Last night was a REALLY good class at the adult school! I am not ashamed to say I was filled with trepidation, fearing that only 4 students would actually come back – or that everyone would come in with knotted balls of yarn and no knitting done!
Out of 17 students, 13 came back – this was after a first class where I barely had 10 minutes with each student and then a skipped week due to the odd Adult School arrangement (last Thursday was ‘back to school’ night at the middle school, so we couldn’t meet). Of course, I didn’t KNOW that we weren’t going to meet for the 2nd class until I showed up to teach the first class. As a friend said, it was giving the students a license to flee and never come back.
But they did! And everyone knitted over the break! Many purled! Some even ribbed!!! Last night I showed 3 how to cable without a cable needle, I assigned them to show 2 more. I assigned 2 of the good ribbers to show 3 others how to rib and matched up a good, confident purler with a very good but less confident purler so they could both benefit. Everyone left having learned a lot, and the enthusiasm was palpable!
I’m literally on my way out the door (standing as I write this) to go up to Rhinebeck. I cannot wait! I’m seeing good friends tonight from Knitters Review (including Jen from Spirit Trail Fibers) and other mid-atlantic cohorts. I’m hoping to see two good friends who have had babies since I last taught or saw them – BABIES! And I have all day Friday after I arrive to stroll with no teaching duties!
The only thing I’m vaguely concerned about is that my increasing/decreasing class only has 1 student. Bummer. It’s going to be a REALLY good class – I just rewrote the booklet and it will be fabulous. I hope a lot of folks sign up at the site. I need to think of a sexier name for the class!
While I’m gone, check this out!