Last night I got to start teaching my friend Chelsea how to knit socks. I plan to have a full post when she finishes hers, so stay tuned for that. On Sunday, I'll be teaching my friend Amanda (who lives here, I have another friend Amanda in San Diego) to knit. It makes me feel good when I can share my knowledge of craft and people understand what I'm trying to show them. It's even more exciting for me when we can sit down and have a conversation about it. Then I'm not just sitting there with the other person looking at me like I'm crazy. They understand and can participate in the conversation. One of my favorite tools of teaching knitting is The Idiot's Guide to Knitting. I may have talked about it on the blog before, about how I heard about it in a Knit Picks podcast. The photos and illustrations are so clear and it makes it easy for the beginner to understand what they're doing and learning. I always like to write in the book I give to my friends, tabbing certain pages and making little annotations. I probably wrote in and tabbed Damian's the most. (I miss him!) I love giving beginners notions, too, like stitch markers. I like putting charms on split rings to give to them. It makes it more special for the both of us. With the combination of those two points, the book and the notions, I feel like I ought to put together a lesson kit for myself, or even create my own curriculum. I guess I should add that to the goal list, too.
Whatever you're doing this weekend, I hope you enjoy it. See you all Monday!