Wednesday, February 13, 2008

All That Finger Knitting!

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.

1) Doorknob hanger: This was Sarah's first creation. Made of 100% cotton, it was a very long piece of finger knitting that she started sewing and this is what was created. When she was finished, she hung it on her doorknob and put one of her favorite little Waldorf gnomes inside peeking out!

2) Doll's hat: This was made of a 100% wool yarn. It is very floppy and sewed together very wide. She finger knitted the whole of the ball then took various colors of embroidery thread and sewed that down the middle of the entire piece of finger knitting. After that process was complete she started the sewing together process starting in the middle of a circular motion. At a point on the brim where she wanted the decorative zigzag of her finger knitting to go, she sewed that part in place and then finished the brim. So again there is no part of this where the finger knitting was cut - it is all in one piece from start to finish including the decorative design on the brim.

3) 3 small baskets: Perhaps perfect for a nature table. Made of some kind of blend - it was just some left over yarn she found that she finger knitted together. There wasn't too much of it but she made these 3 small baskets. The two baskets that have flat bottoms were sewn with the finger knitting running back and forth side by side for the width of the bottom (rather than circular as the others). This allowed her to control the width of the bottom of the basket. Again, she sewed the finger knitting all as one piece including the handles and decorative aspects on each basket.

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