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Teaching Knitting Tips For New Teachers

20130926-120335.jpgAlthough I have been teaching beginning knitting to family
and friends for years, I recently branched out to teaching a beginner’s knitting class at a local community college. But I have to admit, I was not as prepared as I should have been since I thought that no one would sign up. Was I wrong. I have 6 really special students and I am really enjoying teaching them the joys (and occasional frustrations) of knitting.

Now that I have a couple of “professional” sessions…..although why I think getting paid to teach makes me more professional than when I taught for free, I’ll never know. Another thought for another day.

  1. Name tags help a lot. Have name tags for each class until you feel that you know your class well.
  2. Handouts are a must. I didn’t have any handouts prepared (although I was working on them) until the 2nd week. Here are the handouts I’ve used so far…*Welcome with information on local yarn shops, local Sit-N-Knit meetings, my phone, email, Ravelry name, etc.

    *Learning objectives and lesson plans (so your class knows what you will teach each time).

    *Easy pattern to try. I basically wrote my own slipper pattern with two different types of toes so the class could work whichever style they likes.

  3. Be prepared to  have one or more who will need extra help. If you have a friend who can assist you, you can tag-teach and she can help some of the others while  you do one-on-one teaching.
  4. Enjoy yourself! I did not realize how much fun it would be until I let myself relax and enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship.


Fiber Overload!!!

Oh. My. Gosh! There were so many different vendors selling yarn, rovings, patterns, spinning wheels, spindles, bags, kits……and more at the The Fiber Event at Greencastle that I pretty much went into Fiber Overload! I’ll let the pictures show  you what happened.

Here we are at Greencastle, already been shopping!

Elizabeth wanted to take home a bunny!

The little lambs were adorable! They did NOT follow us "to school" though!

Who could resist a booth that said "Happy Fuzzy Yarn...Does Your Yarn Make You Happy?"

I did do my share of enhancing my stash, including some lucious sock yarn from Happy Fuzzy Yarn. But I’ll save those pictures for another blog-day!


Road Trip This Friday!

Photo from White Creek Wool

Hey Knitters and Crocheters in the Midwest! Road trip this weekend! Yep, it’s the annual The Fiber Event at Greencastle! It will be held this Friday, April 15, from 1 to 7 p.m., and again on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both times are Eastern Daylight Time (which for me, means an hour earlier than posted!)

The Fiber Event’s Mission: The Fiber Event Committee is committed to providing a marketplace for fiber, equipment, fiber animals and related commodities as well as a learning environment which includes classes, workshops and fellowship.

Picture from Absolutely Amazing Alpacas

There will be nearly 100 booths providing everything from rovings, to animals, to spun yarn, to dyes, to …. well whatever your little fiber-loving heart enjoys!

From my Tuesday evening group, there will be about six to eight of us attending on Friday afternoon. A few more may drive up on Saturday.

If you have not attended a fiber event near your home base, I would highly encourage it. Not only will you find hundreds of people who, like you, enjoy knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, etc., but you will also see how those who raise the animals and plants care for their charges.

I am so looking forward to this trip…not only for the shopping aspect, but also for the fellowship and camaraderie of my friends.

If you are attending Greencastle’s Fiber Event, look for me. I’ll be wearing my Ravelry badge with my Rav Name — CLPETTY!