Thursday, December 2, 2010

Co-op Open House

The co-op in which I teach knitting had an open house this week. The various classes put on performances or displayed some of their work. I set up boxes and fabric on our table, and then the kids in the class arranged things and made signs. And also, apparently, left a roll of blue tape (everyone proclaimed cluelessness about where that came from, along with extreme vagueness about who made the "do not touch" sign). If you click on the picture you can enlarge it.

This isn't everything everyone made. Some things weren't put on the table because they're unfinished (although other UnFinished Objects were put on display). The pumpkin hat is the one I made Annabeth, which she stuck on the table. The hats to the right were made on a knitting loom -- the girl who made them couldn't find any of the stuff she'd made during class, organization not being her strong point (nor is focussing, nor finishing what she starts ... but she's learned several new techniques, so that's nice). And not everyone made cards to "sign" their work, preferring to remain anonymous.

The purple scarf to the lower left is by a student who struggled and struggled to learn knitting. She managed to learn knit stitch, purl stitch, casting on and binding off during this semester; she then went out and bought a skein of Homespun and knit this amazing garter stitch scarf.

And the alligator scarf to the lower right was knit by a girl who knew solely how to form a knit stitch. A close up:

As you can see, eyelash yarn scarves were popular. We also have some knitting with cut up plastic bags going on.

Overall, the kids have really stretched themselves, learned new things, and had fun. One of the coolest things about the class is that some of the really shy, quiet girls are now part of the crowd, so to speak, at social events like this -- they sit in class chattering away, and it's carrying over into other venues.

One more class this semester, and then on to spring semester and crochet. I'm still not sure how to approach the crochet portion of the class, sigh.

1 comment:

TaraChristiane said...

You have done such a great job with your knitting class -- these are beautiful beginner projects. What I especially love is that knitting together helped the girls to form new friendships. Very nice!