At our homeschool co-op, which started last Friday, in order to get your first choice classes, you have to teach a class. If you don't the more popular classes fill up by 7 am of regular sign-ups (teachers get to sign up their kids a few days before.) So, I decided to teach a beginning knitting class. Lo and behold, it filled up with just teacher's kids and I had people begging to let their kids sign up (of course I let them.)
Each kid got a wool package (spaghetti...I let them know that it was going to be their new friend hank...) two dowel segments (chopsticks they exclaim...to eat their spaghetti!) sand paper and set up a area to dye (one girl said "mom told me I was going to die my first class...I was a bit confused.")
Two girls would get a chance to dye at a time while the other girls would sand their dowels ("till they feel like silk" I told them.) Eventually, everyone dyed their wool, sanded their dowels, and used bee's wax to finish their sticks. Fimo was handed out and everyone was told to make balls for the end of their sticks. I packed everything away and the rest of the day proceeded as planned.
Tomorrow...In, around, through and off...we will learn the knit stitch...and maybe purl will visit too.