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Old 03-14-2013, 09:04 PM   #1
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My grandson learned to knit today!
He's planning to knit something for his mom's birthday. He doesn't know how to purl yet and I ended up doing the cast on for his mom's present, which will be a coaster to go under her coffee cup, so it'll be garter stitch.

He's 12 and has Asperger's. His mom got a call that he needed to be picked up from school. I'm closer and could get there faster so she called me and he ended up spending the afternoon. He needed to calm down and I just had him sit in front of me and showed him how and he was doing knit stitches very quickly. I was amazed. He took home 2 sets of acrylic needles from my interchangeable sampler sets and 2 cables, a key and a piece of grippy shelf liner, some straight sz. 10 plastic straight needles that he was using, the yarn he was learning with and yarn for the coaster. He likes it. I think it will be a calming thing for him to do, he got into the rhythm of it so quickly. I showed him Sheldon's post with the cardi-gan photo to show him that men do knit. Thanks, Sheldon! I know other men post photos but Sheldon's was the one I remembered how to find.

If he keeps knitting I think it will help him a lot and he'll have the satisfaction of having made something.
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Great news, GG! Thanks for sharing.

Perhaps you can get his permission to post a pic of a finished object when the time comes. You know we'll lavish praise on whatever he does, and that may help boost his confidence some.
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The hardest part was telling him that he probably won't want to tell the kids at school that he's knitting. They'd tease him and teasing was part of the problem today. Sheldon's photo was a godsend! I really think knitting can be a useful tool for him, it will work with his OCD tendencies w/o being something that is detrimental. Thanks for the caring comment.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:27 PM   #4
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Next time you get the chance, you should show him the pictures of Mojo's chickens. That will probably amuse him--and possibly inspire him, too.

So glad your attempt to teach him knitting worked out like it did. Of course, it could have gone either way, and having it go positively is just super!! Who wouldn't like getting to teach a very special someone a very special craft?!
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Chickens by mojo! Great idea. I didn't recall them. I think he'll like them. Thanks!

I wasn't really sure how he felt about having knitting more or less imposed on him today, it just seemed like a good idea at the time. I then heard him on the phone with his mom when he told her he learned to knit and the pride in his voice was obvious. He came back to work on it some more and didn't mind that the needles I gave him were pink. He made sure he took his knitting bag with him. All I had for him to use was a plastic bag from the store but his needles and things went into an old check box I'd saved. I know it was an old box, I've not had new checks in over 4 yrs!
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That's wonderful, GG! I hope he keeps it up!
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That was an inspired bit of thinking there on your part GG! I hope he continues to find enjoyment and calm with his knitting.
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It's also a good thing for small motor control, eye hand coordination and patience. Let us know how he does as he goes along.
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Originally Posted by justplaincharlotte View Post
That was an inspired bit of thinking there on your part GG! I hope he continues to find enjoyment and calm with his knitting.
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It's also a good thing for small motor control, eye hand coordination and patience. Let us know how he does as he goes along.


I just got updated. He's just now shown his mom his needles and yarn and says he forgot how. He might look at videos or wait until I can help him again. Apparently he is still interested. When he sees my Fair Isle checked bag I'm making I think he's going to want to learn to do something like that too.
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Youtube has lots of videos and just finding someone who will go slow enough to follow should work until he sees you again. I play those things over & over until I see what they mean.
By the way someone mentioned football players who knit...Rosie Greer was one of them!
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