3.22.2007

i promise to do my best


oh joy! rapture! i taught 12 brownies to knit yesterday. i had to choke back a tear as i watched their little fingers grasping those wooden needles and going in through the window, around to the backie, out through the window, and off jumps jackie! i went in thinking that rhyme was the corniest thing going, but it worked like a charm. by the end of the first row, they were all muttering it under their breath, their faces twisted in concentration and subsequent relief as each jackie jumped off the needle.

i've taught many adults to knit, but this was my first time teaching a bunch of kids. i gotta say, i was amazed at how quickly they caught on and how tenacious they were in the process. like a lot of grown women i know (who shall remain nameless) they didn't beat themselves up when the fabric wasn't coming out perfectly. if a loop ended up being five inches long, no biggie. they just kept at it, making the stitches happen however they happened. brownies rule!

17 comments:

cristabel said...

oh, this is too cute!!! Is this your niece's troop? Yay for passing on the knitting!

jenna said...

Dang. I could have used that rhyme when I was teaching the "older set" to knit a couple weeks ago!

P.S. Nice vest.

Jane M. said...

The Brownies say YOU rule! Thanks for keeping them so rapt...they loved it (and one in particular with whom I am well acquainted actually fell asleep with her head on her knitting last night).

Bea said...

That's so awesome! I've taught adults to knit as well and hope to teach my 4 month old son to knit someday :) Great rhyme, I'll have to remember that one.

Olgajazzy said...

And you ROCK~
I love the AV sweater on you!!!
Hugs!!

knitlit kate said...

thanks you guys. for the record (and because i am now an incredibly ethical brownie) i cannot take credit for that rhyme...though i do admit to changing "backie," thus turning the original "jack" into the brownie-appropriate "jackie."

clairity123 said...

THAT IS SO CUTE!!! did you tell them the story of how you learned to knit ?.........you know there are still leper colonies.Eloise would really be proud of you!!!

yuvee said...

That's so awesome!! I taught some adults to knit before but never children, it sounds much less frustrating actually ;)

Carson said...

How cute are those brownies?
How satisfying

Mandy said...

I love the cute pictures! Someday, when my kids are bigger, I hope to teach them AND their friends to knit. Sounds like fun!

Twisted Knitter said...

My first exposure to knitting was when I was taught by somebody like you who sat with me and my fellow Girl Scouts and made it seem cool and fun and special. And it was.

Macoco said...

You really do rock for taking the time to pass on the knowledge!

anneland22 said...

Wow! 12 students! nice job!

lomester said...

I give you so much credit for passing on this to young girls. You have more patience than me - that's for sure!

Elinor said...

Way to go. Get them while they're young! It's so much easier to learn as a kid too.

Ellen Bloom said...

I learned how to knit when I was a Brownie!!! I always think of my troop leader when I'm casting on, and this is over 40 years later!!!
Good for you...you should get a merit badge for this service!

andy said...

see why i teach now?

i might need you for the brownies here at bloomfield. they want me to do a craft night, and i am not that crafty.

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