Unfortunately I had totally forgotten that when starting out with knitting, as I did myself many moons ago, that when you start, it needs a lot of time, a lot of attention and a lot of patience to learn the basic stitch, to hold the needles and so on. As you start out, you knit one, drop a few, knit some more, then drop some more. Until you reach the point, that the dropped stitch has left a gaping hole in your creation. No good, as it'll continue to unravel. So the adult/ tutor/ helper has to intervene, to unpick it all, calmly one by one, then pick it all up again and carry on. It is actually quite a frustrating past-time when you are starting out. As with anything, once you get into it, it is actually quite relaxing and it then starts to grow quite rapidly.
Here is Spike's completed stripey scarf and the startings of the knitted monkey's head. We have a long way to go...
With Spike I had to re-knit everything I had unpicked as at this point it was critical, he was counting rows and he didnot want an oversized head!
So my work went out the window and knitting became the full-time occupation.
So you can imagine, not alot of Empire Building was achieved on those knitting days.
Tuna, the oldest had other ideas. Sewing was her chosen past-time on those wet days last week. She had planned a cupcake cushion for months actually. Now it must be acknowledged that Tuna likes perfection, Tuna wants to do the right thing, make no mistakes, and it must look just so.
So days were then spent umming and aahing, should it be like this, or like this. Should I make the cushion or can I cheat and sew it all on a pillowcase. Is it also cheating if I use bondaweb (this clever stuff that acts like glue sticking the cupcake patch to the cushion) or is this actually just the art of applique?
I calmly informed her it is the art of applique. Here is her cupcake project - all sewn but yet to be embellished ...
Tuna really should be chuffed with her creation as she is only 12! She has yet to embellish it, but it really shows promise.
As for the boys, they are very much at the beginning, in need of lots of encouragement. Spike completed the scarf first. He wanted an easy win! King Julien however is just on the first stripe of colour on his scarf. Very much a work in progress.
Perhaps I will have to knit a chunk or two to help them on their way, yet I also feel they will get that sense of satisfaction and pride if they complete it. We all know I can do it, but I want them to do it. True values and all that, you know.
I think now they are back at school, in order to progress this project, we will definitely have to limit "screen time" whether it's the computer, Wii or other handheld gadget, and maybe introduce 20 minutes of knitting a day. But will this knock guitar practice and reading off the list of things to do?
I do however believe that with the technological world we live in, if we allow them unlimited access, it will not help anyone long term.
For those of you with kiddlies off this week, I wish you luck. If you have any tips, do please comment either here on our facebook page or follow us on twitter @lunchboxworld.
Thanks for stopping by!
The Lunchbox World Team x
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