Passing Down Skills

I think it is every crafter’s dream to pass on their skills and knowledge to their kids. The feeling of being connected to my ancestors via knitting and sewing is something that I truly cherish. I’ve come to the realization, however, that as of right now my boys aren’t really interested in learning my skills.

Periodically the oldest will decide that he wants to knit to. So I dutifully hand him needles and a skein of yarn from the stash and teach him to cast on and knit. Generally, it never gets any further than that. After a few months I go in and retrieve my needles and try to salvage yarn that has been shoved into a bag and under the bed/in the bottom of the closet.

The youngest is a huge help in picking out yarn, but so far doesn’t quite have the fine motor skills to really manipulate both needles at the same time. I’m giving him time, though, as he is only 4. He tries sometimes, though!

He chose the needles and the yarn all by himself.
He chose the needles and the yarn all by himself.

In both cases I hold onto the hope that as they get older they’ll decide they want to learn, too. My mom taught me to knit repeatedly over the years, but it wasn’t until my mid-20’s that I really had the desire and drive to practice it. So I will continue to hope that someday they’ll want to learn to knit, even if only as a way to continue to be close to me.

And if not, there’s always the potential for a partner or child of theirs to decide they want to learn.

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