I really enjoyed reading about my friend and former colleague Nathalie’s experiences knitting with her son in the September 2011 issue of Today’s Parent Magazine [see her blog post: Teaching Griffin to Knit for a quick precis]. I thought it would be fun to get my own kids started by introducing a family knitting project: a long, pieced together Dr. Who-Style Scarf. On a few sets of the same sized knitting needles, I’ll cast on the same number of stitches. And the kids will get started learning how to knit and purl with some of my leftover yarn. The plan will be, in the long run, to join their bits of scarf together with a simple seam or with my own creative knitting and to keep adding to the project over time. I am hoping this single, long scarf [inspired by Dr. Who #4, Tom Baker – the original “infinity” scarf] will become an anti-stress/welcome guest knitting project. We’ll leave a basket around the house with a few spare balls of yarn and our scarf in progress on a single set of needles for anyone who wants to sit and knit a few rows when they get the urge. It’s not as cool as my Aunt Peggy’s family colouring book, but at least it will be “colourful.”
UPDATE: Rome wasn’t built in a day…and the Dr. Who scarf certainly won’t be completed overnight. But, things are going well here. The fat pair of needles I had around worked well for teaching purposes. Tobes, who ended up with the little pair of needles, wanted to leave off after about fifteen minutes in order to play video games, but I managed to help him knit a good long row. And, Bea is still at work!