A Knitting Lesson

Earlier last week I had promised a girl I would teach her to knit on Thursday. Well, she didn't show up to the Campus Ministry office, and when I texted her she said she was had forgotten and slept in. Fortunately though, one of our friends was in the office there and I told him, "Michael, I did not come prepare to teach someone to knit for nothing. I've got two and a half hours before my Apocalyptic Literature class, so you are just going to have to learn." And without the least bit of protest I had myself a pupil.
He was actually quite excited about it, and it didn't take him very long to learn long-tail casting. I was impressed. No lie though, I was an absolute b*tch of a teacher. Of course, I really don't have any right to be, as I've only been knitting for just over a year now. But he said that preferred me yelling at him because it made him more focused and determined to get it right. When I had come back after my two classes he had a good 7 or 8 rows done on an 8-stitch swatch. He only had two major problems: he accidently increased it by two stitches and almost all of them were twisted. "Counter-clockwise!" I said, "Go around the needle left to right!" He's a quick study though and has a ton of enthusiasm. We definitely have a new male knitter in our midst. Best of luck to him. Next week he's going to learn the purl stitch.


albert's picture

Hmm, sounds like an Apocalyptic knitting class! Kudos on bringing a new knitter into the fold- we'll forgive your overly enthusiastic teaching style.

steve kadel's picture

i got stuck on hours before apolcalyptic lit class.

all i know of love, is love is all there is

we put birds on things

bobshome's picture

Interesting idea. What if we all pledge to teach another guy to knit and they have to pay it forward as well. Some of it would take and we would soon double our creativity and productivity. Hmm...

Nashrunner's picture

I have already taught at least one other guy to knit and he's turned out to be more adventuresome and prolific at it than I am! As to whether he's taught anyone else, I haven't asked, but just knowing his enthusiasm I'd say he has. It was well worth the effort.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Well, I always encourage learning knitting at the pace that the pupil needs to grasp things...evidently, your friend needed that extra forceful push. I am glad that he enjoys knitting and hope he continues. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

scottly's picture

Well, get him to join MWK.

ManMadeKnits's picture

Thats one of the better "teaching someone to knit" stories I've heard.

"The only sin is mediocrity." --Martha Graham

"The only sin is mediocrity." --Martha Graham