There is a teacher inside of me.
And last night, for the first time in a long time, I felt like a missing piece of me had been plugged back into place. There is nothing more exciting to me than to be a part of helping someone do something they never thought they could do…to help them to get to that "Aha" moment.
Whether it was watching a kid finally understand how to factor polynomials the during years that I was teaching at school,
or delighting in the fact that beginning painters achieved their own masterpiece when they thought that all they could draw was a stick figure,
or sharing the excitement of a new knitter, all tight and fumbly, knitting their first row.
Last night, my beginning knitting students did not fail me in their enthusiasm, frustration, doubt , and then ultimately their pride.
It’s the joy of being a teacher.
It’s what we do when we love creating and can pass that on to others. Women have been gathering together to learn stuff at the guidance of another craftswoman for generations and generations. The world has been spun round and round because of our ability to sew, knit, tat, crochet, embroider, quilt and weave...all the ways that we have provided covering and warmth for our bodies and our homes. The bonus is that while all of these things are practical, they can also be the ways in which we express our inner artisan. And we continue to glean from one another with the additional benefit of blogs, and Ravelry and Pattern Review and YouTube. Still learning, still teaching…we just have more resources these days.
My mom was a great teacher. Women would gather around the dining room table for as far back as I remember to learn how to do something…many things… under the tutelage of my mother. I was an eager student…whether it was learning how to fold a reader’s digest into a Christmas Tree or how to embroider tiny lazy daisies...it’s funny to me that back in those days, however, that I had absolutely no interest in knitting and I resisted with all my might when I had to learn how to sew.
But these days? My head could explode from the number of projects that I have in my head. And I am blessed to be able to explore with others their own hidden artisan within.
And never fail, knitting friends, I do have a few projects on the needles…
This is a knock off of the Kate Middleton Shopping Shawl.
AND I've been swatching, and swatching for some sweater projects:
Who taught you to knit? Who taught you to sew?
That's about it for now...our office/my sewing room are undergoing some redecorating and re-arranging, which we started tonight. Can't wait to get that finished up this week.