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I also enjoy poring through the AG catalog with my kids and figuring out what we can make for ourselves for much less. It's fun for me and a good lesson for them.
My other advice is to study your children. Not every child learns the same way, and that's perfectly acceptable. A friend's daughter is doing fine with the original publisher's math program. My kids, however, were overwhelmed by the way it was presented, with a new concept almost every day. I switched to another publisher with a different approach, and they are doing much better with it. We'll still end up at the same place, having learned the same things in roughly the same amount of time.
I'm also inspired by a window shopping trip through my local Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby and Michaels stores. I have often seen things in those stores and thought, "I can make (such and such from the catalog) with that!"
When did you learn to sew, knit, or crochet?
I technically learned to sew in sixth grade, but my sewing teacher was very uptight and made me nervous about everything, so I didn't take to it right away. I think I really "took off" with sewing in my ninth grade year. I got interested in it and made tons of bunnies, bears and dolls. It kept me busy the whole summer between my ninth and tenth grade years, and my dad insists that it was some of the best money he ever spent. My high school graduation gift was a sewing machine of my own, and I still use it regularly nearly twenty years later. I went on to sew a lot of my own clothes, curtains, you name it. I still enjoy sewing a wide variety of things.
I have always wanted to learn to knit, but I just couldn't seem to "get it" until New Year's Eve 2011. We were spending the evening with friends, and my friend and I decided to learn to knit before the year was out. I came armed with Youtube videos and books, and between the two, I finally figured out the basic knit and purl stitches before midnight. I've been knitting ever since. I've done a little bit of everything - hats, scarves, sweaters, mittens, gloves, socks, dishcloths and doll clothes.
Any advice you have for young doll lovers out there wanting to start learning to sew or knit or crochet?
Secondly, start with simple projects. I'm notorious for starting a new skill with difficult projects, and it's caused me more frustration than I can begin to tell you. (My dad has a few funny stories to tell about me and a seam ripper when I was beginning to sew.) Having said that, though, don't feel like you have to work with only easy projects. As soon as you have a good grasp of the basics, challenge yourself with something a little harder. That's how you get better.
Lastly, if you're running into a specific problem or are confused by a particular technique, do an Internet search (with your parents' permission) for the technique. I'm a very visual person and have found Youtube to be a goldmine of knitting technique videos. (There's a lot of garbage on Youtube, though, so be very careful and always get your parents' permission first.)
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