Recently, I received one of the best gifts a knitter can get. No it wasn't yarn, or needles or a handcrafted treasure. It was this ...
Following a lovely, relaxed Thanksgiving dinner, the extended family was sitting around the table chatting when my youngest goddaughter poked her dad and tilted her head. (She’s a bit shy in large gatherings.)
Reading his cue accurately, he leaned back in his chair and casually remarked how much she wanted to learn to knit. The oldest GD immediately piped up and said, “Me, too!”
The youngest GD is a true newbie, but technically the two oldest ones know how to knit. When they were young, they used to spend a chunk of time with me every week or two. We’d cook, bake, draw, craft and chat.
Occasionally, we’d pop in a video, light a fire and they would wind yarn while I knit. When they asked, I taught them the basics and we spent one enjoyable Christmas season making scarves for their mom, grandmother and aunt.
They loved to go yarn shopping and feel the different fibers. They also loved untangling, which was fortunate. We bought very soft, very expensive yarn for all the projects, but when we tried to wind the yarn for the aunt’s scarf, we found a snarled mess. We should have returned the skein, but instead we spent an entire evening carefully teasing apart the tangles to salvage enough to finish the project in time for Christmas.
Back to present day. Oldest GD had cleaned out her closet and found a small WIP from long ago, but when she tried to restart it, she no longer remembered the basics. If I was willing, she said, she’d really like a refresher course.
So now, in addition to the flurry of pre-holiday knitting, I’m striving to put together a simple strategy for a series of post-holiday knitting sessions. It's a joy not a burden and I'm glowing like a Christmas tree at the prospect.
PS: If you have any hints, tips or suggestions for fast and easy projects for new knitters, please share.
PPS: For the record, I have three goddaughters and one godson ranging in age from 11 to 21.