As those who follow me on twitter may already know, for my learning project I have chosen to learn how to knit. Now, my choice to knit is coming from a few different places. First of all, it is something I have never done before. When I was younger, my grandma taught me how to crochet, but all I ever managed to make was a small ‘necklace’ of white yarn. I wore that necklace everywhere, until it broke. Aside from that, I have never worked with anything even remotely similar to knitting. Second of all, it is what one of my close friends, Kealey, did for her learning project, and she highly recommended it to me. I can definitely see the benefits from knitting, especially as a teacher. It can be a valuable tool for self-care and relaxation after a stressful, something essential for all teachers. Third of all, one day, I was sitting in a tire shop getting an oil change. While sitting there, there was a lady who was knitting mitts and a toque. She was telling another lady that she knits entirely for fun, but every year, when Winter hits, she donates a bunch of mitt and toque sets to Salvation Army. I thought this was a really powerful approach to a hobby. She was able to turn it into a way to give back, which is something that is appealing to me. Finally, I wanted to do something I use in the classroom someday. Knitting can be an interesting tool to show students allowing them to use it in their representations for projects.
My process is simple. I know nothing about knitting. Therefore, I have decided to take more of a linear approach to learning. That means, starting with simple stitches and creations. Perhaps a potholder to start. And as needed, I will learn more stitches and patterns in order to expand my arsenal. To do this, I will employ two primary resources. Firstly, the Internet. There are how-to videos for everything on YouTube, whether it is ‘how to pet a cat’ to ‘learning how to knit’. It will likely be my most valuable resource. Additionally, the Internet has a variety of helpful websites that I will look into using. If/when I find a channel on YouTube I like, or a website I like, I will share it with the class!
My other main resource will be my friends and family. As mentioned earlier, one of my friends already learned how to knit in the context of this course. In addition to her, my mother and sister are both capable knitters. I have plenty of people in my life to ask questions to if YouTube just isn’t cutting it for me.
All in all, I am absolutely stoked to learn how to knit. I think it’ll push me out of my comfort zone, but will allow me to pick up a valuable skill in the process.