Both my younger kids got as a schoolwork assignment to knit something. The youngest got a yarn and knitting needles from school, but our middle child forgot to get hers when the schools closed so we solved that by using what we had at home. (We were too lazy to go back to the school and get yarn and needles. Plus I was sick)
That worked out perfectly with my plan this year – to use up the materials I already have at home, before buying new ones!
My daughter started knitting with some bamboo needles and some yarn that I had at home, in her favorite color as it turned out. And as it also turned out – Strömsö, the popular TV-program, started a knit along, with a very easy shawl as their first project! My daughter watched their videos and got started at once. Their videos are in both Swedish and Finnish and really easy to follow along.
We’ve gotten so many good knitting advice through Lee at Strömsö, who knits and takes questions in real time regularly on their Instagram page.
My daughter set to work and knitted and watched Youtube, and I also got eager to knit something, so we started watching her homework together and knitted. It was so much fun! We’ve gotten so much quality time out of sitting and knitting lately. And I’ve also been happy to be able to do something productive while lying in bed recuperating.
We watched the excellent documentary ”Blood, sweat and T-shirts” – available online on the Areena, only in Finnish unfortunately because it’s such a great documentary! We got to follow along with four young people who traveled to Asia to visit cotton farms, sweat shops and all parts of the production line for a simple cheap T-shirt. It made us vow to buy organic and fair trade as much as we can (fortunately we already buy most of our clothes second hand, which is also a good option).
I asked my daughter to bring me some needles and some yarn, and she found a white one which I made a scarf out of.
Then I got bitten by the knitting bug! I remember being slightly annoyed with knitting ”in the olden days” (i.e. pre this quarantine), but I think it was mainly because I got a bad back. But now something’s happened! I still can’t crochet too much without getting back aches, but I seem to be able to knit to my heart’s desire! Turns out I want to knit all the time, so I made this long scarf for my daughter:
Then my yarn almost ran out, so now I’m on the lookout for new yarn! which is so much fun. I’ve finally been able to use up all the yarn I had at my home, leftovers after doing a lot of crocheted blankets and other projects.
Luckily I still have some gray yarn left, so I’ll do a poncho or something, while waiting for my new yarn to arrive to the post office.
Turns out knitting is super fun when you’re back is not aching, when you have a knitting partner, when you’re watching some interesting TV, or just plain to relax. I’m so happy my kids got me to start knitting again!
P.S. My youngest son tried to see if he could make it a whole week without social media, so he’s been sitting in a comfy chair listening to audiobooks and knitting all week long! He is so diligent and really loves to just sit there and produce loop after loop, I’m so proud of him!