It was an historic day in LitKnit land on Tuesday as Washburn Library held its first LitKnit circle session. Even though the roads weren’t great, we ended up with four LitKnit participants - even though the three who were registered didn’t show up. We figured the roads kept them home. Librarian Gloria was amazing and went through the library telling patrons that there were openings in the circle and that they were welcome to come see what we were up to. By the end of the session, four more people registered and so, there are now seven in that circle! There are still three more spots available, so, if you live in the Washburn Library area - register on their site and join us!
One of my favorite ‘jobs’ as a LitKnit facilitator is to come up with patterns that work for our knitting learners. I have been noticing, lately, how the first skill I bring to the circle is to listen. I listen for what each circle member is interested in doing and then I adapt what I know about my craft to see if I can come up with a project that the learner can engage with. Last week it was to start Rosie on a baby blanket for her grandbaby.
So, at home that week, I took a stitch pattern and applied it to a basic baby blanket pattern. I needed to stitch up a swatch so that I knew what I was thinking would work. I can always use another washcloth, right? It makes me happy to see Rosie’s Baby Blanket Pattern worked up as a LitKnit pattern. It will now be available for other LitKnit facilitators to use in their circles. Creating, sharing and resourcing each other is such a generative way to live!
Babitha has wanted to learn to knit socks, so she is starting a pair. She bought two pairs of 9” circulars. Jaime, the circle facilitator, had never used the technique of knitting with two circulars before but, YouTube to the rescue! She watched a few videos and taught Babitha the technique at this week’s circle time. It will be fun to see how Babitha likes those tiny needles.
Thora is asking Omeera about the best part of her day and then something she would handle differently about her day. As a LitKnit circle settles in to their time together, we go around the circle and ask the person next to us about their day. It is a great practice that gives us each a moment to think about what was good in the day and what we’d like to grow in next time. It also helps each of us know what our fellow circle members feel and value about their days. Once we’ve listen to each person share about their day, if there are no needs in terms of craft learning, we continue reading the story that we’re sharing together.
Pharia has been working on a felted water bottle ‘traveler.’ It was a bit of an adventure, because we weren’t able to make a swatch and measure how much her yarn would shrink in felting, but it turned out perfect. Yay Pharia, well done!
Augsburg Park Librarian superstar, Jackie, who also brought the LitKnit circle to her branch and participates in the circle, brought us a treat last time: The Mindfulness in Knitting: Meditations on Craft and Calm.
The book looks like it fits perfectly with what we at LitKnit care about - supporting neighbors’ success in developing a hand-making lifestyle that nurtures and supports their mental, social, spiritual and physical health!
We are excited to explore the new book, thank you Jackie!!
Pharia ambitiously learned how to knit by making a felted water bottle carrier. Having weekly access to her circle facilitator guaranteed that she could make an intermediate level project as a new knitting learner. Here she is practicing a new skill, knitting an I-Cord, to make the handle of her carrier.
Well done, Pharia!!
Last week, the Augsburg Park library circle filled up with 3 more people joining us at the table. We are making our way through the book “Spoon and Egg” by Gregory MaGuire. Carol Rae, a participant, mentioned how relaxing it was to be read to as an adult - how adults aren’t read to like children are - and yet, it is so good to be read to while working on a project.
Mary, a participant from last fall, came again and is hoping to come as often as her schedule permits.
Pharia and Babitha are almost finished with their felted drink carriers. They learned to knit by making them, quite an accomplishment!
Here are some pics of the last few weeks, enjoy!
Piper has been finger-knitting and finger-knitting like crazy this spring at our LK Circle. She finally finished and created a circular blanket. We discussed many ways of sewing it together, it will be fun to see which way she decides to sew it up! Great job, Piper!