Thursday, October 19, 2006

Preparing to teach kids to knit ...

And of course I'm going to do it with BOOKS! Seven of these 9 books will be given out to seven of my grandchildren. I'm putting together a Christmas package for each ...

Christmas package will contain:
One age apropriate book, a knitting bag (that I will sew, oh yah I really will) , two skeins of yarn, a set of new plastic knitting needles, plastic embroidery needle & one sheep marker for each child. They'll have to get scissors from their parents ... but I am thinking I might put a travel size pack of Dental Floss in the bag and show them how it will cut yarn & is safe ... but then they can also use the floss ... how convenient. You know how when you're eating candy while knitting it can get stuck in your teeth, right? So floss comes in handy too, lol.

Two of the new knitters will be boys. Who told me themselves that they wanted to learn to knit. Good for them right?!. The two oldest of the girls are ages 16 & 15 (the 15 yr old says she's presently knitting a scarf so I'm giving her a more advanced book). The other girls are ages 12, 11, & 7. The boys are 13 & 9. Six of them will be in one house to learn together. So I'll start 'em all out together. (OMG, will I be sane afterward?) The books are so they will have a reference to go to when I'm not around to help 'em out. You see, I live in another State. The 13 year old boy is also out of State in another town ... so I'll start him out another weekend. I've already taught him some crocheting, so I know he'll pick up on knitting really easily. Nicholas is the one I've knit socks for and he loves them so much that instead of giving him a chance to ask for more ... hehe, I'll teach him how to knit socks. In fact, I'm including a pack of dpn's in his gift.

What are the other 2 books for? Well..... if my daughter decides she MIGHT like to learn also, she'll get her own book. AND one of the books is for the first child to knit something for ME!

So my ambition is growing ... Knitter's take over the world!

8 comments:

Julia said...

What a great idea! You'll have to keep us updated on who becomes a "convert"!

Dorothy said...

Awesome idea!

Soon we won't need any armies because we will all be too happy knitting.

amanda said...

Great idea Rhonda!

Blogless Kim said...

I have added plain unwaxed dental floss to my knitting notions, not for the cutter but for the floss. I use it for lifelines, to hold the stitches if I take my project off the needles to try it on, etc. You can even make ad hoc markers by tying it into little loops. Haven't tried using it for a provisional cast-on, though. ;) The floss is nice and thin and makes it easy to pick up the loops, and it slides through pretty much any yarn easily. It's also very compact!

Shelley said...

I think it's fabulous that you want to teach your grandkids to knit! What great memories they and you will have in the years to come. As for scissors, you could always get those blunt ended ones that little kids use to learn to cut with. They won't poke through the bag and they are pretty safe.

aija said...

That's a wonderful idea! I taught myself from Stitch & B*tch, and I'm so happy I did. :)

Dove Knits said...

Awesome. I'd love to hear how it goes, and see the things the kids make. They're definitely old enough to know how to knit.

Dipsy D. said...

Oh, this is really amazing, what a fantastic idea! I'm also very curious to hear how it goes and if the kids will get into knitting big time!