Knitting Club News.

First of all, thank you so much to everyone who gave me some suggestions for simple things my beginner knitters could make. They were brilliant. I am going to start compiling a folder of ideas and simple patterns for them. After some net surfing last week I also found some excellent links with printable resources for those learning to knit so I will collect them together too.

It’s been a bit challenging making Knitting Club happen because of other things going on at school (there has been staff training, residentials…) but I am hoping that it will continue most weeks now as we have currently four staff involved and so long as there are at least two of us we should be fine. It’s also challenging that we only get half an hour on Thursday lunchtime to do it. I makes the day quite hectic for us, especially if there are other things we need to do at lunchtime not counting eating lunch! And it’s not a lot of time for knitting.

As I mentioned previously, the numbers have dwindled since the first week but I honestly think it is because they all forget to bring their knitting unless we remind them. This week we only managed to fill one table but there had been no reminders… next week I shall send a message round the classrooms.

We have had some small but wonderful successes despite the challenges.

The photo at the top is one of our more experienced knitters who is making a scarf. She loves the yarn because it is so soft and snuggly. She had too many stitches last week so I was helping her correct this and I can confirm that it might be snuggly yarn but it is NOT fun to knit with…. so she is doing incredibly well with it. She has been to every session and is very keen. I would have given up long ago.

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen this picture…

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I cast on and showed this pupil how to knit in our very first session and two weeks later she returned and brought us this. I was so pleased and impressed. What a fantastic achievement for a beginner. She had also bought herself some yarn and some needles and her Granny had been helping her at home. So proud of her. I cast it off for her to keep and she’s currently planning to make a scarf.

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This is another of our complete beginners… she started last week and was back for more this week. She has got organised with her own yarn and needles and Mum has helped a bit. She was noticeably more confident this week and got stuck in after a quick reminder.

We had one creative young lady who hadn’t brought needles and yarn and we unfortunately had none spare last week, so she borrowed yarn from a friend and started knitting with pencils, bless her. She was back this week and carried on with her pencils for a while until we cast on with some spare needles for her. Such keenness and dedication, kids are amazing!

We have realised that certain children might need extra support. One in particular, who is very keen but has no support at home, is struggling a bit and is definitely going to need a bit of extra help. So a couple of us have suggested she keep hers at school and we will help her at any break/lunchtimes when we have a minute to spare.

There are many others who are trying incredibly hard and doing so well… I’ll share their efforts another time.

 

 

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13 thoughts on “Knitting Club News.

  1. This is an excellent legacy, those children will always remember you as the lady who taught them to knit. Good work. Jean

    • It sure is. We had another child who came for the first time today who will need extra help. We have already told her to keep he knitting at school.

  2. This is so brilliant!
    Is it worth doing a charity shop run for needles and yarn? You might be able to pick up some cheap spares? Or put a note up somewhere to ask for donations? (There must people parents with needles they don’t use any more). At least if you had a few spares that would help.

    And then I was thinking ‘but what would people do in 1/2 an hour without their own stuff?’ How about a scarf that everyone makes? If you forget your needles and yarn you work on the joint scarf and you get the practise but you just have to leave it behind at the end, but you’ll’ve worked on a nice collective project. You could see how long you could make it in a year. (Of course the weird thing about that is that you’d want it to be short ideally, as everyone remembered to bring their needles!)

    It looks like they (and you!) are doing really well. Congrats!

    • I am going to get the office to send out a text to parents asking for donations of unwanted needles and yarn and maybe put it in the newsletter too. Hopefully we will get a little money to spend in next years budget, or perhaps the PFA will support us.

      I love your shared scarf idea for people who forget their needles…. A bit like what my friend Kate suggested with the knitting basket in doctors waiting rooms which contribute squares to a blanket. Think I shall get that going ASAP…. Thanks 😀

  3. Well done for perserving. Just think, if one or two of your group, in the future, think back and remember, ‘yes, it was ‘Mrs Patch’ that taught me how to knit back at school’, it’ll all be completely worthwhile.
    I remember all my sewing clubs at school and every single one of the projects. A cross stitch pencil case, a patchwork cushion, a felt rabbit and some practice knitting!

    • It’s worthwhile already with our little successes. It’s all about learning the stitches and practicing just now…. Feels like we will never complete making something. But I always want to run before I can walk…. Patience is required.

  4. Could you get some PTA funding etc for children’s needles? The ones in the pic look long and unwieldy for little ones. I did have some short bamboo pairs which came with knitting mags but gave them to a charity shop a while back, which is a shame as I could have sent them.

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