This past Sunday, I had a delightful afternoon of teaching knitting to my oldest friend, my best friend from high school in fact. She had a bit of experience already, but had not knit for several years. And folks, she's a natural - beautifully even stitches and a relaxed attitude. It made teaching fun and gave me some food for thought. I really enjoy teaching knitting and other fiber arts and I need to think about finding more official ways of sharing my love of this craft with others.
After a lovely chat over tea & cookies, we started the knitting lesson and covered cast-on's, the knit stitch, and adding new yarn. I wanted to make the lesson as entertaining as possible, so for yarn, I dug into my yarn samples stash. I highly recommend this idea! It is really fun to play with different colors and textures of yarn, using just a few yards at a time. It instantly makes the lesson very low-stress and personal, because a student can play with the yarn from the start.
A "new" knitter:
Fun with colors & textures: