View Full Version : Kids and knitted items

05-31-2008, 05:59 PM
So i had to go into work today. My supervisor brought his daughters in with him while we were discussing the stuff we needed to research. His younger daughter always hangs out with me in my office whenever we come in on the weekends.

I had my fingerless mitts that I had recently finished in my office. His daughter Jenna age 7 saw them and fell in love. She was just too cute. She put them on and begged me to make her some. She then informed me that the teddy bear I made her is still in perfect condition so she will take excellent care of them. :rofl: So i said sure. How could I say no to someone who appreciates knitted items?

So I am doing my research while she is playing in my office and she finds my sensual Knits book. I had in my office because I copied the Vixen Camisole pattern so i wouldn't have to carry around the book. She begins to flip through and says WOW what beautiful sweaters. Seriously this kid has great taste in knitted items. She then proceeds to flag with post it notes what I should knit for myself.:roflhard: :roflhard:

She then come to the V-neck vest. She then asks if I can make that for her too. She again says she will take excellent care of it and will wear napkins when she eats so she won't stain it. :roflhard: :roflhard: She is really tall for her age so I can actually make the smallest size for her and it will only be slightly too big so she can wear for longer. she is only 3 inches shorter than me.

Cracks me up how this 7 year old values knitted items more than some adults!!! She then said that she has been trying to teach herself how to knit ever since I made her bear but has been having trouble. HOW CUTE!!! So I will teach her the next time I see her.

Isn't amazing how kids just get it sometimes? the work that goes into knitting? So I went online and let her pick the yarn herself. She is super excited. man I just love kids sometimes. They can totally make your day. It was bad day that I had to go in on a weekend but she totally made my day but loving my knitting!!

05-31-2008, 06:23 PM
That's awesome!

05-31-2008, 06:24 PM

05-31-2008, 06:32 PM
Yes, kids rock sometimes! My DGD is so thrilled with the clothes I made for her for her birthday. Sometimes I think it is only kids and other knitters that understand all the work that goes into these gifts!

05-31-2008, 07:01 PM
kids are awesome... it's the grownups that can be a pain, lol

Who knows.. she might be the next great knitting designer all because of you!

Lisa R.
05-31-2008, 07:24 PM
Very cool!

Actually, it was my then-9-yo dd who got me started knitting. She wanted to learn so badly, that I really had to take the time to learn so I could help her learn.

Now we're both hooked. In fact, I just used some birthday money from my mom to place a yarn order with Knitpicks--and dd and I had a good "fight" over the yarn (I probably still need to go check her bed and make sure it ALL got back in my knitting bag!!!:rofl:

06-01-2008, 03:42 PM
I find that kids are more with it in general than adults. I sell tickets for live theatre...and I find that parents who bring their kids (7-15ish) are the ones that are listening to your every word...and often times stop to explain it to their parents who are not getting it...

Although, a 7 year old into knitting....that is certainly a special thing!

06-01-2008, 04:40 PM
That's so sweet. You know my LYS has a summer knit camp for kids. I thought that was a grea tidea, although it's out of my budget but what a great way to teach kids to knit. Of course your 1 on 1 will really get her the attention she deserves.

06-01-2008, 06:36 PM
How great is that!

06-01-2008, 08:16 PM
She must be a really sweet child, and well taught by her parents to be so appreciative of your knitting for her.

Seven is such a great age ~~~~~~

06-02-2008, 02:10 AM
My kids, 6 and 8 *love* the stuff I knit for them. They're very enthusiastic (in short bursts) about knitting themselves (with help from mom), and even like to go to the LYS. (They have terrible taste, BTW, and always ask if I will make them something out of the most garish purple sequined fun fur in the shop. :wink: )

06-02-2008, 03:23 AM
I love hearing everybody else's stories. It's good to know other kids are so great. Her father (my supervisor) is SUCH a great father. I can only hope to be that great of a parent. I really love it when he brings her in, in brightens up my day. My best friends daughter is the same way with knitted gifts. She loves them. She especially requests them.

06-02-2008, 01:12 PM
Wow, I'm impressed. Does her dad know how rare that is?

06-02-2008, 09:19 PM
The girls I knit for are that way too. I taught the oldest to knit a couple of years ago and her younger sister has been begging me from the time I taught her sister ( lil sis was only 3 or 4 at the time). A couple of months ago, I got her her own bag, needles and yarn-she was thrilled to pieces! They both want sweaters now that they've seen my working on mine. :teehee:

06-04-2008, 04:13 PM
Similar situation here - I had begun to crochet again, needing something to do at night besides surf the 'net and watch TV. My 12 year old son is one of those kids that, regardless of any gender association, just really has to try whatever someone else is doing. So if I'm crocheting, he wants to crochet. We tried, but he just wasn't getting it. We were in Michael's one day as I looked for yarn for my next lapghan, and he saw a little Teach Yourself kit for knitting - he begged, I bought, he chose completely wrong yarn for a beginner and again, failed miserably. In trying to figure it out myself so that I could help him, I finally "got" it (after several failed past attempts of my own!). It wasn't immediately pretty, and I almost gave up several times myself, but then I found this site and Amy's awesome videos and was totally hooked. :-)

ETA - DS has tried a couple more times to either knit or crochet, but try as I might, I can't get him to sit down and watch the *&^%$ videos, after which, I just *know* it would click for him. Grrrr!! Kids...oh, well, he absolutely loves anything I knit for him, and wants everything he sees...except sweaters, because he's a warm-blooded little beastie. :)