user every day, I really enjoy maths, and have knit socks with Fibonacci series stripes, and use algebra to calculate pattern alterations.

The “MacGyver” Badge (Level One)
I've made knitting needles from varnished pencils with rubber band on the ends so I could knit on a flight (where knitting needles were banned). I also use paper clips as stitch markers, lotto cards to mark off rows, magnetic sheeting as a pattern-tracking board, rubber bands to hold DPNs together, and I know there's more stuff I can't remember right now! Is there a badge for forgetfulness?

And lastly, today I got to Word 12,000 (DOUGHTY) in my Dictionary list - only about 43,000 words to go!


  1. Cute, scout! : ))) Chloe would like a badge for her collection.

  2. Cool! And very creative, MacGuyver.

  3. Oh, you ARE a good scout! Wonderful badges!

  4. I stuck with girl scouts for 11 years and have a jacket full of badges that I can't even name any more. I would have hung out with the "girl with the accent". Too bad you weren't in my troop! I figure i can credit myself with the proselytizing badge. I knit on the train, in waiting rooms, at work and anywhere I have to wait. The maths, not so much. I try so hard but I just don't get it.

  5. I love the idea of a MacGyver badge. While I can't claim to being published in a knitting magazine, I have been published in my local knitting guild newsletter. That's almost as good....kind of...:)

  6. I much prefer this version of guides/scouts. Guides were my first group activity outside of school and the girls/young women were uncommonly bitchy. blech.

    I'm so impressed with your maths badge : )


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