I am very proud to announce that there is a new knitter in my household! This week Maddie learned to knit! She's been asking to learn for quite a while and has even had her own knitting needles (the cute Lion Brand ones with the kitty faces on the ends) for a couple years, but I didn't want her to try too early and get frustrated. Now that she's 6, I decided that it was time.
Since I knit in a kind of strange way, I used the book Kids Learn to Knit to get her started. It has a lot of cute easy projects that got her interested (although she was already eager to learn, so that wasn't much of a concern in my case). The cast on taught is the backward loop method -- which was easy for Maddie, who just turned 6, to master. The only problem is that this cast on makes the first row on knitting very difficult, so I stepped in and knit that row so that there was no frustration. After that she was off! There are plenty of pictures and easy to read directions (she read them all herself, so they are simple enough for child to read). I'm very happy with the book so far, and we both can't wait to get to the projects!
So far she has knit a couple rows -- one row takes pretty about as much concentration as she can muster in one sitting :) But she always seems very proud after she is finished and yesterday she came and asked me if we could knit, so I'm taking that as a good sign!Oh yeah -- Maddie's been doing more than just knitting. I just updated her homeschooling blog too!