The six ladies were a joy to have in the class and a pleasure to teach. There were mixed abilities, from those who had only just picked up a pair of needles to those who had knitted for many years and wanted to learn new techniques.
The scheme of work was structured to begin with tools and equipment, health and safety, and choosing yarns (including yarn properties), then from casting on, knit and purl stitches, casting off, through selvedges, shaping, front bands, buttonholes, picking up stitches, neckbands, sewing in ends, tension, blocking ..... and ending with how to read a knitting pattern. A mixed ability class over only ten sessions of only one and a half hours each with so much to cram in was perhaps an error of judgment but we all coped and, so I gathered from the comments, everyone went away happy. Fingers crossed that the substantial handouts will stand everyone in good stead for their future knitting.
It was such a buzz to see what everyone had achieved over the week between sessions, and to follow the progress of the beginners.
The ladies have now formed a weekly knitting group, of which I am a member - the Hartford Knitters.
At this time I don't know if the Summer term classes will run at St Ivo, or the Day School in June. These will be my last teaching sessions at St Ivo. Teaching in the public sector involves too much paperwork and having to keep to schemes of work and session plans. I will continue with private hand knitting classes/workshops, providing sessions covering what participants have asked for. If the planned session digresses, if everyone agrees and everyone is happy then so be it. The handout will cover what was intended. From requests, next year's sessions are already sorted and it seems that I have to run the Reading a Pattern session (January 2010) again.