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#1 of 9 Old 06-02-2004, 09:23 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I've been having a great time figuring out how to crochet a soaker, doing it as often as I can. My son (4) always wants to crochet when I do it. I try to show him, but he (understandably) gets very frustrated. He can't keep up the tension needed to keep the yarn where it needs to be. Is there something similar he can do? We were at a big craft warehouse yesterday trying out their different kids of wool, and they had embroidery thread on sale. We picked out a whole bunch of different colours (that's what I love about it -- I don't really do anything with it, but it's so colourful, I can't resist it! lol) and I told him yesterday after a failed crocheting attempt that we could pull out some felt and put some of the embroidery thread on a darning needle and he could decorate the felt with it. I was also thinking of crocheting a square for him, and letting him decorate that with yarn in a darning needle. He seemed kind of interested, but I think he would really rather be doing what I'm doing.

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I got my ds, also 4 and wanting to crochet, one of those forms to make potholders. they are easy to use. Just Nylon loops and the holder.
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are you using a larger size hook? for him it may be better to start off with some chunky weight yarn and a big hook...think P. both would be easy for his hands to hold. and if he can only get the chain down, he could use those as ties for pull-toys....shoe laces, hair bows for gifts...he'd probably be thrilled if you could wear one as a head band...and so could he! anyway...i'm tired and babbling

you could also teach him to braid the yarn into long strings and then do some simple weaving using notched cardboard that you could prepare....

the pot holder idea is a really good one!
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How about spool knitting? He could make your i-cord for the soakers, and then he would be all proud that he had helped! I loved spool knitting when I was a kid. Here is a link:
http://www.pellatuliptime.com/lesson.../strwcork.html
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knitting might be easier for him.
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Thanks for the ideas!

Knitting easier? Hmmmm, yet another reason for me to learn!

Can I get the potholder thing at a craft store?

I had him using a 4.5 (I don't know what that is in US measurements... G?) and just regular yarn. Chunkier does sound better.

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Just wanted to mention that you can get wool loops for making potholders. I think Magic Cabin has them. I also want to second spool knitting, thats how I got started!

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You can get those potholder looms at walmart, although I am sure some of the more waldorfy places would have nicer ones. They are usually in the same general area as the yarn...usually around the crafty stuff (foam shapes, pom poms, google eyes)

The spool knitting might be a good idea. I actually use my crochet hook when I spool knit because I think it makes it easier to manipulate the yarn string...maybe using the crochet hook would make it more satisfying to him.

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See I wish I could knit, but alas I can't. I can crochet good! With my ADHD I can't do the knitting, I have tried so many times, sigh.....Yes you can get the potholder loom at WM or at a Michaels.
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