My guy has kids.
Three of them. Ages 7, 10 and 12. The youngest a boy, the other two are girls.
It is a sort of instant family occasion.
I enjoy it way more than I ever thought I would. And I suppose they slowly get used to me too. Of course, there are plenty of challenges, but that makes it interesting as well. Never a dull moment.
A little while ago the middle one came home from a playdate with a box. This box was a gift from an aunt. She stood before me with that box and asked me if I could knit. First I thought I misheard. Then she showed me the box. This box had a picture of a stuffed animal (a donkey in this case) on it, and it said in not so bold letters: knit your own stuffed animal. I told her that yes I can knit (at least last time I tried, about 8 years ago…). But to knit a stuffed animal is another story altogether. The only knitting experience I have is knitting scarves, albeit with different stitches, but still. I asked her if her grandmother couldn’t knit. Apparently not (later I learned this was wrong, her grandmother does know how to knit).
We opened the box and I went for the instructions. A bunch of letter combinations were staring me in the face. For those of you who don’t know. Knitting involves its own language in the shape of abbreviations. These abbreviations basically are the instructions. When you’ve not knitted in a decade, these abbreviations could be chinese. Especially when you don’t quite remember how and what to do again.
It included wool (different types, very thin thread), stuffing and needles. Not just 2, but 5. This told me the knitting involved would be quite advanced.
I told her that this project is not an easy one (I wished my grandmother was still alive). But I could teach her how to knit. That drew her attention and she agreed.
The next time I saw her, I had brought my knitting gear, but left it in the car. You never know if it’s a temporary craze. So I was quite taken aback when she flatout asked me if I was ready to teach her how to knit. And so I did.
Now she knits. I don’t think she likes it much, because she has decided her scarf would be better off being a little piece of cloth to make a pillow out of. She does know how to do it though! I suppose that is the important part.
Her sister also wanted to knit (had some experience) and is knitting away happily after a short recap. The youngest however, decided he too wanted to learn how to knit. But while explaining he was more interested in the TV. I suppose it was more about the personal attention than anything else.
So yeah, knitting. And I know the middle one has set her mind on knitting this damn donkey, since she asked me if we could practice knitting with multiple (more than 2) needles… knitting in rounds, not sure how it translates. But God help me, we are doing this.