Friday, September 30, 2005

the blanket squares are rolling in!

Here is Lupe with one of her finished squares. She checked in a few days late but was thr first to finish a square. Way to go, Lupe!

Esther also finished her first square, here is her version of a verigated blue square. This blanket is going to be very colorful.

La Shae is our expert in fixing mistakes, and she finished her first square and is well into her second square.

All squares are due next Friday, when we will begin our next project: scarves with a design-your-own pattern. Students will have to go buy their own yarn, knitter's choice, then design and write a pattern for their very own scarf creation. The pattern will be due first, and once approved, the knitter will begin their scarf.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Class has begun!!!!!!!

School started last wednesday, and we are up and knitting! I am so proud of the kids, they are all working so hard! By the end of the first period, everyone (26 students) was knitting! I was so exhausted. Our second day was even better, the knitting was progressing, the knit stitches were loosening up, and they all learned to bind off and cast on.
Everyone took their little bit of yarn and needles home for the weekend and came back with some pretty interesting progress. Now we have met 5 times and everyone has "mastered" knit, purl, cast on and bind off. I wrote a few basic 8" square patterns and gave out our first assignment. We are knitting squares for a few baby blankets, to donate to Stitches From The Heart. Each student is doing at least 2 squares, so I am hopeful that we will be able to complete 3 blankets in a week. Thanks to Suss Design for the yarn we are using for this project. Pictures are coming soon, hopefully this weekend. Thanks to all of you who donated yarn to this class, you helped encourage 26 new knitters!!!!! I am looking for a good second project. Any suggestions?