Now...I am not an expert knitter but at one stage when I was growing up my mother got me to sit long enough to teach me how to cast on and do knit and purl and I have very vague memories of making a jumper when I was a teenager but it is quite possible that I started it and my mother finished it off as I was always out playing sport.
I don't think any of my friends nor myself ever sat at home doing craftwork, knitting or crochet apart from sewing our own clothes which was the norm in the 1960s. I guess though if we were sewing our own clothes it is quite possible that we didn't have time to do any other craftwork anyway.
A couple of years ago I had bought the girls Jane Bull's Stitch by Stitch and Made by Me at a local Post Office as they were in a pack for $10 and what a bargain they turned out to be! I can highly recommend these books for children and even adults who want to learn how to knit, sew and crochet as they are visually very appealing with clear instructions. So we turned to the knitting section in Stitch by Stitch after I had cast on 20 stitches and then showed her how to do plain stitch....and she was off!
She took to it like a duck to water and even took her knitting to bed one night :-) However, after she poked herself in the eye with the long needles one day I decided that when I got home I would check out whether I could buy children's knitting needles as I had never seen them in the shops and didn't even know if they existed. I did find some on ebay but rang Spotlight and Lincraft and asked if they stocked any and sure enough, Spotlight had some Birch needles in various sizes. They are shorter than the ones my granddaughter was using and my daughter said she is finding it much easier to use them after they arrived by
I had been hoping to find a DVD for children which would teach them to knit but could only find ...
...The Art of Knitting 4 Kids which isn't suitable to be viewed in Australia because it is made for Region 1 which seems to be the US and Canada. It looks like a great DVD and I would love to buy one for the girls and it is a shame that it isn't compatible here in Australia. Does anyone know of any other DVDs which would be similar and are perhaps made here? There certainly would be a market out there for some enterprising person to make such a DVD as I am sure it would sell like hot cakes!
While I was searching the net for resources on knitting with children I found heaps of tutorials on this Pinterest page and there is some interesting reading there if you have nothing else to do with your life. Ha ha! Pinterest really is a great time waster I am sure you will agree.
So now Miss Six has had sewing and knitting lessons. You can read about her sewing lesson and see the little Elna sewing machine I bought the girls in this post. During my next visit I will teach her how to do purl but now that she can read I think she will already have mastered that by the time I see her again. Her little sister wanted to learn how to crochet while I was visiting but she is still a little too young.
The children are lovely when they are babies and so very cute and cuddly but it is also nice when they are old enough to learn new skills and once they can read a whole new world is open to them. Nannas (those who are retired) have a bit more time than busy and tired mums to teach them these lessons and hopefully the girls will have fond memories of these moments when they grow up and have their own family.
Please let me know if you are aware of any other resources available for teaching children to knit as I would love to know and I am sure there are other mums and grandmas out there who would also be interested. Thanks heaps!