Knitting Club

Buck Strong's picture

I am very lucky to teach at Arts and Communications Magnet Academy. This year, I am also the faculty adviser for Knitting Club. My favourite substitute teacher, Linda, came in every Monday last year (whether working or not) to run knitting club. This year she is doing the same thing (on Tuesdays).
Yesterday was the first day of Knitting Club and I had Four...yes FOUR boys show up and some of my favourite girls too. I'd post pictures but I can't put up pictures of students. Anyway, it was great. We made our own needles, learned knitted cast on, long tail cast on and knit stitch. The kids struggled with the casting on and knitting but we got some stitches from one needle to another. I'm hopeful that the kids will be coming back a lot.

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SpazticMagic's picture

Wow...i'm pretty sure a

Wow...i'm pretty sure a knitting club would have never taken off at my high school. But if there was one and i knew how to knit i'd be in it. I thought about joining the one at college but they were actually kind of hateful so i opted to postpone my adventures in knitting until my friends decided it was time to turn the joke into a reality. Kudos to you though!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I solemnly promise not to

I solemnly promise not to climb onto my "left-handed knitting" soapbox. However, if you need any tips or ideas, Buck, I offer my services. I want any lefties to succeed and hope to help them do so. Seriously. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

scottly's picture

Wow, I wish my high school

Wow, I wish my high school would have had a knitting club. Keep us updated, I'm curious to know who catches on faster, the girls or the boys. My LYS ladies tell me that the guys they teach are much more natural knitters then the women and the guys tend to be more daring with the patterns they choose. Also, are you teaching English or Continental? If you have any leftys Continental is sometimes easier. Good luck!

Buck Strong's picture

I'm a Continental knitter

I'm a Continental knitter and Linda is a thrower. We decided to teach the kids to throw first and move up to picking later on.
A couple of my young women have come to me to show me how well they have been doing. One of them was so into it she had to force herself to stop to do the work for my pre calc class. I think it's going to be a good year for knitting club.

"A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn." Blackadder

mrossnyc's picture

Congrats, that's a great

Congrats, that's a great thing!

purlyman's picture

That's so great to hear!!!

That's so great to hear!!! I wish I had started years and years ago when I was a bitty boy. Actually I think I did knit one thing when I was maybe 7 or 8 but I guess that was it. Thanks for the update!!

JDM511's picture

YES, pass the addiction on

YES, pass the addiction on to the next generation!

Keep up the good work.

Jim

New York Built's picture

What you have written DOES

What you have written DOES bring a tear to my eye. Damn, you are a good man!

"Think...then write...then rewrite...THEN publish."
- Mark's bathroom mirror sticky note to himself.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That's great, Buck! I hope

That's great, Buck! I hope the young'uns enjoy knitting and keep at it. Casting on can be tricky for youngsters but it is good to have them start at the beginning. Same with binding off. Still, the chance to have a craft to last them a lifetime is priceless. Keep up the good work. (Your friend, Linda, too.) -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.