Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Finger Knitting

Our weekend was very wet and Archie tired and restless. So the finger knitting came out. I had tried to teach Archie traditional knitting a few months ago but he was a little young and felt you should be able to stick the needle in where ever a hole appeared. This of course is a wonderful and creative theory but perhaps a little different to the concept of knitting as I understand it. And then I remembered finger knitting. The simplicity of passing one loop over another using his index finger as the stick was a hit. It really helped Archie to understand the need for precision in the wool's placement and he quickly knitted up metres and metres of chain. In fact, his fingers knitted for two and a half hours straight before he felt the need to stretch.
And what does a boy do with those endless metres of chain? Make an anchor of course and spend the rest of the afternoon throwing it off a pirate ship and hauling it back in. It was also very good for tying up captives.

3 comments:

theflanfam said...

I can't wait to try this with my kids! They are going to love it. They always see me knitting but I don't think they are ready for needles. I don't know why I never thought of finger knitting! Thanks.

Su said...

WOW!! You are one talented lady. I had time to look at some of your older projects from the sidebar and I can't believe how many things you do and how amazing they are. Love your paintings and well, just about everything. Thanks for sharing!!!

Kate Bruning said...

Thank you so much for the comments, they are lovely and make such a difference to my day. Love Kate

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