Some of you may recall my surprise last September when my 8 year old turned out to be a historian. That revelation involved a trip to a museum in which the kid displayed remarkable concentration and interest not only compared to other kids but compared to most adults. The museum trip was followed by a trip to the library to get out books on the Acadians. We later moved on to New France. [At this point the homeschoolers are shaking their heads at how long it took me to realize that homeschooling might be a good option for her.]
You may also know that she knows how to knit. She has a bunch of projects on the go. She even completed a knitted Koigu headband for her best friend rather quickly when that best friend had to move out of her house temporarily due to a serious fire next door. There were plans for the new baby (no, not me, very close friends; it’s a girl called Grace) that never quite got off the ground. There is a hat started. She never really had the motivation or inclination to stick with it and do very much at one sitting.
Well, the other day she wandered off to get something off her craft shelves. I think she started with weaving (I made her a basic loom with a picture frame years ago that languishes in a box) and did a bit of that. And then she got some needlepoint out. There is a package of 3″ square plastic canvas and a bag of leftover tapestry wool and various other suitable scraps of wool. I think that all started when she received a kids’ kit a while ago.
Anyway, there has been quite a lot of needlepoint going on. She’s designing herself. The first couple were geometric blocks. Then yesterday she found some cotton and lycra sock yarn that I’d bought from Elann and is now doing a series with that. These incorporate initials but are still in the style of random blocks of colour. Pretty cool. She sits and does it for hours. We even looked at books in the library yesterday (including Ehrman, and Kaffe Fasset) and got one out with a bunch of little projects. It’s designed for adults but that means that they are nice designs rather than twee ‘for kids’ designs with little detail. She is planning on trying at least one of the projects (a bookmark and eyeglass case with a pattern based on the endpapers in antique books). [Ron is now shaking his head and saying “I told you so”.]
She has even explained to me that she has found her craft and that she likes this the way that I like knitting. Also that we both do “woolwork”, meant, I think, to make me feel like she is not abandoning me but is joining me. All quite fun.
She’s still interested in weaving but thinks that she’ll do more at my mother’s house because she has a proper loom and, according to her, it’s easier when you don’t have to lift up the threads as you go through. She’s also been talking about how she’s heard that you can get mini-looms that will fit on the table. I can see where this might go but am ignoring all talk of looms for the moment. One of my new homeschooling buddies has one so maybe she can talk to her about weaving.
What is kind of interesting to me is how she is more interested in crafts that her grandmothers do. My mother weaves (she also knits but not so often these days) and her other grandmother does needlepoint. But that just brings one more thing to her relationships with them (which are quite independent of me).