Where does the answer lie?

ūüėČ – There must be another way

I think about blogging every day and I get all wrapped up in explaining why I’ve been away for so long, why it’s nothing major just lots of little things – each of those little thins actually being really interesting on its own, and how I plan to get back in the groove and when I think about putting it all down at once it is overwhelming and discouraging cuz really, who wants to read pages and pages of excuses.

And that one run-on sentence is all you get Ladies and Gentlemen. From here on out I’m just gonna blog, semi-regularly.

This past autumn I had a great opportunity handed to me by Pixie, the Education Manager at WEBS. We had talked in the past about the Crochet 1 class that I teach and how much I jump around with the curriculum as its written and wouldn’t it be nice if it was reorganized and streamlined a bit. So, she asked me to do just that. And I did.

I started that session the way I have started every session for 3 years РI made practice patches, one for every student.

Each ball is about 30 yds and I then crochet a starter swatch about 20sc wide by 4 to 5 rows. This is instant gratification for my students and helps to keep their confidence up when we start the hard part – learning new stuff!

That was where the class stopped being like every other session that I had taught. I completely rearranged the skills progression so it was cumulative, had a slower, steadier pace and the project list, heck I wrote 4 new patterns just for that class Рand cut several of the old ones out. My students were aware that they were guinea pigs and they were fantastic sports about it. Because of them I was able to work out the few remaining kinks and turn Crochet 1 into a class that really gives a student a solid foundation and jumping off point to continue their journey with this new skill.

I am currently halfway through with the first Crochet1 section for the winter, section 2 begins next Tuesday and I am so stinkin’ excited! This is the first time we’ve had more than one section at a time! People are going crazy about crochet and I just love it. And the best part – its (mostly) from MY brain!

Stay tuned chickadees! Monday marks my 4th year blogging. I have all sorts of exciting things planned for you!

Oh, and check out the new feature in the sidebar – Pattern Links! Even if you don’t have a Ravelry account you can go and see the patterns I have for sale and buy yourselves a copy.