COMM1010: Spring 2013

This page is for my Communications 1010: How to Communicate at Work Spring 2013 class with Professor David Pack.

For my final project I presented a speech on “The Fastest Way to Knit a Chunky Scarf” based upon a technique I recently learned. I have been knitting for 11 years and currently teach knitting classes at a local yarn shop in Midvale, UT.

The outline for my speech:

Audience and Occasion Analysis:

SPECIFIC GOAL: My audience will learn how to knit with their arms using bulky weight yarn.

SPEAKER ETHOS:  I have been knitting for 11 years and teaching classes on knitting for the last 3 years. I also am an independent designers of patterns and yarn. I recently learned how to knit a quick scarf using only a skein of yarn and your arms and want to share it with other knitters.

PATTERN OF ORGANIZATION: I’ve chosen the chronological pattern of organization because it best applies to the steps you need to take in order to knit this type of scarf.

AUDIENCE ANALYSIS: I will be teaching my audience an easy and fast way to create a scarf that is stylish, warm and an inexpensive present for others that you can create using your own two hands (a new definition of “hand knit”).

OCCASION ANALYSIS: This speech will be given in an informative environment where my exact audience will be other students; however, my actual audience is a local yarn shop owner and her employees. This is essentially a speech to pitch an idea to them for a future class.

Speech Outline:

I. INTRODUCTION: Hello, my name is Margaret, and today I will be demonstrating to you how to knit a scarf with 2 things: yourself and the yarn.

A. Hook: I’ve always thought of knitting as being for the older generations; for example, what do you picture when you think of knitting? An older woman sitting in a rocking chair with a pair of needles. She’s probably knitting a sweater for her grandchild or a stocking for Christmas, am I right? But truthfully, most knitters I know are in their 20’s or 30’s with little kids running about, roller derbying or a student making their way through college.

B. Indicate your expertise with this to topic: I’ve been knitting for over a decade and also dabble in designing and creating my own yarns among other things.

C. Thesis: The fastest way to make a chunky, stylish scarf.

D. Preview: Outline your main points here in very brief form.

First, Getting Started
Second, Knitting with your arms
Third, Finishing

II. BODY:

A. What you need to start your scarf.

1. Supplies

a. Your arms
b. Yarn
c. Scissors

2. Casting on with the long-tail cast on (Interweave).

a. Make a slip knot.
b. Keep the tail inside, towards your body.
c. Have the working yarn on the outside, away from you.
d. Loosely cast on 6-10 stitches.
e. Leave a long tail to sew together two ends.

Now we’re ready to start knitting our scarf.

B. Knitting your scarf (Simply Maggie Blog).

1. What to do and not to do.

a. Keep your working yarn close to your body.
b. Tighten your stitches on your arm, just as you would your needles.
c. Double strand your yarn.
d. Make sure your tail is out of the way.
e. Make sure you have 30-40 minutes to finish your scarf.

2. The first row (right arm to left arm).

a. Hold your working yarn in your right hand.
b. Pull the next stitch on your right hand over the working yarn.
c. Turn the stitch and put it on your left arm.
d. Tighten the yarn around your left arm.
e. Repeat to end of row.

3. The second row (left to right arm).

a. Hold the working yarn in your left hand.
b. Pull the next stitch on your left arm over the working arm.
c. Slide it onto your right arm.
d. Tighten the yarn around your right arm.
e. Repeat to end of row.

Once you can wrap your scarf around your neck twice, just like the one I’m wearing, you’ll bind off. Let me show you how to do that.

C. Binding off and sewing in your ends

1. Binding off (About).

a. Knit your first two stitches.
b. Pull the first stitch you knitted over the second.
c. Knit the next stitch.
d. Pull the first stitch on your arm over the stitch you just knitted.
e. Repeat to end of row.

2. Sewing your scarf together.

a. Take both ends and hold them together with the right sides facing each other.
b. Using your fingers weave the yarn through both sides to seam.
c. Weave in your two tails of yarn.
d. Cut off your ends.

III. CONCLUSION: Now you can try this for yourself and see how fast you really can knit your own scarf; just remember

This page is for my Communications 1010: How to Communicate at Work Spring 2013 class with Professor David Pack.

For my final project I presented a speech on “The Fastest Way to Knit a Chunky Scarf” based upon a technique I recently learned. I have been knitting for 11 years and currently teach knitting classes at a local yarn shop in Midvale, UT.

The outline for my speech:

Audience and Occasion Analysis:

SPECIFIC GOAL: My audience will learn how to knit with their arms using bulky weight yarn.

SPEAKER ETHOS:  I have been knitting for 11 years and teaching classes on knitting for the last 3 years. I also am an independent designers of patterns and yarn. I recently learned how to knit a quick scarf using only a skein of yarn and your arms and want to share it with other knitters.

PATTERN OF ORGANIZATION: I’ve chosen the chronological pattern of organization because it best applies to the steps you need to take in order to knit this type of scarf.

AUDIENCE ANALYSIS: I will be teaching my audience an easy and fast way to create a scarf that is stylish, warm and an inexpensive present for others that you can create using your own two hands (a new definition of “hand knit”).

OCCASION ANALYSIS: This speech will be given in an informative environment where my exact audience will be other students; however, my actual audience is a local yarn shop owner and her employees. This is essentially a speech to pitch an idea to them for a future class.

Speech Outline:

I. INTRODUCTION: Hello, my name is Margaret, and today I will be demonstrating to you how to knit a scarf with 2 things: yourself and the yarn.

A. Hook: I’ve always thought of knitting as being for the older generations; for example, what do you picture when you think of knitting? An older woman sitting in a rocking chair with a pair of needles. She’s probably knitting a sweater for her grandchild or a stocking for Christmas, am I right? But truthfully, most knitters I know are in their 20’s or 30’s with little kids running about, roller derbying or a student making their way through college.

B. Indicate your expertise with this to topic: I’ve been knitting for over a decade and also dabble in designing and creating my own yarns among other things.

C. Thesis: The fastest way to make a chunky, stylish scarf.

D. Preview: Outline your main points here in very brief form.

First, Getting Started
Second, Knitting with your arms
Third, Finishing

II. BODY:

A. What you need to start your scarf.

1. Supplies

a. Your arms
b. Yarn
c. Scissors

2. Casting on with the long-tail cast on (Interweave).

a. Make a slip knot.
b. Keep the tail inside, towards your body.
c. Have the working yarn on the outside, away from you.
d. Loosely cast on 6-10 stitches.
e. Leave a long tail to sew together two ends.

Now we’re ready to start knitting our scarf.

B. Knitting your scarf (Simply Maggie Blog).

1. What to do and not to do.

a. Keep your working yarn close to your body.
b. Tighten your stitches on your arm, just as you would your needles.
c. Double strand your yarn.
d. Make sure your tail is out of the way.
e. Make sure you have 30-40 minutes to finish your scarf.

2. The first row (right arm to left arm).

a. Hold your working yarn in your right hand.
b. Pull the next stitch on your right hand over the working yarn.
c. Turn the stitch and put it on your left arm.
d. Tighten the yarn around your left arm.
e. Repeat to end of row.

3. The second row (left to right arm).

a. Hold the working yarn in your left hand.
b. Pull the next stitch on your left arm over the working arm.
c. Slide it onto your right arm.
d. Tighten the yarn around your right arm.
e. Repeat to end of row.

Once you can wrap your scarf around your neck twice, just like the one I’m wearing, you’ll bind off. Let me show you how to do that.

C. Binding off and sewing in your ends

1. Binding off (About).

a. Knit your first two stitches.
b. Pull the first stitch you knitted over the second.
c. Knit the next stitch.
d. Pull the first stitch on your arm over the stitch you just knitted.
e. Repeat to end of row.

2. Sewing your scarf together.

a. Take both ends and hold them together with the right sides facing each other.
b. Using your fingers weave the yarn through both sides to seam.
c. Weave in your two tails of yarn.
d. Cut off your ends.

III. CONCLUSION: Now you can try this for yourself and see how fast you really can knit your own scarf; just remember, the more you make the faster you’ll become.

WORKS CITED:

About.com, 2013: “Binding Off.” (available at http://knitting.about.com/od/learntoknit/ht/bindoff.htm)

Interweave Magazine, 2013: “Continental Long Tail Cast On.” (available at http://www.knittingdaily.com/glossary/continental-long-tail-cast-on.aspx)

Simply Maggie Blog, 2012: Arm Knitting How To.” (available at http://www.simplymaggie.com/arm-knitting-how-to-updated

My Power Point Presentation: The Fastest Way to Make a Chunky Scarf.

, the more you make the faster you’ll become.

WORKS CITED:

About.com, 2013: “Binding Off.” (available at http://knitting.about.com/od/learntoknit/ht/bindoff.htm)

Interweave Magazine, 2013: “Continental Long Tail Cast On.” (available at http://www.knittingdaily.com/glossary/continental-long-tail-cast-on.aspx)

Simply Maggie Blog, 2012: Arm Knitting How To.” (available at http://www.simplymaggie.com/arm-knitting-how-to-updated

My Power Point Presentation: The Fastest Way to Make a Chunky Scarf.

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