Neeva came to my garden today so I could show her how to knit.
I looked through my knitting needle collection and found some child sized knitting needles, and found some spare wool for her to try out:
I showed her how to make a slip knot to start, and showed her how to cast on a stitch, but the needles were just too heavy for her:
“Oh dear Neeva. I’m sorry, I’ll find you some lighter wooden ones.” I helped her out from under the needles, and brought out some thin double-pointed needles:
She got on much better with these, seemed a lot happier, and carried on with her casting on:
She was getting on very well, so I picked up my knitting. I didn’t want to put her off by watching her closely while she was learning. After a while I heard a muffled squeaking noise, and looked up:
“What happened Neeva? You’re in a terrible tangle,” I said, trying not to laugh.
“Help! I’m stuck,” she cried.
“Don’t worry Neeva, I’ll untangle you.”
“I’m sorry. I think these needles are too long and thin for you, and I haven’t got any others,” I said. Neeva looked quite fed up:
“You were doing really well until you got in a tangle. Don’t be dis-heartened. I’ll make you some small light needles somehow, and we’ll try again another time.”
Neeva headed back home. I hope this hasn’t put her off, there are usually a few teething problems when you learn anything new. I had underestimated her size in relation to the needles – it’s hard to knit with needles the size of javelins!