Saturday, May 03, 2008

Today, I Teach the Kids to Knit... Finger Knitting Anyways

So here I have a craft that I can share with my daughters, very little danger involved, no hot wax, or sharp pliers. Just their own fingers. I've been wanting to teach my oldest daughter to knit for several years now, (even bought her her own needles and some fabulous yarn). But we hadn't made any progress, because she's left handed and I'm not, and I wanted to teach her in way that would be most natural to her. Well, I've seen tutorials online for lefties, but they confused me, and well it's never good for the "instructor" to be adled.

So finally last night I was on Ravelry and I found a group for teaching kids to knit, and low and behold a forum for teaching left handers. Yeah!!!!!! Lots of great discussion and a whole host of valuable information. Most notably teaching beginners to "finger knit". So using a few suggested links, SkaMama's method we're going to start finger knitting today.

That is of course after we finish folding the laundry and I clean the kitchen. Gotta learn early no crafts until work is finished. At least that's what I'll try to teach. Leading by example can be hard. Who wants to fold laundry when there's knitting to be done.

Be Safe


Two Cables and a Frapp said...

I'm so happy you found a left-handed resource for your daughter. I am a lefty and had to teach myself to knit and crochet. For years and years I was casting on improperly because I'd created my own method. Sometime in my 30's I bought a lefty-knitting book and got it right. It has saved me a lot of time. By the way; I am down in Athens, GA (another college town) You know, that UGA thing. Even though A2 has grown outrageously, there is no place like it !

Deborah said...

Good luck with teachers the youngins to knit, we've got to continue toward the next generation!