Right after Symposium was over...it was on to my NEXT project!! Our Girl Scout November meeting and activity was Monday....at MY house!! So of course I HAD to clean...UGH!! But we were also going to learn to knit, so I had much more exciting business to take care of!!
I spent a lot of time browsing the internet trying to find a good deal on BULK knitting needles for our girls!! The only place I could find, couldn't ship soon enough for me...so I was at a LOSS!! WHAT am I going to do..I don't have 20+ knitting needles laying around my house...ok, I do have ALOT, but not TWENTY!! ;) So I called my other knitting momma and asked if she had any extra and she said...none that would work for teaching 7 and 8 yos!! BUT she did give me a FABULOUS idea....CHOP STICKS!! How AWESOME is that?? I mean, they are made of bamboo, which is a choice material as far as knitting needles go! AND they are just the right size for little hands! So I got to work collecting chop sticks from various local Chinese restaurants...mmmmm!! I love Chinese food, so this was SUCH a hardship!! HA! So after collecting, I did some light sanding to get all of the little burrs out, and made sure the tips were pointy enough. But what to put on the ends to keep the yarn from coming undone??? Beads? But would I be able to find beads with that big of an opening to slip on a chop stick...ooooh I know..I can make some clay beads. But I'd never done it before!! Thankfully, I have an AWESOME friend who makes the most AMAZING things with polymer clay!! Thanks Melanie!! You were such a wealth of information!!
Here are 21 knitting needles, with 20 stitches cast on and one row knitted...yes, that was a LATE night...thankfully there were re-runs of Project Runway on to keep me SANE!! ;)
And my beads close up! I know...not as awesome as Melanie's creations...check out her Etsy shop!! She made a fabulous ornament for me last year of all the grandkids...my Momma LOVED it!! I was really not expecting ALL 21 girls to show up...but they did!!! WOW was it crazy!! We had 3 mommas that knew how to knit...and that is because I gave my friend Kathy a crash course Friday after Symposium...thankfully she is a FAST learner with TONS of patience!! And of course my knitting GURU friend who is always a wealth of knowledge on all things knitting!! Also, her daughter was our "teacher"...she did her best to explain how to knit...but ended up showing them a way more interesting way...FINGER KNITTING!! The girls loved this even more then regular knitting!! Oh well, they all loved their needles and went home HAPPY!!! Once they were gone...it was back to the sewing room to finish up......