Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Craft Wisely Podcast, Episode 6: Knitorious!

Each week, a group of students from the Craft Wisely course will invite listeners into the discussions taking place in our classroom. The conversation starts with ideas derived from our texts and our practice, and ranges into the podcasters' interpretations and experience.

The Dust Storms -- Anna, Ariel, Lynn and Adrea -- close out our discussion of the views of handcrafting that come down to us through objects and stories from the past.  Then they point us toward the future by asking how handmade objects change the world of commerce and charity.  Our Conway Cradle Care service learning project is underway but still in the planning stages; how do these crafters, both experienced and novice, envision contributing to the health of our community through their participation?

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Male Public Knitting

Last post I was working on my Red Scarf Project contribution. It just so happens that I am still unfortunately working on the very same project. In attempting to diagnose the factor responsible for my lack of progression, time restraints were the first to emerge. Although I recognize that some truth exists with a lack of time, as I am a busy person often surviving on four or fewer hours of sleep a night, I find it frustrating when individuals complain about time availability. So instead of letting myself fall to the same ill behavior that I often find so inexcusable, I decided to dissect my daily time regiment and see where possible knitting opportunities elude me. I narrowed the task by assigning opportunities during the day where knitting would be viable. More specifically, times during the day where my hands were unoccupied and my visual attention could be devoted to knitting needles. I soon discovered that most of the situations where these criteria were met happened to be on campus during class, lunch, and inter-dispersed downtime. To many knitters, these small opportunities are golden moments of productivity that transform limited spare time into an item of fruitful labor. So why do I not join in on utilizing these precious spare instants?

Simply put, I’m a closet knitter.

I have yet to actually knit in public. I only knit in the privacy of my home. Which, although I live in a fraternity house where privacy in limited, I am at least surrounded by those who I feel family-comfortable around. When I first started to knit for this class, I was very proud of my newly acquired skill and I had no shame practicing the craft as a male. I expected to march on campus, needles in hand, and knit my way through the semester. But now I sit here halfway finished with the semester and I have yet to grace the campus with my presence while knitting. I still have no shame of knitting as a guy, but yet I am often stationed in the student center, relaxing post meal with my partially finished scarf sitting in my bag, and consciously choose not to work on it. At this point in the day, knitting should be a relaxing escape where pressures of class and upcoming assignments melt away.

I would like to think that I am not nervous of judgment as a male knitter but subconsciously I must be. I would otherwise knit in public frequently. Through Ravelry I have observed groups such as S.M.A.C.K (Straight Men Also Crochet & Knitting) and Men Who Knit (fellows who love the fibers: for those of us with a Y-chromosome) that promote knitting

within the male gender. Some even go as far as attempting to connect the opposite sex through knitting. Despite this positive male influence, I still have yet to gather the courage to knit publically on campus. Our newest knitting service project, Conway Cradle Care, has not been introduced to Craft Wisely yet but it involves an afternoon where we knit openly on campus. Although it will be a new experience, I actually look forward to this opportunity to group knit in public, I feel that it will serve as a perfect opportunity to break my private knitting habits. On that note, I extend a question to any possible readers. What would you think if you spotted a male knitting in public? Would you have a certain default perception of sexuality? Do you have any enjoyed skills/crafts that you won’t perform in public?

The Art of Illusion Knitting

So I know that in my last blog I talked about illusion knitting as well. However, in doing research for our research paper for our Craft Wisely I found what I think is the most amazing thing.

Our research paper assignment is to connect knitting or crafting to our area of study. As it is, I am a Mathematics Major, so I was looking for articles and sources that relate knitting to math.
While searching, is a free site for knitters and crocheters, I came across this group titled "Woolly Thoughts," a "A group for fans of Woolly Thoughts, and mathematical knitting and crochet in general." Woolly Thoughts is a series of books as well as a website that is run by Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer, a married couple that are mathematicians as well as designers and knitting enthusiasts.

They have developed a mathematical and logical method for creating really amazing illusion knitting pieces. For example, they have been able to recreate images such as the Mona Lisa and the Girl with a Pearl Earring.
These are just a few of the works that are posted in the gallery on their sister site

I was completely amazed that they were able to create such detailed works of art, especially in an illusion format. I'm hoping to either recreate one of their patters or create one of my own at some point. Wish me luck!!!

The Craft Wisely Podcast, Episode 3: Crafting for a Cause

Each week, a group of students from the Craft Wisely course will invite listeners into the discussions taking place in our classroom. The conversation starts with ideas derived from our texts and our practice, and ranges into the podcasters' interpretations and experience.

The Arachnias (Ella, Natasha and Kate) meditate on the connections between craft, education and community in this podcast (delayed due to technical reasons, hence presented out of order).  Engage with theory, practice, and outreach as the Arachnias discover children knitting, discuss whether adding handcrafts to elementary classrooms would be discouraging or beneficial to students and their instructors, and share the first-person experiences of knitters and those who receive the benefit of their energies..

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sue Madison- Knitter and Senator

For this blog, I decided to interview Arkansas State Senator Sue Madison of Fayetteville. As a long time acquaintance, I’ve seen Senator Madison knitting or crocheting on multiple occasions. A little background on the Senator, she is a real estate investor originally from South Arkansas who received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Louisiana State University. She has two children and a few grandchildren. She comes from a Presbyterian background and is very active in her community. She serves on the Legislative Budget Committee and on the Senate Committee for Arkansas Girls State. She is a Democrat and a very progressive advocate of both education and environment. Recently, she sponsored the first bill making animal cruelty a felony in Arkansas. She is a civil servant to the state and is still pushing for the Equal Rights Amendment to be ratified by the Arkansas Legislator. Below is the dialogue of my recent interview with Senator Sue Madison.
Senator Madison

Sara: So I remember you saying that you learned to crochet in elementary school at recess because the teacher would not allow girls to do physical activity, so when did you learn to knit?

Senator Madison: I learned to knit in high school. My first knitting project were black socks for my father because he could not wear socks with elastic and wanted to hire someone to knit socks for him. I told him I could do it, went to the library to check out a book on how do knit, and did it! My next knitting project was a sweater I knit for myself, it took so long!  By the time I was done with it, it looked so hideous that I ended up taking it apart after the first time I wore it and re-knit it into a new sweater.
Senator Madison (sorry I do not have any pictures of her knitting)
Sara: So what other projects have you knitted?

Senator Madison: I knit mole hair sweaters for my sister and mother as well. Then when I was studying abroad during college in Scotland, my roommate and I were knitting sweaters for our boyfriends, but by the time she got back, her boyfriend had broken up with her. I also have knitted baby blankets for my children, my sister’s children, and my grandchildren.

Sara: So which do you enjoy more, knitting or crochet?

Senator Madison: I find knitting is easier and faster for me. Crochet is more difficult and slower. I sometimes pack my knitting to work on when driving between Fayetteville and the Capital so I can knit if I get stuck in traffic. I started knitting in the Budget Committee meetings at the Capital because they were just so boring, and Senator Bisbee told me “You better not let the press see you knitting!”

Sara: Oh wow, so what are some of the more unusual places you’ve been caught knitting?

Senator Madison: Well, when I go to the football games, I knit while tailgating and sometimes skip the games and knit by the tailgate and watch the stuff. I was so relieved I could just tailgate and not have to go to the games. I knit at the Capital, but not when in the Senate Chambers. No one has ever given me any problems about it, they are often curious as to what I’m knitting. I’ve been working on socks for my husband, son, and son in law lately from a pattern off of youtube. I’ve found many a good videos for knitting on the internet that would have made it so much easier for me learning to knit. It is easier to knit and focus on other things, so I knit most often instead of crochet.
Senator Madison with
Razorback Coach Bobby Petrino

Sara:  What is your favorite knitted project?

Senator Madison: I just hate coats because they are so bulky around the arms, so I knitted a shawl for myself in the winter that I get so many compliments on!

Sara:  So, with all your political actions, have you taken part in any craftivism?

Senator Madison: No I haven’t. But I think it is important to know these skills or everything we have will be imported from China or Indonesia. I find these skills very essential and hate to see them disappearing. These skills have been around so long that I would hate for people to distance themselves from their objects. Shepherd’s used to knit while minding their sheep and with the technology today, it is easier to learn so there is no excuse.
Senator Madison with former President Clinton

Sara:  Do you think there are any gendered stereotypes to handcrafting?

Senator Madison: No, matter of fact men have made some of the best patterns online and like I mentioned, shepherd knitted while tending their flock. Women just happen to be seen more often knitting then men.

Sara:  Well, thank you for your time. I appreciate it and happy knitting!

Senator Madison with her daughter and Attorney General McDaniels

(For full notes and recordings from the interview contact me at

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Face to the Project

Two weeks ago Tuesday, my cousin was born. This little girl is the recipient to the ever so daunting baby blanket that I am knitting.
This little girl is very special because she was a surprise. Out of all the grandchildren in our family, my 19 year-old sister was the youngest. This little girl's sisters are twins and 23 years-old. So you can imagine the idea of a new baby girl is very exciting to our family. Thus I am trying to
knit her a very special baby blanket that expresses something about our family.
Here is the picture of what the blanket is supposed to look like. However, I have had a difficult time getting ahold of the pattern so I have had to improvise. I have chosen to do it in panels with four being seed stitch and three being the cables and diamond cables. I have currently finished thetwo outside panels and am almost done with one of the thicker middle inside panels that are all seed stitch. I have done all of these over three weeks working very vigorously, especially when I found out that my cousin was born. I have also been using a mint green color to emphasize the Irish baby blanket. This is what I have accomplished thus far.
However, after working so diligently I found myself getting very bored with the same stitch worked over 900 rows. I believe if the math is correct, i have stitched almost 15,300 seed stitches. I pride myself on being able to start a project and see it through, but I really just wanted to put this down and not pick it up for at least another month. However, I don't really have that option since it is a Christmas present. Therefore, I had to come up with something that would give me a break, but not overtly distract me from the big project. So I decided I would knit myself a scarf, since I have yet to knit myself anything. I figured it would give me some gratification and a short break. So I went to the store and found some yarn that I really liked. I found some beautiful multicolord green, yellow, and teal alpaca yarn. Over the weekend, I have almost finished this scarf and am ready to get back to work on the baby blanket. I learned a valuable lesson about myself and how I work on projects. I was able to get one project done, while taking a break from a larger one and still am on schedule for finishing my cousin's baby blanket.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Stitching Stars and Trading Flowers

In my last blog, I was underway with my scarf for the Red Scarf Project. I have since finished it, but i didn't feel like it was wide or long enough. Therefore,I have started another one! This one, instead of being bright red and using double and single crochets, is cranberry and fully star stitched! I love this pattern that Tamami posted on HCOL, and I think this scarf is going to be beautiful when I am finished.

I am also making a knitted scarf with cables! I always thought that
cabling would be too hard to fully implement, but it really isn't that difficult. Kim committed herself to teaching me how to cable one class period, and she was successful! I am now making a beautiful dark teal cabled scarf that I hope will keep me warm this coming winter. If it doesn't, well, at least it will be pretty. :)

I have also made many crocheted flowers, which quickly became my favorite thing to do. I can knock out a flower in about five minutes, which was really convenient this weekend when I wanted my sister to do something for me. She said "and what will you do for me?" To which I responded by getting my yarn out and quickly crocheting her a flower. (Which she now has on her keychain.) I'm pretty sure she hinted at me making more to put on her purse...
Of course, if I'm going to make her anymore flowers she's going to have to stop going on about how I'm going to become a cat lady. When i sat down later that day with my knitting, she kept going on and on about how she envisions me when I'm older: alone, with my long hair in a bun, with five cats around me. I don't know how i feel about that.


If you ask people why they give, you mostly hear these answers: God wants me to, I feel better about myself, others need and I have, I want to share, It's only right, etc. A hazy halo encircles these good-hearted answers, and if we bring it into focus, it seems true that: Giving takes you out of yourself. One way or another, most of our daily actions follow the principle of more is better, whereas giving means having less. Does anyone want to have less? Or do the spiritual teachers want us to have less? Definitely, the answer to these questions is NO. In giving, all we need do is awaken, to become aware of those around us. Every encounter is an opportunity to give. Our siblings, spouse, children, friends, relatives, co-workers, boss, customers, and all those we meet will gratefully accept our gifts. In giving we need to cultivate our compassion for others and share with them all that we have to give.

The greatest gift we have to offer is that of time, for time is what life is made of. As our only nonrenewable resource, it is precious. What greater way of expressing love, than by devoting time to those

we care about and those in need? When giving results in an experience of love, joy, peace,

community, charity, caring, and self-worth, the process of expansion of the self has beg

un. You get a glimpse of ecstasy, and open a conduit for the kind of happiness that no one can ever steal from you. This semester, my Craft wisely junior semi

nar class will be completing the Red Scarf project and the Conway Cradle Care project, where we are giving to the society. This will be a great Joy to me, seeing myself touching somebody else’s life

through devoting my time by Crafting. I believe what we are doing in class is a wonderful experienc

e for everyone doing it, and at the end we are all going to be proud of the good work. This summer I visited the Heifer ranch in

Perryville, AR and was really impressed by the good work they are doing. They are raising animals and donating them to people

especially the ones in need, then the people raise the animals and donate the baby animals to the next person, in that way the whole society is helped through Heifer donating only one animal to one

person in a particular village/area. On the right is a picture of me when I went to the Heifer ranch, I was also knitting my red scarf for the "Red Scarf Project". Through the successes of the Heifer project, I learned how giving one person can lead to helping the society.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Craft Wisely Podcast, Episode 5: Messages in the Stitches

Each week, a group of students from the Craft Wisely course will invite listeners into the discussions taking place in our classroom. The conversation starts with ideas derived from our texts and our practice, and ranges into the podcasters' interpretations and experience.

Cogs in the Wheel (Shannon, Eric, Sara, and Kirsten) explore self-expression through craft. From using inviting, domestic-associated fiber crafts to express political or cultural dissent, to the ambiguous messages delivered by "yarn-bombing," to the personal meaning of the projects we're currently working on, to the crafts on display at Conway's recent ArtsFest, the group wonders whether craftwork always communicates clearly what we tried to embed in those physical objects.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

This I Believe

I know that many of you read the first book that this years junior class read for Honors, This I Believe. I recently picked up the sequel on book on CD to listen to on weekend car rides. This one was beautifully penned and reminded me of our class. you can check it out here.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A many young girls do, I formed a special, close knit bond with another girl. She and I swore the “sacred” oath (despite the fact it was bad to “swear” in our conservative background)of secret sisters. “B.F.F.” Hoping to be blood sisters, we were secretly relived to discard our knife when my friend’s alarmed father cautioned us against the unhygienic horrors of the . We were both fascinated by crafts and stories. During our many sleepovers, we would often exercise our creative juices.After a good tromp in the woods, we would sew little bags to hold our keepsake, sketch cats and horses in our drawing pads, or make friendship bracelets out of embroidery floss - green for me and purple for her. As children, the world was still magical in our eyes, and our vivid imaginations expanded when in the other’s presence. We were rarely apart. When together, we created magical tales and often crafted the props for our adventures. One of my most treasured memories was on a warm a day when we made one of our last creations. We hiked to the creek behind her house and spent the day soaking our feet and talking gossiping about classmates. After awhile we decided to make a “friendship boat,” to give to the stream for a magical adventure, a mysterious journey that would symbolize our friendship. We wove twigs together with long grass and covered the skeleton in a kafuffle of wildflowers. The boat was exquisite, yet it to needed one last personal touch. We each tied a strand of our hair to the top. Together, we lowered it into the water and sent it down the brook. That damn boat hit a rock and fell apart.

Our creations do not always turn out as planned. They may not fit like the sweater that Ariel’s mom gave her, they may be lovable for their imperfections, or if they are a given, their fate may be a mystery. Although I like to imagine my scarves being cherished by their recipients, there is the possibility that they will be sitting on a shelf at goodwill in a year. Though this class, I have realized the precarious meaning that both material objects and the stories that give them meaning hold. The things that we make often reflect things of deeper importance, such as relationships and values. These are as delicate as woven silk, and can unravel if they are not taken care of properly. Care helps things retain their meaning. The things we make are like life. Sometimes they are achingly beautiful and other times warm and endearing, maybe even tacky, and occasionally, they are terrible. Creation is always fragile.

One of my favorite artists, Andy Goldsworthy, views his art in a unique way, for his creations are made of natural objects that he finds and then uses to showcase their environment. Many of his creations are made in nature, and are designed to last only for a moment. His works of art are breathtaking, but some only last hours or seconds. One of my favorite sculptures was a swirl of ice that he pieced together with his spit. It melted when it was best seen, under the light of the sun. His art is focused on the beauty of the moment and the environment. It is similar to the scene in the film American Beauty where a boy shows the most beautiful footage that he has ever captured on film; it is a plastic bag swaying in the wind. Goldsworthy’s philosophy reflects a value that is deeply rooted in meaningful creations, both in fine art and the work of hobbyists – we need to create. His work reminded me of the small boat that my friend and I made in the fading summers of childhood. The symbol of our friendship was entrancing and mysterious, we were able to see its beauty come alive, sail, and then be destroyed. Sometimes I now try my creations in nature, and the experience is deeply rewarding. If you would like to see a short video of Goldworthy’s work then visit this page.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Beginning Part II

Though I started out in cross stitch and beadwork, I switched rather abruptly to other crafts when I entered the 7th grade. I began to paint and draw almost obsessively when I started my first art class in High School. Little did I know then that I would end up taking 5 art classes during High School. I started out simply enough. Some line drawings and outlines. In 7th grade, pencil drawings were the bulk of my creations. I drew flowers and landscapes and inanimate objects. I tried my hand at people a couple times, but failed miserably at creating what was in my mind's eye. The art I produced was by no means good, but it was evident that I was getting better. I continued practicing pencil drawings until my 10th grade year where I discovered charcoal. That entire year I did nothing but charcoal drawings. Sometimes I would combine the two mediums, but I would always end up with a predominately charcoal drawing. My Junior year came and I began experimenting with several mediums including paints, markers, pens, and watercolor. I mostly did basic outlines and stipplings. Stipplings were my favorite things to do that year. I had one project that I worked on the entire year off and on. It was a desert scene with rolling dunes of sand and a lonely broken tree with the skull of some horned beast sticking out of the sand. It was a stippling with markers on a piece of posterboard larger than the ones you would find at Wal Mart, but I do not know the exact dimensions. It took me all year to complete this project, but right before the show at the end of the year, it disappeared and no one has seen it since. This has happened to most of my projects and what I have come to believe is that my art teacher threw away my collection. It never occurred to me that she threw them away until I saw her throw someone else's work away that they had saved to take home. Continuing on, my Senior year yielded my best work, in my opinion. I worked mostly with paints and watercolor and was especially proud of my "Progression of Life of a Man" series that I did in watercolor. I have one painting remaining from my time in High School. It is a purple and white flower and it is unfinished as of yet. Since High School, except what I did in my Drawing I class, I haven't done anything in this area of craft. I did produce several projects that I am proud of in this class and if I can get my hand on a camera, I will post pictures of them later.

The Beginning

I started crafting when I was very young. I don't remember learning anything, I just remember doing. The oldest projects I remember doing were the butterfly calendars. My grandmother would buy a butterfly calendar every year and have me do the work on it before she put it up on the wall. These were not ordinary flip calendars made of paper that showed beautiful pictures of butterflies. These calendars were made from special cloth with the calendar printed on the bottom. Printed outlines of butterflies consumed the top portion and drizzled down around the calendar itself. Little black dots covered the fabric in specific patterns. What I had to do was sew on specific colors of beads and sequins where the dots indicated. I spent weeks diligently sewing this project every year when I was very young. I'm not sure what age I began or ended for that matter. The calendars are no longer available to my knowledge. At least I haven't been able to find any. The calendars were my first projects and it wasn't too long after that that I began learning to cross stitch. My grandmother had great patience with me as she taught me to read the patterns and discern the different colors of thread and to complete stitches in such a way as to use the least amount of thread as possible. I learned quickly and excelled in creating perfect stitches, but it took me a long time to learn to conserve thread and to not get lost with patterns. I still have some projects where I obviously got off on the pattern and just decided to make my own pattern after that. I have a bear I made for Christmas that had two different colored feet and his sleeves are different lengths. I don't have any pictures of these projects or the projects themselves to show. They have long been lost to me and I think they have probably been thrown away at one time or another.

To craft, or not to craft?

As the chilly mornings come upon us, I have been rummaging through my old sweaters. Throughout this process, I can’t help but notice how simple many of them seem after the beautiful, intricate winter clothing that I’ve seen patterns for. For example, Fireside Sweater by Amber Allison on is so stunning and it is supposedly fairly simple to make! This Bamboozie tunic pattern is from The majority of my sweaters are a single color with a cabling pattern or two at the most.

Although this realization makes me somewhat hesitant to buy sweaters that I know are very simple to make, especially when you consider the price tag that is typically attached to them, there are still many aspects of the homemade that cause me to question creating handmade items such as sweaters for myself or loved ones. This is a topic of controversy for me because it seems that these items would be so hard to care for. As a college student, I greatly value a garment that washes up well in addition to satisfying my personal style. I know that many people have had experience with this, and I would appreciate any horror stories as well as any positive experiences or comments. In Lynn’s blog, she said that her sister compared knitted objects to human beings, beautiful even with their flaws. I have to remember this as I explore the world of knitting. Although these pieces may not be as easy to care for as I would like for them to be, they are so beautiful that I believe the hassle of hand washing might be compensated for. I need to view this more as a relationship (as with people), and remember that most things that are worthwhile require some work. And once you put in the minutes, hours, days, or years to accomplish something beautiful, those extra minutes, or even hours, of care could surely be overlooked.


Since this class started in August, I have basked in the bright world of knitting, crocheting, and all textiles. However, my true passion lies outside the realm of yarn and in the world of film-crafting. Yes, I’ve made up this word but it does have meaning!

There are two forms of film-crafting. One is the crafting of the film itself. Piecing together stories, shots, and dialogue to create a cohesive vehicle of expression. I’m currently in pre-production on two films. I’ve written a synopsis for a film that will hopefully be made this coming Spring. It’s about a magician who sucks at magic. Being pushed by his grandmother to find a job, our magician is faced with a difficult road ahead. I’m also in the pre-pre production stages of my thesis film titled “Man in the Moon.” I’ll spare you the crude plot and just say that I’m very excited about it.

Now, the other form of film-crafting has to do with the crafting of objects, also call properties (props). Set design also falls into this category. I’ve dabbled in this over the years. I often made props and costumes for no reason other than that I wanted to. Films don’t often call for the obscure props I like to make. For example, if any of you are fans of the show The Office, you’ll appreciate the replica Princess Unicorn Doll I made when I was a freshman. My roommate must have thought I was nuts when she came into my room to find me sitting in a pile of fabric, hand sewing a pink dress onto a Barbie with a spear sticking out of her forehead. (Coincidently we weren’t roommates the next semester.) I also created a Nightmare Before Christmas mask for one of my guy friends. This summer I made a Wesley Clock for a birthday gift (with all the moving parts :D). Most recently, I finished a marionette hand that I made from tiny hinges, springs, eye screws, string and wood. It attaches to your upper arm so when you move your fingers, the wooden fingers mimic your movements. Don’t ask me why I did it. I saw something similar on the internet and just had to try and make it. Hopefully it will serve a purpose one day. Otherwise it’s still a really good conversation piece.

Crafting is never expensive and you rarely get your money back. In my opinion, however, having these tangible items give you such a sense of pride and accomplishment that the money spent becomes negligible. Before I sign off, I’d like to direct your attention to the following knitting-music video. I don’t think there’s a better combination of my love of filmmaking and my love of craft. 713 individual swatches were used. Here it is. Enjoy!

The Craft Wisely Podcast, Episode 4: Ladies, Teachers, Students, Makers

Each week, a group of students from the Craft Wisely course will invite listeners into the discussions taking place in our classroom. The conversation starts with ideas derived from our texts and our practice, and ranges into the podcasters' interpretations and experience.

Bitches on Stitches (Becca, Kat, Kim, and Christabel) reveal the connections between crafting, education, and gender. Does making stuff make you smarter? What pressures do women feel to conform to the culture's ideals for their demeanor and work? They end with a look at the class's service project for the Orphan Foundation of America's Red Scarf Project, and answer questions about how the project connects to the course topic and to their own lives.

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