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karenyarncroppedfeathered50.jpgEwe-niss posted a thoughtful comment the other day. First, she noticed my very colorful knitting needles. Those actually were my brother Eric’s idea… he and sis in love Diana gave them to me out of the blue the other day. I got two sets of double-pointed needles. One is size 4 (good for fat slipper socks, hats and wristwarmers) and the other (in the photo) set are size 10-1/2 which are great for felting projects. Love ’em.

Teaching Knitting to Beginners

She also pondered the teaching of children and what style of knitting? I had a group at a magnet school last year who I decided to teach using the continental (left hand holding yarn) method. I had maybe a dozen kids. In the end almost half just did not have the manual dexterity to control the yarn in that way, at that age. In fact, the difference between 6 years old and 8 years old is remarkable no matter what style you teach.

With the group at the magnet school, teaching half one way and half another did not really bug the kids too much, they knew there was more than one method, but then when they would help one another it made things a little harder. In the end I decided that in order to use my time as efficiently as possible I would go back to the good old way that Mr. Johnson taught me in 1969.

burlybagkarenbasedetail.jpgIt is a little more complex when teaching adults. I ask if they crochet and/or if they are left handed. If yes to either question, I teach continental method. If not, it depends on the situation what I do. Often I show them the right hand way first, and show them continental pretty soon afterward as an alternative. They at least know that there are two ways, and you never know which way folks will choose.

Sheer Enjoyment

In the end, knitting is not about speed. It’s about the comfort of making a loop, then another loop, then another. In my opinion we should absolutely love how the yarn feels in our fingers, and we should enjoy the making of loops. The speed of making loops is not as important as the enjoyment of the process. Yes, we often knit because we want an end product, but I would guess that an end product is just not enough for most folks to stick through as many loops as are required. You have to love the process.

Social Knitting

Today I spent some time with Erin at Schuler Books, after the rest of the knitting-for-others group had already left. I had a cup of very strong English Breakfast Tea and we chatted happily as she made a hat and I worked on a sock. We talked pets and places to live and jobs and computers and yarn and relationships… and food… and more. Such a nice time. Thanks, Erin.


Computer Class

My InDesign class went pretty well. At this point I can only use the program on my old laptop, while I wait for Adobe to decide that I have in fact purchased my software legally. It takes multiple phone calls and faxes and letters from seller to purchaser and and and and… more phone calls. And so far I’m approved at every phase but there continues to be another phase every time I call them. Sigh.

ZigBagZ Report

Karen, my cousin in Houston who is knitting a BurlyZig Bag for me, has sent preview photos of the base of her bag. I’m using the photo of her yarns and two photos of the base here for color and interest (she used the right-hand skeins for this part of the bag). With any luck I will have her completed bag for photographs, perhaps later this week. For now, enjoy the colors!!!

4 Responses to “Ponderings…”

  1. Sharon Says:

    I discovered your voicemail about midnight last night, when I took my phone out of my purse to recharge it. I don’t know why I didn’t hear it ring in the first place. Anyway, I’m glad Erin was still around.

  2. Maryellen Says:

    Is Indesign good for laying out graphed knitting patterns for intersia or your zig zag bags. If not could you suggest a computer program that will help me graph knitting patters? I also love all your color. The pictures of yarn are delicious. Also what type of glue do you suggest to glue polymere clay stuff to pin backs?

  3. Heather Says:

    Love your blog, so colourful. ;-)

    The image of the colourful yarn; can I use that image on my blog? I’d give you credit with a link to your blog. Please let me know. Thanks. ;-)

  4. Keeping a Knitting Journal Says:

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