The seed has been germinating for a while now, but it took a new friend to coax it from under the ground and into the sunshine. I met Susan at the second last Kirstenbosch Craft Market, when she was looking for a hat. While she was trying some on, she asked if I ever gave lessons. I said No (but in a nice way). She tried on more hats and couldn’t decide which one she liked best so I told her to take a stroll around the market wearing the hats (one at a time, obviously) to get a ‘good feel’. [Hats are like jeans, aren’t they? – they’re either absolutely right or completely and totally wrong.]
An hour later she still couldn’t decide, but she was very sweet and pleasant and so by then I found I had managed to string some words together along the lines of “… I really don’t mind giving an individual lesson, if you think you’d like that...”, and next thing I knew we had a proper arrangement.
Susan ended up buying all three hats, and we have now had two lessons. (Did I forget to mention that she is left-handed? We seem to be finding our way through that little set back!). I also decided that if I was going to do this at all, I may as well do it properly – so I came up with a four-week lesson plan for beginner crocheters, and advertised it on facebook and with an email newsletter. Maximum five learners, a two-hour lesson once a week for four weeks, kit for fingerless mitts included, as well as tea and cookies.
The response was really encouraging, and we start Lesson No.1 on Thursday! It turns out that lots of people would like Saturday lessons because of their working week, and I’ve also been approached by a lady in Somerset West who is hoping I can get a group going out in that part of the world. But one step at a time. And maybe a tot of whiskey in that tea :-)