July 17, 2005
The heat didn't matter
Martha, Kristina, Ariel, Alasdair, Rose, Erin, Linda, Beth, Maria, we MUST do this next year. It is so rewarding to teach people to knit and to let them know about our group. Martha, how many flyers with our group's info did we hand out? 200-300? I think we will have many newcomers in the weeks to come.
It is simply impossible to summarize what happened, but it was entirely wonderful. Hot and crowded conditions typically make me Queen CrankyPants, but people showed such interest and enthusiasm, that I took the wool, the sticky bamboo chopsticks, and went to town. Highlights include setting up a group of six 7-year old girls to knit. OH YEAH. Fun? I mean... Fun! Also, every person I taught walked away knitting in the English style (i.e., yarn in right hand, throw around needle). I don't want to get into a huge Continental/English debate over here, but I will simply say that I demonstrated both methods to a few newbies, and they all said English was easier for them. However... me, teaching English style? One phrase comes to mind - BLIND LEADING THE BLIND. Miss Paula saw me knit this way a few days ago, and I believe her exact reaction was, "what are you doing?" Entirely accurate - the first person I taught, we started with wrapping the yarn in the opposite (counter clockwise) direction. OOPS! Good thing being an Annie follower allowed me to realize my mistake as soon as I saw the stitches mounted in the opposite orientation (from what I desired) when we got to the second row.
Bottom line: fantastic day.
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