Be still my heart….

Little Man is knitting.

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This happened so suddenly, and I think it is a good testament to how quickly growth can happen.

Previous attempts have always gone exactly the same:

1. “Mom, I want to knit!”

2. I get some bulky needles, bulky yarn. We cuddle up, I teach him how to hold, the little rhyme we say, we start, taking baby steps.

3. He’s all thumbs (aren’t we all?) but really all thumbs. The whole two needles + yarn is completely throwing him off. Frustration ensues.

4. “Mom? I don’t want to knit.”

5. End of lesson.

We had a little session like this just last month. So when we went to the yarn store with a friend and her daughter last weekend to buy new yarn for my friend (a newbie knitter) and needles and yarn for her seven year old daughter, I was hesitant when Little Man asked for the same kid’s beginning kitty needles that his friend was getting. He was persistent, I gave in.

Somehow in the last few weeks something changed. He got it, got it well enough that after three rows with my help he was knitting on his own.
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He’s knit a row a two a day since then, and it seems to be sticking.He loves it when we knit together. Whether or not he grows up to be fiber obsessed, an occasional knitter, or a boy who thinks knitting is dorky remains to be seen. Regardless, at least I can say “I taught my son to knit.”



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18 responses to “Be still my heart….

  1. Wahoo! I’m excited for Jackson to knit someday too. I was thinking about starting with finger-knitting? So cool!

  2. That is so awesome! And when he knits you a lopsided-uneven-holey scarf one day, you will of course love it and beam with happiness whenever you wear it. πŸ™‚

  3. How great!
    I might have to find some really thick needles and bulky yarn to get mine to start knitting πŸ˜‰

  4. Amy

    Doesn’t that feel great? I got my youngest (now 13) to knit a couple of years ago. He actually made himself a hat (with some finishing help from me). He hasn’t picked it up again, but I loved that he went that far.

  5. OK, look at how big that boy is!!!

    Good job teaching mama!

  6. Teaching kids to knit is the best thing. I taught my niece and this summer she brought home a pile of leaves and ‘wanted to knit them together like Aunt Abbey’. I still haven’t figured that one out, but I’m just glad she remembers me by my knitting… πŸ™‚

  7. AWESOME!!!
    I love your messy house in the background. Looks just like mine. πŸ™‚

  8. Isn’t it great when things just click for them? My son (now 6 1/2) used these same needles last year when he learned how to knit–I think having two different colors really helped him.

  9. Oh, that’s so awesome! I’ve experienced the same thing with my son…while waiting at the Dr.’s office the other day I was knitting and he asked if he could try. So far he’s knit-up a little square of red yarn. Yay for our boys!

  10. That’s so encouraging. My lessons with Thomas have gone similarly. I’ll look forward to the day when it clicks!

  11. How cute. I have the same needles for my girls D#1 seemed to click with knitting, while D#2 likes to croche.

  12. Very sweet and cool! I’ve never heard a rhyme to teach knitting before. Off to google it for my kids.

  13. That’s so awesome!!! My boyfriend has been wanting to try my sewing machine, but hasn’t yet asked to teach him how to knit. Guess he’s just going to rely on me to knit for him πŸ™‚

    Hope he keeps at it – always good to have another knitter in the family to back you up!

  14. how precious! i can’t wait to see his first FO!

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