Monday, October 22, 2007
Parent Teacher Knitting Conference
My parents enter the classroom and sit in very comfortable chairs with excellent lighting. Room is littered with charts, cable needles, sweaters in the steeking process, and posters.
Poster on door to classroom : Swatch aloud with your child every night!
Poster of the yarn pyramid clipped to chalkboard. Bottom of the pyramid is malabirgo, top of the pyramid is angora.
Note waiting for my parents on coffeetable next to comfortable chairs reads:
Dear Mom and Dad,
Welcome to our room. I like snack time. Sometimes we knit outside.
Teacher enters with smart glasses hanging momentarily mid-chest where they rest on a Alice Starmore designed sweater in
breathtaking warm color scheme. She pats my mothers hand says,
"so YOU'RE Kathy b's parents. Here are some of her swatches"............
Mostly garter and stockinette squares appear in front of them. My mother says, "Oh well now, it gives her something to do. I love the cute dishcloths she makes for me"
My father interrupts, "You should SEE the things my mother and aunt used to knit. I have a pair of hunting gloves, I'd just love to have you fix. My mother could darn anything, boy was she good. Has Kathy brought my golf club covers in to show the class. My sister knit them you know-"
Teacher picks up her knitting effortlessly and resumes steaking while maintaining eye contact with parents and nodding reassuringly.
"Well, we are almost out of time here," teacher says gracefully. "I just love havng kathy b in class. I'd love to see her try a 12 row pattern repeat this semester. Her passion for knitting really comes through in her extra credit blog. She has a tendency to knit the same things over and over, however. We all know she can knit in the round, but she could really gain confidence by trying a seam now and then. If you could encourage her to get outside her comfort zone with socks and top down raglans, her confidence might really start to grow."
Parents continue talking and looking around room at other knitter's perfect work, during goals portion of conference. They pay particular attention to granddaughter Allison's complex cable work and fairisle knits. "Now ALLISON, She's a KNITTER, my father boasts proudly."
"Oh well now, Kath tries hard," my mom defends with a smile and a wink to the teacher.
Teacher ushers Kathy B's parents warmly out of the room, to line of anxiously waiting parents in the hall.
Makes quick note in Kathy B's chart as next couple enters classroom: "Will arrange for tutor."