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Babitha finished her felted traveler!

Jaime Gjerdingen

Babitha’s felted traveler…

Babitha’s felted traveler…

Babitha brought in her finished project, her felted traveler - but she showed us that there was a hole in the side… librarian Jackie had some needle felting needles, so she got them for Babitha and she learned how to needle felt to close the hole and add an embellishment. Great job, Babitha! Your traveler is lovely!

Babitha needle felting a decoration to fill in the hole.

Babitha needle felting a decoration to fill in the hole.

Babitha’s completely, completed project! :)

Babitha’s completely, completed project! :)

Washburn Library LitKnit circle holds it's first circle session.

Jaime Gjerdingen

Librarian Ginger and LitKnitter Izzy knitting together at the first LitKnit circle session this week at Washburn Library in South Minneapolis.

Librarian Ginger and LitKnitter Izzy knitting together at the first LitKnit circle session this week at Washburn Library in South Minneapolis.

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!

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A pattern for Rosie...

Jaime Gjerdingen

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!

The pattern and swatch that Jaime, Lyndale Manor circle facilitator, made for Rosie.

The pattern and swatch that Jaime, Lyndale Manor circle facilitator, made for Rosie.

Babitha knitting on super dinky needles!

Jaime Gjerdingen

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.

Babitha trying out size 2, 9” circular needles.

Babitha trying out size 2, 9” circular needles.

Sharing about the day...

Jaime Gjerdingen

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.

Thora asks about Omeera’s day. After Omeera shares, she will ask Tatum, the girl next to her.

Thora asks about Omeera’s day. After Omeera shares, she will ask Tatum, the girl next to her.

Pharia's first project done - success!!

Jaime Gjerdingen

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!

Pharia with her finished project - a felted water bottle traveler.

Pharia with her finished project - a felted water bottle traveler.

Pharia’s felted traveler next to Jaime’s -  LitKnit   facilitator   of the circle .

Pharia’s felted traveler next to Jaime’s - LitKnit facilitator of the circle.

Librarians Make Great Friends!

Jaime Gjerdingen

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!!

The copy that Jackie checked out for us to explore!

The copy that Jackie checked out for us to explore!