Today I realised that it is a year to date since I started teaching crochet. Where has that year gone?!
When I started to think about teaching crochet, I came up with all sorts of different doubts and anxieties;
- Who am I to teach crochet? I am self taught. What gives me the right to teach others?
- Can I actually teach people to crochet? What happens if I can’t explain the techniques properly?
- Is there anyone out there who would actually like to learn? Do people still perceive it as a granny skill?
To test the waters, I put a couple of posts on some local community pages. The response was overwhelming with over 100 replies of interest for each post. I absolutely knew that not all of those would transfer into students but the demand certainly seemed to be there, so I went for it, despite the above anxieties!
So 12 months on and lessons are still going strong. I sat down and worked out a few stats this afternoon;
Over the last 12 months, I have run 85 lessons, totally 9960 minutes of crochet teaching. During this time I have taught over 110 students in 7 different locations, (with a large selection of different motivational snacks!). When I actually stop to look at these stats, I am actually pretty amazed and proud of what I have achieved. Most of my amazing students have never picked up a crochet hook before and have all come away being official crocheters! For the couple that have come to me already knowing how to crochet, they have picked up additional skills and tips to increase their repertoire.
It has, and continues to be a learning for me too over the last 12 months. I have tweaked the format, days and locations. I have reluctantly realised that trying to run too many lessons, alongside working the day job is not manageable, and whilst the dream is to increase these and lessen the day job (shhh, don’t tell the day job), at the moment this is not realistic and I cannot do it all.
The one thing that I am most proud of is the amazing little crochet community that has emerged from the lessons. Each of the sessions in the different areas has its own personality and it is so lovely to see each group coming together, friendships forming and people supporting each other, not only with any day to day frustrations or issues but with crochet projects and techniques. I have many regulars who come each fortnight, not only to build on their skills but to use it as their social and their little space to relax and chill from their busy lives. It is so lovely for me to sit and observe not only friendships developing but also crochet confidence increasing. Some of my ladies are teaching others how to crochet, some are starting to alter patterns to their own preference. I have even converted a few knitters from the dark side (there is a swear box for the dark side discussions!).
I would like to say a huge thank you to all my wonderful ladies (they are all ladies but men are more than welcome to join us too!). Thank you for your faith in my skills and for your commitment and thank you for your support for me personally and my little crochet corner.
I can’t wait to see how the next 12 month develop and see the lessons go from strength to strength and support even more people in finding their crojo!