I Couldn't Be Happier!
Yes -- it is what you are thinking. And I can't put into words what I felt when I heard the words. It's nothing but life altering. And I hope someday you all experience the joy I did when I heard the words "Pop, would you teach me to knit?"
Such joy! Such naches! I'm verklempt!
Yes, Norbert wants to learn to knit. So Norbert, Mafanwe, and I packed into the car and drove to our LYS, Loopy Yarns, to buy Norbert his first pair of knitting needles (Brittany birch, size 8). (Note: This is the first time Mafanwe hasn't grumbled about going to a yarn store!)
I pulled out a half-skein of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes, cast on 20 stitches, and showed him the knit stitch, which he has been practicing for the last two days!
His first attempts were fraught with yarnovers and other odd mistakes, but I definitely see improvement. The first day I told him just to knit -- I didn't correct, I just offered encouragement. I wanted him to get used to the feeling of the needles and the yarn moving through his fingers.
Norbert is over the moon. He really loves it. He is already planning his first project -- we are going to kool-aid dye some of the KnitPicks worsted and he is going to knit a scarf. This is so exciting!
I took pictures of Norbert's first excursion into knitting, but Mafanwe isn't comfortable with posting pictures of Norbert ont he internet. So until I learn how to add a black bar across his face, we shan't have any more pictures of Master Norbert.
I worry about teaching him myself. I'm not a very good teacher with children who are not my own, and I fear that correction coming from me might be interpreted as criticism, which it is not. I don't want to squish Norbert's adventurous spirit by pointing out his mistakes. Oh -- parenting is fraught with peril!
Does anyone have any suggestions as to a curriculum I should use as I proceed with his lessons? Am I taking the wrong tack? I'd be greatful for any suggestions.
ON THE NEEDLES
I've completed the first of the Baby Cable socks and have cast on the mate. The first one looks so good on the foot, I can't wait til I can wear the pair!
Tonight is Stitches in Britches™ , Chicago's premier group for Men Who Knit. I'm Looking into my crystal ball...and I see a stranger approaching...he's mysterious...he's...a blogger? Tune in again next time and find out more!