in through the front door
running round the back
peeking in the window
and off comes Jack!
This little poem is a new favorite in our house after I found a link to this blog about teaching children to knit. We are working together on a little square which will eventually be a beanbag or other small toy that can be seamed up from a simple square.
There is real joy for me in starting to pass on this beloved activity, and already Lyddie's attention to the task has increased over the week. At the first sitting, she only wanted to sit for a couple stitches before running off to play, but this afternoon we completed three rows together. The quiet click of the needles is soothing and I love the feel of her little hands slipped into mine as we both hold the needles together.
Lyddie is left-handed which leads me to wonder whether I should be teaching her to knit the opposite way from me. I went ahead with teaching her using hand-over-hand and so far she has done well knitting traditionally. It doesn't seem like knitting itself is such a refined motor skill that it matters which hand does which task. Is this a touchy subject, like forcing lefties to write or eat using their right hand (which I wouldn't dream of doing!)? Thoughts?
You can see little Millie peeking over my shoulder; she wants to get it on the excitement, so I pulled her onto my lap and put her little hands in mine to work a row together. Her favorite part of the process is yelling "JACK!" with an ear-to-ear grin when we reach the end of the poem.