Over the holidays (coming home in time to spend New Year’s with Thor), I spent two weeks with my daughter and her family. I brought a few knitting projects with me but, given the amount of time I spent caring for sick people as the flu went through the family with unrelenting force (missing only me), I finished them up quickly.
So exactly what do I mean about living pictures? Granddaughter F watched me as I knit my way through several hundred grams of wool. I never once tried to coax her to pick up a pair of needles or a knitting spool and give knitting a try. Rather …
Granddaughter F watched me as I knit my way through several hundred grams of wool from which emerged a steady stream of (easy) scarves, cowls, fingerless mittens and hats. I never once suggested she pick up a pair of needles and give knitting a try. In the midst of this explosion of knitting fest … (finally!) …
Granddaughter F said, in a very serious tone of voice, “Remember, Mormor, I am now 5 years old. You have to teach me to knit!” So I did – both using needles and a knitting spool. I couldn’t have been more proud of her alacrity and determination! It was clear to me that granddaughter F has “it.”
F also remembered dying yarn (Cascade 220 superwash sport 50g/125m), with me last summer and watched me knit her a scarf out of it. As we had more of the same yarn in another color, she asked me to knit a scarf for her best friend Katie. We walked to Katie’s house where she gave the ruffle-edged garter lace scarf to her friend, announcing proudly “We made it!” (which indeed we had). (Katie’s mother received a pair of fingerless mittens.)
I knit two scarves from Elsebeth Lavold’s “SensuAl” (50g=80m, 98% baby alpaca, 2% polyamid). Granddaughter F accompanied me on a trip to pick out buttons that turned one of them into a cowl – destined for Thor’s niece, a graduate student in the snowy northeast. (It was a bit hard to steer F away from the “Hello Kitty” buttons, but she seemed to be happy as long as the button had a face on it.)
We left off the buttons scarf out of the same yarn (different color – pic at the right) that went to the husband of a dear friend of mine. I learned long ago that if I make one thing for one of them, I have to make another for the other, or they steal it from each other. 🙂 She and another friend of mine each received a Hitchhiker scarf (Manos del Uruguay “Alegria,” 100g/445y, 75% superwash wool, 25% polymide).
I have a hunch my daughter is not keeping up granddaughter F’s knitting lessons, but I go back down to California in February. F will finish her knitting spool icord, and I will knit a purse and connect the two. I think she will have the most fun picking a button to close it with!