Before my daughter started school she would sit on my lap while I knit, her hands resting on my lap. “Look! I’m knitting,” she would happily exclaim. Soon she morphed into putting her hands under my hands. “Look! I’m knitting better,” she would boast. Later she asked me to move my hands, “Look! I’m knitting by myself!”
Given my experience teaching my daughter to knit, I assumed my granddaughter F would even be easier to teach as there was a generation separating us. Hah! My earlier attempts at teaching her to knit were not successful, and I decided to put her knitting aside.
The grandchildren love to hear me tell stories of when I was a little girl and when her mom was a little girl. So I started telling F stories of how I learned to knit when I was 5 years old and her mother learned to knit when she was 5 years old. F excitedly told me on her next birthday she would be 5 and asked if she would learn to knit then. I told F yes. Since then, every time F sees a knitter – in a magazine, on television, or in person, she rushes over to point it out to me. F proudly tells people that this summer, when she is 5, she will learn to knit.
I have started picking up knitting tools and accessories for her. I love these needles by Pony; as each is a different color, I will be able to tell F “put the tip of the red needle into the loop” etc. (Far easier than instructing her to use the left or the right needle!)
My daughter and I will attend the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, Oregon in June. I am sure I can find a more suitable knitting project tote for F.
I also will buy yarn spun from wool of a sheep at the show. That way I can take a picture of the sheep and give it to F along with the yarn spun from its wool!
In the interim, F watches me knit and invariably says, “You’ll teach me to knit when I’m 5, right?”
Oh yes. 🙂
What tips can you share with teaching your grandchildren to knit?