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Old 11-29-2007, 12:03 PM   #1
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Celebrate - my son in knitting!!!


I know, too many smilies.....but you can't see me jumping up down over here, so those will have to do!

Sooooooooo, long ago (about 3 months ago) I started working with a homeschool curriculum that encourages you to teach your 6-7 year old to knit with needles. I had never knitted in my life. I read the kiddie instructions, and watched the video that came with the curriculum. Then I found you all here. Recently, the weather is finally getting cold enough here that the kids are ready for more indoor crafts. And, they have seen me knit quite a bit. I told ds I could teach him if he was interested. He is currently sitting behind me, having cast on 8 stitches and knit 2 rows yesterday, he's on row 3 on his own right now! And, to make this an even more "manly" activity, I bought some dowels, dh gave him a knife for his birthday earlier this month, and he's going to make some needles of his own, too.


Oh, and while I was typing, I hear him counting...."five...six....seven.....eight! All there, and no extras!"
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Old 11-29-2007, 12:12 PM   #2
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What a wonderful idea to teach knitting. Congrats that your son is knitting I think more children should knit, keeps them thinking.
So Congrats again
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Old 11-29-2007, 12:35 PM   #3
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That's great! I taught my 5yo daughter to finger knit, but haven't taught her to needle knit yet. I guess it's time!
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Old 11-29-2007, 12:38 PM   #4
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You'll have to see if at 5 she has the dexterity. My son really wasn't ready before very recently.

However, we did start w/finger crochet (my 4 year old daughter LOVES that, chains all over the house) and then I taught ds to finger knit (on 4 fingers,making a narrow tube) and finally now knitting with needles.
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Old 11-29-2007, 01:32 PM   #5
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Congratulations It's a great way for him to fine tune his fine motor skills, since boys tend to have more issues with those.
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Old 11-29-2007, 01:40 PM   #6
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awww that's sooo sweet! ever since i started knitting, more guys than i would have thought, have made the comment that they learned to knit when they were little, either in school or their mother/grandmother taught them. if i saw a little kid knitting, i would probably start crying at the sheer cuteness of it all. haha
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:58 PM   #7
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Congratulations!! I can't wait to teach my Godson to knit! He's really interested in my knitting now but still a couple years too young.
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Old 11-29-2007, 04:00 PM   #8
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I taught my nephew, Doodle, to knit earlier this year. He's been knitting about 8 months now (he's 6, will be 7 in December) and he does really well with simple back-and-forth knitting. He wants to branch out into hats and gloves and things, so that's our next project. ^_^

He's never seen knitting as a "girl thing," which I think is great. Probably because I also teach him how to network computers and build lego destruct-o-mobiles. ^_^
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Old 11-29-2007, 04:09 PM   #9
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My brother would have loved to learn when he was little. He won't admit it now (far too "macho"), but he is excellent at embroidery.
Maybe my mom should have given him a knife and let him make a needle... on second thought, my brother was accident prone and would probably have cut some fingers off.
I'm impressed that your son can be trusted to handle a knife at a young age!
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Old 11-29-2007, 06:05 PM   #10
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wow, I think thats great! I have 2 sons 13 and 16. When they were little and not so ....well you know, like teenagers...they used to knt and crochet too...I taught them to make cat toys. Just a change with a pom pom...but they enjoyed it!
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