The day finally came when she asked me how to knit. I was at the ready, needles and yarn donated from Birds of a Feather in Ohio (I visited when I was taping a couple segments for Knitting Daily TV which should be airing by now).
I have never shown anyone how to do anything, really, and to think that I have a book coming out is sort of scary. I've never been a teacher, at least not in my vision of "teacher" and I don't know if I want to be one. I am sort of in the realm of wanting to show what I know or sharing what I have learned, instead of teaching things, step by step or by rote. I am more excited about just sitting and talking about things, rather than leading. So showing Girlfriend how to knit was, should I say, mildly daunting and sort of scary for me.
But it was good. And she nearly knit three rows before running upstairs. She was proud. And I will hang onto her UFO until she's ready to tackle it again.
Unless, like me, she rebels against her mother's artistic pursuits and decides to throw her nose up at everything and every idea I have. I did that in Bluebirds (the young version of Camp Fire Girls) when my mom was a Bluebird Leader. I refused to wear my uniform. I never followed her directions. I basically made her life a living Bluebird leader mommy hell.
If I could take it back now, I would.
Meanwhile, I will save this for (my) prosperity and leave the rest to her. Bless her soul. She'll decide what she likes and as long as it isn't stripping or alligator wrestling, I will always be there for her.
By the way: I was just thinking, as I was joining my crocheted motifs together the way the latest Interweave Crochet suggests (thanks to all of you who commented) that crochet is a lot easier than knitting. At least to me.
Oh, I did a couple designs for Blue Sky Alpacas. One is for free (a girls' tank that can be found on their site and at Knitting Daily TV) and another, a unisex kid's pullover with a Mariachi theme. Both use their new skinny cotton that is fantastic.