My oldest daughter has the creative fire running through her veins, just like me. She is always drawing something, making something, or learning something. It's incredible how much one can learn nowadays with a quick Google search and some dedicated YouTube-video watching.
Lexi has been asking if she can try hand knitting with our big stitch yarn for months now. She recently participated in Lemonade Stand by Curated, a craft sale for mini-makers and emerging artists. She worked her butt off to make pom pom emoji pins and pencil toppers and made it through two long days at her very first craft sale. We were so proud of her, and as a reward I let her choose from all 70 of our colors and ordered her a 1 lb skein of big stitch yarn in periwinkle. We finally found time yesterday to split the yarn and complete the knitted infinity cowl she wanted to make, and we made videos and snapped photos as we went. Here's a pic of Lexi wearing her cowl—she is so proud of herself! Crafting with kids is so rewarding, and my kids definitely get high dosages of crafting from me!
We had so much fun with this project! As a busy mom of three, I seriously enjoy the moments when I can get some deep one-on-one bonding with each individual child, and this was for sure one of those moments with Lexi. The first thing we did was unravel her yarn from the tight ball into a large bowl. Next, we split the yarn to half thickness. We made a video of us doing this—it's amateur, but it's kind of funny and shows a lot of what you can expect to encounter when splitting your yarn. Click here to see the video.
Splitting the yarn is by far the hardest part, especially when doing it with a young and eager child. We had a broken strand, and I had to reassure her 17 times that it was OK! We felted the broken ends and the two split strands together to create one long strand and then skeined the yarn by winding it on my Swift. We took the opportunity to make another video on felting specifically for big stitch yarn—Lexi is turning into such a great camcorder assistant! Click here to see the video.
We were finally ready to start making Lexi's infinity cowl! It took me about five minutes to get her started (I chained six for her and then did the first two rows to demonstrate) and then she was off. I love hand knitting flat on the table like this. BeCozi made a fantastic video on hand knitting that you can see here.
Lexi worked on her cowl off and on throughout the day. She learned a lot about trying to control her tension and only needed me to explain how to cast off when she was done. It turned out huge and absolutely beautiful! She made her own video tutorial for kids who want to hand knit their own big stitch cowl! Click here to see the video. I'm so glad we found the time to do this together. All too often we get caught up in the business of life, and when these moments happen, I'm always struck by how special they really are!