My hat made a good first impression

Today’s job as a TA Sub was in a Third Grade classroom.  One of the duties was playground supervisor during Lunch Recess.  Classes/ages Kindergarten thru Third Grade were outside enjoying a cold but sunny time at mid-day in the early Spring.

I was very glad I had chosen to wear my winter coat, gloves, and knitted hat.  I call it my Christmas hat because the yarn had been a gift and I worked it on my round loom on Christmas day.  The colors more or less match my coat.

A little girl about Kindergarten age came over.  She was wearing a hat quite similar to my own, and the colors matched her coat.  I recognized the knitted pattern, plus there was a pompom sewed to the top.

She stood a few feet away, obviously gathering courage to speak first to a grown-up, even one who is wearing the lanyard and ID tag of a teacher.

Finally, she came over directly in front of me, looking at a spot above my eyes, but out of the glare of the sun.

“Did my grandma make your hat?” she asked.

I was busy watching a trio of girls over in the corner who really thought nobody noticed when the pea gravel got kicked knee high.
Ah yes, another supervisor was on to their ways and went over to remind them of the rules.

I looked down at the child asking the question, and gave her a lopsided grin.

“No, I worked this hat myself” was my reply.  “Although I have made many others, too”.

She paused a few seconds, then asked “Do you know my grandma?”

She is too young to understand that a grandma has a name, so my answer was “I hang around with many people who know how to work with yarn, so your grandma could be my friend someday.  She sure knows how to make a pretty hat.” seemed to satisfy her curiosity.  She ran off to play with her buddies.

We just never know what little detail will capture interest.
I’ll bet she will be getting knitting lessons someday.

~~love and Huggs, Diane

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5 Responses to My hat made a good first impression

  1. June says:

    🙂 I enjoyed reading of this exchange with the little girl.

    I bet she will want to make pretty things with yarn_and soon!

    My mom taught one of my daughters to crochet when she was about 5! 🙂 My other little girl never could get it-tho she did try! She was left handed so it didn’t come as easy for her!


  2. MrsDoF says:

    A neighbor lady taught me how to do chain and single crochet when I was 8 years old.
    I’m left-handed, so I sat across the table from her and watched how the hook looped.
    My grandma knew how to crochet (she made the most pretty lace doilies) and when she saw that I had such interest, she taught me more fancy stitches and how to read a pattern.

    I remember sitting in 7th grade study hall and working with hook and yarn.
    Schools these days, the pace is much quicker.

    My next goal is to learn how to knit with needles.
    Last Yarn Group meeting, we had a new visitor who knows how to knit left-handed!! She says she will be able to make time for lessons after Easter, so we exchanged phone numbers.

  3. momma says:

    The art of association is strong in young children and your little lady demonstrated that to you. That your lovely hat could attract her attention and prompt her to question it’s origin with her explanation of it turned out to be a sweet tale to read. Thank you for sharing Diane.

  4. Diane,
    Your story about lunch recess, the inquisitive child, and your great understanding and response was a delight to read. It also for a moment made me long for that wonderful time of teaching third graders.

    Your knitting brings pleasure to so many people and I think you are right about this little girl. She is definitely a candidate for the knitting club.


  5. Loved this the first time I read it and enjoyed it again.

    It looks like you are really enjoying subbing. I know how challenging it can be and you have my admiration.