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Ludic knitting

When I was taking my university core classes in English education, all the classes were with the same two professors, over and over again. Except one class: teaching reading. I don't remember the teacher's name, but I remember his ruddy complexion and the whispers that perhaps he often had a bit more to drink than he ought.

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I liked him more than most in my class did (not an easy A) and I learned a lot. What I remember most from that class was his statement that while Shakespeare and the other hard stuff is important, teachers should also make sure their students are allowed some amount of reading just for fun.  He said this is how they would grow as readers - figuring out what they like and reading lots of it. 

This reading just for fun he called "ludic reading."

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That's one reason I will never refuse to get V a book that she tells me she really wants, even if we end up with a stack of 2,000 books on cats, but I actually think of it every time I knit as well.

There are things I want to knit because I like the looks of the outcome and things I want to knit because I know they'll be a challenge and increase my skills. And there are also things I want to knit because they're easy. So some patterns might be difficult, but they always include a simple row of knitting or purling - mindless knitting I call the ludic row. For me, anything cable knit (love cables!) or the simple hat I've knit so many times I don't bother to create a Rav project page for - those are a ludic patterns. 

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Right now, one of the things on my needles is the lovely Villeray scarf by Ariane Caron-Lacoste, which I'm knitting with a skein of my Petales de Rose colorway. For me it's quite a lot of lace because I don't have as much time to knit as I would like and I need a quiet house to knit lace. This one has a purl row on every wrong side - and every time I get there I think, ahhh, ludic row, and I always enjoy it very, very much.

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melissa

wonderful!

and so is the scarf.

Tina

Gorgeous pattern and perfect for your yummy yarn!

Gayle

That is so pretty!

Natalie

Nice post. I like the ludic row and love a little ludic reading myself. The rose colorway is very pretty and perfect for your lace scarf.

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