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Archive for August 21st, 2008

Ordinary Kids, Amazing Gifts

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

I have the great fortune to interact with creative kids quite often. Allow me to wax poetic about the kids right now.

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Not long ago I was at Rae’s Yarn Boutique just hanging out knitting before riding my bike home again. A few ladies came in and they brought with them a boy of elementary age. He was visiting from Minnesota and his name was Max. (Since I’m not showing his face I’m speaking his name out loud, I usually will not do both.)

We got talking about felted animals, knitted animals, crocheted (amugurimi) animals. Max was into it. He volunteered that he liked to crochet and that he’d made a hedgehog. I expressed an interest and he bolted for the door. His mom figured out that he was going to get the hedgehog so he could “show and tell” at the shop.

I’m so glad he warmed up that fast. Do you see what he did? It is just wonderful, just look at that face!!! Go, Max.

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But I’m not done telling of the wonders of kids… in this case, working with yarn. My summerkidz at Rae’s have been doing a great job.

First, notice them working intently last week, and the girl in front (M.) is holding the bottom of what will be a variation of my BabyZig (from the ZigBagZ Mini collection pattern). The bottom of the bag is a checkerboard in two-color stranded knitting, done flat. This means every other row (not very many of them) is purled in 2 colors. She is 12 years old. No sweat, Ms. Lynn!

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The next photo is A. with a mini sock. You saw M. holding her mini sock much earlier this summer in a group photo. These tiny sock blockers come with a keychain attached. Rae got a bunch more of them a few weeks ago and they are going fast. In fact, I bought one for my Mom’s birthday gift this year.

The kids are making full-sized socks for themselves, but typically they use fatter yarn (worsted weight) for those. These tiny socks? They are using normal sockyarn and double pointed needles for these. Size 0 or 1 needles (2-2.25mm) are the tool of choice. It is a fussy project and they work in fits and starts, but two of my kidz have done these in the last 6 weeks or so. I told you so… kids are amazing sometimes, if you give them good materials and allow them to follow their inspiration.

I have a good life. Teaching kids to work with yarn is about as much fun as a person can have.

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Oh, for the record, A. did not knit the lace shawl she is wearing. Rae knit it, as a store sample. A. wears it every chance she can. It’s in that new Mooi yarn by Louet, of bison, bamboo and cashmere fiber. Incredible stuff. This girl does know the good yarn, for sure!