My niece, Katie, has been asking about knitting lately. Saturday evening, she wanted to give it a try. She refers to it as "practicing knitting." As with all other nieces and nephews wanting to learn to knit, she went into the adventure sure that she already knew how to do it. Perhaps it is because they have all spent hours in close proximity to my while I knit, or maybe it is just wool-fume-intoxication, but they all firmly believe that they can pick up the sticks and strings and go.
Well, we kept at it long enough for her hands to get tired, and then set it aside. My hands and arms were tired, too. We tried her hands over mine, mine over hers, team knitting, and solo. I do not know if she ever completed a single stitch on her own, but the blanket we were knitting for a little toy is nearly finished. When she left that night, she looked up at me with those blue eyes and said, "Aunt Sarah, maybe if you practice knitting more, you can finish my blanket." Maybe she will keep knitting, and maybe she will just ask me to knit things for her. I just do not know. However, she did say that she would like to knit a hat for the toy, next.