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Willow learned to purl this week and made this sweet little cat from A First Book of Knitting for Children. She has her sights set on a horse for Roan's birthday in April.  And, I must confess that I have started my own kitty in some super bulky yarn. 


( 9 trees — Plant a Forest )
Feb. 23rd, 2017 03:15 pm (UTC)
So cute! Good job, Willow!

N tried crocheting with regular sized yarn this weekend, and it ended in tears for both of us. I just cannot explain to her how to hold everything in her hands, and she's not dexterous enough to juggle the yarn and the work in her left hand. How did you show Willow what to do with hands? I know knitting is different, esp. if you're throwing, but still.
Feb. 24th, 2017 11:34 am (UTC)

I think that Willow simply watched me crochet and did it that way. I hold my work with my left thumb and ring finger, feeding the yarn through my index and middle fingers. Make sense? Have you had her finger crochet? We started with that. Willow doesn't make more than chains, but she wants to crochet. We'll probably tackle that next year or over the summer.

Throwing--does that mean picking up the yarn for each wrap around the needle?
Feb. 24th, 2017 07:53 pm (UTC)
By throwing I mean knitting English, where you hold the working yarn in your right hand. I knit continental, so I hold my yarn the same way whether I knit or crochet. I showed N how to knit English, but crocheting that way is probably not sustainable.
Feb. 24th, 2017 01:20 am (UTC)
I love this sweet little kitty cat! Willow did such a great job! - Stacey
Feb. 24th, 2017 11:34 am (UTC)
Thanks! She did!
Feb. 24th, 2017 09:58 pm (UTC)
That is SOOOOOO cute! She must feel so proud of making that! I think that this is when knitting gets really fun -- when someone can actually make something that feels like an accomplishment. I think so many amateur knitters lose interest because they think they should just keep making boring scarves ........
Feb. 28th, 2017 10:37 am (UTC)
You are right. Scarves are a bit of a waste, I think, though I started with one way back.
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Feb. 28th, 2017 10:39 am (UTC)
Thanks! I did have to demonstrate, but it also has photos to help. I think it's a really good book that is easy to use, but I do think the adult would need to learn, too.
( 9 trees — Plant a Forest )

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