Yesterday, one of my students asked me if I had made any more crochet projects. But of course, I was juggling a hand full of papers and thinking of the next subject, so I replied quickly, "Yes, but I don't have time to talk about that right now." Well, this was one of the two students who had begun taking an interest in crocheting and I felt kinda bad for not listening or at least telling her we could talk about it later and actually doing it. Today, I noticed that this same student had a cute bag draped on her shoulders. "Did you make this?" I asked. "Yes," she replied. Was this the same project she was working under her desk during her "free" time? Why of course, it was! No written pattern, just her own imagination. I'm glad that recently her grandma finally showed her how to stop making the chain stitch and turn her work - thank goodness because she had a really loooonnng chain stitch and was supposedly making a blanket! LOL
At any rate, I just had to show you her little bag. She really shows great promise.
Look at that flap.
It is my belief that if every kid could find an outlet such as this, it would be great. Even though I believe that we are social beings, it's nice to have a talent/craft that you can do independently. Kids face so many pressures today and if crocheting can help them find a productive outlet, so be it!