Monday, December 07, 2009

Adjunct Professor of Yarny Goodness

I used to think I wanted to be a college professor. I went to grad school. I also dropped out of grad school. Twice. I got a master's degree in one subject, and embarked on a serious attempt at dissertation research in another. I married one man with a Ph.D., our housemate is another, and both are college professors. So although I realized that my personality was unsuitable for the tenure track, I'm fairly experienced with the culture of academia.

Now that I'm designing with the intent of publication, I'm amused by the parallels between my work and academic life. At a recent coffee shop gathering, a friend asked me, "So what have you got going on these days?" Thinking of my upcoming submission deadlines, for which I'd done extensive knitting and crocheting but no proposal-writing, I said, "Well, you know how it's way more fun to do the research than to write the paper?" and everyone at the table, with one voice, said, "YES."

Something important that is missing from my life is a good graduate student. I would gladly teach knitting and crochet arcana and provide grant funding (i.e., yarn from my stash) in return for winding my skeins, testing my instructions, and (of course) knitting my second socks.

5 comments:

Dieuwke said...

OMG, you mean that, like, seriously?
And this graduate student would only be winding skeins, testing instructions and knitting some socks now and then?
I'm sure lots of people would volunteer for that - I am already very tempted by the great funding you offer!

owner said...

Perhaps I should take applications? I do love sharing the esoteric techniques I've learned; and I could definitely use a little assistance with the grunt work of knitwear design. Meanwhile, I hath little impulse control, and hence my stash overfloweth.

Meg_L said...

I'd be happy to take instruction and try your instructions!!! me, me, me!

Joshua Holden said...

Oh, I'm sure you can do better than adjunct if you really want to. :)

Judd said...

It's a shame I'm so far away, it looks like a great job to me!