Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Graduation and fiber

One of RISD's newest alumni
Back from Graduation, daughter number 2 is a proud member of the 128th graduating class of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).  RISD is known for the arts and design, critical thinking and developing one's self as an individual and this is clearly shown during the commencement ceremonies.  The encourage the graduates to make their cap and/or gown their own, if they chose to wear them.  Even Pomp and Circumstance played by a live band was jazzed up and lead to some dancing by both the students and the faculty.  Some of the gowns were made into shirts, jackets and all sorts of interesting creations.  A big hit was the 4 landscape architect graduate students who were dressed as different types of moss.  Afterwards was a party in the park with music, drink and food.  It gave us a chance to mingle and meet other parents and our daughter's friends.
Shari and Alison waiting for graduation to begin.

Alison and Becca mugging for the camera after graduation
Becca and two pieces at her senior show
Like the completely neurotic mother that I am, I had to be at the graduation before the doors opened so I could get good seats.  Recovering from surgery I had a ortho boot on my foot and a cane.  As we waiting nice and orderly in line for the doors to open, the crowd began to grow.  Wouldn't you know it that once the doors opened, people started rushing in.  With the late comers trying to get to the front of the line.  It really pisses me off when people do this.  Why do they thing they deserve to be first?  Well I will stop venting, it was a beautiful day.  Both my lovely daughters, my husband and my wonderful sister Shari were there to join ion the festivities.

So how does fiber fit in with graduation?  One morning I took time out to visit Robin Meeks at Bally Duff Farm  where she raises lovely Lincoln sheep both white and colored.  One of my favorite parts of traveling is being able to meet sheep farmers and bring a little bit of their sheep home with me.  I bought two fleeces, one white and one colored.  Once I am done unpacking I will share photos.

We are well into fiber festival season and the Tour de Fleece will be starting in a couple of weeks.  If you want to join in the festivities, please consider joining Team Twisted

Keep on spinning in the free world