I am knitting her a scarf for her birthday (August 15th). Here’s how it’s gone so far:
~Decided a few days into vacation in northern Michigan that I’d better get started on the project. Get out the yarn that Linda TOLD me in the knitting store that I should get wound, only I decided not to. I like winding yarn, I told her. It’s kind of soothing.
~Five days of untangling yarn follow. FIVE, people. On the bright side, it has some of the same qualities as doing a jigsaw puzzle. By the fifth day, my husband has decided to help, and his solution involves long long strands of yarn draped throughout the cabin while he works on knots. Son Alexander amuses himself by figuring out what would be funnier, closing the door draped in yarn or just sending the dog in the middle? The dog makes that decision for herself, and it is kind of funny.
~Day one of trying to cast on stitches, only I don’t like the knitting needles I’m using (circular) so I decide to switch and suddenly can’t remember at ALL how to cast on stitches. Consult the Internet. Try again. Consult a different Internet site. Try again. Consult a third Internet site. Throw ball of yarn across cabin in frustration. Alexander suggests that perhaps I will be more patient in the morning and should try then.
~In the morning, try to recall what I learned from a children’s knitting book and do that. It works! Stitches cast on successfully.
~Try to follow the pattern of the scarf on the row of stitches. Discover that trying to knit with the yarn I bought is like trying to knit with embroidery floss, especially the way it splits. Pull out, try again. Pull out, try again. Pull out, get a couple of rows done, looks awful, pull out. Finally, success!
~Try to knit another row during a break from a game we’re playing (Settlers of Cataan–way fun, if you’re smarter than me) and wreck the whole thing. Pull it out and go to bed.
~Today, finally get a couple of inches knit! Woohoo! Can’t wait till my mom finally gets it and wears it and all of her friends ask her if a child knit her a scarf because it is pretty … irregular. Fortunately, it is supposed to be a “lacy” scarf so the holes just make it look extra fancy.
Anyway, my point is, we ask kids to learn new stuff all the time. And yes they have better eyes, more nimble fingers, and perhaps sometimes better instincts, but I’m sure a lot of the time what we are asking them to do is HARD! I think we might not remember that often enough.