Stitchy McYarnpants

Confessions of a husband-neglecting, cat-shooing, yarn-hoarding knitaholic. But in a good way.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

I have seen the future of knitting and . . .

It. Is. Adorable!

This is Madison. She just turned 10 and she’s a knitter. Her mom taught her when she was 8 and she’s made a number of scarves for friends and grandparents. Her current WIP is a light green wool scarf. When it’s finished, she’s going to put pink pom-poms at the ends to jazz it up.

Now, when I say she’s a knitter, I don’t just mean that she happens to know how to knit. Heck, you can teach a monkey how to knit, but you can’t convince it that starting a knitted sweater for it’s cage mate two weeks before Christmas is anything but a bad idea. Nope, Maddy is one of us (one of us, one of us!). I was showing her parents something in the kitchen and as she waited patiently for the boring grown-ups to finish their boring grown-up conversation, she stood there with her little knitting bag hanging on her wrist and was KNITTING! She’s a standing knitter, people!

She also confided to me that it’s totally annoying that when you give handknits to people, they don’t understand that they have to hand wash it and never put it in the dryer. They need to take special care of this stuff. It’s exasperating for us all, to be sure.

And so what else could I do but drag her up to my apartment and help her on her way to SABLE status. Seeing as how she’s only 10, she’s going to need a HUGE stash, and I did what I could. I let her pick some stuff out and I also gave her some special things I had tucked away. I’ll admit there’s some candy-colored Berroco Plush in there, but there’s also some undyed alpaca.

When it was time for them to go, I’ll give you one guess what she said. All together now . . . “One more row!!”

Maddy’s dad is Scott, my brother’s college roommate. Because I’m in such a ridiculous state of denial about being 36, I still remember hanging out with Scotty and my brother at the dorms like it was yesterday. It’s like no time has passed and the only difference is that people just don’t think Howard Jones is da bomb any more. Sometimes I’m still taken aback by the fact that he has three little girls (and a female cat, and he’s just assuming that the guinea pig and the parakeet are girls. He also works in an office of 16 people and he’s the only guy. Scott is the very definition of a ladies’ man.)

Maddy’s mom is Shanna, a fellow knitter and real peach! I don’t know her nearly as well as I do Scott and I don’t get a chance to see their family as much as I’d like to. But as soon as I saw Shanna the other night, I forewent the traditional “Hello, nice to see you.” and went with a finger pointing exclamation of “Clapotis!” It’s the customary greeting of knitters in the wild, is it not? It just so happened that Shanna was wearing a gorgeous Clapotis made with this incredible silk/merino that I failed to photograph. It had the perfect texture for that scarf with just enough unevenness in its single ply. You’ll recognize one of her other daughters, Emma, from this photo from Jon’s and my wedding. She’s the short one. Perhaps Camryn (I’m pretty sure it’s “Camryn” and not “Cameron”, but I’ll need a judgment on that. Shanna??) will model something for us someday so you can see her. They really are the sweetest little girls ever, always with the pleases and thanks yous.

Here’s the thing, Shanna is an avid blog reader and yet I can’t link you to hers. Know why? Ain’t got one. That’s right. Can you stand it? All in favor of Shanna and Maddy starting a blog together, say Aye! (and maybe give them at least one good reason as to why they should join us (join us, join uussssss))

Aye! One of the best reasons I can think of to start a blog are all the amazing people you'll meet. It really is a wonderland of delightful people out here.


Blogger kt said...

AYE, AYE, and AYE! I have tried several times to get my offspring to knit, but she(unfortunately) got that pesky "if-I-can't-do-it-within-the-first-two-seconds-then-I-can't-do-it-at-all" gene DIRECTLY from me.

We will try again, of this I have no doubt.

Till then, well done you, Shanna!

12/11/2005 11:44:00 PM  
Blogger emy said...

Just let Madison know she's amazing. I've got a 10yr old kid from the neighbourhood knitting too :)

12/12/2005 03:40:00 AM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

I am impressed that your SIL was excited enough about knitting that the daughter started BEFORE SHE LEFT HOME. I was SO sad about having to knit by myself because my DD had other. things. to. do. that. were. more. important. But now, she knits, blogs and is as ever, the most wonderfullest daughter I can imagine.
She's going to do a clapotis, too. It's not my thing. Maybe she'll recognize "lice stitch" on socks one day.

12/12/2005 04:37:00 AM  
Blogger maryse said...

i tried to teach my 10 year old nieces to knit and it was a no go. so here's to madison!

yay madison!

12/12/2005 07:21:00 AM  
Blogger Norma said...

Yes, yes, yes! Shanna & Maddy -- A blog together! You must, you MUST!

12/12/2005 08:08:00 AM  
Anonymous elisa said...

Are you calling us freaks, dude?

Shanna and Maddy must definitely start a blog. That would be awesome. :)

Now I'm thinking that maybe I could send my 13 year old sister a learn to knit kit for Christmas...hmmm...

12/12/2005 08:13:00 AM  
Blogger Carole said...

Oh, she's adorable. And look at that glint in her eye while holding the yarn you gifted. Definitely ONE. OF. US.

12/12/2005 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous stephanie said...

The wee knitterly are so charming. Until you realize that these people are going to be competing with you in a yarn shop and that they are younger and faster than you.
Good thinking with the stash yarn....distraction.

12/12/2005 08:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Cara said...

A blog is a must, for sure. Can you imagine? If Maddy starts now, with the stash and the blog, by college she will have SUPERSTAR status. And also be like Alice Starmore and Teva Durham knit into one. God I love the knitting. And the blogging.

(I mean, c'mon. Where else am I going to get a Springsteen reference on a knitting blog at 8:45 in the AM! Thank you, by the way!)

12/12/2005 08:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Juno said...

I love the picture of M with the stash enhancements - I know that look she's got on her face. We ALL know the look she has on her face.

Wool. It does a body good.

12/12/2005 09:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Rachel H said...

yes, she does look like a very satisfied little person with the stash haul clutched tightly in her arms. Heck, I would be too.

12/12/2005 09:32:00 AM  
Blogger claudia said...

You are totally not 36. No way.

12/12/2005 10:02:00 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

She's adorable! And most definitely a knitter.

12/12/2005 10:14:00 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

They definitely need to start blogging!

12/12/2005 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger Fiber Fetish said...

Dude, HoJo, I have all his albums, even the imports! He was just here in concert last summer...

12/12/2005 12:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Daphne said...

Oh my god. Looks like you had the best wedding ever. I'd give a million bucks to have those ladies at my non-existant wedding. Grass skirts on kindergardners!!!

12/12/2005 12:57:00 PM  
Blogger christine said...

Look at how happy Madison looks with her new stash! Gotta love it...........

12/12/2005 02:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Jackie said...


12/12/2005 02:35:00 PM  
Blogger chelsea said...

I'm with Claudia... 36? Pfft... maybe *technically* but not *functionally*. I would put your functional age in the late 20s: old enough not to pass out on the floor, but still young enough to dance on the tables.

12/12/2005 03:01:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Did my eyes deceive me? Was your wedding at a bowling alley? You GO girl!

My 12-year-old niece is a knitter, too, although probably not as prolific as young Maddy currently is, but it's just so cool when they start young, isn't it? Good for you for bestowing stashy goodness upon her!

12/12/2005 05:26:00 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

what a great kid! so cool of you to give her some stashy stuff, too.

I echo the "36 -- pfft!" sentiment! I'm 39 now, and although I can't quite wrap my mind around having the number 40 tacked on my tender self next year, I'm striving to be a great role model for aging gracefully...

12/12/2005 05:46:00 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Add me to the list of AYE AYE AYE...start a blog!!!

12/13/2005 05:54:00 PM  
Anonymous marti said...

they definitely need to start a blog. that is a very sweet picture of Madison holding her newly purloined stash. it was also a great story.

12/14/2005 08:06:00 PM  
Blogger JustApril said...

AYE!!!!! OMG they HAVE to!!!!! a STANDING knitter at 10! awesome. I hope to have my DD endoctrinated the same way by that age if possible =) She's trying very hard to learn (she'll be 5 tomorrow)

12/15/2005 12:01:00 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...


I shared some of my stash with an 11 year old and her schools "knit club" this weekend; we didn't have a whole lot in common sofar as our "favorite yarns" but she liked blues and greens and that I had. :) (I'll slowly start working in wools as time goes by...)

12/18/2005 03:38:00 PM  
Blogger mayflwr said...

AYE indeed!!

I was always a crafty chica...when I was in third grade I started crocheting...I taught myself for the most part!

12/19/2005 02:38:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Hey Stitchy, have you seen this website?

Reminds me a lot of your MOKS. Thought you'd appreciate it! :-)

12/21/2005 07:12:00 PM  

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