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October 26, 2008 / Mary Ann

Learning & Knitting

It’s been almost a month since I last posted. I don’t have a large readership, but just in case any one was wondering, here I am! No photos to post at the moment. I know that’s not a requirement, but photos are fun.

I just wanted to make note of how much fun it is to teach a knitting class!!! We started a sock knitting class 2 Saturdays ago. Yesterday, Saturday, was session 2. The class has 5 students and they are all doing fantastic. They’re so excited about knitting, they want to know what I’ll be teaching next. We’re going to do hats next.

I do have to tell you about one student in particular. She and her daughter had signed up for the sock class. Somehow they didn’t make it clear to Suzanne when they signed up that they didn’t actually know how to knit, they both crochet, but no knitting. Socks are a bit challenging, not a beginner project. We worked on teaching them how to knit, thinking that they could then start an easier project. The daughter has since decided to not pursue knitting for now, I hope she’ll come back for a one-on-one lesson. BUT, the mother Amy took to it. The class was on a Saturday morning. She came back to the shop the next Thursday night. She had knitted and unraveled and re-started again and again practically non-stop. She was doing a great job so I actually got her started on a sock that night. The next day — Friday, I got an email from Suzanne saying that Amy was almost to the heel flap and was buying a second set of needles to start the second sock. A few days later Suzanne called me at work to let me know that Amy had the 2nd sock done to the same point as the first one. Yesterday she made great progress on both socks again and I know she’ll be ready to do the toes next Saturday. Amy is amazing. Suzanne calls Amy my Star Pupil. I have a whole class of stars, but Amy does stand out and all of the students agree with that.

I am definitely learning as much about teaching as the class is about knitting socks. Maybe more. I really love it and can’t wait to teach more classes.

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  1. Jakki Mitch / Oct 26 2008 12:44 pm

    Great to hear the knitting classes are going well. Socks are so much fun. (However, I haven’t made progress on those dark green socks – too many (3) other WIPs need to be completed first 🙂

  2. Mary Ann / Oct 26 2008 1:07 pm

    I will have to start over again with toe up socks. I have other WIPs that get in the way also. (For the non-knitters, in case it’s not obvious, a WIP is a Work In Progress). I’m working on a great fast project now, Cascade 220 Fingerless Mitts, a pattern found on Ravelry. I made one mitt yesterday and the 2nd will probably get done today.

  3. Deb / Oct 26 2008 11:50 pm

    So glad you are having fun teaching. Perhaps you have found your calling? 🙂

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