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My crochet lessons diary week 8

Lesson 8: October 19th, 2022

I could start with saying there was yarn vomit AGAIN. Or tell you the head mistress nun decided to learn to crochet too. Could tell you a 7 year old girl got really frustrated. And I could also start with that earthquake that hit during the lesson…๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

Yep, an earthquake…

Since last week the island has been hit by several small earthquakes. 1 even sent all the kids in school running out the building. Some even jumped through the windows. Those windows are barely a meter above the ground, so those kids were just fine. In fact, I would have gone out the same way. It’s the fastest way to safety. And no, in this country you do not want to hide under a desk. First of all that’s because desks here are not even close to strong enough to protect you from falling ceilings or even the roof. And second, the building are no better. So here it’s best to run out the building if you can. Except if you’re on the second floor of course. Then you better stay up there till the shaking stops.

Anyway, during the lesson there was yet another small earthquake. The girls that were running around (๐Ÿค”) didn’t feel it. But those who were sitting still did. Since it was a small quake and there was clearly no danger, we just went on with what we were doing. Here in Indonesia you sort of get used to this. We know what a dangerous earthquake feels like and this was not one of those.

It does worry me a bit though. A lot of small earthquakes in 1 week is unusual.

Back to crochet

I could go on and on about earthquakes but that would not be very pleasant. So back to the real subject = crochet.

I am very pleased with how to girls have advanced. 2 weeks ago a 4th grader was struggling so bad. She would sweat like crazy and get upset. But now she’s already learning how to crochet the single crochet in a chain. And nicely too. She skipped only 2 chains and it think that is very impressive.

She’s convinced her little sister to join. Poor thing is still too scared to talk louder. And with my bad hearing it’s a bit heard to understand her. She’s struggling with the chain but that is very very normal for a 7 year old who literally just started to learn it. I told her that too. Her sister will teach her a bit at home and I’m sure she’ll be much better at it in no time

The headmistress

The headmistress nun has been watching us almost every week but this time she decided to learn to crochet as well. Nope, nothing to be nervous about ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„. She learned the chain quickly. Gave her some homework (it’s so much fun to give the headmistress homework ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚). She needs to practice the single crochet in a chain. Her attempt during class weren’t all that great. Definitely needs more practice. The other teachers wouldn’t dare tell that to her face. I do though. I like to be honest.

Yarn vomit oh yarn vomit…why ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

Last week I had told the girls to store their yarn in a foam net sleeve that is used for fruit in stores. It does an excellent job at keeping the yarn from falling apart. And it’s so cheap.

2 girls didn’t do it though ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘ and guess what…yarn vomit everywhere!!! I spent a good 20 minutes of my time teaching while fixing that yarn mess. Thankfully no cutting was necessary.

crochet octopus

2 of the girls are still working on their octopus. And inside out of all things! Had to show them which side was the right side.

They’ve already gotten to row 15 that is done in the back loops only. Apparently that is a very exciting thing to learn. Who knew ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

All the girls get so excited each time they see my little octopus. They loooooove it. One even suggested making white one for in the Christmas tree later in December. That sound like a fun idea!

That is it for today’s lesson. Thank you for reading and see you next week ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ
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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