So I'm thinking it went something like this:
Student A: I need some needles.
Student B: Get some on ebay.
Student A: I don't shop on ebay...I'm...12.
Student B: I can get you some needles on ebay.
A few days later...
Student B: I won the ebay auction for some needles.
Student A: How much?
Student B: $1 (plus $7 shipping)
Student A: Cool.
A few more days later...
The needles are in! Six pairs of straight needles, a gauge tool, and a stitch holder.
You know how you get excited and motivated when your shipment of yarn or tools comes in? Check out where this guy's (student A) motivation led him.
He MADE THIS! His own needle holder out of a binder! Look at the staples to divide for the needles. This is genius. It really is. In addition to the needle holder, he also made this:
A wallet of his own design. It's two knitted rectangles, from different color yarns, perfectly dollar bill size and very neatly sewn together. And to top it off, he sewed on the coin pocket. At his unveiling of the wallet to the class (he made most of it at home), he was immediately commissioned by another teacher at our school to make an identical wallet for purchase. The wide-eyed class was in awe.
I have another tech savvy student who is whipping out iPod socks with cables.
Her own design and it fits the Nano perfectly.
Finally, my fearless beginning knitters are making SOCKS! It took me 15 years of knitting before I attempted socks--before I even thought socks were a worthwhile project (since you can buy socks for $4). But these students have totally bought into the idea and we currently have three socks in progress.
My students are stealing my heart.