The Year 9/10 Textiles class is currently learning the old skill of knitting. Having moved on from weaving various fibres last term, knitting follows in the progression of skills our ancestors used, and ones that can still be relevant for today. Knitting is a wonderfully flexible art: it’s fun to work and the results can be as practical or as creative as one wishes. Once the students have learned a few basic skills, they can create warm, soft, easy-to-wear garments (and other items too) in exciting textures and colour combinations. First, the students are learning how to knit from the very beginning, step-by-step, progressing from the elementary stitches through to a variety of interesting techniques. They are learning how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. When they have mastered these basics, if time allows, they will learn how to work textured stitch patterns, and how to shape and finish a garment. The students are finding that knitting can be relaxing and satisfying, as well as productive. - Mrs. Colvin .