You know when you’ve got about ten projects already on the go, at various stages of completion? And then suddenly you feel the need to cast on another eight?
I love how they all look together – like a bouquet! They’re not for me though; tomorrow is the first meeting of my brand new knitting club in school. Unfortunately I’m not allowed to call it Stitch and Bitch, and Knit and Natter sounds a bit too twee for inner city secondary school students. Any suggestions? I’ve actually been too nervous to announce it in school – I’m just quietly recruiting students from my own classes! I’m thinking it would be too hard to teach a whole room full of people at once though… I remember learning at the same time as my sister, and it was torture waiting for my mum to finish helping her and rescue my dropped stitches for me.
I’ve got a video sorted, which I’ll play while I’m helping people individually. And I’ll take my favourite beginner’s knitting book – Knitty Gritty – so they can look at projects a bit more inspiring than the standard ‘Endless double knit scarf in garter stitch’ that seems to be everyone’s first project! (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but there’s no instant gratification!)
I’ve cast on fifteen stitches of leftover bits of acrylic DK from my stash, onto pairs of 4mm needles. In theory, they’re about the right size for a phone case or a little purse. Then once they’ve done enough rows, I can show them how to decrease for a curved flap, and how to make a buttonhole.
Now I just need to cross my fingers and hope that some students turn up!
I do keep meaning to show you what else I’m making at the moment. I’ve got lots of little projects on the go, but not enough time to sit down and make real progress on any of them. Even the little green and cream tunic from my last post is waiting for the messy border to be ripped out and replaced with a tidy one. Most of my works in progress are crocheted rather than knitted – I really do think I prefer crochet these days, possibly because it grows quicker, or because I don’t have to get to the end of the row before I stop! I prefer knitting for garments because I like a thinner fabric, but I don’t ever make clothes for myself. Crochet seems to be more versatile for making shapes and patterns, which is what I really love. I will do my very best to get some photos taken soon!
How lovely life would be if I could be paid to teach knitting all day!