Enrichment Students have spent the last few weeks learning about how wool becomes yarn. We've heard stories about sheep (oh, if only I could get a real sheep in our storage closet!). We washed and combed raw wool. We dyed wool inside a pumpkin with berries. In these photos we are carding wool and getting it ready for our older classmates to spin it into yarn.
Tomorrow we will make some wet felted balls with the wool we have processed this year and some special rainbow wool. We'll use two wet felted balls in our next project which is making our own knitting needles.
From washing raw wool to making yarn to knitting. What an experience!
White Sheep, White Sheep on a blue hill,
When the wind stops you all stand still.
When the wind blows you walk away slow.
White Sheep, White Sheep where do you go?
Baa Baa Black Sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Three bags full.
One for my master and one for my dame.
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.
By the end of this year it is very likely that our fifth grade students will learn some skills that most knitters don't learn until they are adults. They will learn to knit in the round with four needles and how to read a knitting pattern.
We started the year by knitting on some pre-cast on round tubes to learn the basic skills but now we turn to our own work of learning to cast on to multiple needles.
Our first project will be to knit some adorable acorns. This project allows students to learn or recall the skills of casting on, decreasing, counting rows, fixing mistakes and binding off.
To make our acorn project even more special, we are using some of the yarn we dyed with acorn and walnut husks during natural dye week.
I can't wait for you to see the pile of knitted acorns we will make!.
After many years of hand sewing, hand carving, hand everything....we finally got our first machine in hand work! We un-boxed eight lovely and professional quality Janome sewing machines. Working in Sewing Circles of three people per machine, we spent last week sewing paper mazes (without thread.) I am remembering fondly when my mom taught me to sew that way as a child.
Once students are able to sew a straight, zig-zag and curved line well they'll get their Sewing Machine Driver's License
Mrs. Barbara Albert