There is a great rush that comes from showing beginners this craft we love so much. I always wonder which ones will stick to it and which ones will get the TShirt and move on. Sometimes you can tell by how bubbly they are, how their breathing quickens and pulse races. Or maybe that's just me....
It was hot upstairs, in the teaching part of the studio, so we sat in the downstairs back room in air conditioned comfort. I got them all started and then talked to them the entire time, walking around the table to make sure all was going well. We start with straight lines and I teach them how to skip spaces in lines and rows and how to pull loops the same height, talking about rhythms and the technique of uniform loops.
Next we move on to hooking circles. The holes no longer line up as they do in straight rows, but you learn quickly about staying inside the lines to keep the size and shape of the object and how the loops should look as you work around the curve. It is amazing how quickly it all becomes second nature and all the students made lovely circles. Then they started working on their actual projects and it's fun to see them evolve. All in all, teaching is always a satisfying afternoon.
Then I went home to swat more flies and nap. It was a very full weekend!