The Knot-a-Quilt Set Will Keep Young Hands Busy
My daughterâ€™s recently become obsessed with the idea of knitting (she actually wants to make a blanket). A weaving loom kept her satisfied for a little while, since it was close to the idea of knitting, but sheâ€™s used up all her loops and abandoned her loom for now.
I still donâ€™t know how to knit (so I canâ€™t teach her) and I donâ€™t think she actually has the patience to sit there and learn without getting so frustrated she flings the needles and yarn to the floor if she tries to teach herself or learn from someone else. We can both tie knots, though!
This Knot-a-Quilt set looks like another thing, like the loom, that she would enjoy as a step to making huge knitted or crocheted afghans in the future. I think this is a good step for kids who love the idea of making something with fabric, but who arenâ€™t ready for counting stitches, learning stitches, and the hours of trying to learn something that takes a lot of practice and concentration (at least at first; I have heard of people who can knit on the treadmill).
I could see this kit keeping kids entertained for hours. They may make the whole quilt in one afternoon or spread it over a couple of days, but I think this is completely manageable. Itâ€™s made for kids ages six and up, which seems about perfect to me, based on my almost-six-year-oldâ€™s attention span.
The kit comes with 48 nine-inch squares of fleece in bold colors for $24.95. If you have a lot of scrap fabric lying around, you may be able to mimic this kit at no extra cost at all by cutting fringe into the sides of carefully-measured squares. Otherwise, I think it looks like a winner.
Photo credit: Fat Brain Toys