Wednesday, February 13, 2008
My oldest learned to finger knit (sometimes called finger crochet) during her kindergarten year in a Waldorf school. She loved it, finger knitting yards of yarn while she listened to a read aloud, rode in the car on short or long trips or anytime she was in a quiet mode. Now at 23 yrs, she still loves the feel of yarn through her fingers. She often stays up late at night watching a dvd on her computer in bed. While she watches, she finger knits.
There is always the question of "what to do with all that finger knitting". When the children were much younger we used it as decoration on handmade items or as "horse reins" or any number of other creative things. A few years ago, Sarah decided to see what would happen if she sewed the finger knitting together into some kind of a shape. It has been amazing to watch what forms! No two are alike but all are creative and decorative. As you look at the pictures of some of her creations, you might keep in mind that each outcome was somewhat dictated by how the different types of yarn sewed together and she never cuts the length of finger knitting ("that would be cheating, mom!") so she uses the whole of whatever length she has finger knitted to sew it into some kind of creation. In general, the wools and silk/wool blends come together much looser than the cotton fibers.