Student Knitters Come Together to De-stress

Knitting Club Grows in its Second Year
Posted on 11/22/2020
Students in the new Knitting Club at Heelan include members who remember knitting with their grandmas, while others have never picked up a needle at all, but they all have one thing in common: they are ready to learn.

The Knitting Club started last school year and many knitting students are excited to get back to weekly lessons, along with new students. They're learning from Heelan Home Economics teacher Alice Bukovich.

When most students start, they often struggle with the use of knitting needles, they’re a foreign tool to them, but after practice and some coaching from Bukovich, they are off on the right track. 

“The more you knit the easier it gets, the easier it gets, the more relaxing it is,” says Bukovich. 

The majority of students use the skills they learn as a way to de-stress and even using it to distract themselves during quarantine, but Junior Clarissa Garcia has big plans for her project. 

“I want to make a nice scarf for my brother to enjoy,” said Garcia. “But its going to take me a long time to even get a start!”

Another student, Mara Aesoph, is left-handed so her methods vary from the ones recognizable to Bukovich and her students, but that doesn’t bother the Heelan teacher.

“There are a lot of methods out there,” said Bukovich, “I am sure someone probably doesn't like the way I knit or teach but that's the point, there are so many variations to choose from.” 

With yarn and needle donations from club members and Bukovich, there are plenty of supplies for knitters to learn and progress. 

“Honestly it was very stressful at first,” said junior Daniella DeLeon, “but you really just have to practice. This is my second year and I still have to remember the basics, it's worth it though, to see what I can make in the end.”

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