Over the past few weeks, The Knot House has been assisting West Frederick Middle School 6th graders in their Life Skills Class. They are making felted pot holders.
It came about when Ms. Vaughn happened by the shop on a “Knit Night” and before we knew it, with the help of the group, we had a class project, volunteers, and yarn and needles donated by Stonehenge Fiber Company and Brittney Needles! Just like that.
Mom and I were a little nervous about teaching in a Middle School class room environment, but with the help of Tink, Diana, and New York Renee, we came up with a plan and jumped in. I must compliment the students and Ms. Vaughn on the class organization and behavior. The kids were nothing but open-minded and respectful. The experience has ben quite refreshing actually.
It took 2 or 3 days to cast on and get to knitting. Remember, the class period is only about 50 min. By the end of the week students were coming into class and getting right to work. One student had gone home and started knitting with pencils! See the picture below. Some were even asking about making sweaters. One boy thought it was great that you could knit and talk at the same time. 🙂 Isn’t this the truth!
Let’s face it, some students, probably most of them actually, will never pick up knitting needles again. But some may. If nothing else- this little project will provide a point of reference for them. Who knows maybe one day they might teach someone else how to knit, like my husband (whose grandmother taught him) taught me.
Next week we teach them how to bind off. Then the felting process begins. I’m very curious to see their progress. I cheated and saw my son, Luc’s this morning.
To be continued..