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Knit It and They Will Come…

Posted by Janis on March 31, 2008

Spring break was a glorious affair this year: headed up to the mountains as usual (Leadville, Colorado – our family’s stomping – and skiing – grounds) and spent a great week with my dad (skiing like a pro at 79), brother and sister-in-law, and nieces. The skiing was fantastic, the snow perfect, nothing but sunshine, good eats, great company — but the highlight? The very highlight of the entire break? My nieces wanted to knit!

The girls are ages 9 and 10, and though I had given them each a little knitting kit for Christmas 2 years ago, they hadn’t shown much interest in learning themselves. I didn’t mention it, but I’m always knitting around them — always. So at our cozy rental house, Hannah picked up some size 9 KnitPicks Options tips that were lying around (not even on a cable) and some scrap yarn and started moving her hands in a knit-like fashion. I said, “Want me to show you how to do it? You almost have the moves down.” And she took off. Then Rachel had to do it, too. All I had left to teach her on were some size 6 dpn’s — no problem. Her little fingers grabbed ’em and away she went. I cast on just 10 stitches for each of them, and told them they could knit till they had little squares and they’d be blankets for the tiny bears I gave them in their Easter baskets that morning. h-knitting.jpgr-knitting.jpg Hannah is sporting the ski hat I’d just finished.

After they knitted for about half and hour or so, Hannah was getting frustrated so I suggested a game of dominoes. She set up the game and said, “Rachel, come on. We’re ready to play.” Rachel’s reply? “Just a minute, Hannah — I have to finish this row.” She’s hooked, my friends, hooked! I couldn’t be prouder. She wouldn’t go to bed till she finished her little bear-blanket, yawning every third stitch. Hannah finished hers in the morning. Here they are:


And Hannah’s bear with his blankie: hs-bear-blanket.jpg

The next evening I was working on the back of my cabled vest. Rachel was watching me like a hawk, asking what the stitch markers were for and how the yarn made the cables. Then she said, “I want to learn to knit in a circle.” So I cast on 60 stitches for her on a size 10 circ and told her that if she knit four or five rounds, she’d have a headband. (I’m doing the casting off, you understand.) So she sat there and didn’t budge till she’d done 5 rounds. My sister-in-law Liz took this shot of the two of us:

r-me-knitting.jpgAnd that’s how I turned two very modern little girls into little old ladies in just two nights… I’m telling you, they ate it up.


5 Responses to “Knit It and They Will Come…”

  1. Excellent, converts! And what might you be working on in the picture?

  2. Darx said

    Oh, yeah, Rachel has that look on her face, she’s been bit. What a cool aunt you are!

  3. joanie1803 said

    That is so sweet! I recently taught my 8 year old daughter, and her girl scout troop, to knit. I should have done what you did and had them do something small, but they are still working on their scarves a month later. My daughter does very well but she is bored easily. A scarf for one of her stuffed animals might be a better idea. But isn’t it lovely to pass on something so satisfying to a younger generation? Cute pics!

  4. Janis said

    Thanks, pals. Lisa – it’s the back of a cabled vest – I need to do another post about my projects. Darx – uh huh, she’s got it bad. And one of my great goals in life is to be the Auntie Mame of all time for my nieces. Yeah, Joanie, I never would’ve hit on the tiny bits of knitting idea if they hadn’t just gotten the little bears. An idea for you and the Girl Scouts next year?

  5. Paula said

    Well, sweetie, I have tears in my eyes, as I know two ladies smiling down from heaven watching the whole thing. 🙂 You do them proud, Janis!

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