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The past two years have been all about adjusting to motherhood and finding my way through it via craft. The out pouring of this came in the form of my blog Aunty Mum. Now I'm finally finding my feet, the children are growing, I'm getting some independence and my interests are morphing . . . into cooking. Join me in exploring creativity in many forms, food, fabric, frowns and laughter.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Learning New Skills

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If you’d been listening at our key hole this morning you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a lesson in soft porn. I’ve been trying to teach Kayley to knit and we’ve had to devise a language that we both understand.

The basic knit stitch goes something like this:

1. Front poke (that’s put the needle into the stitch from front to back).

2. Slip (slip the yarn between the needles from back to front).

3. Back poke (bring the back needle under the slipped yarn from the previous step through to the front).

4. Flip it off (take the stitch off the left needle onto the right one).

Thankfully a nine year old was completely oblivious to my filthy mind and the sniggers I had to keep to myself as we talked through each step on each stitch. We started with 30 stitches, now we have 29 in total but we’ve only managed to knit through 22 thus far. Ah well, we’ll try again tomorrow.

I am quite impressed with my composure actually. More than once I wondered to myself why on earth I’d undertaken this task in the second to last week of the summer holidays. Not once did I raise my voice, lose my temper and often we giggled and laughed. I quite enjoyed myself, and hopefully she did too. We’ll have to wait and see if this turns into the scarf she thinks she’s making.

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