Learning contributions

Hey all! So far my last blog post I am answering the question of “How have you contributed to the learning of others?”. Below I will reference how my involvement in my professional learning network with others has impacted my learning and hopefully my classmates learnings as well.

Tweets!

While using twitter I was able to share articles that expanded  knowledge of classroom interactions and provided ideas for activities and relationship building. In these tweets the hashtag #edtc300 and #edc400 allows my tweets to be seen more easily by my target audience .

As well through twitter I was able to answer students questions or share my own opinion on topics they were tweeting about:

I was also able to join in on Twitter Chats and provide my own viewpoints to people on a large scale social network! The CTE Chat was my favourite, it was very welcoming and inviting, and those facilitating the chat made an effort to reply to as many responses as they could and engage in further questioning with participants. Join in to the chat going to the CTE page (shown below) or using the hashtag #CTEChat!

Through my Slack and my blog I was also able to comment (weekly, however I forgot to screen shot my comments and am having trouble locating them) and ask questions of my classmates as well as share things of my own that I found online to help people along with their learning project, or to help people who want to learn to knit!

An essential part of my blog interaction with others was providing many hyperlinks to the sites and resources I used. If you would like to see all of these hyperlinks in one place, look at my Learning Project Wrap Up Post which links to most of my other posts which contain many links to resources that I used. If you look under my EDTC 300 tab, you will find all of my blog posts which contain links to resources and articles that I blogged about which did not pertain to my learning project.

Throughout this learning project I have had a classmate that supported and encouraged me in this challenging learning time. It was such a fantastic moment when we were able to text each other about the accomplishment of completing our learning projects. We contributed to each others learning by providing support in frustrating times and ideas about how to progress when we felt like we were stuck!

As well, I have tried to contribute to the learning of others by sharing some of the resources and assignments I used during my internship on my internship page in the units of human rights, population, wealth and poverty, Canadian studies, and law.

For other examples of my interactions with others, give my blog a paruse, and click on my twitter account (in my side widget). I hope you find something helpful!

I hope that maybe I contributed to your learning throughout the semester. Because you all have contributed to mine! Thanks for the fun semester everyone, I greatly appreciated the learning and interactions that took place.

 

 

 

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Learning Project Wrap Up

Everyone who is reading this knows, over the course of the semester I stumbled through my knitting project. It was something I was excited to undertake since I love knit things such as sweaters, chunky scarves, mittens, blankets, everything “wooley” and knit should just have the name “Erinn” stitched across it. However, I knew absolutely nothing about knitting So I went straight to the knitting master. I remember at the beginning of the semester in January, I was over visiting my grandma, I told her that I was going to learn to knit; she was so excited. The conversation continued with her bragging out how good she was at knitting (what a humble woman hahah), she told me about some of the things she had knit for my mom when she was young and talked about “knits” and “purls”, terms that had zero significance to me. Lastly, the conversation ended with the bomb that she would not be able to help me with my knitting because she knits left handed and everything would just be too confusing for me. So, I began to research for myself where I should begin…

I honestly had no real plans other than to go search on YouTube for materials to use. I watched several videos on knitting before I even had knitting supplies. After I found videos that were simple enough for me to follow along, then I went to Michael’s craft store and picked out a yarn (in a pretty colour obviously) and chose matching needles (the big ones, because all of the videos I watched used big needles and I assumed it was easier that way).

The knit stitch was the simplest stitch, according to my videos. So I began there.

First go at knitting multiple rows

Continual knit stitch practice

I practiced this stitch for awhile, wanting to be good at it before I threw another stitch into the mix. The hardest thing for me, was to learn how to handle the yard so as to not drop stitches. This stitch soon-ish became easy for me. I was able to do it consistently in a nice rhythm. Once I could knit several stitches like in the picture directly above, I explored moving on.

The purl stitch came next. This stitch was complex, it requires the knitter to pull the yard through itself while on the needle. I dropped so many stitches learning this. My hands wanted to go much faster than needed and I was not consistent at dropping my needle just enough to pull it through. I always dropped my needle too much and the looped yard came off my needle entirely. This stitch-at the beginning- was the bane of my existence. I again, practices just solely this stitch, making sure I would do it consecutively and confidently.

Purl stitch consecutively

I then felt confident enough to actually begin combining the stitches; and although I already knew I wanted to make an infinity scarf for this project, I felt no where near ready to actually begin that process. I started to combine the knit stitch and the purl stitch seeing what this would look like. I really enjoyed how satisfying this knit was, when I combined the stitches and it created the fuzzy “front” and the smooth “back” of the product, I felt like I was actually doing something right. I practiced this over and over, undoing stitches, pulling out entire pieces, and trying to power through mistakes.

I was finally ready to start my scarf. I was daunted, and confused about how long knitting this would actually take me. I found it difficult to find time to sit down and knit between having other homework assignments and commitments. Some weeks I went days without even looking at my knitting stuff, always wondering when I would find the time to finish my scarf.

The actual scarf knitting process was long, but actually enjoyable. I learned how to fix my mistakes (some, not all), how to control my knitting (I learned how to flip my stitches to change the way my scarf looks), and I also learned some very important fundamentals such as counting your stitches, not casting on or stitching anything too tightly, and pay attention to the size of the wool you use, as well as the size of needle required for that wool.

Lastly, as I came to the last few rows of my scarf, I researched how to cast off and create the “infinity” part to my scarf. It was so rewarding to actually finish my project. I was proud of myself.

This if my final product. It looks weathered and rough, but all the mistakes are lessons learned, and going forward there will be fewer.

The sources that I used from YouTube are linked in my blog pages, linked above, but also in the list below:

This project showed me that I can still learn new tasks, do intricate small movements with my fingers, make something original, and feel proud about something that will ever be seen as perfect. The knitting won’t end here, this was just a warm-up.

The finish line…

What a semester it’s been. I chose to knit because it was something that I was interested in, and something that I had tried once and quit very quickly before I was even able to get a handle on it.

This week I finished my infinity scarf. YAY! But before it was actually complete, I sat on my bed, staring at my knitting -that was now long enough for a scarf- and realized I needed to know how to cast off. I went to Youtube and found a video that explained it simply to me. The video I used to cast off is below.

My cast off:

The cast off edge of my scarf. The knit is now binded and will not come undone.

Now, I needed to know how to actually put the ends of my scarf together. I found a video that I really liked for this. I didn’t use this video to learn how to cast off because I found it went too fast and did not explain in detail. However, after the cast off steps, it goes well into detail about how to actually attach the ends of your scarf. The video is linked below! Skip to 10 minutes to get to the good stuff such as:

  1. What to do with the weird strings you’re left with

Ignore the edge where I dropped stitches as I was just beginning LOL. This is an example of the strings you are left with at the end

 

2. How to weave in the sewing so it can’t be seen

I’m about to sew the edges together with a regular knitting needle and my leftover yard.

3. How to block your scarf to the exact size you want it

I won’t post a picture of my finished scarf just yet, I’ll save that for the final post. But there are a few things I have learned throughout this knitting process:

  • As a beginner, use a yarn that is easy to work with and won’t pull apart and mesh together as you touch it
  • Small needles are easier to use at the beginning, but you’ll like the look of the knit with a bigger needle. It’s a tough battle.
  • Do not cast on too tightly, this is so frustrating…
  • Don’t take your first knitting experience too seriously, I dropped MANY a stitches and at times did very strange stitches when I messed up to try and correct it, my scarf has mistakes, but I’ve learned to laugh at them
  • Yarn slides easier on metallic needles, this was both a blessing and a curse.
  • knitting takes time, find a good show or a movie and watch it while you knit, by the end you’ll be so shocked when you notice how much you have done!

This was a fun process. Using online sources to learn how to knit, purl, castoff, and connect was so easy and super enjoyable. Hope you guys all had fun reading, maybe you learned a little something as well!

See you next time!