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Berkshire Breeze

Laura Lim Prescott ’92 designed and knitted a sweater using a patter of her own creation, Berkshire Breeze.

The scarlet leaves reminds me of the autumns that I spent in the Berkshire Mountains while attending Williams College. The “Breeze” part refers to the lightness of the sweater and the fact that the lace makes wearing the sweater a little breezy.

Laura’s blog is beautifully done with many fine pictures. Eph knitters, from across the political spectrum, should be sure to visit regularly.

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#1 Comment By frank uible On December 22, 2005 @ 6:38 am

Ms. Prescott says at her website that she “knits, reads, writes, and plays with her cats”. Presuming no bad habits and given the advances of medical science, she ought to live to 175. Congrats!

#2 Comment By Mike E On December 22, 2005 @ 10:57 am

Is it just me, or are there a lot of Eph knitters (mostly women?) I say this only having seen the ’03s-’06s. But there were a heck of a lot of women knitting when I was at Williams. It was sort of a surpise. But, I mean, very cool too.

I have no idea what part of the general population knits. Maybe it’s trendy. (And maybe Ephs are leading the trend).

#3 Comment By Kim Daboo ’88 On December 22, 2005 @ 7:20 pm

It’s not just you. While I am not a knitter (wish I was though) I recall Winter Study was prime time for knitting. I think some years during my time at Williams there were loosely organized classes. It’s a great indoor alternative to drinking and foos.

#4 Comment By frank uible On December 22, 2005 @ 8:16 pm

Is crocheting inferior or superior to knitting? If so, how?

#5 Comment By David On December 22, 2005 @ 8:50 pm

There is no “alternative” to foos. Posters claiming otherwise will have their IPs banned.

Of course, I am biased on this since my lovely wife was on of the great female Eph foosballers of her generation. In fact, she recently spent several hours teaching our neighbors a thing or two . . .

#6 Comment By Laura Prescott ’92 On December 23, 2005 @ 3:44 pm

Thanks for the comments everyone.

Knitting has become quite trendy in the last few years. However, I actually learned to knit while I was a student at Williams. Knitting was somewhat popular on campus back then.

Whether or not crocheting is inferior or superior to knitting depends on who you are speaking to. Crocheting is generally considered to be easier to do because you normally have only one “live” stitch at a time. When knitting, you can have hundreds of live stitches. Because of the way the fabrics are formed, crocheting uses more yarn than knitting does to produce the same sized piece. So, crocheted garmets are usually heavier and less delicate than knitted garments are. However, some things are easier to do with a crochet hook than they are with a pair of knitting needles. (And that was probably much more information than you really wanted to know.)

#7 Comment By Kim Daboo ’88 On December 23, 2005 @ 9:37 pm

When I said “alternative to foos” I meant it was something to do while waiting for the table to become available, of course, not something to do INSTEAD of foos.