Wednesday, 18 January 2017
The 'Littles' came to visit on Saturday. In the course of the day the wee man came to ask me something. "Grandma, there's a big bag of coloured string on your desk and it looks like you are making something. What is it?" So, I explained about yarn, knitting and throws and of course they both wanted to learn how to knit. Hmmm....six and ten...this could be interesting. I dug out some left over yarn and two sets of size 6 needles. I figured big needles would be best for little hands. One at a time I sat the Littles on my knee and showed them how to cast on a few stitches and then how to knit from one needle to the other. Unbelievably it was the active six year old who was mesmerized by the process and picked it up quickly. Then ten year old, the wee man, is far too creative for his own good. He showed me his handiwork. There were several more stitches than what he started with. I know, he said proudly, I added some. Eventually the six year old knitted two little bracelets for her dolls and the ten year old knitted one for himself. In the process I learned that the six year old is a rule follower, the ten year old isn't, and...I have a lot more patience than I thought I did.