Tuesday, June 12, 2007

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    Those that know, do.
    Those that understand, teach.


    I know you're all here looking for photos of a blocked or blocking Chuppah. Well, you'll just have to wait a bit for two reasons:
    1. I haven't figured out where to block it. My bed is not at all big enough. My spare room? The width between the bookcases only measures about 6 1/2 feet. Anyone ever fold anything in half and block it that way?
    2. Just call me Aunt Theresa. Seriously. A major perk to marrying a youngest child is becoming the instant aunt to three kiddos. . . one of whom wants to learn how to knit!
    I've taught a number of adults how to knit, friends in college, etc. But teaching a 9-year-old is a whole new ballgame. Fortunately, her mother wisely decided that maybe it was time for her to knit, too. That way, when they're back home . . .

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    Blogger sloth-knits said...

    I was lucky when I blocked the Tina Shawl--no one was living upstairs so I borrowed a room.

    And yes, I know that doesn't help you right now. :)

    How big is the chuppah, anyway? Is there a friend's place you could borrow?

    6/12/2007 6:47 PM  
    Blogger Pam said...

    Is there a regulation size? Maybe you could borrow a frame from someone with a more prosaic chuppah and shape it on that?

    Good luck with the knitting lessons! Knitters magazine has some good "kid" projects & how-to videos on their web site.

    6/12/2007 6:56 PM  
    Blogger Laura B said...

    It boggles my mind just to think about blocking something that big... half at a time is an interesting idea. Looking forward to seeing how you pull it off!

    6/12/2007 7:52 PM  
    Blogger The A.D.D. Knitter said...

    Do you have a spare mattress where you might be able to block it?

    Kids learn quickly----IF they're interested, that's what I've decided. Have fun, being an aunt is a lot of fun.

    6/12/2007 8:15 PM  
    Blogger Abigail said...

    I've been teaching the local kids how to knit. I start them with dishcloth cotton and plastic dpns. We knit little garter stitch squares and call them coasters. Short and sweet works well with limited attention spans.

    It also gives them the opportunity to bail if they don't like it and still finish something. Those that like it practice and make a whole bunch for mom.

    Good luck with the Chuppa! I wish I could help you but alas I knit small stuff.

    6/12/2007 8:46 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Are any of the kiddos toddlers? If so, they may have some foam blocks that moms often use as playing mats. They lock onto each other and they are a great surface in which to block stuff. You could also buy them in toy stores or maybe even a wal mart. I have no idea how much they cost, but I don't think they are expensive.

    6/12/2007 9:36 PM  
    Blogger Tracy Batchelder said...

    I never blocked anything that big. Don't see why folding it in half wouldn't work or maybe just blocking a section at a time. Do you know a friend with more space that will let you block it at their house?

    6/13/2007 4:49 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    How about vertical blocking? Some narrow pvc pipes/elbows and you tie or lace in lieu of pinning. I do this with shawls. If I can find a picture I'll send it. Takes up much less area and dries in half the time.

    6/13/2007 4:56 AM  
    Blogger JayJay said...

    I also married into nieces and a nephew. It's very cool! None have shown any interest in crafting yet, but it's only a matter of time. Good luck finding somewhere to block the chuppah. We can't wait to see you this weekend!

    6/13/2007 7:54 AM  
    Blogger Kim said...

    How cool is that! Did you see the new Knitty reviews a kids knitting book?

    6/13/2007 12:03 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Very cool, Aunt Theresa! A good sign for future knitters.

    No clue on the blocking. Rent a storage unit?

    6/13/2007 2:09 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hmm, how big are the beau's spare rooms?

    6/13/2007 2:16 PM  
    Blogger Sarah said...

    Hey, if folding it in half doesn't work perfectly you could always re-block it! I think it sounds like a clever idea, let us know how it goes!

    6/13/2007 2:49 PM  
    Blogger jenfromRI said...

    You could try teaching the kids to finger-knit first (knitty has a good tutorial). It worked great for my kids (7 and 9).

    6/14/2007 12:41 PM  

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