Tuesday, 13 January 2009

knitting 101...


Ms Reva's first attempt - she is 6 now, I thought it time she learned. Very even and neat I reckon. Though it may take a while to make a scarf, even if it's just for a teddy bear...
She chose the wool herself at our local yarn store. She is such a great kid, she always surprises me with her choices. Moss green. Beautiful.

Meanwhile, plundering the archives somewhat, here is my own first attempt, from back when I was six myself. Taught by the nuns at school and my mum at home I managed to concoct this, ahem, fine pencil case.

(spot the original 70s trebor sweet wrapper peeping out through the zipper - now you know what I really carried to school each day)

My knitting, far less even than Ms Reva's though it was, actually garnered me a prize : something similar to this (believe it or not). I still remember walking up to the top of the classroom to the presiding nun and being presented with it. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Still don't really.

My mum kept that pencil case in her knitting bag all these years and my sister found it in her attic last year - mothers, aren't they a marvel?!

Meanwhile, this is what's on my needles at the moment:

What the heck is that I hear you shriek. Why slippers of course (well, one slipper at least) for Ms Reva. To be felted. Lime green ones to follow for her sister. Once I find my needles again that is...(what IS it with me and needles?)

PS I've volunteered to run an after school art club at the girls school. We are meeting to discuss the plans tomorrow. If you have any great ideas for activities to inspire a group of kids aged 6-11 over a 6 week block period let me know. For some reason (am suffering a god awful lurgy to be precise) my inspiration is somewhat dry today...

15 comments:

Jennie said...

Hope you feel better soon. There is a lot lurgees going about, bad things!
That knitting is so neat and brilliant for a six year old.
I love your pencil case, I think it's splendid!

Katy said...

I'd forgotten about that beautiful pencil case - nice to see it again, it really is a marvel!

Art club, eh? You've got your plate full madam at the minute! I am going to have a think about things to make and email you. Coz I'm nice like that (and have very warm shoulders at the minute - thanks to you. Mwah)

annayama said...

Hope you feel better soon as well. Didn't we all hide the lolly wrappers in our pencil cases. Okay let me think about ideas, activities for the 6-11 group as well. :D

Jen said...

A scapular for a prize? Such an honor, indeed! Though, I think for a while there in my elementary school days, I actually believed that if I died whilst wearing my scapular, I would immediately go to heaven. Such bleak thoughts at such a tender age...

Gina said...

Wonderful knitting all round I think! Well done Ms Reva. Hope you feel better soon.

My Love is..... said...

how awesome I love it!!

Knit and Sew City Girl said...

What a lovely post, you first knitted pencil case very pretty. Your daughter's knitting is very neat and I like the colour of the slippers you are knitting. My daughter is 4.5 and has been bugging me to teach her how to knit, I think I better wait a few years.

Mary

knitsational said...

Oh, I can't wait to teach my little one to knit! What a special thing for you two to share.

Kyoko said...

I am amazed how neat the knitting is. I started knitting when I was 7 and the piece was always with lots of holes. Thee pencil case is lovely. It has a wonderful colour and atmosphere. Hope you are feeling better now.

Helen said...

I saw those slippers over on your ravelry - they look so cosy! Ms Reva's knitting looks very neat. My girl is keen to learn too, after a few false starts, so we must try and have another go.
Good luck with the after school club! I will let you know if I have any crafting activity brainwaves.

Get well soon! x

JuicyFig said...

Your daughters knittting is far neater than mine!
good luck with the art club - I loved doing art and craft at school, we did all sorts, but the idea's are all probably a bit 70's now...

Ravenhill said...

Hope you are well again soon! Love to see your 6 year old's start at knitting, especially the prettey moss green she selected. The slippers you are working on look so cozy and pretty!
~Emily

asti said...

Fabulous start, very neat ! My girlie has trouble keeping it even. Looking forward to seeing the slippers. I have a pattern but have never got round to it, must dig it out.

Therese Turner Himmer said...

My 7-year old son August is knitting and thinks that it is so much fun even though his brothers are teasing him...

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