Monday, November 10, 2014

You know what is one of the most gratifying things for a knitter and crafter?


To see others develop an interest in fibres, and knitting, in crocheting, in creating things. Especially when those others are your children. 

These past few weeks boy #1, aka 'oldest', has been watching me crochet my Scheepjes CAL mystery blanket. Every time I start a new square he's commented, has made colour suggestions, has asked me to tell him about it, has asked me to teach him, has asked me to let him have a go. 

And I have taught him, and I have let him have a go. Admittedly, often I unravelled what he'd done as soon as he was out of the room, but most of the time it's not (anymore) because it's totally wrong but because it always shows in the stitch consistency if someone else picks up and continues your work. Plus, he still pulls quite a bit, which makes for massive loops. ;)


He is getting the hang of it, though, and a few days ago he even came up with his own pattern. I had taught him crochet chains and doubles and trebles, and he was up in his room in the evening, experimenting with that before bedtime. In the morning he came down and presented me with a necklace.


Apparently he'd been meaning to make a wrist band but ended up crocheting into the same stitch over and over. Maybe a slightly unorthodox way of creating a pattern, but a pattern it is, because he then set out to teach me how do make what he calls a 'Donut Necklace'. They really are quite pretty, aren't they? :)

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  1. How wonderful, not only sharing your crochet skills but your son making such a great gift and sharing the pattern with you. Wonderful memories in the making.

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    1. It really has been fun teaching him. All the boys seems really fascinated by the knitting and crochet process - I think it seems a bit miraculous to them how something like a garment can emerge from just a ball of yarn. ;)

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  2. i've taught all my 'grands' to knit, although I only have one who LOVES it....(a boy!) and 2 who like it alot when I sit with them.....the thing that I'm always amazed at, though, is they ALWAYS are making something for someone else. The joy of making----and the joy of giving. Sounds like you've shared that double blessing, too.

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    1. It really isn't just a girl thing, is it? I remember years ago, before I had children of my own, teaching a friend's two little boys how to spin on a drop spindle. They got the hang of it pretty quickly and really loved it. And you are right, they do always make something for others, don't they? It's a really lovely thing to see. :)

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