licorice knitting, 6.8

It’s finally the end of the school year, which means much excitement at the prospect of nurturing my own creative endeavors; with that, I wanted my last knitting class to be playful and usually that means we bring candy, cakes, and all manner of sugar-filled foods for the gobbling. Instead of just eating (there wasContinue reading “licorice knitting, 6.8”

student progress, 5.20

More progress on that incredible turtle shell one of my student’s is working on; she has spent the entire year on the “Sheldon” project and learned tons of skills from it. This particular student loves to try to understand the pattern herself and asks questions after experimentation–the best kind of knitter, in my humble opinion.

student technique, 5.13

One of my students has been diligently working on this pattern all year. She hasn’t wavered; she hasn’t swayed. She has learned some serious skills from this particular pattern…and it’s all coming to fruition. With just a month left, there’s just the shell to be worked–and I swell with pride because this shell requires aContinue reading “student technique, 5.13”

valentine pride, 2.14

One of my little knitters has been feverishly working for a week on Valentines gifts for Mum, Dad, and friends. C. ended up making these winged hearts; the one pictured above is for Mum and you can see on her face how pleased and excited she is with the end result. Nothing is better inContinue reading “valentine pride, 2.14”

beaming with pride, 1.13

One of my knitters has completed her first sweater! This is a monumental moment for me as a teacher, but also for AB, who has done something at 9th grade that I never dreamed since I was, for many years, dedicated solely to knitting smallish items, with zero patience for something as time consuming asContinue reading “beaming with pride, 1.13”

scenes in color.

We’ve been playing a lot in knitting class with greens and reds and when I was picking through photos from this month, I noticed that we did some pretty hilarious work around color in December. From the candy in their mouths to the fiber on needles, hues of red and green have reigned supreme. AndContinue reading “scenes in color.”

my little knitters, 12.1

The Winter Term of little knitters are up and running! This section is complete with knitting experts–every one of them have taken my class before and showed prowess on the needles despite some months off from any formal instruction. I am so proud. L. began quickly, casting on with a baby pink yarn gifted toContinue reading “my little knitters, 12.1”

Thank you for being my little kids!

I have the best students! Thank you cards and gift cards for crafting stores and coffee shops have been dropping through my mail slot all week from various little knitters expressing thanks for teaching them and of course, notes on their summer work. I adore those little knitters and am happy they are keeping atContinue reading “Thank you for being my little kids!”

Inspirations: “Misssssss Wooooooolllfffff!”

Me and this particular student have a special relationship; she is kind of a knitting savant in many ways, having excelled so quickly this year after never having taken up sticks in her life. And she models for snap so well, its as if she were born for that, too. We had a kind ofContinue reading “Inspirations: “Misssssss Wooooooolllfffff!””

Inspirations in color…

One last look at the gorgeous palette of creations from this year’s knitters! I beam with pride; and have dozens more photos to go through and add to this Flickr set before I can close a chapter on this year’s brilliant–and lifelong–fiber artists! Any ideas for things I can do with the kids next year?Continue reading “Inspirations in color…”

Scenes from the final days of knitting…

Today was officially the last knitting class of the school year for my middle school knitters; they’ve come so far this year, it’s incredible, really. We had a relaxed class that had a few kids still focused on projects (like working the thumb gusset of a mitten, separating the sleeves on a February Lady Sweater,Continue reading “Scenes from the final days of knitting…”

Jeepers Creepers, this one’s a lil’ ingenue…

There’s something so intriguing about working with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade knitters–particularly, because, compared to other groups of students, they are so eager…and… show such incredible ingenuity. This lil’ Jeeper Creeper is the sole creation of one of my lil’ 6th graders in her first Term of knitting. She asked for very little guidanceContinue reading “Jeepers Creepers, this one’s a lil’ ingenue…”