I have a small group of women I get together with monthly for dinner. All are amazing women, executives, leaders in their community, interesting hobbies, caring people. None of them are knitters but me. All have had the experience of being the only woman at the table at work, the highest level woman at their company and over the last two decades have seen the huge progress women have made in the workplace. I don't personally like to focus on the thought that women are being held back because of gender, I'd rather just keep working away to prove that wrong.
But even so I recognize that there are differences between men and women and also how we raise children. We had this discussion last week on studies that show women believe their skills and talents are "fixed assets" - ones that don't change over time, while men see their skills as "developable assets". The original study is discussed by Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson in her piece, “The Trouble With Bright Girls.” Her work focuses on girls and boys and how girls are more likely to quit in the face of difficult tasks. Its an interesting piece.
Of course I thought about it in terms of knitting. Every day I learn something new about knitting, from books, the web, other knitters. I know my skills have grown and developed a huge amount in just the last six months as I did the Masters Level Two. And that was after 25 years of knitting. So it wouldn't occur to me that my business skills would be any different. Perhaps we should be teaching girls knitting and other creative arts where developing skills and knowledge are very visible! This would be great training for later in life.
On the finished object side, I'm not where I thought i would be. My large lace project, Hansigne, is still on the needles with just a few rows left. My cardigan is being blocked so the lace stands out and as of yesterday was still very damp. I have finally updated my Ravelry project status with pictures of the Level Three swatches. I have a couple in this post and if you want to see all of them so far, please go to http://www.ravelry.com/projects/changer1/master-knitter-level-three.
And for much more exciting finished objects, head over to Tami's.