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I Sat Back and Listened
Created By: Fran Paulman

I am a knitting instructor. I live and love to teach - it is truly my bliss. But it is a special joy when I have a chance to learn from my students.

My class one morning had 2 signups. I always start my classes by asking, "Why are you here? What are you wanting to do with knitting skills?"

One was a young woman in her 20's who was expecting her first child and wanted to learn to knit for her baby. The other student was an elderly woman. She told me she's been knitting for 50 years. My immediate thought was "Oh my goodness, what could I possibly teach this woman?"

It turned out that although she had years of experience, she had picked up a pattern that stumped her. Completely stumped her. She had tried and torn it out so many times but she loved the pattern and so came to me for help. Yikes! I thought. If she can't do it ... !

She pulled her knitting out of the bag. It was the most beautiful shawl pattern I've ever seen. The repeat was 8 or 9 rows, with yarn overs and twisted decreases and all kinds of fancy manipulations that created a butterfly motif across the width of the shawl. It was incredible. I decided, right then, that this shawl had to be made and together we would figure out the pattern!

I taught the young mother to cast on and knit and set her to practicing her garter stitch. Then the grandmother took up her needles and I read the pattern to her step by step by step, until voila! The pattern revealed itself and the butterfly came alive in her hands! Hurray!

And then I looked at the clock - amazingly, we had only used 45 minutes of a 2 hour class! The young mother was already knitting and quickly picked up purling, and the grandmother was happily spinning out a whole garden of butterflies. What else should I do to make these ladies feel as though they got their money's worth?

As I sat there thinking, the 2 women began to talk to each other. The hopes and dreams of the young mother whose desire was to create a love-filled garment for her child. The memories of all the afgans and shawls that the grandmother had made for her family through the years. The elderly woman shared little wise-woman tips and the young mother hung on her every word, thanking her for the advice she was sharing,

And I sat back and listened ... with tears in my eyes and a huge joy in my heart, amazed at what one can learn in a knitting class.

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