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Old 11-26-2004, 11:30 AM   #1
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My 5-year-old niece knitting!
I brought my knitting with me to Thanksgiving dinner with my inlaws yesterday, and both my niece and nephew asked me to teach them to knit! It was such a thrill to watch my niece, especially, because she's so young, actually knitting!

I taught them the English method, which I realized would be much easier for them than the Continental. I used that rhyme (I've got to include this on the knitting page) "In through the front door, once around the back. Peek through the window, and off jumps Jack!" My niece was so cute, repeating the rhyme! She got it right away! It was so cool!

...Just had to share! :D
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Old 11-26-2004, 06:01 PM   #2
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That is soo cool, My Grace is 31/2 and I told her I would teach her to knit.....using the term "knit" loosely!! hee hee.
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Old 11-27-2004, 07:14 PM   #3
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Thats so cute! Congrats on that accomplishment!
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Old 11-28-2004, 10:34 AM   #4
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Hi Amy

Thats so cool, teaching them to knit! How'd the nephew do? He probably didnt want his picture taken LOL I taught my sister to knit back in October. Now she is obsessed. She says "see what a monster you've created?" She even knits and does the finishing at work. I'm almost jealous.


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Old 11-28-2004, 01:05 PM   #5
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I wish my husband had snapped a pic of my nephew Johnny knitting too! Johnny was great. I sent them both home with their own needles (half a set of some handmade wooden DPN's I had in my bag, each), and little sample balls of half of the yarns in my bag (I had a lot of yarn in my bag!).

Of course I glowed when I heard my nephew say to his mom, "and if I forget, I can look on her website!"

beam beam :D

Ohhhh, knitting at work. That's the life!

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Old 11-28-2004, 01:20 PM   #6
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Awwwww, how cool is that! You must be VERY proud!

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Re: My 5-year-old niece knitting!
That's really cute Amy! She looks like she's really concentrating HARD too...and that's so adorable!
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my children both knit. at their school in the first week of first grade they start making their own knitting needles from wooden dowels that they sand and oil sand and oil. a fairy came and sharpened them a bit one night -ha! when they have finished their needles, they start knitting!

sadie is 6 and is making a stuffed cat. emma is 9 and has knit many things. she just gave my prego sister a super cute hat knit in the round at a baby shower. she made a matching bib and crocheted a border and tie on the bib. everyone at the baby shower was floored! (i, naturally, ate that up). her recent project was an embroidered sampler which was also a needle case.

the other day sadie was sitting outside knitting away and singing when all of a sudden i hear "MOM!!! I OFF JUMPED JACK TOO QUICK".

so adorable. i was sewing a christmas stocking today when emma had some hand sewing advice for me.

anyway, the reason they start these hand crafts so young in their schools is as a primer for mathematics. rather clever, don't you think?

amy, that picture is very cute, btw.
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Old 12-01-2004, 03:11 AM   #9
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Your children sound very talented! I totally get it how knitting could prime them for math! It's so spacial, and you have to do so much counting with calculating gauge and decreases, etc. Yeah, let's see, you've got addition, subtraction, multiplication and division! As well as some geometric possibilities as well! ....That's just brilliant. Plus, it's a great way to get boys into knitting as well! Very cool!

The school they are going to sounds great!!

I grew up as a crafting kid, and I was the only kid I knew that sewed and knit and crocheted. I remember in 5th grade, our teacher would read to us after recess, and we got to do what we wanted quietly, while he read. While all my classmates were drawing pictures of hearts and rainbows, I was sewing christmas ornaments and things! It would have been nice to have company! Although I got a lot of attention for it, which was kind of cool. One time we had a contest of who could tie 12 knots the fastest, and, big surprise, I won. I think I was actually more than twice as fast as several of the other kids, who'd never done more with yarn than tie their shoe laces! LOL! It was the highlight of my grade school years, definitely!

The closest thing I got to sharing crafts with my peers, was in 8th grade, when I got to choose needlepoint as an elective. It was in the Creole speaking section of our school, the only class I ever took with the Haitian girls in my grade. Of course, they all gabbed away in Creole, and I couldn't understand a word they were saying, but we had fun sewing together anyway! There's something about sharing a craft like that that is just special. It brings people together.

Thanks for sharing about your girls! I wish I knew them when I was their age!!
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