This day has been a long time coming, and I have one excited little man on my hands. Today is the day he learns to knit with needles!
The lead up to this day has been long. As a baby and toddler, Reece would watch as I knit, creating things for us to wear, and play with, and things to gift to friends and family. During his preschool years I would settle down to knit, and he would have fun playing with a ball of yarn, pretending to knit and create. We also spent a day at a friends farm playing with wool. We washed, carded, dyed and spun with friends, and had the best time. Then during the kindergarten years he had fun making God's eyes, twisting yarn into rope, and finally, finger knitting. We visited a fiber festival where Reece got to see the sheep where our wool comes from. We brought home some fleece, and worked together to card it, dye it and then create with it. In our second year of kindergarten we focused on a long term project, finger knitting a skipping rope. It took him almost seven months to complete it, but he did it, and was ever so proud when he did.
The path to this point has been a journey of sorts, one that he has enjoyed immensely. When we jumped back into our homeschooling rhythm a few weeks ago, I created space in our days to do more finger knitting, to go over tying knots and bows, and to make our own knitting needles. Yes, he made is very own knitting needles, and today he gets to use them.
Many have questioned why a little boy would learn to knit. I don't often get into the reasons why, most people don't really want to know, they are just questioning a stereotype that says girls knit, and boys don't. But if someone was genuinely interested I would tell them that knitting is important for a variety of reasons. It helps with hand-eye coordination, helps perfect fine motor skills, works both sides of the brain, and helps set the stage for reading. On top of that it is a peaceful, meditative activity. From our experience last year working on our finger knitted skipping rope, I also love that knitting teaches patience, and the follow through of working on a long term project from start to finish. Creating with the hands, with whatever material you choose, also connects the head and hands, and in most cases, the heart too.
Today will begin as it normally does, we will head out for a our nature walk after breakfast. Back at home we will have a smoothie and a snack, and then jump into our circle time and main lesson. There will be a little free play before and after lunch, followed by our read aloud, and then quiet time. I am sure quiet time won't be all that quiet today, the anticipation and excitement of what is to come will most likely be a little much for my little man, but we will try. We will then recite our handwork verse, I will cast on twelve stitches for him, and we will sit together, and slowly and patiently learn to knit.