Football and yarn mix

NAWILIWILI — Vicky Ramos never expected a football player to be in her spring break crochet class for kids at the Twisted Turtles Yarn Shop.

Micah Alvarez plays for the Kauai Youth Football Red Raiders, Division 4 as a noseguard and defensive end. He was in class Monday joining other students in working on their projects which included dish cloths and Easter baskets.

“When Micah’s mother called to enroll him, she was very excited,” said Vicky Ramos, the class instructor. “She said coming to this class was his idea. He came in all excited in his football jersey and said this is something I want to do.:

Ramos said the crochet class for young students during spring break is the first time she’s doing it, and was pleased with the turnout which included Alvarez, Lily Rauh, a homeschool student, and Jenny Nezbeda, Jasha Santiago, and Sarea Malia Pani, fifth-grade students from the Elsie Wilcox Elementary School.

“They all came in together,” Ramos said. “I think they learned about the class from Natalie Zyskowski’s mother who is their teacher.”

Ramos said watching the students through four days of class is very amusing.

“Listen to their circle of conversation which covers all kinds of subjects,” Ramos said. “They’re really cute, and they get along well together — even accepting Micah and talking about his ‘stinky fried rice.’”

Natalie is the youngest of the group, a fourth-grade student at Wilcox School, but helping Ramos with the students’ project.

“She learned by watching YouTube,” Ramos said. “She’s been crocheting for only five months and is a really good teacher. She is really helpful with the other students and their projects and questions.”

Class started Wednesday, a day after school let out for spring break, and continues through Thursday.

Ramos said she has had several inquiries about bringing this class to the Westside.

“The key is the kits,” Ramos said. “After this class, I’ll probably arrange something with the Hanapepe Public Library where I’ll go down and do a demonstration. It’ll be something for the summer break.”

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