Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Sharing

Finding something you love to do is a wonderful thing. Sharing what you love is even better. Recently I was able to share my obsession hobby with Aine's Girl Scout troop. Her troop had a hobby fair, and they invited friends and family to share their passions. Some came armed with coins, looms, weaving, cameras, geo-caching, and duct tape. I brought yarn.

I displayed a few of my creations as well as my main work in progress. I wanted the girls to see the possibilities that lay in a skein of yarn and pair of knitting needles. I also brought a couple sets of needles and various weights of yarn including a lot of worsted to share. Quite a few of the girls wanted to learn how to knit. I showed them how to cast-on using the backward loop method. It seemed the easiest to share, and they just wanted to begin knitting! After the girls had a row cast on, we began knitting. They were great students. Each learned the knit stitch and were able to complete a few rows. I even had one of the moms pick up needles and try knitting. The troop plans to have another day devoted to knitting. I can hardly wait!

In the meantime, I will keep working on the sleeves of my sweater. I have another six inches to knit on the first sleeve. I truly hope to finish it soon, so I can move on to the other sleeve and eventually other projects. After a long hold period, I finally picked up The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest from the library. I really like this trilogy. It can be very violent, but I think the story is well written. I am reading it on my Nook in the evenings. My gym reading remains Freedom, and I hope to also finish it this week. One thing I realized with the weekly updates, is that I may be the slowest reader and knitter participating in Ginny's yarn along. Oh well, at least I am knitting and reading.

11 comments:

  1. Way to go on your sweater - it's exciting that you're almost done!

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  2. Oh, you are getting so close! I think I am the only one who hasn't read The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest...I really need to pick it up.

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  3. I love teaching kids to knit ... you'll get a spark of real fiber-love from some of them that may grow into a real passion. The kids are usually so excited once they start getting something below the needles.

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  4. I would have brought yarn too. My kids think it's weird that there are moms who don't sit around making things for them with yarn all the time. :) Congrats on being almost done with your sweater!

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  5. I will have to keep an out for that book you are reading..sounds good!

    ~Renee

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  6. Hope you can get the sweater off your needles soon. I haven't read the book, but have watched the first couple of movies from the book series. Jacinta

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  7. It's so exciting to see kids getting into knitting!
    We're on the same reading path, I just finished Freedom, and I read the Girl trilogy last year!
    All great reads, though I wish the characters in Freedom were more likable.

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  8. How fun that must have been to teach the girls how to knit!! Sometimes when I knit or crochet out in public, I always see young eyes staring, and I get that feeling of "oh I would love to show them!" or that I wish they would ask me!

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  9. i enjoyed the millenium trilogy as well. it's violent but character driven so it wasn't so bad.

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  10. The trilogy sounds interesting and I look forward to seeing your sweater! I am working on teaching two of mine to knit.

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  11. Heather - you sound so excited about teaching the children how to knit, it's true - it's great to share your passion, makes for an enthusiastic teacher, x. & your stitches are so neat. Thanks kindly, Katie x

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