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Knitting and Crochet

28 Feb

I am continually amazed at what our students can do – and WANT to do.  I am so lucky to be able to teach to students who truly are engaged and excited about their art.  We do so much knitting and crochet (that is what this class is all about!), but we also do so many other things.

Almost done!

Almost done!

Making a small wallet.

Working on her stuffed animal

Working on her stuffed animal

Learning to read patterns with notations like:  K2tog and kfb – not an easy task!

Scarf making.

Scarf making.

It takes a long time to make a scarf.

Starting the circle weaving project.

Starting the circle weaving project.

I was inspired by an art teacher named Cassis Stephens.  She taught this circle weaving class to her students. It looked like so much fun that I decided to bring it to our students.

Painting our backgrounds.

Painting our backgrounds.

Our bases look like this.

Our bases look like this.

Finishing up.

Finishing up.

Finished base.

Finished base.

Aren’t the bases for our circle weaving beautiful!  Just wait until they add the details and then some weaving to them.

Hop scotch today for break.

Hop scotch today for break.

These students really love to play hopscotch.  It appears that this is an “old time” game because while they knew some of the basics, they really didn’t know how to play.  I happily taught them the rules and away they went.

They LOVE hopscotch!

They LOVE hopscotch!

Sometimes, they are having so much fun, it is hard to get them to stop playing and come back to knit or crochet.

4th grade crochet headband.

4th grade crochet headband.

Loom knitting.

Loom knitting.

We don’t always knit with knitting needles.  This student brought her knitting loom to class to work on.

Close up for stitch detail - Lovely!

Close up for stitch detail – Lovely!

Spool knitting.

Spool knitting.

Spool knitting continues to be a huge hit.

Weaving boards - for bookmarks.

Weaving boards – for bookmarks.

I made these weaving boards for noon art and held back a few for knitting class.  They make perfect bookmarks after being taken off the board!  The best part?  These boards can be used over and over again and are made with recycled (cereal boxes) cardboard.

Making a cowl on circular needles.

Making a cowl on circular needles.

REALLY?  A 10 year old knitting on circular needles?!  Yes!

More spool knittin.

More spool knitting.

More knitting.

More knitting.

Starting a new project.

Starting a new project.

WOO HOO!!  The head is done!

WOO HOO!! The head is done!

Now the start of the beak.

Now the start of the beak.

More weaving boards.

More weaving boards.

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Adding details to our circle weaving backgrounds.

Adding details to our circle weaving backgrounds.

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Details being added.

Details being added.

Hearts!

Hearts!

Lots of color and lots of detials!

Lots of color and lots of details!

I can’t wait until the bases are finished so that they can start the warping and weaving!

Knitting and Sewing continues!

28 Jan

Last week we mixed things up a bit in knitting.  I find that sometimes, especially on warm, sunny days, the kids get restless about half way through class and need a bit of a break.  Knitting for an hour and a half is hard work!

Mr. Smiley!

Mr. Smiley!

Sorry for the blurry photo.  Sometimes it’s hard to photograph someone’s finished project as it is waved in front of the camera – the kids are just so excited about their creations, they can’t hold still!  This student made a pom-pom last week and turned it into a smiley pom-pom this week, which promptly retained the name of “Mr. Smiley”.  So cute!

The Marble Game.

The Marble Game.

About half way through class time, the students were getting a little bit restless so we took a small break and played “The Marble Game”.

Playing.

Playing.

First, I  hand each student a paper towel tube that has been cut in half.  Then I show them a marble and explain the rules of the game.  The object of this game is to work together and keep the marble rolling from person to person without dropping it.IMG_3958

Once the marble has passed from your tube to the next person’s tube, you run from the start of the line to the end and get ready to catch the marble again.  These students had a great time and managed the all-time record of four rounds!

Back to knitting.

Back to knitting.

Then it was back to their knitting!

4th grader Spot Dog.

4th grader Spot Dog.

Sewing was a BLAST!  We saw a huge Spot Dog come to completion.

Close-up.

Close-up.

Isn’t he cute?!

Tux the distractor.

Tux the distractor.

Playing with scraps from his latest project.

Playing with scraps from his latest project.

Knitting/Crochet Classes

20 Jan

I never know what the students are going to work on in class.  They have their ongoing projects and work on those very diligently, but sometimes they want to do something different to take a break.

Knitting and Spool Knitting

Knitting and Spool Knitting

Some students decide to pull out their spool knitters, others move from one project to another.

Knitting

Knitting

This student is very intent on finishing her project!  Look how much knitting she has done already!

Knitting

Knitting

A new project for this knitter.

Just about half way there!

Just about half way there!

No matter what they decide to work on, they have a lot of fun!

Knitting Class

24 Oct

We are having a blast in knitting class!  The kids are all working on different and exciting projects.

3rd grader bear leg.

3rd grader bear leg.

3rd grader slipper.

3rd grader slipper.

3rd grader project from home-she needed help so we figured it out at class.

3rd grader project from home-she needed help so we figured it out at class.

Handle for a bag - not the yarn in a bottle - keeps the yarn from tangling.

Handle for a bag – not the yarn in a bottle – keeps the yarn from tangling.

3rd grader grandmother's dishcloth for her grandmother.  Sweet!

3rd grader grandmother’s dishcloth for her grandmother. Sweet!

Teaching these students to knit is such a rewarding thing to do!

Knitting Class

16 Oct

Our knitting classes are in full swing!

3rd grader bow.

3rd grader bow.

This third grader worked hard to finish her very first project!!  Way to go!

3rd grader working on the strap to her bag.

3rd grader working on the strap to her bag.

3rd grader finishing up a slipper.

3rd grader finishing up a slipper.

Working on some VERY tiny knitting - size US1 needles and thread.

Working on some VERY tiny knitting – size US1 needles and thread.

3rd grader finished bag.

3rd grader finished bag.

3rd grader purse.

3rd grader purse.

Don’t their projects look great?!

Knitting Class!

25 Sep

We have such a fun time in knitting class!  Our students get so much done!

Sewing the last little bit on a hat.

Sewing the last little bit on a hat.

4th grader hat knit in the round.

4th grader hat knit in the round.

This student did such a great job on her hat.  She cast on with circular needles, knit for 6 1/2″, changed to double pointed needles, and then cast off and sewed the top closed.  Isn’t it such a cute hat?!!

Side view of hat.

Side view of hat.

Spool knitted bracelet with buttons being sewn on.

Spool knitted bracelet with buttons being sewn on.

Finished, embellished bracelet!

Finished, embellished bracelet!

Another bracelet!

Another bracelet!

What is just so wonderful about these knitting classes is the friendships that are being made.  The students are all so supportive of each other.  They help each other with challenges and celebrate finishes together!

Aren't those buttons fabulous?!!

Aren’t those buttons fabulous?!!

Hair bow by a new knitter.  Great job!

Hair bow by a new knitter. Great job!

Bows were very popular!

Bows were very popular!

This session of knitting is over but the next one starts right up next week!!

Knitting Camp Wrap Up

11 Jul

Lots of finished projects today!!

4th grader headband.

4th grader headband.

Side view of headband.

Side view of headband.

Finishing up knitting.

Finishing up knitting.

Working on new projects.

Working on new projects.

Usually I try to have our students finish their projects before class ends for the week.  In the case of these two, they had finished their first projects and since they are coming back for more camps and wanted to knit more, I had them pick yarn and start something new.

3rd grader wrist warmers.

3rd grader wrist warmers.

3rd grader wrist warmers.

3rd grader wrist warmers.

These third graders worked so hard to finish their wrist warmers today.  Great job girls!

Campers working together.

Campers working together.

Pin Weaving.

Pin Weaving.

The start of a hat being knit in the round by a 4th grader.

The start of a hat being knit in the round by a 4th grader.

The start of a colorful scarf by a 4th grader.

The start of a colorful scarf by a 4th grader.

Finishing some pin weaving.

Finishing some pin weaving.

Pin weaving.

Pin weaving.

Pin weaving.

Pin weaving.

Pin weaving.

Pin weaving.

Knitting camp is done for this week – I am sad to see these campers leave – they are such great students and work so well together!

Knitting, Dyeing Yarn and Pin Weaving!

9 Jul

We had such a blast today at camp!!  First we started out with our knitting and made great progress on our projects.

Knitting Camp.

Knitting Camp.

This is what our work table looks like after a morning of hard work :o)

Work Table.

Work Table.

We took a small snack break at the half way point.

Growing Chicks.

Growing Chicks.

And of course the chicks had to come out to play!  After our short break we went straight out to prepare our yarn for dyeing.

Putting the yarn in the water.

Putting the yarn in the water.

Should we gently set our yarn in the water, or should we just drop it in?

Total saturation.

Total saturation.

Making sure the yarn is completely wet.

Wring it out.

Wring it out.

Make sure the yarn is not dripping but just damp.

Yarn prep.

Yarn prep.

More students preparing their yarn for dyeing.

Placing the dye on the yarn.

Placing the dye on the yarn.

They carefully spoon dye onto the yarn in the places that they want it.  Notice the ultra snazzy aprons they are wearing to protect their clothes!IMG_2496

Pin Weaving.

Pin Weaving.

After dyeing yarn, the campers worked more on their pin weaving and on their knitting.  Tomorrow should see some completed projects!

Knitting and Pin Weaving

8 Jul

As always, each day at camp proves to be fun filled.  Today we did a lot of knitting.

3rd grader knitting.

3rd grader knitting.

4th grader finishing up.

4th grader finishing up.

And we learned something new…Pin Weaving!

3rd grader pin weaving.

3rd grader pin weaving.

4th grader pin weaving.

4th grader pin weaving.

3rd grader pin weaving.

3rd grader pin weaving.

We also played with the chicks during break time.IMG_2474IMG_2475IMG_2476

Holding and playing with the chicks is a huge enjoyment for our campers!

3rd and 4th grade yarn dolls.

3rd and 4th grade yarn dolls.

Knitting Camp!!

7 Jul

We started knitting camp today!

Knitting Camp.

Knitting Camp.

Yarn and projects were chosen.

Knitting Camp.

Knitting Camp.

And we got started right away.

4th grade knitter.

4th grade knitter.

9th grade knitter.

9th grade knitter.

3rd grade knitter.

3rd grade knitter.

3rd grade knitter.

3rd grade knitter.

Everyone had such great concentration!

Yarn girls, boys and octopi.

Yarn girls, boys and octopi.

We took our break about half way through the morning and then created these cute little fellows!!

9th grade scarf.

9th grade scarf.

This 9th grader had been working on a scarf prior to class and finished it in class this morning.  Tomorrow will be another great day!

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