Have you ever thought that a class of eighth graders could knit?
That is exactly what students at St. Mary's Institute are doing.
The effort started as a service project for the previous class. Now, this year's eighth graders continue to knit. The class consists of 11 students and two teachers who are also contributing to this project.
The students knit blankets for babies at St. Mary's Hospital and Albany Medical Center. They started the project in December 2011.
Each student had to learn to knit. Most students picked up knitting very quickly, and one student already had learned before the project had begun.
With this newly learned skill, each individual student had to knit two blankets that would be donated to the hospitals.
When making these blankets, some students asked their teacher to fix their mistakes that they may have made while knitting. Some of these mistakes are holes that were created when they may have dropped a stitch.
The students spent some of their extra time knitting for the babies and themselves.
Learning to knit has occupied some of their spare time in school, as well as outside of school.
These students enjoy having knitting as their class service project.
The students get reactions from the community, parents and other students when they knit. People may say shocked statements including: "Why are boys knitting?" or "I thought only old ladies knitted?"
Parents and other adults have seen us knitting, and they are amazed that young boys and girls are taking up knitting.
Other schools should do knitting as a class service project to help others and learn a new skill.