‘Busy Bees’ get to the stitch in time

By: Danelle Wacker The Press Tribune
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hile most bees busy themselves with making honey, this group of “Busy Bees” has an itch for the stitch. This past year, Quail Glen Elementary School has started up “The Busy Bee Knitting Club,” a club devoted to teaching and assisting students grades 3-5 with knitting. Club Adviser Tracy Bresnahan originally started the club at Heritage Oak Elementary, another school within the Dry Creek School District, but after being moved to Quail Glen, she decided to re- start the club. “Knitting is so important, it develops focus and concentration, builds self-esteem, enhances hand/eye coordination and encourages creativity through a portable, alternative activity,” Bresnahan said. The idea of a knitting club on campus intrigued so many students that the club had to be split into different sessions. “We have had such a great response from students, parents and faculty. It has been great,” Bresnahan said. Sherry Navarro, parent to young knitters Logan and Jonathon, volunteers with the club for both the kids’ benefit as well as her own. “I have always wanted to learn how to knit, and what a great opportunity,” she said, “It is such a good way to get involved with an after-school program.” Each knitting session runs for eight weeks during which students learn the basics of knitting as well as how to make a variety of handmade accessories. “We all learn how to make a bookmark and also a square that we will use to make baby blankets for the hospital,” said 4th grader Gabrielle Hodson. Other projects the students can take part in include wristbands, headbands, belts, and afghans. Each student signed up for the club received a set of needles, yarn and a workbook with instructions on how to knit. “What a treat it is to pass on the tradition of knitting! It is so rewarding to see a student learn a skill that they thought might be hard. The pride in their faces says it all,” Bresnahan said. “I really like making slip knots,” said 3rd grader Jake Headington. “At first I thought it would be hard, but I just got used to it.” These young students prove that to learn an intricate skill like knitting, you don’t have to be perfect, but simply have the perseverance of a honey bee. According to 3rd grader Haleigh Rossah, “Knitting is just plain fun!”