I love to teach knitting classes. Although I’m not lucky enough to be able to do it regularly (something about having a family that wants me around on the weekends and having a full time job already), whenever I get hit up for donations for Hannah’ school auction, I donate a basket with beginner tools and 12 hours of teaching time.
I thought I had been having great success with the lessons, with everyone finishing their starter project, and several of them turning into knitters who kept going after their lessons were over. Until I started teaching Nadine, who showed me what it is like to launch a Knitter into the hobby.
We had one lesson. I showed her how to cast on and the knit stitch. I left her with a homework assignment to knit the brim of her hat until it was three inches long. We had a couple weeks between our first lesson and our second, and I knew she would likely get through her homework and be completely bored waiting for her next lesson.
What I found when I walked in two weeks later, was that she had set off on her own. Armed with what I had showed her and YouTube videos, she was halfway through a Herringbone Neckwarmer and gotten started on a Just Enough Ruffles shawl. She had a question about how to work the short rows in the shawl. I looked at what she had done and announced that I was clearly no longer needed.
How awesome is that? I’ve never had a student take off on me like that.