Yesterday my eight year old asked me to teach her how to crochet. Needless to say I was thrilled. But it got me thinking, crochet is something my hands do that my head can't really explain so well in words. I know that sounds weird but it's true. Sometimes if I think too hard about it I can't do it but if I let my hands go they remember the rhythm.
When I learnt to crochet back in May, I Googled each step, looked at the pictures of each step and practised putting my hands and fingers and yarn in the same positions.
When Indi asked me yesterday I sat with her for a while and showed her, but then I also had to take care of the demands of the other members of the family and leave her. Each time I returned she had reverted to finger knitting.
So I printed out these step by step pictures so she could watch my fingers even when I was making dinner or putting the washing away.
STEP ONE: (above)The basic way to hold the hook and yarn.
STEP FIVE: Start again from step one.
She loves it. She says she's already addicted to it.
I'm so happy!
This afternoon I'll be crocheting this blue Bebop cardi and she might graduate to double crochet.