I have a very special WIP Wednesday to share with you today. It’s special because it’s not something on my hook, but something on my 7.5 years old daughter’s hook!
I taught my daughter to crochet around the time she turned 5. She made a basic sc scarf with bulky yarn and a big hook. But I always had to remind her to practice on it and she didn’t seem all that interested so I dropped it. Didn’t want to push too hard and have her hate it.
Recently she’s been showing a little more interest so I decided to see how she did with a granny square, figuring it would be easier/faster since you work into the spaces instead of the stitches. We sat down last Friday and over the course of an hour or so, she made the green square you see in the center there. She seemed to enjoy it and I was happy to just leave it there. Well, I’m currently working on a squares blanket multiple colors in each square so naturally, she wanted to do that too. I hit on the idea of the giant granny blanket and she loved it. I let her raid my yarn stash for whatever color she wants. My only condition is that she picks yarns that are similar in thickness (most of this has been Loops and Threads Impeccable so far). Oh, and that once she picks the next color, she sticks with it.
She has been working on it every spare moment at home and really wants to enter it in the fair next year. I cannot begin to tell you how impressed I am with her focusing on it so well and wanting to work on it endlessly (that part must come from my genes :-P) even when there is a mistake that needs to be ripped back. The only time I will rip things back to have her fix something is if the structure of the blanket is compromised (for instance, forgetting to do a corner). Otherwise I’m letting the mistakes stay so she doesn’t just make no progress and get too frustrated. And really, there’s only a few mistakes in there as it is.