I first spent time practicing the basics - making chains and infinity scarves.
|Thinking of new uses for my finger knitting lines. Hairband?|
I visited craft stores and bought appropriate yarn.
I also took tons of photos to document the process.
|Comparing my progress to the video.|
|Didn't buy a stitch keeper, but improvised!|
|Curving and connecting|
|Mid-knitting (note the pinky finger has extra loops for connecting)|
|Hubby took this "alternate POV" shot of the knitting process.|
|It looks like a circle!|
|It's taller too!|
|Me, doing "needlework" of a sort!|
|Mission accomplished! It even looks like a hat!|
|Should I wear my hat this way ...|
|or should I wear it this way?|
So, what are the pedagogical ramifications of this project? I will keep out several kinds of wool in my library makerspace so that students can finger knit when they want. I will also put my hat on display so students can see what's possible to make. (When I first finger knit ever, as part of a class coverage during PLC time, we only had enough time to make a short chain.) I will point out and celebrate the imperfections, because it shows I'm not perfect but learning my craft and it makes the end product unique and all mine. I might make some more hats to give to relatives for Christmas and I'm considering tackling an even bigger finger-knitting project - a blanket!
My knitting success has also given me the courage to start sewing lessons (both with my mother and possibly with the TDSB Continuing Education department). I'll exorcise the ghost of my Grade 7 sewing project (in brief: back when middle school students took Home Economics, I brought my half-completed pink and purple shorts home at the end of the course; my mother, who worked for years as a seamstress with the Singer Sewing Company, took one look at my twin circles of fabric filled with pins, took it away, and three minutes later came back with a finished, polished pair of wearable shorts.) That experience taught me a bad lesson - that I should leave all sewing tasks to the expert, aka my mother. I'm going to unlearn that message and become more independent. School no longer offers cooking or sewing classes, so I hope to share in the near future how my sewing adventure personally and in the library makerspace will go.
P.S. Big thanks to Melanie Mulcaster (@the_mulc) and Jennifer Brown (@JennMacBrown) for being a virtual support group with my finger knitting endeavors. I plan on attending one of Jennifer's future knitting circle gatherings and Melanie's tutoring has been valuable. Knowing these two were interested in what I was doing with yarn encouraged me to try.