Okay, admittedly, I can't do it very well, but seeing as how in the past I've not even gotten past that pesky little "casting on" bit, I'm pretty excited.
I just love everything about knitting. I love staring at rows of colored yarn and picking out a few to claim as my own. I love the click of the needles and the feel of the wood in my hands. I love that my project is portable, snug in my purse should the occasion of a few free minutes present itself.
I love too that I have such eager recipients of my work.
The moment my boys learned that I could do this, they began placing their orders.
You see, they've been reading Johnny Texas and it's sequel, Johnny Texas on the San Antionio Road.** This is sort of the Texas version of a pioneer story. It's about a German family who settles in Texas just prior the battle of the Alamo, and is chock full of boy action.
We've also been watching the PBS show "Texas Ranch House"*** (thank you Netflix), so my guys are way into frontier play at the moment. They haul out all their blocks and their Schleich animals and set to work building their settlement, pens and corrals, Commanche encampments, and forts for the soldiers.
So, it shouldn't have surprised me when they started staking their claim on the dishrags that I was knitting.
"Um, can I use that? My cowboys need a bed."
Then, soon after, "Can you make a whole bunch more? The ranch house needs beds too and the Indians need some blankets for trading and can you knit a teepee too? Oh, and maybe some saddles for the horses?"
I have my work laid out for me it seems, and that suits me just fine. The projects they've dreamed up for me, so far, are small and doable, and the cowboys don't mind one wit if I drop stitches or otherwise botch things. I've even managed to barter a few kisses for my wares, so all in all, I'd say that my first foray into knitting couldn't be more successful Of course, if they start asking me for wee little socks and knit caps, we're going to have issues. Unfortunately, my knitting prowess applies solely to rectangles.
** a note about the Johnny Texas books – My boys really loved these, but I feel that you should be warned. They were written a long time ago, and they reflect some fairly old ideals. The mother in the story is portrayed as pretty weak, fussy and "delicate" for a while. It really got on my nerves, but not too long into the story she proves herself to have an admirable strength of character.
*** as for Texas Ranch House, my seven year old totally digs it. The six year old is kind of lukewarm about it. The three year old, obviously could not care less. Interestingly, issues of sexism have come up in this series too, so it's given us lots of opportunities to talk about the expectations and ideas of that time period versus our own. It's a neat show, but I would highly recommend watching it alongside your kiddos in case the need for some dialogue arises.