These pictures are all courtesy of my phone. We have a nice digital camera, but I don't take it everywhere with me, and the phone works nicely for capturing those fleeting moments during the day.
Yesterday I had some kind of flu and couldn't get out of bed. It sucked. Just sitting up took massive effort, and it wasn't until about 4:30 in the afternoon I finally mustered up the energy to pick up my knitting:
|The gray scarf is a little longer.|
Anya's been pestering me the last few days to teach her how to knit socks. At first when she asked, I dithered a bit. Socks are complicated and all she knows how to do so far is the knit stitch on straight needles with, shall we say, variable tension.
Here's the thing about Anya, though. When she decides she wants to do something, she can be remarkably persistent and tenacious about it. She does not give up easily. I'm really proud of her for this. Most kids whine and give up when something does not immediately work for them, but not this girl (usually). She is willing to stick with a project until she figures it out, or at least reaches a skill level she deems satisfactory.
I thought we would start with a practice sock, something to teach her basic skills and sock construction and have something to test her gauge without worrying about whether the finished product would fit. If she finishes it, that will be mightily impressive. If she loses steam halfway through, no big deal. I taught her to cast on (new skill for her), and then I joined the stitches and showed her how to knit in the round on DPNs.
Slowly but surely she is getting the hang of it. She's even enjoying it! Today we knit during Daniel's piano lesson and by the end of it she could tell which side of knitting was the right side, and hence which direction to go when starting a new needle.
We'll see how this goes. I personally still think socks are a tad ambitious, but far be it from me to discourage any creative effort on the part of my child.
|Her knitting, and mine on the piano teacher's ottoman in the waiting area.|
Soon, we'll have an exciting project of hers to show you, but I can't ruin the surprise for the recipient just yet.