The Right Motivation

A couple of nights ago, I found myself sucked into the Ravelry black hole – that one where you keep finding new designers and patterns and variations of patterns, which leads you to forums and blogs and chatting with random knitters/crocheters/crafters on the internet until the wee hours of the morning.  In this particular instance, I found someone’s blog about an afghan they crocheted, which led me to their Ravelry page, which led me to a designer’s page, and it spiraled from there.  Before I knew it, a couple dozen projects had been added to my queue and I was wiping drool from my chin.

It was successful, however, in that I discovered the perfect holiday gift for Ellette.  She has been on a My Little Pony craze – which I guess is normal for girls her age, but I don’t recall being that interested in My Little Ponies when I was 8 (I was hung up on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and maybe The Little Mermaid – I’m girly somewhere in my being).


She has a friend’s birthday party this weekend and has been bugging me incessantly about finding a particular Pony for this girl.  Out of curiosity, I showed Ellette this pattern.  Her eyes lit up and enlarged as she looked through the projects that had been made already.

“Mom!” She said excitedly. “Will you teach me how to crochet so I can make one, too?”

I have tried to teach her how to knit and crochet, as have the lovely ladies at knit night.  She showed interest in the project that slowly waned until she meandered away to draw.  It warms my heart to know that even after trying it, she doesn’t feel discouraged and bored with the craft, but recognizes that it is something that requires practice and patience, and if she has those two things, she can learn.  Whereas most kids (and even adults) will see a project that is obviously knit or crocheted and ask “Will you make that for me?”  she saw the project and said “I could make that” even though she doesn’t know how to hold the needles/hook or work the stitches.  I couldn’t be more proud of her ambition and self-confidence.

I was debating asking her what her favorite character was, afraid that it would give away my desire to make her one for the holidays, when she piped up and said “If I make one for myself, I would make Rainbow Dash.  She’s my favorite.”


Now, I just have to make sure I have the right colors in my stash.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris Furuya
    Sep 20, 2013 @ 13:52:58

    I am the culprit for that particular fandom. And I currently have a project going where I spin yarns inspired by My Little Pony. If Ellette is cool with Corriedale, I would be delighted to spin some Dash for her.

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    • Little Green Pixie
      Sep 20, 2013 @ 14:03:26

      It’s ok. She isn’t watching it at home anymore – just playing with the toys. And since the roommate who got her hooked on Adventure Time is moving out, I won’t have to listen to that particular show anymore either.

      Aren’t you proud that she wants to learn how to make it herself? Maybe you would be a much more patient teacher than me. 😀 I bet she would like a hand-spun Dash skein from you. She wore the shawl you made her to school the other day. She loves it.


  2. Mistine
    Sep 20, 2013 @ 20:09:45

    I have to admire her tenacity. The SO’s nephews are only four and six and whenever I’m around with my knitting I let them sit in my lap and knit.

    It doesn’t matter how complicated the pattern. I just put my hands over theirs and do all the work but for them they feel a real achievement. I never tire of it or the fact that it slows me down.

    I yearn for they day they are old enough to ask and be taught. I think for Christmas this year I’ll buy them both an icord spindle thing.


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