After struggling to put out a post that captures all of my daughter’s enthusiasm towards crafting, I decided to dedicate the majority of this post to photos and videos.
As a single parent, I try to do my best to balance normal toddler activities with my daughter and crafting time. But let’s face it, she’s growing up in an environment revolved around crafting…. that is the part that isn’t revolved around her. Luckily, she really embraces it.
She even loves modeling finished projects when I forget to have someone take a picture for me:
Beyond creating any form of art with craft supplies, she has found that they are some of her new favorite toys for imaginative play. Just last night she decided to dump out all of our buttons and sort them into families, having the buttons talk to each other and “find each other”. Little buttons went searching clear across the bed for their moms, dads, brothers and sisters, asking for help from other buttons along the way.
M also partakes in her own knitting during my knitting or spinning time. She often takes out some of “her” yarn and sits with me, pretending to knit. She often creates projects that she’s making and let’s me know to whom the finished items will go.
That being said, she definitely has a love for a ladybug in our lives – my spinning wheel. Back in the days when I would take a spinning break during her naps on weekends, she would wake up and sneak into my lap, slowly sliding her feet down to the treadles to “help” me. This has now evolved to her going up to my wheel asking to spin. I set it up so that any project I was working on was entirely on the bobbin so she could treadle by herself and nothing would get in the way.
Recently, she asked if she could spin her own yarn. After months of treadling by herself, I decided adding the next step wouldn’t hurt. I predrafted some fiber I had received during my wheel spinning class so that she could spin without needing to draft at the same time. She sat down and went to it:
I think her first handspun is beautiful and definitely going in the scrapbook…. though I might be biased.