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What Can You Learn This Month?

The weather may not feel like it, but the calendar says it’s January. At Smith, that means another Interterm Program, a month-long series of non-credit courses taught by Smith community members -- students, staff, faculty, alumnae and associates.

The Interterm Program, now in its ninth year, offers courses on a range of topics and techniques. This year’s program, which begins Monday, Jan. 8, and runs through Friday, Jan. 26, offers nearly three dozen weeklong courses and several workshops that might entice the curiosity of those still on campus.

As part of the Interterm Program, the Career Development Office offers several job-search workshops, and the Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning hosts a series of its own workshops.

And from January 9 through 26, the Interterm Film Series offers a lineup of thought-provoking screenings, each preceded by a discussion led by a Smith faculty member or administrator.

News & Events will profile a few Interterm 2007 courses as they approach on the calendar:

January 8-12, 3:15-5:15 p.m., Wright Hall 200
Not Another Scarf: Learn to Knit Legwarmers
Instructor: Huelo Dunn ’07

Huelo Dunn ’07, modeling a sweater she knitted

Huelo Dunn learned to knit from her grandmother when she was 7 years old, she says, “but it didn’t become an obsession for me until college.”

As an obsessive knitter, Dunn has fielded countless questions on the various techniques of knitting hats, gloves, socks, sweaters and scarves. She chose to focus her Interterm course on knitting legwarmers, she says, “because they’re simple and cute, and they give students the opportunity to learn to knit on circular needles, or ‘in the round,’ as most knitters call it.”

Knowing how to knit in the round is necessary to create hats, gloves, socks and other such garments, explains Dunn, as opposed to the back-and-forth technique using two straight needles to create a scarf, for example. “Knitting in the round is the most important technique that students will learn in my class,” she says.

Though she has not taught a knitting class before, Dunn has taught knitting one-on-one to many friends and family members. And as a sales representative at Webs, America’s Yarn Store, a popular retail outlet on Pleasant Street in downtown Northampton, she greatly bolstered her knitting knowledge.

Dunn plans to maintain a fun, mellow atmosphere in her class, she says, “where students can enjoy knitting, and can feel confident asking questions.”

And when they’re finished, says Dunn, they will come away with a new knitting technique, confidence to try other techniques, and the ability to create a small wardrobe of winter regalia -- that, and at least one pair of snappy legwarmers.

1/4/07   By Eric Sean Weld
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