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robinstephanie
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Posted - 08/03/2013 :  11:34:47 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I taught her to knit last Thanksgiving, and she loves it. First project was a garter stitch scarf. Then cabled scarf, then lace scarf, then simple alpaca hat to warm up for the next project: socks. She's in town this weekend and we just bought yarn for her first socks! Sock clinic at my house this weekend! I thought *I* learned fast.

We spent hours knitting together yesterday. It was wonderful. See a where's waldo of unfinished/finished knitted projects, patterns, fabrics, balls of yarn, and oh yeah my niece, at:

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/robinstephanie/woven-square

Robinsteph

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purlewe
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Posted - 08/12/2013 :  09:28:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit purlewe's Homepage Send purlewe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
THIS IS WONDERFUL!!!!

Life is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming. ~Myrna Loy
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donnawatk
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Posted - 08/12/2013 :  09:49:17 AM  Show Profile Send donnawatk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Robinsteph. I know you had fun hanging out with you niece. I'm glad to hear she still likes knitting. You both have Happy knitting together. I have the Aunt who like to garden. When I visit the first thing out of her mouth is lets go to the garden we spend hours together. Its our time together. Donna
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robinstephanie
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Posted - 08/13/2013 :  08:57:13 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's really not too shabby, is it, Purlewe!?

Donna, yes, we had tons of fun, and I'm *thrilled* the knitting stuck. Gardening sounds like another excellent love to bond over.

Robinsteph

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Luann
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Posted - 08/14/2013 :  05:04:21 AM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Isn't it the best feeling? My five-year-old niece visited this weekend, and she was so excited to show me that she had learned how to finger-knit this summer. She kept ripping out and re-knitting the same yarn all weekend, pretty much anytime I'd pick my WIP up, she'd run get hers and sit beside me. I loved it! Planning to get her some needles and show her that technique the next time we visit.

Knit and let knit!
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Jane
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Posted - 08/14/2013 :  10:33:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Luann, I have been thinking about Fran today, and your post reminded me of her learn-to-knit story. Didn't she knit the same ball of white yarn/string over and over again? I can't find the post, but I think that was the gist of it.

It's nice to read about all these happy memories being made!

Jane

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robinstephanie
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Posted - 08/15/2013 :  08:47:06 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Mwah, Luann, that is the sweetest story. I love how the point for her was to do something fun and hang out with you. Not so concerned about a finished item. I hope you get to teach her some new knitting tricks. SO cool.

Robinsteph

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lella
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Posted - 08/15/2013 :  3:08:20 PM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It is so lovely to teach anyone to knit, but especially the young ones. Luann and Robinsteph, how wonderful that you have little nieces to knit with, too. Lovely stories. Three of my girls knit and one crochets. DH tried it a few years ago but after a manly struggle, declared it, "too hard to learn at my age."

Lella

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eldergirl
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Posted - 08/16/2013 :  01:12:33 AM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was rereading your lovely story Robinstephanie, and I remembered that I taught my grandson to knit when he was 5 or 6. He didn't fly with it, although he learned well, and somewhere in his home there is a 2" wide, 10" long strip of garter stitch (almost a scarf for his Teddy), attached to a ball of yarn, and my favorite knitting needles.

This memory had gotten submerged with the difficulties of the past few years, and I am so glad for it!

I love your story, and thank you for telling it!

Best wishes,

Anna

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