Adam and I were up early, got chores done, ate breakfast and then discussed what to do for the day. Adam had been quite intrigued by my knitting machine so today he wanted to learn to knit. The first thing he noticed was a cone of my acrylic yarn in maroon. After looking further, he found another cone in a bright gold / yellow. The colors of the Minnesota Gophers. And soon the plan for a scarf was underway. I started a simple 1×1 rib and let Adam knit away. We had a minor catastrophe after about 160 rows and had to start over.
But soon Adam had knit 250 rows and declared his scarf long enough. I bound off the stitches and he had a scarf to wear when sledding this winter. For his next project, he decided to try cotton dishcloths.
This is a rather complicated process. I showed him how to cast on, knit the first row, put a special bar called a comb across the stitches, add weight to hold down the stitches on the needles, set a dial, knit the second row, push in 2 buttons and then begin knitting.
The machine has a little counter that gets tripped with each row. Adam had to watch the counter and at rows 15, 21, 106, 112, and 126 he had to adjust a couple of the buttons. Then I showed him how to bind off the stitches. With each dishcloth, he learned more steps and needed me less to help him. Before long, he could do all the steps without my instruction. He only needed help if he messed something up.
By the end of the day, he finished 8 dishcloths – mostly by himself! He also learned to change yarn and re-thread the machine.
In mid-afternoon, his Mom, Peggy and brother, Jonathan came. Adam took them to the barn to see the alpacas and feed them the remainder of the green beans and cucumber peelings. I looked towards the barn and see Peg and Jonathan in with the alpacas. Adam had given them a lesson in scooping poop.
Cleaning the alpaca pen
Adam came back in the house and left them to finish the job! He wanted to prepare for his next demonstration. Adam then showed his mom and brother that he could knit a dishcloth. The student had become the teacher!
Adam got a dish cloth started and showed Jonathan how to knit and follow the pattern.
On his own
Jonathan was nearly done, when he had a wee problem and we had to start over.
Completed dish cloth
Jonathan finished his dish cloth on the second try and I bound it off for him. He declared it a success! Adam also showed his Mom how he learned to card fiber. And lastly, he packed up his overnight bag and took his Lucky Charms cereal and they were off on the long drive back to Wisconsin.
We had a wonderful time with Adam on the farm. He was a great helper and a quick learner. And it was amazing to watch him absorbs new skills and then show them to others. Thanks for all your hard work, Adam!