I've always enjoyed the crafty things that Mr. H and I get up to and have been wanting to share my knitting with him for quite some time.
Of course, like most things with a five-year-old boy, you need to pick your moment - or seize on it when they're in the right frame of mind.
Case in point: I bought a wee "knitting dolly" for Mr. H at Woolfest (dammit - I still owe you guys a post - SORRY!) and while it was super cute, it was a little difficult to use. It had a small opening, and the hook for slipping the yarn wasn't so much a hook as a thin, wooden stick. Let's just say that it required a little more coordination!
Fast forward to last week and I'm reading a blog by a mom and yarn shop owner who also has a five-year-old boy and talking about how she is teaching him to knit with a little knitting tool and how he's really into it! As luck would have it, I happened to spot the same knitting tool in a quilting/sewing/stitching shop here in Vernon and bought it for Mr. H under the guise of it being a "new toy".
As far as I'm concerned, this little toy really is a "Wonder Knitter" since Mr. H took to it like a duck to water, and finished up the little bit of extra yarn I had leftover from the baby sweater. First of all, the plastic is comfortable and easy to grasp with little hands. There's a little guide for the yarn at the side of the Wonder Knitter to help keep things on track (and it has a handy hole for the hook when not in use), and the hook is actually that - making it easier to pick up the yarn. But the best part has got to be the rotating pins on top (it comes with two options) which can be turned easily with a flick of the thumb so that moving on to the next pin becomes quite addictive. And the little pins have grooves in them too, making it even easier to use the hook to flick the yarn over. Let's just say mummy found it more than a little rhythmic as she was getting the project started!
And today it was a very proud little boy who marched in to the LYS (A Twist of Yarn in Vernon, BC - go if you get the chance - it's fabulous!) to select a ball of yarn for a new project (it's daddy's turn for a necklace now), and walked out with THREE. That's right, my baby just started his own stash!
Mummy is so proud!