Yesterday evening I was sitting at the YMCA waiting for my son who had a baseball team meeting. Of course, I had my knitting with me for the 45 minute meeting (not worth driving home and turning around and driving back to the Y).
I started knitting and noticed a young girl watching me intently...so I asked her if she'd like to see what I was doing. She plopped herself down next to me and watched me work on my new cardigan. Then she asked if she could try it - well I tried not to get flustered as there was no way I was going to let her work on my current WIP. So, I rummaged through my knitting bag and found 2 straight cable needles and another skein. I cast on 6 stitches and proceeded to show her how to knit.
Her mom came out (she was in an exercise room just down the hall and must have worried when she couldn't see her daughter) and I told her not to worry her daughter was no bother.
As with adults, when you sit and knit with kids, you start talking and opening up. Her name was Shayla and she is 10 years old and from a town nearby. She has 3 American Girl dolls and science is her favorite subject. She also has an aptitude for knitting - she made a 1"x1" swatch which I bound off and told her she could use as a coaster for he AG doll. Her mom asked where there were knitting stores and I put her onto the LYS which I know has kids classes.
It was great fun to turn another young person onto this wonderful craft. As an aside, I left all my notes for my cardigan at the Y. I called them and they found them and I just ran out and picked them up - Phew! It was a moment of panic when I couldn't find them...must have been too wrapped up in meeting my new friend Shayla and teaching her to knit.