As I have mentioned to you before, my job as a Teaching Assistant is rewarding and a privilege (that is 99% of the time); none more so than last week. I was talking about, rather passionately I must confess, and showing my second crochet cushion, to a small group of children and happened to noticed a certain light in the eyes of 2 little girls. At the end of the day one of them said to me,
"You know Mrs Goble, you can be extra happy now as you can go home and do your thing."
"My thing?" I asked intrigued.
"Yes, your ..um.er..knitting thing," she replied.
Recognising the eagerness in the eyes and the fact she remembered what I had said, I asked,
"Would you like to learn to crochet or knit?" And with eyes shining she said she would.
So, I have decided to change my lunchtime Story Club to a Craft Club with just the 2 girls to start with. Our first session was last Wednesday. The girls had really been looking forward to it and it gladdened my heart when I walked out of the lunch hall and found them sitting in the corridor waiting for me, their smiles wide. When we found a quiet corner and settled down I was suddenly hit with the realisation that I don't hold my hook correctly and I don't want to show them the wrong way. My heart sank. But then again, I'm not sure if that matters, I have found my own way of holding my hook which is comfortable to me but perhaps holding it like they show in the books is quicker. What a responsibility! In the end we just did a cord of chain stitch which they then wore as necklaces and bracelets. They loved it and I love the fact that I am hopefully awakening a love of craft which will be a bright light for them for the rest of their lives. What a privilege indeed.
If any of you have had the experience of teaching a child to knit or crochet I could do with some pointers if you are willing to share. Thank you. And now I'm off to hunt out my child size knitting needles.