World of Woolcraft

I teach beginners' knitting and crochet to groups and individuals. It's exciting to watch people wool around for the first time in their lives!

Here's a rundown of the latest workshop :)

Because what is knitting without cheese and strawberries?

Because what is knitting without cheese and strawberries?

Seven people came to the last knitting workshop.The afternoon consisted of lovely yarn, bamboo needles, tea, snacks and two and a half hours of woolly joy. 

Early Learning Centre: my first stitches.

Early Learning Centre: my first stitches.

In a previous post about knitting classes, I waxed lyrical about the cool wool used: Crazy Sexy Wool, by Wool and the Gang. Only problem was, the wool came as part of a kit for beginners, yet the project instructions included were just not comprehensive enough for complete newbies. Luckily my class had a teacher (me), because flying solo with this as your first project would not be much fun!

Anyway, this time we steered clear of patterns and projects, focusing on getting an understanding of knitting rather than trying to make a thing.

People often want to make a thing, or to have a thing to make, but, although I absolutely loved the project last time (and wore my hot pink snood to class!), I feel my most recent protégés* managed far more stitches, far more confidently, probably as a result of not worrying about thing-making.

*Autocorrect suggests I change 'protégés' to 'geese'. I probably won't.

New to wool

New to wool

There is such satisfaction to be had watching the knitter in a person unfurl. I had to stop myself clapping as stitches were completed with ever greater fluidity and speed. (I settled for the occasional gleeful squeak and a surfeit of "Yes! Perfect! That's it! Yes!" I hope they didn't find me too weird.

They probably did.)

Fun with wool

Fun with wool

A couple of hours in, everyone was knitting away so serenely and competently that I was able to leave my post and take photos! This is a first, but hopefully not a last, as it's lovely to be able to look at these now. My geese!

And that's all for today! Back soon :)