Knitter’s Notebook: Portrait of a Knitter

May 28, 2018

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  • Brilliant!!

    • Thank you! From the moment I met Angie, I knew I wanted to tell her story.

  • Wonderful story!

    • Thank you. It felt good to share Angie with more knitters … Onward!

  • Once upon a time, as educational support, I ended up teaching an entire classroom of kindergarteners how to knit – with the help of one small girl who had already learned from her aunts. 8 years later, my now husband, recognized the young woman in his social studies classroom (due to her unique name). He jokingly asked if she remembered teaching her kindergarten classroom to learn to knit with Ms. Koontz. She slowly blinked and retorted doesn’t everyone learn to knit in kindergarten?

    Well, in some places it looks like they do. That warms my heart.

    • Thank you for sharing that story. It warms my heart too. I love the image of a kindergartner’s knitting circle.

  • Inspiring❣

    • Thank you!

  • This makes me so happy!!

    • That’s so nice to hear, thank you!

  • Love love love A Hat For Mrs. Goldman! It belongs in the collections of all knitting evangelists.

    • Thank you. It means a lot to me to hear this.

  • In these difficult times, people who bring joy and meaning to everyday life, warm my heart. Lovely!

    • You are so right about sharing stories about people like Angie, it warms my heart every time I think of her. Thank you

  • What a great story!

    • Thank you!

  • Wonderful!
    What a great woman.
    I also love “ A Hat for Mrs. Goldman”

    • Thank you … and best wishes from Mrs. Goldman and Sophia.

  • Great story! I recently borrowed your book from the library and read it and loved it! My kids are older now but I made my 17 year old read it too. We need another Mrs Goldman story. Maybe about how she learned to knit?

    • Thank you! I have another Mrs. Goldman story — maybe someday it will be published!

  • I was knitting a sleeve for my new project on the el (a kind of elevated subway) when an 8-yr old and her mother sat in the seat next to me. The girl was obviously intrigued, and her mother asked about my knitting. I told her what I was making, and that I learned mostly from You Tube. The mom said that she and her daughter would love to try that together. The girl kept watching as I worked the four double-points, and I narrated while I was knitting about what I was doing. I took a deep breath and asked “would you like to try?” I handed her my knitting and talked her through a round until we reached our stop. Wonderfully, she did very well and her stitches were perfect! She didn’t let all those needles bother her and she was clearly smitten with the process. I not likely encounter that mother and daughter again. But it was such a great experience for me to hand over my precious sleeve to a child and see how she responded to my trust. Hopefully, a new knitter blossomed that day!

    • What a lovely story, thank you for sharing it with me. I am sure you increased the number of knitters in the world that day.

  • What a great way to teach children real life, like a Dad teaching his kids to fish. Five stars for this lovely lady…

    • Yes, you are right –it is like teaching kids to fish … thanks!

  • I taught elementary school kids to knit in an after-school program where I taught. It was so rewarding to watch them get their legs under them and take off on new knitting adventures!

    • Absolutely. What a wonderful gift you gave them. Onward!

  • It’s like knit-in-public on the local scene, expanding to the world!
    I also knit on buses and subways, in lines, everywhere I have time, recently on a big city public bus and all ages of people were watching me. I desperately wanted to know if they knew what I was doing, but alas, time hurries on the move. I tried to teach my two grandchildren but they weren’t interested at that time, so I continue to knit, waiting patiently for the day that they will ask me to learn.

    • They probably knew you were making something. I have had the same experience with people watch me knit with interest. Good luck with sparking knitting love in your grandchildren!

  • Thank you for another great story!

    • Thank you!

  • Great story!!

    • Thank you!

  • I love projects that start from a good place and grow good things. Nice work, Angie Jordan!

    • Onward, Angie! Thanks for writing.

  • Beyond awesome. 🙂
    I remember seeing the children who arrived early at the Montessori grade school my kids attended pick up their yarn and needles and knit in the quiet classroom before the rest of the students arrived.

    • Oh, what a fun thing to see. A great way to start the day, lucky kids. Thank you for writing.

  • Wonderful article, Michelle! Love all the threads upon threads upon threads that stitch us all together.

    • Thanks, Sharon. Good to hear from you!

  • What a wonderful article about 2 of our area’s knitting stars! Thank you so much for highlighting their great work.

    • It was so much fun to share Angie with the bigger knitting world.

  • Ooh, nice talk! I’ll listen in more often for inspiration. Happy autumn!

  • Love the stories about how knitting has affected people’s lives. I’ve been a knitter since the age of five. My dad taught me to knit, hoping it would help keep my hands busy and stop biting my nails!

  • Thank you for sharing such a lovely story. I always feel so inspired by stories such as yours; it takes so little to do good in this world. I shall go forth and to try harder. Thank you.