I just got approval from my administrator to have "knitting club" for 3rd-6th graders at school this year. (I teach 1st, and enjoy having an afternoon each week to spend with "big kids"!)
Has anyone run a similar knitting group before? I need to assume that the majority of students will have NO knowledge of knitting... I'm thinking of simple projects for them: dishcloth, a simple rectangular fold-and-sew-the-sides purse, etc. I'd love to offer projects that they can work up to, like "if you had an easy time with the dishcloth, you can choose from these three; if you feel you could use more practice with the basics, choose from these"
I'm also wondering what will work as far as materials go. I originally thought I'd provide needles for the initial project/swatch so I can have stitches cast on already for the first meeting. But, of course, I can only find full sets on e-bay, not "20 size 8 needles" or something. Because we're on an overseas military base with a teeny tiny, not-well-stocked arts & craft center, I'm getting concerned that students won't be able to get needles/variety of yarn easily. And...because our base is located in a pretty warm climate, I don't know that a scarf would be a real popular project!
Sorry for the wordy post... I guess I have a lot of thoughts whirring through my head!
Any advice from those that have done this before, or who just have an idea that might help, or a great pattern to suggest?
Thanks a bunch!