it’s been a while since I posted any thing and a lot longer since I posted anything that wasn’t announcing a sale or promoting something! I have been meaning to write this post for a while now – I taught my son to knit! (way back in the Summer).

For the past few years my eldest has rarely seen me without a knitting or crochet project. Early in 2009 my mum also decided to pick up her needles again – she had a plan to knit hats for the joy bags her women’s group put together (she also crocheted a beautiful blanket but that’s another story).  So the inevitable question came – ‘mummy, can I knit?’

I’m left handed and my son is right handed but as my mum taught me, and she’s right handed, I actually knit right handed so I didn’t think that it would be a problem. I soon found that the only way to teach him properley was to perch him on my knee and hold the needles with him. He started doing a few stitches of whatever I was knitting and then got bored and would move on. He did this with his grandma to when he saw her. He’s a bit of a livewire and never sits still so I really enjoyed these quiet moments when we would sit together – though he did usually seem to ask just as I was feeding the baby!

During the school holiday’s I was trying to design a scarf for a magazine competition and my son played a huge part of it – he liked changing from knit to purl and back again, wanted a scarf he didn’t have to tie and pom poms. We knitted the prototype together.

Then he felt ready to try on his own needles – the result is a bit holey but he’s grasped it really well and is so proud of himself. Father Christmas brought him lots of brightly coloured wool and a beginner’s knitters kit (unfortuantely aimed at girls and he has no interest in knitting the little handbag!). His dad did sigh and shake his head but had to admit that it is the only time (other than with the dreaded console games) that our son will sit calmly for 20 mins.

Apparently my son had been so excited that he told his friends at school and this week I went into his class to help the teacher to teach knitting. We’ve started with French knitting, which the children I started with picked up almost immediately. I know I cant’ teach the children in class on my knee so any tips would be greatly appreciated! We’re hoping to join in with the Knit 1 pass it on fun here.

As for the scarf that my son designed – well it didn’t get through to the competition but we’ve put it up onto the free pattern page for you to enjoy here