Hunger to learn knitting

2017-04-25 06:01
Some learners of Silikamva High School in Hout Bay are using their breaktime to do knitting.

Some learners of Silikamva High School in Hout Bay are using their breaktime to do knitting.

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Some of the learners of Silikamva High School in Hout Bay are spending their breaktime in a different way.

Interested learners are taught how to knit during their breaktime through the school’s recently formed knitting club.

Judi Kurgan, learning support specialist at the school, says the knitting club was set in motion by a learner she saw knitting on the schoolgrounds one day.

“I saw one of the learners with a ball of wool and knitting needles and I asked her if she was interested in knitting. She said: ‘Yes’ and she was so excited if we could get other people who might be interested and go to our knitting club. That’s how we started the whole club. A lot of learners are interested, even the boys,” she says.

While the club is growing they are facing a big challenge because they don’t have knitting needles or enough wool.

“After talking to that learner I put a post on Facebook asking for wool and knitting needles. I got a response from a big knitter in Durban who helped us, so what she sent us got us started, but we still need more so that everyone can have a chance.

“Most of them are beginners but we have others who are good at it, so it’s a whole mix of learners, which makes it nice because they are helping each other,” says Kurgan.

Kurgan adds they also need volunteers who can help the learners by teaching them how to knit.

“For now those who can knit better are helping others. Everyone is excited but we want more people to come and help. What really makes me happy is that the learners like this and we can only help them. Though our challenge at the moment is equipment and we want more help.”

She says the club’s activity is not all about learning how to knit but also helps the learners with hand-eye coordination.

“This is not all about learning the skill but helps the learners as well with proper coordination. They are enjoying it so and I’m excited about them learning this craft. The response has been overwhelming and you can see their hunger to learn, so we will continue with the club.”

V To help the knitting club contact Judi Kurgan on 072 780 1869 or

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