Thursday Addie and I had this conversation:
Addie: Granny, would you make a frog hat for my friend and one for me too?
Me: No. You’re 10 years old. You can learn to crochet and make your own frog hat.
Addie: What if I clean your sewing room and you can pay me AND make me a frog hat?
Me: No! Something doesn’t seem quite right with that offer, plus – my sewing room doesn’t bother me at all and if you want frog hats, you make them.
I think one of the biggest incentives for learning to do most anything is having a want, need or desire that isn’t going to get filled unless you take the bull by the horns. A lot of people could learn that lesson!
It seems that when Addie says she can’t do something or doesn’t understand, most people in her life do it for her. I would love for her to learn to crochet, knit, cross stitch but she has to be willing to put forth the effort.
We started out with the slip knot. I showed her how I make mine and told her to find some youtube videos and watch them. She did watch a lot of videos but, like when learning anything new, it seems so much harder than it really is. She was determined that everyone else in the world could make a slip knot but she could not. She wanted me to say “I’ll do it for you!” I told her . . we all grow and mature at different stages/ages. Maybe you just aren’t ready to do it yet. Put it away and maybe next month or next summer, you can try it again. Not what she wanted to hear. She watched more videos and came bounding into the living room announcing that she could make a perfect slip knit!
Then . . same thing with holding the yarn and keeping tension on it. She got that down and now, instead of having to watch the yarn and wrangle it out of the wrong fingers and get it right, the yarn seems to know exactly where to go between her fingers.
This afternoon, we were working on a chain stitch. She said “I can’t do it!”. I reminded her that children much younger than she is can do it but, if she can’t do it . . she can put it away til later. She REALLY wants to make a frog hat!
She’s practicing the chain stitch . . and with a smile on her face! 🙂
I hope she sticks with it at least long enough to know if it’s something she is going to enjoy or not.