Now I’ve had the time of my life Knitting

Today I wrap up my learning project.

Cue the excitement.

All joking aside, I learned a lot.  Just how much you ask? Well, Let’s take a little walk down memory lane.

For my first post, I started out by explaining my first adventure to Micheals to get all my supplies for knitting.  During this post I talked about how crazy knitting is and how there are literally thousands of different yarns, and everyone walks around the isles like the Yoda’s of knitting, talking about needle gages and yarn styles.

In my second post, I moved on to write about my failures with knitting.  I remember feeling very frustrated at this point with my knitting.  Despite my best efforts nothing I was trying to do was working and I felt like every time I would try something new  I learned from the video’s I was watching, it would fail.  During this time I learned that the process is more important than the product.

Week 3 was a breakthrough week, for sure! This is the week I learned that knitting is backwards if your learning from a right-handed person.  This was Mind Blowing and made me feel immensely better about my failures.

I peaked in my fourth post because I actually knitted something.  I, Madisson knitted an entire scarf this week, it was breaking news.  And good news I actually wore the scarf out in public and no one said anything mean about it.

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In my 5th week, I talked about the whos’ who in the knitting world, in terms of blogs.  Being that the internet is my primary source of learning.  I looked at these blogs a lot of inspiration.

In my sixth post, I challenged myself to make my first video.  Growing up I watched a lot of what’s in my bag videos, so I chose to make my own version of the video with all my knitting things! I used iMovie for the first time and found it took me a really long time to make the small intro.  But once I figured out how it works I can see how it would be easy to use in the future.

In my 7th post, I broke down the steps to follow if you’re looking to get into the looming game like I did! I used Amazon as my main source and showed everyone where to go and what products I used and found worked well.

In my 8th post, I got real about how knitting a scarf and a toque are two VERY different things.  At first, I felt ashamed that I didn’t complete my toque but I had promised myself that I would be honest with everyone about what I was doing.  I learned that using circle looms is actually quite a bit different than using the Zippy.  Figuring out how to make the torque to get smaller proved to be harder then I thought.

For my ninth post, I created a tutorial for how to use the Zippy loom.  I found during my time of learning that I didn’t really find a tutorial I found super easy to follow.  I wanted to create one that made more sense and was simpler.  I felt like I wasted a lot of time watched pointless intros and they didn’t spend enough time actually explaining the important part.

 

And this post marks my LAST POST for my learning project and actual last assignment I ever submit for my degree!

It’s been a slice

Madi

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Goodbye my EDTC Friends, ​see you in Sask Ed Chat!

I can’t believe that as I sit down I am sitting down to write one of the last assignment for my degree.  It’s astonishing that after 4 years I can finally see an end.

That being said, let’s not forget that these last 4 years were hard work and this semester was no cake walk! ERDG required quite a bit of discipline to remember to tweet daily, blog weekly and comment regularly.

In the final blog post, I will talk a little bit about my journey through this semester!

Twitter: 

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Twitter has been a great platform for me to grow my PLN, and it has introduced me to many great people! One of the coolest things I learned about twitter was #twitterchats and how using tweet deck makes #twitterchats so much easier to follow.   Throughout the semester I gained many new followers and hope that as time moves on I will grow my following as I move on to the next phase of my life as an educator.  Screen Shot 2018-04-17 at 10.14.03 PM.png

I was able to use Twitter to share my blogs, my thoughts and some great tips I came across.  I used Twitter to stay current and connect with some great teachers.

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Blogging: 

Blogging proved to be some of my favourite parts of this entire class.  I really liked reading my fellow classmates’ blogs, especially my besties who were learning Africans and were creating delicious food that I loved to sample.   Watch out for my cameo experiences in both!  I loved commenting on what I thought when I read other peoples blogs too.

Here are some of the comments I left!

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This isn’t every comment I made but rather just a little sampling.

I really loved having Miss. Stoyko comment on my blogs! Lots of her comments were encouraging and I knew I could always count on her to leave me a comment.  I found people’s comments to be very encouraging and I always looked forward to hearing from others!

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I found each week I looked forward to responding to the questions posed and learned a lot about my own thoughts and ideas in relation to what I had learned, we well as what others had gotten from the same articles and ideas.

When posed with the question;

What did you contribute to the learning of others?

I think I can say, I contributed in many ways.  I regularly tweeted, commented and blogged about my journey and in response to the journey of others.  I made cameo appearances in my friends’ blog posts and most importantly I pushed myself to go beyond my comfort zone and try new apps, new ways to take videos and new ways to incorporate technology and for that, I think I’m all the better off.

I am very glad I chose to take this class and I cannot wait to use everything I’ve learned in my future classrooms.  Technology is the future and I am just glad I’ve hopped on the tech train and learned how to steer it.

 

For the last time,

#Edtc300

Madi

 

up, down and that is the way you are supposed to code?

For this week’s blog post I went to Code.org  and tried my hand at coding.  Let’s just say it got a little interesting.

First and foremost,  I want to begin by saying I am not a tech savy person.  There is a reason I took this class and It wasn’t because I thought it would be an easy mark.  It is because I knew I needed to be schooled. Up until this point in the semester, I felt as though I was making great progress, really working towards my technological dreams.  This was until  I was faced with my match.  Coding.

Things started off great, I scanned through the different things I could do and quickly settled on a great looking Frozen game.  Frozen+ Figure Skating.  Sold.  I clicked the link and watched the opening video.  I practised my first ‘code’, I thought this is going great.  Screen Shot 2018-04-07 at 7.45.46 PM.png

 

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I tried, and I tried again.. I tried all my coding knowledge, and it had me stumped.

I think coding is very important to teach in future classrooms because I think coding will be very important in the future.  As our society progresses, the importantance for and of technology.  Coding is a type of literacy that is vital to success in the future.  I think coding is something that many teachers (myself) included will need professional development in order to make a reality in our classrooms.

 

 

Grammarly​ Saves Lives

 

For my app, I chose to install Grammarly on my MacBook, and let’s just say… It changed my life.

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Grammerly is an app designed to help you have better spelling and grammer when using any platform on our computer.  It helps me when I email, write blog posts, and anything else I do online.  This app is life changing if you are a tired University student like your girl is.  I am the human version of a snail crawling to the end of the finish line that is my degree.

Because I am all about miracles, I am here to give you step by step instructions how to download Grammerly for Macbook.

 

Step 1:  Open Google for Safari.

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Step 2: Google “Grammarly”

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Step 3: Click on the first link ( The purple link)

 

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Step 4:  When you search Grammarly and pull up this page.  You just follow everything that happens once you click the big green button!

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Step 5: Enjoy your beautiful new app that saves tired people like me.

The stengths of this app are that this app works well with every safari extension, which is great! The strenghs of this app are pretty obvious being that it helps with spelling and grammer.  The downside that I see is that that knowing its going to correct, I don’t try as a hard to spell everything correctly.  In a school setting this could be problomatic because students no longer have to practice proof reading.  It would eliminate alot of really good pratice that students typically get.

Update: knitting scarves is easy. Knitting hats are​ not

So as many of you know I have been knitting for my learning project, I have so far been successful in knitting a scarf.  This surged my confidence and I felt like the knitting queen I had been dreaming of.  I may have been feeling a bit ambitious when I took on the project of knitting a toque for a bun.

This is the project I wanted to create.

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DYI Messy Bun Hat | Loom Knitter Pattern for Beginners 

This seemed easy enough.  It says right on the cover ‘Beginner’, and I still was very much a beginner.  But I guess her version of beginner was much different than my kind of a beginner.

For starters, as a beginner, I only know 1 kind of stitch.  This knitting wizard knows much more than 1 stitch.  It took me at least 2 hours just to figure out all the different stitches she was using. Screen Shot 2018-04-17 at 5.51.34 PM.png

What exactly is a purl you ask? To that, I say, NO IDEA.  Something to do with the cool line down the middle.  But other than that I am not too sure.

I know for sure I don’t know how to make it.

I thought I would be able to finish this toque in one day like I had with the scarf.  I was wrong.  This proved to be much more difficult.  Emphasis on the much more difficult.

Below, you will see my attempt:

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What it was supposed to look like:

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#FAIL

New to the Loom Game

So… You’re new to the looming game?

That’s fine, I’m here to break it down for you.

Loom Knitting is a strand of knitting where you use a device that looks like this. You can get one from Amazon.  Here’s the link!

Round Loom Set 

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Essentially a loom replaces the role of the traditional knitting needles.  Instead of using the needles to knit, one uses the loom and weaves the string through and around the knobs, then pulling them over top of one another.

I have both the circle loom and a chunkier straight loom.

The Zippy Loom is the first loom I bought and it’s the loom that changed the game.

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Here’s the link to the Zippy!

Once you pick a loom you like you need to move on to picking the best yarn to work with.  If you have been keeping up at all with my posts you will know I typically pick chunky yarn to work with.  I pick this because it is the easiest yarn to use when you are just starting.

Here are some examples of different yarns you can use.

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Bernat Softee Chunky

 

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Wool-Ease Chunky  

Using chunky yarn makes it much easier to weave.

Once you have your loom and your yarn, the next step is finding something you would like to make.  I started with a scarf that was as wide as the Zippy Loom. I would suggest for a first time loomer, just stick with a scarf.  I found that was a good starting point.  Other projects like toques, blankets, and beanies are all more complicated and require more background knowledge.

Like I mentioned previously, I found that youtube videos were quite helpful to get going because you can physically see the motion people are going through when they are knitting.

My last piece of advice would be not to get discouraged.  Learning how to knit is hard, and it can be very difficult if you are not sure what its supposed to look like, and you have only the internet to support you.  But when it does finally click and work, it’s a great feeling!