Well this was the week, my fellow yarn-addicts. We had our first knitting club session at school. Obviously it is unethical for me to put photos of the children I work with on here so I didn’t take any this week, however I am considering taking some of their busy hands at work in weeks to come and perhaps some of their wonderful wip’s or finished items. Have some photos of my knitted bunting for eye candy instead!
I was very unsure how it would go before hand. I knew there were a handful of girls who could already knit but I didn’t know what skills the others had. I had visions of us running around like headless chickens, trying to teach 20 kids at once!! The children had been told to bring some needles and yarn with them and, of the twenty-four who originally showed an interest, ten forgot. This was fortunate for us though, as we had a nice table of eight or so who could knit quite confidently and another table of about six who had never knit before. There were four adults, including myself, with varying levels of experience.
Myself and another colleague (who I think has more experience than me) could cast on (so glad I practiced it now!) and another could do it after watching, so we got casting on for the complete beginners and started teaching them the basic knit stitch. The half hour flew past but they all got started and went off to practice at home. Hopefully they can remember what to do and/or have an adult at home to help them.
The more confident knitters had all brought their own knitting that they were already working on, so they sat down and got stuck in quite happily with no problems.
I think this is how it is going to be for the next few weeks, until our beginners become more confident, have learned the basics and we can move onto an actual project. There’s the bunting I have devised and I remember making an owl at school which was basically a long rectangle folded over, sides sewed up, stuffed and decorated. One of my colleagues had brought a simple teddy glove puppet that she had knitted which is another potential project. I shall have a surf around the web for other ideas. I am going to have to practice my casting off because I can’t remember that very well yet and I might make an owl to show them. We are putting out a request to parents for unwanted needles and yarn, and we are hoping to get some funds for supplies too.
My worry now is that they come back next week with a big tangled mess because it has all gone wrong, poor things. And also that the other ten remember to come!!!
Now I need to ask for help from you clever knitters out there…
Firstly…. what on earth can you do to rescue dropped stitches that have disappeared down the rows?? Is there anything other than pulling out all the rows?? I’m sure it will happen sooner or later.
Secondly… do you have any other ideas for very simple projects they could make?? Obviously a straightforward scarf is a possibility and we have considered making blanket squares for charity. Bear in mind, they only know one stitch and there needs to be none/minimal very basic increasing and decreasing. Tough call eh??
Looking forward to your ideas and advice and thank you in advance my friends. May you have a yarny weekend!!