Monday, February 15, 2010
teaching a lefty 8-year old to crochet
Wow ~ I couldn't wait to teach my oldest daughter to crochet...just like my grandma taught me. Two differences...one, my daughter is a lefty and I'm not and, two, my grandma had patience. Geez...I had to really stop and think about the mechanics of crocheting. I realized that there is almost a tripod of tension that you are balancing and then rebalancing with every stitch. Once I had that down in my head, I could move on and verbalize my thoughts. Of course my daughter didn't understand why her stitches didn't look like mine, but that's where that patience gene came into play. After about two inches of the chain stitch, she wanted to make a scarf. No. So, I told her I would teach her the single stitch once she made a chain that extended from one end of our long hall to the other. I figured she just really needed to get a good feel for the craft and if she had enough will to keep making that very long chain, then she could graduate to the next stitch. Surprisingly, she did it and was so proud of herself. Also surprising was the fact that she looked at me with a big smile and said, "Mom, you're a good teacher". She knows just what to say to skip to the double stitch!