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Yvonne
02-05-2006, 09:16 AM
Yesterday some of my daughters' friends came over because they begged to be taught to knit. They wanted to learn to crochet, too. So with my own two, there were five girls here, ages 11, 12, 13, 13 and 13. That requires a great deal of macaroni and cheese!
In preparation, I spent the morning going to three different Goodwill stores in search of cheap yarn for our lessons. I spent a total of $16 and got enough to pretty much cover the surface of my bed. :D
I set up a little demo just as an introduction to it all. They each brought some knitting needles and crochet hooks, as well as a skein of yarn of their own. When they first arrived I was still sorting out the Goodwill yarn, and we all congregated in my bedroom where they learned how to wind yarn into balls. We discussed hank horror and what to do about it. They felt rug yarn and pronounced it "icky." LOL. They handled baby yarn and oohed and aahed. There was a pretty good variety in weight/color/texture. Then I put it all in a big basket and we all went to the living room. I showed them different kinds of needles and hooks, explained their uses, showed various other tools such as cable needles, circular needles, double-pointed needles, tiny steel crochet hooks for thread, row counters, interchangeable needles, plastic ones, little ones, fat ones....you know. Then I had assembled a variety of yarns to pass around. We had cotton, acyrlic, chenille, scratchy wool, soft merino wool, a cashmere blend, alpaca, angora, suede, eyelash, homespun, boucle, solids, variegateds and who knows what else.
They had big ideas about what they wanted to make. My kids already knew a lot and were helpful, thank goodness. Every girl picked out a bit of yarn that appealed to her, and I taught them how to cast on. It was amazing how quickly they learned. One of them, especially, was absolutely enthralled. She was so cute with her forehead furrowed, using plastic needles and paying such close attention. She didn't get very frustrated, asked all the right questions, and soon her face lit up. She said, "This is.......easy!" This girl saw a fun fur scarf my daughter had knit out of that free Mr. Brown I got, and wanted to immediately try out eyelash yarn. It was so funny. I cast on ten stitches for her and she went to try to knit. She held the needles in her hands, looked back and forth at them, back and forth again, and just plunged in. "Where did the stitches go?" she said. But she did knit about four rows and discovered how that yarn covers evil mistakes and actually decided she liked it. Of course, she is 13.
Yesterday we only covered casting on and the knit stitch. But it was enough to get them hooked (no pun intended). Only one of them wanted to put down knitting and learn to crochet. She learned how to crochet her foundation chain and do a couple of rows of single crochet.
At the end of the day when their mothers picked them up, they somehow convinced one of the mothers to drive three of them immediately to Michael's. This mother is not a knitter or anything. Her daughter said, "Mom, you've GOT to see Yvonne's stash!" (yes, she actually used that word, bless her!). So she ran toward my bedroom, expecting her mother to follow after her. The mother stood politely in the living room waiting. So the girl comes back out and says, "Mom, it's not going to come to you; you have to come to IT." I just smiled. Next thing I heard was my walk-in closet door opening and her exclaiming, "My God! It's........ on bolts!" (that's where I keep my yarn that's on cones). So then I think she was a little afraid to go to Michael's. I didn't think she could take the shock of being exposed to the rest of the stash.
When my daughter got home from the trip to the yarn store, she reported that her two friends ended up spending $100 between them on needles, yarn, and crochet hooks. And yes, they bought self-striping fun fur. Seems one of them has a horse who apparently needs a fur boa now.
During the day I heard this exchange:
My kid: "Mary, come and see so-and-so's AIM profile....."
Mary: (No answer)<<sitting on couch carefully knitting
My kid: "Mary. Mary. Mary, you coming?"
Mary: "Wait a minute, I have to finish this row."

I tell you, I got a little choked up. Another convert.
And yes, I told them about KH.

dustinac
02-05-2006, 10:26 AM
:cheering: what a great day!!! They will be so thankful you are teaching them :thumbsup:


I wanna photo of that horse wearing the boa :rofling: so cute!!

Ingrid
02-05-2006, 12:45 PM
It sounds like you've found your niche, and created converts for the future.

I have to tell you, I still remember the friend's mother who taught me to knit. I'm still grateful to her, too!

Yvonne
02-05-2006, 01:05 PM
I remember the lady who taught me to crochet. I was six years old. She lived in our neighborhood and I would go to her house to eat lunch and learn to crochet. My mother taught me to knit soon after that. I'm grateful, too.

Mer
02-05-2006, 01:37 PM
That's great! :cheering:

Jan in CA
02-05-2006, 02:16 PM
Omigosh! Almost makes me wish my girls were that age again... almost, but not quite. LOL It does sound like a wonderful day and I wish I had learn to knit when the girls were young so I could share it. To be honest though I did crochet (self taught in my 20's) and only one of them was interested at all. She never really did much though and now that she herself is in her late 20's she knits a little. Too bad grad school doesn't allow her much time to do so anymore. I told her about several of you in here who are in undergrad, grad and in doctorate programs and she cannot figure out how you possibly have time to knit! Her major keeps her extremely busy, but she's on a school journal and works as well.

Wow..that got a little off track... So congratulations and keep telling us about your teaching classes! Oh and take pics of the girls learning to knit or crochet..someday those will be treasured photos. ;)

Amber
02-05-2006, 02:27 PM
Oh wow, that sounds like it was an awesome day for everyone! Those girls are so lucky to have you to teach them to knit. I wish someone had taught me when I was younger.

:thumbsup:

knitncook
02-05-2006, 03:05 PM
I love teaching "kids" to knit! I also love that it is hip to knit now. When I was a teen I had to be a closet knitter because they other kids probably wouldn't have understood. It was a geeky thing to do and I had enough geekiness that I didn't need to add anything else to it! :roflhard:

Sounds like a GREAT day!

AidanM
02-05-2006, 03:19 PM
I can't wait until I have my own kids, then I'll get to pass it on to them!
Besides, I would spin in my grave like a greased axle on an express bus if my stash went to anyone but family after I died. :rofling:

Yvonne
02-05-2006, 03:33 PM
Michelle, I was a geekazoid myself in school, as well as a closet knitter! LOL.
It was really quite bizarre that my daughter's friends now actually think I'm.......um.........cool? How can that be? :blush:

Jan in CA
02-05-2006, 04:58 PM
It was really quite bizarre that my daughter's friends now actually think I'm.......um.........cool? How can that be? :blush:

They're still young, give them a few years! :roflhard: Just kidding! ;)


Besides, I would spin in my grave like a greased axle on an express bus if my stash went to anyone but family after I died.

:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

mks22300
02-05-2006, 11:03 PM
Sounds like they had a lot of fun, hope they keep it up! There are a couple of school age girls at the day care where I work who are learning how to knit. I was admiring the work one of the had done when one of the boys said the knitting was for geeks and I said excuse me, but I happen to knit. He blushed, smiled and said, well that's ok for you. Guess it was his way of telling me that I don't have to worry about being "cool". :lol:

AidanM
02-05-2006, 11:44 PM
Sounds like they had a lot of fun, hope they keep it up! There are a couple of school age girls at the day care where I work who are learning how to knit. I was admiring the work one of the had done when one of the boys said the knitting was for geeks and I said excuse me, but I happen to knit. He blushed, smiled and said, well that's ok for you. Guess it was his way of telling me that I don't have to worry about being "cool". :lol:
At least he didn't say it rudely - Then he might have been calling you old! :shock: But it's good that he was embarassed by his behaviour - Shows that he's a good kid.

Angelia
02-06-2006, 09:08 AM
Yay for you, Yvonne!! :cheering: :cheering:

And Aidan, surely you wouldn't mind if your stash went to a fellow KHer? Surely you'd be happy knowing it went to a good home where it would be treasured and cared for?! :rofling:

CarmenIbanez
02-06-2006, 02:15 PM
Makes me wish I had a girl. Or a boy who was interested in knitting, for that matter. Mine just isn't into it. Maybe over the summer.....