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Archive for January 11th, 2006

Guest Photographer/CityKidz Knit!

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

CityKidz KnitToday I did the best thing I do all week. I taught more new knitters to knit, at Foster Community Center. At CityKidz Knit! program I had 9 participants, two adults (one mom and one grandmother) and seven kids. I had four new knitters. It was great, as usual.

CityKidz KnitI was busy making my way around the table answering many questions. I saw all this activity and bustle, and excitement which begged to be photographed. I asked Pirate Mariam to take the helm at the camera. Didn’t she do a great job? (Follow her link and check out the bell-bottom legwarmers and hat she made from a shrunken sweater.)

CityKidz KnitTop right, we have the brother of one of my regular students, who likes to sew but today decided he’d like to knit. Once we got him some good bamboo needles that were less slippery than the metal ones, he got going just fine.

Then at left we have Mariam’s friend on his second day of knitting. Someone sent me some really cool denim yarn and he’s using it to knit some garter wristwarmers. Cool, huh?

CityKidz KnitAnother new knitter today is shown concentrating well on her knitting (with my help, do you see four hands in that picture?). She stayed focused in the middle of the busy room. I think she’s going to like this. She seemed pretty excited to be there.

She was pleased as punch late in the hour when her Grandma asked if she could try. You should have seen the grin on this sweet child’s face when Grandma made her first stitch. I love it when the grownups stick around with the kids. This is the first year I’ve had that happen much, and I am encouraging it. This way they keep at the knitting at home more, with good support and two problem solvers when necessary. And doesn’t every kid like sharing some special time with a special grownup?

CityKidz KnitNext is a child who returns over and over, she’s been with me more than a year. She can walk to the center, lives a block from my old house down the street. She said she got some knitting-related gifts for Christmas this year.

Last is me helping a regular since Fall. Here is proof that sometimes I do *not* wear a beret. Actually, I wore it to the center but for some reason the room was warm today.

Mariam, you did a great job at the photography! Thanks so much for sharing your time and talent with me (and the readers here at ColorJoy!).