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My crochet lessons diary week 6

crochet lessons diary week 6
Lesson 6: October 5th, 2022

That was quite a lesson! New girls again. A boy wanted to join but didn’t because of his friends. The girl who struggled so much now makes a beautiful chain. One learned the magic ring so fast you would think it really was magic! And those noisy high school kids …

The new girls

First things first. There were new girls again. 3 of them. One of these girls clearly had learned some crochet already. She knew how to start her chain and make a chain. The chain was still a little funny, but it was definitely a chain. Because I had to teach my fast learner how to make a magic ring, I put this smart new girl in charge of showing the other 2 new girls how to start making a chain. Teamwork always helps ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Those 2 girls had brought the wrong yarn. It was so horribly thin. Almost thin enough for flossing. Yikes! You don’t want to learn to crochet with that!!! I let them borrow my yarn so they could get on with things.

The missing boy

I had been told a boy was to join. He didn’t come though. Too worried about his friends laughing at him. Which is a silly. Everyone knows you’re in biiiiig trouble if you laugh at my students. If a boy wants to crochet, well then he should! Lots of boys crochet. There are great YouTube crochet tutorials by men and boys. And they do a wonderful job!

Such a beautiful chain

If you’ve read my previous diary posts, you’ll know there is this one girl who struggled so much in the beginning. Her chains were not even close to what they should be. But she has an incredible will to learn. She’s been practicing a lot and it shows. Her chain in this lesson was absolutely perfect!!! Not a single crochet was bigger or smaller than the other. They were all perfectly formed.

She then went on to practice making the single crochet in a chain. Even though she’s still skipping stitches, her single crochet did look nice. She’s come a long way and I’m proud of her ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š.

Real magic

So many people struggle with learning the magic ring. They say it’s so difficult. I think the problem isn’t the magic ring or the person trying it, but the tutorials they watch. Sorry to say it, but some are very confusing.

The one girl who has advanced from a small coin purse to crochet in the round, learned the magic ring during this lesson. I showed her the technique you’ll see in my video below:

The girl could make it immediately!! She said my method is really simple and easy ๐Ÿ˜.

After that I should her how to make the first 2 rows to make a little ball. Within minutes she was back to show those rows. Not a single mistake!! Wow! I then told her what to do for the next rows and she could already guess on her own what she would need to do each row. Amazing little girl this is!

Noisy high school students

Those high school students….they were noisy! They had been asked to come to elementary school to get their diploma. Which they did. They were polite as they walked past my class, but sooooooo noisy. I really don’t like being disturbed in such a way.

My students already know they’re allowed to chat with each other but keep it down. No loud talking. No loud laughing. This is a school after all, so keep quiet. The girls know this. So when those high school students walked past us, even the girls gave them “the look” ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

No running around

There’s this one girl who just can’t sit still. Luckily I’m used to that with my own kids. Doesn’t mean I’ll allow it though. So when the girl was once again walking around, I called her back. With my nonexistent memory, I couldn’t remember her name of course. So it was just “girl with the cute ponytail, sit on your chair will you ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ”. Wiggle your feet or something like that when you need to move, but no running around. I’m all for having fun during the lesson, but that doesn’t mean I’ll let the girls run wild. Especially with cctv cameras everywhere. So girls, help me out a bit and sit down.

That rain ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ

As you may know already, I live in Indonesia and these crochet lessons are in an Indonesian elementary school. Here when it rains in the monsoon season, it can really RAIN. And not just a good shower, but the sort of shower that will even scare an adult. That’s the kind of rain we got during the lesson. With thin walls, we could easily hear that very very loud rain. As if not hearing well in normal conditions isn’t enough, now I could definitely not hear my students properly.

When it was time to go home, it was still raining really bad. So I quickly gave the girls some tips on how to keep their crochet stuff dry and clean in such weather. Just dumping it all in your backpack isn’t a good idea. You’ll come home with a backback full of soaking wet yarn vomit ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ฃ.

Didn’t hold them up any longer after that. Even though they really enjoyed the lesson, they did want to go home. It’s because this Saturday there will be an Ironman competition on this island (Lombok, Indonesia). The girls are so excited about this. Over 400 athletes coming from all over the world. And they’re arriving already. It’s not every day that you get to see that. I even get excited at a time like this ๐Ÿ˜.

See you next week and thank you for reading ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ
Sofie Julien Versluys
Sofie Julien Versluys

Was born in Belgium but moved to Indonesia as a child. Have been living here ever since. I absolutely LOVE crochet and knitting. I made this blog to help others get to the same level as me. And to make sure people have a place to come to with questions. Even the very beginner questions. Go ahead and ask me!

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