Sometimes, when I am knitting (which is not so often lately), I have a 3.5 year old knitting companion - she uses these giant needles and this old yarn... and she knits amazing animals (in her imagination).
The other day, she announced she wanted to do "real knitting" - and that she wanted to make a caterpillar (and that we had to use HER needles and HER yarn too).
I operated the needles, and she did the "wrapping around with wool" bit... and we made this:
(maybe a caterpillar's old discarded skin?)
Undeterred, we reached for the yarn needle, and she did her first bit of "real sewing" with a "real needle" - in and out, up and down, around and through and generally any which way she liked (with a few strategic stitches from me to kind of pull it into a kind of shape).
Finally, we had finished - our first toy that we knitted* and sewed* together.
Meet Wooly Bear, the caterpillar - she is very talkative and loves to tell jokes, and is just the right size to cuddle up in a little hand.
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*not sure if this qualifies as real knitting or sewing, but I'm definitely sure that it really doesn't matter in the end