Thanks everybody - yes, I really do love what I'm doing, it's so exciting! There are parts don't care for: cleaning mews and pigeon coops is really gross, as is prepping raptor food. I had to prep a rabbit who looked just like my brother's old pet, and I just about started bawling, but those things have to be done, and the rest of the stuff I do totally makes up for it.
Yesterday I got bitten by a red shouldered hawk from rehab. He's known as Elmer, because he fell into a vat of some kind of glue/plastic/polymer stuff and ruined all of his feathers and destroyed his talons. He is being released tomorrow, so we took him out to a field to creance him, which is where you tie the bird to a drag line so that it can fly but not too far. I was taking off the temporary anklets, so I wasn't wearing gloves (he was restrained by one of the volunteers) and he managed to stick his head out far enough to get ahold of my hand. Still, it was a fun, new thing to do. He's definitely ready to be out of here!
Also, everyone seems pleased with the work I'm doing. I made a comment today that it seems like in almost 3 weeks I should have picked up more than I have, but if I remind myself that I've only been at the ETC three days, it isn't so bad. Jen (my boss at the ETC) replied that in 3 days I've shown more initiative than the summer interns showed in their three months.
I'm so happy to hear that Christine is continuing to improve!
Dustina: I might suggest offering a "fixing mistakes" class seperately: there are several different types of mistakes that are easily fixed, and I could see that segment being a whole class on its own, and of interest to people of all levels. You could include lifelines in that class, too.
You could also do the two-handed, double knitting, and other techniques (lace, intarsia, etc.) as a special techniques class, maybe one night per technique making blocks of different styles that could be combined as a scarf, blanket, pillows, etc. People could register seperately for each technique so they could do only the ones they are interested in, or register for the whole sequence.
Hope everyone is having a great week - I'm going to a "Knit in" tomorrow night at the LYS!