This is a photo documentation of my 3 year old niece's first trip to a yarn store. Black Friday and nobody wanted to go shopping (except a Brother-in-law who braved the electronics store for a new hard drive) and the little ones were feeling restless. The munchkin first watched Nana working on a Christmas gift, then asked for her own yarn and needles. She picked the color (not pink...surprising us all) and sat on my lap for a lesson:
Shortly after this she wanted to do it by herself, so she sat on the ottoman at my feet and wrapped the yarn around the needles and did some poking into the ball. Then she decided she'd rather "knit" with different yarn, something with more colors she said, pointing at the LL Shepard Sock I was using to cast on for my second Rainbow footlet. She asked for a sweater (and later upped the ante to three sweaters) but when explained that the yarn was for making socks, she said "Okay. You can make me sockies in the yarn, but you can still make me three sweaters, too." Her interest was so great that mom decided we should get out of the house (where she was receiving less than usual attention as her younger brother had taken his first steps that morning) and have some alone time with Nana and Aunt Shanti at Commuknity. What a great idea that was...we spent the drive over talking about all the colors we might see, but somehow, one particular color got left out of the discussion.
Phyl, this girl may end up taking after you because the first yarn she picked up was:
Yup. Orange. Not only that, but the kid's got great instincts, too. She went straight for the Cathay. That basket was the first thing she saw, here's what happened after we discovered "Golden" and a few other pretty DB colors.
We also wached some Cascade 220 being wound for Nana and got to help turn the ball winder. Everyone in the store was wonderful and she really was fun to watch. In the end, she got to pick out yarn for hats for herself and her brother, which she proudly carried out of the store in her own bag.
I should note that she specifically picked out the outfit I gave her last Christmas to wear, although I wan't sure she even remembered that I had made the poncho. (She did.) As we drove home, she told us how much she loved the trip. I suspect we'll be going back as a trio again. I didn't get a before shot of the yarn, but here's her hat....her color and pattern choices.
Note the banding in the socks. I couldn't get rid of it even with my slip stitch pattern, but she liked the socks, so she got them. I also figured out why the yarn reads so orange...there really is more orange than any other color...the dye pattern is red-orange-yellow-green-blue-violet-orange. There's an extra orange. I don't like it, so I'm glad this ball is officially out of my stash.
I am back home for the rest of the week. The Army-Navy game is Saturday, so that day is shot, and Sunday evening I fly up to Newport for another two weeks. I'm really beginning to miss my own bed!