Thursday, February 10, 2011

our creative space


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

15 comments:

Jill said...

That is just fabulous!! So great that your little one is having a go too! I love her caterpillar and think she did a great job! Very creative!

Tas said...

That is just gorgeous. Better than any caterpillar I have ever made.

Shell said...

Watch out Mum a new knitter is in town. I like the catepillar's name.

Bugalugs aka Jacqui said...

So, so cute!

Alison said...

Precious! What a lovely story, and some nice craft work.

Wendy said...

Good for you for being so patient! A great product, but a more lasting process...

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

GReat idea!!! Love it. Well done to both of you esp. for the mummy patience.

Maxabella said...

I've got a little tear. x

teddybearswednesday said...

It's official I'm in love with Wooly Bear. Its also official that you are one hell of a mum xo

Cate said...

I don't care if it qualifies as real knitting or sewing - that has got to be the sweetest thing I've seen in ages!!!!!
xxxCate

fairchildstreet said...

I think it is lovely. I remember sitting by my grandmother watching her knit then learning from her. Charmaine

Michelle said...

Ha ha! I love it! We all have to start somewhere.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love the collaborative effort - Mother/daughter crafting is so much fun.

SFMama said...

How adorable!! I've been wondering what a good age would be to let my daughter start crocheting/sewing.

becclebee said...

that's beautiful! so great that she wants to make and create. very precious moments.