Most of my afternoon knitting sessions with tween girls consist of a lively mix of joke telling, spontaneous singing and dancing, high volume stories of school, sports, and friends, and occasional knitting. I’ll often knit a row or round for every one they knit.
However, this week, I unconsciously threw down the knitting gauntlet (after all, who can knit with a gauntlet?!) and the results were remarkable. A couple of weeks ago, they’d started garter stitch headbands. Because she’d started earlier, Ella was a few inches ahead of Brigid, and I commented that she could probably finish that afternoon. “Do you think I’ll finish today?” asked Brigid. “I doubt it,” I replied.
Boom! The race began. United in their indignation that I’d doubted their abilities and ready for the challenge, their fingers flew. Progress was measured every two or three minutes.
They helped each other with the decreases and i-cord. Ella was first to bind off.
While she dashed off to change for lacrosse practice, Brigid zipped through the final few inches and sewed the ends together.
“YOU didn’t think we could do it, and we DID!” Delighted in their victory, they agreed to hold still for a photo.
They’re so awesome. I never doubted them for a minute!