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The Knutty Knitter
Created By: John Nader

I was struggling to teach myself to knit a few years ago when one of my fifth grade students told me that she could help. She was a good knitter and could teach me the basics. Well, we sat for an hour onthe last day of school and she helped me to understand how my fingers and hands were supposed to make stitches. I spent that summer practicing and learning more and more about knitting. I read books, visited yarn stores and began to demystify this wonderful craft.

The following school year I began to knit while on my lunch break at school. I found the break in the day kept me from eating unhealthy foods and helped me to recharge inthe middle of the day. If this was so good for me...what about the students? I did some research about children and handwork, and I realized that this would be as good for the kids as it was for me. I started opening my classroom at lunch time to those who could knit. Slowly the students started coming and lunch time knitting was born. I eventually became confident enough to teach other students to knit.

I have since jioned a knitting guild and I am contantly learning new things from this group of talented knitters. I belong to online knitting groups as well. This is another constant source of knowledge and support. One of my groups has a traveling shawl project that we each take turns knitting on and then the finished product goes to a person in need (health issues, a charity, death in the family, etc). We use the prayer shawl pattern and Homespun yarn for almost every project. This way any knitter of any level can work on the shawl as it is not a difficult pattern and the yarn is wonderful and forgiving.

I feel that I have joined a secret society of crafters. A society with a secret language (psso, k2tog) and secret handshakes (are you English or continential?).A society that I can invite others to join. A society that allows me to give of myself to others. A society that makes me a better person. A society that I will be a member of for a long time to come.

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