Thursday, June 26, 2008

Ring of Lace Wrap

Ring of Lace Wrap by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer is a fun, easy to learn lace pattern. The yarn is Schaefer Yarns, Andrea, 100 % silk, color Elena Piscopia so was wonderful to work with.
Needles: Size 2 1/2 circular.

The color is one of a series created for "Memorable Women." Elena Piscopia was born into a Roman family whose ancestors included cardinals and popes. She was recognized as a prodigy by the age of seven and spoke seven languages, played several instruments and composed music by the time she was seventeen. Her father refused to allow her to enter the Benedictine Order, for which she had secretly prepared, and instead she became the first woman to study theology at the University of Padua and the first woman to earn a doctoral degree. She taught mathematics at the university for the rest of her life, yet it would be over 300 years before another woman earned a doctorate there. Her achievement is honored by a marble statue in Padua and a stained glass window at Vassar College in New York.

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