Have I ever mentioned how much I love teaching? How I enjoy the energy of a focused class? I just was born to explain, I think. I’m at least a third-generation instructor/teacher on my mother’s side, second-generation on my father’s side. I tried very hard to avoid my destiny. I’m glad I didn’t avoid it forever, because teaching is very rewarding for me.
Today was the first day of my new term at Foster Center. I started my day with a computer class of 7, six of them retirement age, learning the very basics (one woman specifically requested a lesson in how to turn the computer on and off). I love teaching this sort of group! They are smart, but they *feel* dumb because they have not been trained yet. They are motivated to learn when nobody makes them take a class. Loved getting to know them.
Then I had computer lab time, and one adult from class stayed to practice a little. She played solitaire on the computer. She learned about “drag and drop” and she even learned about my favorite command: Undo!
After lab was CityKidz Knit! I totally forgot it was a new term. I had a lot of new kids. I had so many kids that a few felt crowded around my table so they sat on the floor. I think I had eight kids who had been there before at least three times, one who had been one or two times, and five who had never knit with me before. One of the new kids had tried to knit with a friend… a neighbor who learned to knit from me! She said she had not been able to make it work before, but clearly she had tried enough times, because I only had to show her how to make 2 stitches and she was off and running.
I tell you, it’s very exciting to have that many kids. However, I get plain exhausted when I have that much to do. It takes at least 5 minutes per child to teach brand new knitters. That makes things pretty boring for the child who is last. The kids, especially those who needed to wait, were very good.
In my own knitting news, I’m really close to finishing two different pair of toe-up afterthought heel socks but I just have too many things going to actually spend time on those.
I am working on the very last phase of a sock design for publication, as well. I’m pleased, for many reasons. One of the reasons is that I got to do this sock in my own favorite colors. Often I have to go with a theme for an issue, and that means I work in colors I normally would not touch. But this one is all me and I am very pleased.
Of course, I can’t show the whole design before it hits the press. However, here is a very tiny teaser of my colorway.
My Classes This Week
Tomorrow I have CityKidz Knit! again, and in the evening I teach Toe-Up Socks at Foster Center. That will be much fun! Saturday I teach Polymer Clay at Heritage Spinning in Lake Orion (north of Pontiac, not that far from the Silverdome). It looks like we have 7 people in the polymer class. In that class, the more people we have, the more creative energy happens. I’m very happy that we have that number. It will be a wonderful time!
Sunday I teach beginning knitting at JoAnn, our project is a simple bag in bulky Wool-Ease. I actually like that yarn more than I expected. I don’t like the thinner Wool-Ease yarns but for some reason the feel of the bulkier yarn is pleasing to me. I’m not much for the beige/natural color, though.
That is one thing about teaching for a large organization. They tell you what to do, down to the project and the yarn. I don’t love that part, but I really want to reach knitters anywhere, any way… and I am very good with beginners, who I think I may reach more easily through JoAnn than through community education.
Once I meet new knitters, it should be easy to connect them with other knitters (in our guild, for example) and they will be exposed to yarns that (personally) I love better than the one required in this corporate class. And they will find the good life, where we spend our free time and days off, at good Local Yarn Shops (even Not-Quite-Local Yarn Shops, perhaps). Our beloved LYS’s, where the *Wonderful Stuff* can be found, and good instruction, and quality knitting tools, and many other things I don’t know what I would do without!
I’m staying busy! And I’m staying happy. It’s a good life.