Today I am going to start my long journey on knitting a blanket. I have done some research and the easiest way I think I can accomplish this is by making a patchwork blanket. This is a blanket created from a bunch of smaller knitted squares that you eventually sew together!
I originally got this idea from a company called Wool and the Gang. This company is awesome! They are all about being sustainable and sourced with care. They refer to knitting as “the new yoga” and I kinda agree! Check out more about their story here!
Besides this, their yarn literally looks amazing and so soft. I have been watching a lot of knitting videos lately and every time I am like “that yarn looks BEAUTIFUL” it is always Wool and the Gang. I think that the next big knitting project I do I will definitely shop their collection of yarns.
On their website, they have a step by step guide on how to go about creating this blanket. For me personally, I learn better by watching than reading so I decided to watch the video that they have provided.
So… I defiantly did not follow these steps to the “T”. I would say I was inspired by it and went off in my own direction. I chose my own color pallet which includes gray earthy tones. Some of the differences between my knitting project and theirs are that I opted for 10mm needles while they had 15mm. As well, since my needles were smaller, my yarn was not as chunky.
This time around I got all of my items for this project from Michaels. They had many and many walls of different yarn selections. I can definitely say that I have gotten lost looking and deciding which yarn to use for about an hour…. oops!
As of right now, my plan is to knit as many squares as possible with what I have. While starting my first square I have already have hit some problems. The video I am using as a reference says they cast-on 14 stitches and that you want a 20cm long square. Well, I had a HAY DAY trying to figure out how many stitches to start with and a measurement to stick to but holy man… It is hard!
I finally settled for 20 stitches which became 8 inches for the measurement. I don’t know if this is right or wrong but this is what I am sticking to. If someone doesn’t like it they are welcomed to come on over and try for themselves. I think as soon as I get the first square knitted I will use it as a template to measure agaisnt for the rest.
This is the final step of my infinity scarf quest. I have binded off the last end of the scarf and I am ready to stitch them together.
I needed to go out and get a needle that is used to finish knitting projects and that was going to be big enough for the chunky yarn I have used. I picked up these three yarn needles from Love Knitting. They have tons of useful things on their website such as different yarn, patterns and tools!
I’ve included this video below which has a very clear demonstration of how to connect the two ends of the scarf together to complete the project.
If you want to check it out and learn how to sew the two ends together, start watching at 10:25. This is where she shows how she starts off and how to wrap the yarn around the ends.
Here is my finish product. I thought that everyone would appreciate my cat Alfredo to be the model of my knitted infinity scarf. I have also added picutes of the seam that I sewed together…. A little rusty but not too bad. There is a lot of that in the next knitting project so I’ll eventually get better at it. But overall I am pretty proud of the scarf and would defiantly wear it out!
I chose to join the #Saskedchat this past Thursday. I had no idea what I was in for. I set an alarm for five minutes before eight-o-clock to set up my TweetDeck on my laptop. I put Kelly Christopherson’s tweets and all of #Saskedchats’s tweets on my deck. By the time I did this the Twitter chat was about to start… GOOD TIMING!
This is what my TweetDeck looked like:
I was initially a little nervous because Kelly was saying that we were going to try something new this week. I had NO IDEA what this meant, I didn’t even know what a normal Twitter chat was like!
The first question was posted. It sort of was set up as a word association game. A word was posted and we responded with whatever came to mind first! It was kind of fun and I feel like because of this format there was less pressure to tweet the “right” answers.
Time went by so fast! Within a hour we did ten questions all together. At first it was a little bit slow and it seemed like there were only a handful of us on there and most of us were from EDTC 300. By the second to third question more people joined and there were a lot more tweets to read. At this time the Twitter chat became really fun for me! There were some really funny relatable teacher tweets that made me giggle as well as classroom stories too! It was great to share our experiences and thoughts on these topics.
In the end I really enjoyed this experience and will defiantly try to tune into next weeks #Saskedchat. I think that the value in this is that I was able to connect with other professionals, engage in conversation and learn from others too!
I have finished knitting my infinity scarf. I have settled for this neutral color with slight hints of blush tones.
Here is a little patch I have already started.
Instead of using my knitting needles that I originally had, I went out and bought bigger ones. I always wondered why there is different size needles. I found out from The Spruce Krafts that the larger the needles, the larger the stitch will be. Now that I think of it…. Duh, that makes sense. Also, along with larger needles you will usually need chunkier yarn. So that’s what I did.
So, I settled for the 10mm needles for a nice chunky knitted scarf.
I am planning on finishing knitting the whole scarf, then catching up when I need to connect the two ends going from a plain boring scarf to a cool infinity scarf.
To be completely honest, I thought I would have competed a beautiful scarf by now and going onto creating a hat. Boy, I was wrong. I am not a pro yet.
Right now I am sitting here with a fail of a scarf and 2 little trial pieces… Defiantly expectation vs reality right here.
I have realized that knitting takes a lot of planning an preparation and I can’t just wing it. So, lets set some visual goals for my knitting journey:
The first project is an infinity scarf. This is something I would actually wear and get more use out of than a regular scarf. The next is s multi-color tiled blanket. I feel this is an easier take on creating a knitted blanket in sections. Lastly, this is something I wanted for a long time: a chunky knit blanket. I love how these look and it would be so cool to say that I made this myself.
Now that I have set some goals, I will begin with the infinity scarf and work my way down the list. Off to the internet in search of ways to make one. Wish me luck.
This week I downloaded Feedly and made an account. The type of content I am interested in viewing and reading about is mainly centred towards interest of a social studies teacher.
I first started to add a few from the education category on the app. I mostly only added the sources that I knew or have used such as TED-Ed and TED Blog. I added a few that revolved around educational technology as that’s what this class is about and I would love to see how other people are using tech in their classrooms. Lastly, I explored over into the politics category and added Huff Post, Politico, and CBC Canada.
Specifically I think that the source called “Free Technology For Teachers” will be helpful. It is a site that shares information about free resources that we can use in our classrooms. The person who runs the blog is a former high school social studies teacher. It seems to have really interesting post about cool new technology that can help me and my future students. It also sometimes posts about google classroom which is something that I am considering incorporating into my classroom one day.
Im not too sure why but I have a fear of adding too many resources that I am unfamiliar with….. Oh well, I think I should eventually go back to add more. Feedly is kinda fun to use and super awesome app to share information on other media platforms.
I defiantly feel like this knitting thing is working out for me. I really got the hang of it pretty quick. Its only been a few days and I feel that I have almost completed my scarf. At this rate I think I need to re-think what all I should make. Maybe a hat next…..
Here is a video of my knitting process!
Now that I am at the end of my scarf I think I might add a new color and finish off with some tassels. I have found this blog that has some easy to follow directions on how to do so. I’ll have to do some “tassel math” and figure out how long I would like them to be. apparently according to The Finishing Touch, tassels are usually 6 inches to 1 foot long. Good tip they mentioned is to keep in mind that you want to double the length you want and its better to go longer to be on the safe side. You can always cut off more if it is too long.
I am Hanna-Marie! Currently, I am in my fourth year of University studying Secondary Education, major in social studies and minor in visual arts. Right now I live in Regina with my boyfriend and 2 cats. While taking classes I also work at a daycare and a before and after school program.
In terms of my experience with educational technology, I have not had much experience with it and would love to learn more! In my internship I used technology for notes, research, Kahoots….. typical things like that. I would live to incorporate technology a lot more when I get to have my own classroom!
I am also excited to use Twitter and start creating my own PLN group. Here is my Twitter, check it out, I’ve been re-tweeting some articles/posts about Indigenous people in Canada.
For my learning project I want to eventually learn how to knit a blanket! To get started, I thought I should start out with the basics and try out making a scarf! First I need to figure out how to actually knit. I learn best from seeing something visually, so I decided to start with youtube.
I found the following video from Hobby Lobby which was a great help and clearly showed me how to begin to knit.
Things I learned how to do in this video was how to:
Make a slip knot
As well, I have stumbled upon LoveKnitting’s blog which has a lot of information on the basics of knitting!
I would consider the above all of the things you need to know if you want to create some basic pieces to knit.
I have gathered my own materials to start off with:
Yarn & Knitting Needles.
I was not sure exactly where to start off. I grabbed what I thought was good. Hopefully something goes well.
How could treaty education (truth, justice, reconciliation, decolonization, indigenization) look like in your classrooms, schools, homes & communities? What did the Treaty invitational event teach you about this important endeavour?
This is definitely can be something hard to imagine creating in a classroom for me when I feel like I have not yet have had an experience where I could call a classroom my own. I think that treaty education will look like and feel like it is a part of the classroom and a part of every discussion and teaching. I definitely do not think that I am doing my part in treaty education and reconciliation if I implement these learnings separately from the content I already plan on teaching through the curriculum. I see this as being a fluid part of my classroom that is combined and intertwined with the curriculum to get students to not think “oh we are learning and talking about Indigenous things right now”, but in a way that we are always involving an Indigenous perspective and thinking in the way we teach and learn. I do not want treaty education to stick out like a sore thumb in my classroom.
As per the home and community, I think that exposing your family and friends to treaty education is powerful. I am personally bringing up Indigenous ideas and discussions in my home and trying to educate others on knowing that Indigenous people have different understandings and it goes way back to before white people came to North America. I am learning about the different interpretations and understandings of Indigenous people and it is definitely opening up my eyes as to why their actions and words are sometimes so much different than mine is. Honestly, I think that sharing the education that you receive is important and also it is very important to invite others to listen to an Indigenous person which makes the knowledge stick.
The treaty invitational has taught me that maybe people are a little scared and embarrassed about what they think they know about Indigenous peoples. I definitely feel better about teaching treaty education after this event because people were definitely here to learn and were engaged in what I had to say which gave me the confidence to truly incorporate treaty education in my everyday teachings. I think that most of all treaty education looks like people coming together with no judgement and open minds to take in the valuable information they have missed out on.