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« on: August 10, 2007 10:00:07 AM »

Oh I am so excited and happy. My niece mentioned last Christmas that she wanted to learn how to knit. This was the first indication that any craftiness existed in my family (I am the exception) so I was a bit sceptical (she also wanted to start a band in 5th grade...she's 21 now...no band LOL). But when she showed up at my house last weekend, took one look at my rather top heavy pile of WIPs...practically demanded that I teach her...as though I were holding out on a really great secret LOL! So we sat down...and she was a sponge!!! Wanted to know everything and how it worked and what did you do if... and how do you  and what does it and WOW! I was so impressed! I was nearly in tears! So like any good junkie...I began to outfit her with a knitting kit. Found a darling felted wristlet I had received in a swap (had been using it myself, but her need was greater!!!) and filled it with scissors and tape measure and a gauge ...well thingey...the metal ruler thing with needle size holes and a gauge "window". Then with my husband watching on with huge saucer like eyes, I gave her a pair of my beloved bamboo needles. He nearly fainted. I was that proud and happy. She picked it up very quickly and is already addicted (much to her boyfriends irritation and the rest of the family's slight amusement). She came back the next day with a bookmark sized practice swatch that was so marvelous, I had her bind it off, weave in the ends (add a big blue plastic tapestry needle to the kit, duh) and I'm using it as a bookmark!! I am so proud,...did I mention that?Huh I sighed happily and sent her back to school.

Fast forward 3 days, she emailed me pictures of her first WIP....a baby blanket. OMG I AM SO FREAKING PROUD...I'm sure I mentioned that....

So today, I went to the mailbox, still happily buzzed from knit-teaching-itis (oh and winning a really nice toy on e-bay). Lo and behold I found a box... hmmm and it's from the niece?!?!?!



And she even replaced the needles I gave her...oh man....is it to late to adopt her...I'm sure my brother wouldn't mind surely...Is she the greatest or WHAT?Huh?
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2007 10:07:11 AM »

Way to go! Thanks for sharing your enabling story.  It brought a smile and maybe even a wee bit of tears.
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2007 10:36:52 AM »

How cool!
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2007 10:44:39 AM »

thats super cool.. im stoked for you... now if i could find someone who wanted to sponge knitting info from me i would be set!
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2007 11:42:17 AM »

Wow!  What a great story.  That definitely brought a smile to my face...I've been working on my computer all day and needed something nice like that to revive me on my lunch!
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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2007 12:22:57 PM »

That's so great!  Congrats on corrupting your niece Wink
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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2007 12:48:16 PM »

I wish I had a cool aunt like you who could teach me how to knit! I tried to learn once, armed with a "easy beginners guide" from the library and a mom who "used to know how to crochet". Needless to say, it was disastrous.
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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2007 02:41:00 PM »

That's completely awesome! 

No wonder you're so proud & happy!   Grin
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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2007 03:03:32 PM »

Awww thanks guys...knew you all would understand....I just can't put this yarn down...it has big things to knit up to LOL. Anything I make will have been made with "Lexi's" yarn...so in itself will be special. Because...as I'm thinking about it....she is the only person to buy me yarn....ever. wow. She is the bestest!
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« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2007 03:11:50 PM »

what a great story... have been trying to get my 2 girls to knit and they refuse!!!!  i love to teach people how to knit.
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« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2007 03:48:45 PM »

That's so awesome! I would be happy too!
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« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2007 05:02:45 PM »

I LOVE this story. I wish my daughter liked knitting. She can cast on, knit, even crochet. But she doesn't like it. Sad I teach knitting at her school There's a few kids I've taught that love it like that. Nobody I know is as addicted...uh dedicated to knitting as I am! Thanks for the inspiration.
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« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2007 08:17:06 PM »

That is so cool.  I am the only crafty one in my family, too.  My mom is so not crafty and I always wondered where it came from.  I have three daughters.  Two have shown a slight interest in knitting, but they really have not taken to it.  My other daughter...forget it.  All she wants to do is play video games.  She thinks knitting is stupid!  You would think with three daughters that I would get one that would love knitting as much as I do....not!  Oh, well.  You are very lucky to have someone to share your enthusiasm with.

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« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2007 01:56:11 AM »

Wow! Smiley Smiley

Funky that you let her come to you when SHE wanted to. I know I was  put off fibre crafts for years because we HAD to crochet a cat at school.
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« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2007 10:38:30 PM »

I have to say, my dear niece brought tears of joy to my eyes too ... not because she wanted to knit, but because she wanted me to knit something for her! I have such a hard time finding people to knit for! It would have been fun to teach her ... she did cross stitch at one time, but .... she was 6 then and she is 23 now ... no interest!
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« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2007 04:08:47 PM »

Forget u adopting her can i take her she sounds absolutely aweasome.
I have to say, my dear niece brought tears of joy to my eyes too ... not because she wanted to knit, but because she wanted me to knit something for her! I have such a hard time finding people to knit for! It would have been fun to teach her ... she did cross stitch at one time, but .... she was 6 then and she is 23 now ... no interest!
and i have to say i brought tears to my eyes too
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