It's been quite awhile since I last posted. So many good things have been happening!! And crafting has been going gang busters - but not in the traditional "I made that" kind of way.
I started teaching knitting to elementary school kids (2nd grade through 5th grade) once a week after school for two hours. It has been such a blast!! I had no idea how it would go or even it there would be any demand for this kind of thing. I created a flyer and sent it out. I advertised for 8 spots.....20 kids requested to be in the class!! I took 12 of them and started a wait list.
Today I am starting the first class of the second session and again I have 12 students. 7 repeats (kids who want to continue) and 5 new ones. How great is that!!
Each kid gets their own "kit". I make them one of the Capri Sun bags to carry their knitting in (all knitters need a bag!) and I include needles, yarn, scissors and a darning needle. I think the kids like the bag as much as anything else.
They all start out making either a purse or a stuffed monster pillow. Rectangles of fabric which are then sewn into something useful. This is just to get them started on the garter stitch fabric - so they can practice without having to knit a whole long scarf. In the first session, all 12 students finished a project. One of my students finished a purse and has started a hat!!
I made this sample bear to show them that each piece is just a "rectangle". They have watched week to week as the knitting progressed. They saw when each piece was completed and I showed them that each piece was indeed a rectangle and they each were capable of making it. I can't wait to show them the bear in completed pieces and next week they will see the completed project.
I did it this way for a couple of reasons. The most important was to show them that it takes awhile for a project to go from start to finish. I made sure that it took all four weeks (and more) to get all the pieces done. I also made "mistakes" and ripped them out right in front of the students - everyone makes mistakes and it's all good - it's just a form of learning how the stitches work. And I wanted them to feel like it will be a real possibility for them to make one of these too. The student who is working on the hat wants to make one of these and I believe she can do it!!
I can't believe that I can make money at something I enjoy doing. I love to work with kids - I love that "lightbulb" moment when they "get it". There have been so many of these over the last month. And of course I love to knit. Such a win - win situation.
Don't you just love that little face?!!