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Angie’s First Hat: Victory!

angiesfirsthatfeathered.jpgI am teaching a sort of knitting study-hall at Rae’s these days. People can come to me if they want to learn to knit from scratch, or want to learn to knit further than they have been knitting on their own.

They purchase four sessions up front, then they tell me when they will be there (I have times set aside for this but do not go to the shop if nobody makes a date with me). I walk them through new things. It is very rewarding.

Angie is one of my study-hall students. She came to me after knitting many garter-stitch scarves. She had purchased the book about knitting for Peace and wanted to try something new. She thought the next step would be a more complex scarf, then she figured she would make a hat. It was the hats she really wanted to do.

After getting clear that she really wanted to make hats, I convinced her that making a hat could be easy and that making a scarf would not get her directly to her goal (and honestly, making a roll-brim hat in stockinette did not require her to learn purling right away… just using circular and double-pointed needles).

So in just a few weeks, Angie completed this beautiful roll-brimmed hat. She learned other needles, but she also learned how to decrease with a Knit Two Together. She learned methods of working in ends, too.

I will be seeing her again this week. She will be learning how to purl and how to rib, which is what she wants to learn next. She is doing just great. It amazes me how people often limit themselves, thinking that if they don’t know how to do it, it must be very hard to learn. And the power of getting through that, and doing the things they thought were hard… well, that is why I teach.

(For the record, I knit garter-stitch scarves for 20 years. I knew how to backward-loop cast on and knit. I did not know how to bind off but figured out how to make them not unravel by putting the yarn end through the live stitches. I put fringe on both ends to hide the fact that they did not match. I learned to purl more than 20 years after I learned to knit. So I totally understand the inner workings of the thought process… I just think it’s great when people find their way out of it somehow.)

Go, Angie! I can’t wait to see your next project.

One Response to “Angie’s First Hat: Victory!”

  1. Kris Elliott Says:

    Life is much fuller when you find joy in the successes of others. In my mind, that is the mark of the best teachers.

    Also, thanks for playing along with my desert island question! Pabcakes are good. Should we meet on the island, I’ll share my peanut butter – we could make it almond butter!


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