It’s one of our oldest technologies. Passed from generation to generation. It has physically shaped us. We no longer have hair to keep us warm, we have the dexterity in our fingers. It’s a craft that has evolved with us. A craft that connects us to the earliest humans. A thread through time and history. Who was that very first person who thought to weave together the grasses to make baskets? who was that first person who spun the fibres to make yarn? and who was it that wove that first cloth? The cloth that kept generations upon generations warm and no longer requiring the hair on our bodies for warmth?
Generations of spinning spindles to make yarn. Adding dexterity to our fingers and hands. I truely believe there is a part of ourselves that inherently knows how to learn the skill of making with fibres. For me learning to spin was a form of magic, it is so soothing and feels like coming home.
Passing on these skills to the next generations is vital to me. It is something I need to do. Maybe that is also an inherent drive? The need to teach and pass forward to the next generation the skills of the last.
My passions for yarn crafts and teaching is something I have had since childhood. I’ve always been driven by the ‘a-ha’ moment. The moment where the frustration of learning something new falls away and you get ‘it’. As an educator it’s as fulfilling to me as it is to those I teach. A moment shared and remembered. I remember who taught me to knit, it brings forth fond memories and family stories. The Nan I always remember with knitting needles in her hands.
I choose Thinkific as my classroom. It is easy for learners to connect with me and get support if they need it. learners can progress at their own pace. If they get stuck and live close by they can pop into the shop for help. If they live further away I’m a message away.