In my last post, I described the first part of my approach to capturing the interest of my impatient granddaughter F whom I hope will succumb to the knitting bug. The second approach is through books.
As a bookish child who read her way through a thick tome of the classics carefully selected by my father, I read of knitters in many of the books. There’s Mrs. Fairfax in Jane Eyre (C. Brontë); Madame Defarge in A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens – pic source); The Courtship of Miles Standish where Longfellow raises untangling yarn to new heights of eroticism; House Taken Over (Cortazar), where sister Irene knits with wool bought by her brother; a village full of knitting ladies in Gaskell’s Cranford; and let me not forget the most industrious (and sainted) mother of lovelorn John Ridd in Lorna Doone (Blackmore).
Lorna Doone was my favorite book in 4th grade. From time to time I snuck in books by Agatha Christie and there was Miss Marple, knitting industriously. While Christie wasn’t on my father’s approved list of reading, I escaped his attention by climbing our Gravenstein apple tree and reading books far off the ground while happily munching on apples.
I suspect I could not get either of my grandchildren to read through my father’s list of “children’s” required literature by the time I was 13. I found, however, many books for my grandchildren that include knitting that seem more “fun” for young children than, say, Dickens or Blackmore. (I also found several whose stories revolved around weaving or spinning.)
F already has Knitting Nell (Julie Jersild Roth), which currently is one of her favorite books (in anticipation of her learning to knit, I think – hope?!) Here are my favorite knitting-centered stories for children granddaughter F’s age (pictures from Amazon):
I hope to find Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters and Yesta’s Sweater at the Black Sheep Gathering in June.
Any recommendations from other knitters?