Girls Who Knit

December 9, 2016

For the past few weeks, I’ve been spending Monday afternoons teaching knitting to eight girls at a local after-school program. It’s the most high-energy 90 minutes of my week!

As always when I teach new knitters, a first lesson is to spot and then fix mistakes. Mistakes are inevitable, and if you can’t fix them, you’re more likely to give up. Although only a couple of the girls have tried knitting before, each of the 7 fourth graders and one fifth grader is on her way to becoming a Fearless Knitter.

They’ve started with a cotton dishcloth, casting on (knitted cast-on) about 33 stitches, and working a few inches in garter stitch.

I like seeing how each of them holds the needles and yarn, developing her own technique and muscle memory for the craft.

With each stitch, they’re becoming more competent and more confident.

“When I woke up this morning, I dreaded going to school, but then I remembered that we’d be knitting this afternoon. That gave me energy to make it through the whole school day!” A bit dramatic perhaps, but a sentiment that many knitters — including me — share.

 

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3 Responses to “Girls Who Knit”

  1. Patrick Dober Says:

    Really, really nice. Thanks for sharing it.

    On Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 8:11 AM, Saltwater Hill Knits wrote:

    > saltwaterhillknits posted: “For the past few weeks, I’ve been spending > Monday afternoons teaching knitting to eight girls at a local after-school > program. It’s the most high-energy 90 minutes of my week! As always when I > teach new knitters, a first lesson is to spot and then fix mi” >

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  2. Sarah Mills Says:

    What a wonderful gift you’re giving these girls. I still have my first exposure to knitting by my Grandma T., a pair of navy blue mittens! You will always be remembered as the person who taught them to knit.
    Sarah Mills, Smith ’66 just retired from the AASC Board!

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    • Those early knitting connections are powerful indeed, Sarah. I hope you are well. I’m heading to Smith on Monday for a brief consulting project with the library. Very much looking forward to being there again and remembering fondly my work with the alumnae board and staff colleagues.

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