And just wait till next time!
Tuesday December 26th 2023, 9:36 pm
Filed under: Family,Knit

Maddie couldn’t wait: she wanted me to help her knit. She wanted to make a finger puppet. She wanted it to be one she had made.

And so I cast on ten stitches, did the first row, and showed her how. Only, this time she was half a year older than the last time we’d tried this and she had that earlier experience under her belt and she took right to it. It became a dozen stitches, sure, but she did nearly all of this by herself. All she needed help with was figuring out when turning the thing not to knit into the too-loose stitch-below-the-stitch at the beginning; yarn tension was not a thing yet.

She wanted it longer but asked if I could add the last few rows to it.

Sure. Did she want it folded lengthwise and sewn?

No, widthwise.

Oh, well then you’re pretty much there. A row or two, she watched carefully as I sewed it, and then it was gleefully declared done and tried on.

It didn’t need to have a face or wings to be a finger puppet to her, it needed to be something made by her. And it was. She’s a natural. It was the day before her ninth birthday and I hadn’t learned till I was ten, I told her (and a half!) She’s good!

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All it needs are googlie eyes and a button nose 🙂

The two of you are going to have some great bonding time as she gets older!

Comment by Anne 12.27.23 @ 1:06 am

She’s good. And now the memories are locked. Looking at that and whoosh! My dad was right there, teaching me how to crochet. Thank you for giving him so clearly for the new year. It was a glorious present.

Comment by Afton 12.27.23 @ 5:13 am

And another knitter is born! Finger puppets, doll blankets/ wash cloths, scarves to infinity and beyond! What a wonderful time to share.

Comment by DebbieR 12.27.23 @ 9:35 am

Great finger puppet indeed.
So glad she is enjoying knitting and ready to do it!
Just curious – are your grandsons also interested in knitting?
Do either of their parents knit?
I think maybe my mom taught me to knit when I was about 7, or i learned at Girl Guides, or at school – or perhaps all overlapping together.
Sounds like a great holiday trip
Lisa RR in Toronto

Comment by Lisa RR 12.27.23 @ 6:35 pm

She’s nine already! Wow. Well, good for her for wanting to and for doing it.

Comment by ccr in MA 12.28.23 @ 10:43 am

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