Saturday, November 07, 2009

le yikes! over a month since the last post!


That's the life of an English teacher. With two kids. Often it comes down to the choice between knitting or writing about knitting. No contest.

(sorry, writing, I love you, but I do you ALL DAY LONG. Let knitting have a chance, willya? Just 'cause she's not on the SAT doesn't mean she's not important, too.)

That said, we're headed off on a road trip today and I was poking around for an easy slouchy hat pattern to do with worsted-weight yarn. I like hats for the car because they're so compact. And...I realized that all of my smaller-than-size-10 16" needles are at school because...wait for it...my 2nd period class is knitting.

Our school does a winter service project every fall, and each homeroom adopts a family (or a few kids) to support with winter clothes, school supplies, gifts, etc. I made the tiny little suggestion that we could knit our kids hats and HALF THE CLASS wants to learn. I brought 6 needles and yarn to class last week and had to play rock-paper-scissors for 5 minutes to see who "got" to learn.

How awesome is that?? I already had three students come up and ask if they could knit during class as long as they were paying attention (I told them after one more lesson if they were feeling comfortable and confident they could) and one boy (!) who already knits was assisting with the teaching!

(Lest you think I'm being a lazy teacher, we did this during our personal reading time and all of the knitters agreed to read for 45 minutes at home to make up the knitting lesson.)

So no worsted-weight-hat today (unless I can convince my ever-so-patient husband to stop at Joann on the way out of town, but even then they don't usually have 7s or 8s in stock...because they're semi-lame).

But I really don't mind.

3 comments:

*Michelle* said...

Oh my. That is stupendously awesome! I'm trying to teach teacher with whom I share a room (we're both p/t), how to knit-- it is a bit more difficult than I thought it would be. Are your students fast learners? A 17 yo boy taught me my first cast on & knit stitches. :)

Julie said...

That's beyond cool! I love when I have students who knit! Maybe some day when one of them tells someone about learning to knit they'll say, "my high school English teacher taught me". How awesome is that?

Julie said...

I tried to reply to your comment, but couldn't... Isn't it amazing how much easier it is to pour out all of the personal stuff to complete strangers??? I'd probably share SO much more if family memebers didn't read it!