One of the unexpected results of my first year of making was that my kid saw me making stuff all the time. When he was a baby and young toddler, I did the vast majority of my making when he was asleep, but I started making stuff daily right after he turned three, and it’s just become a normal thing in our home. And that means that he’s making more stuff, and he’s more engaged in why and how I make the things I make.

So imagine my surprise and delight when, as I worked away on my newly started Age Before Beauty Blanket last weekend, he asked if he could learn how to crochet.

Well, obviously.

finger crochet lesson

And then yesterday he was in my studio and, though they’d been on a shelf for ages, he discovered the mascot I made back in 2007 for the book tour Shannon Okey and I went on to promote our books for teens. And he also discovered the very first amigurumi I made, which for some reason I can’t recall has no eyes. His excitement has me itching to make a new creature sometime soon.

Amigurumi from ages ago

Crafts with kids, man. Super fun.

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Great post! We started just like that, my son and I – by making monsters and eventually they would give my blog it’s name: häkelmonster = crochetmonster in German.
Here is a picture of the most beloved monster of all (until today):


By the way – did you ever come across Jenny Brown’s writing on kids and crafts? In case you did not: here it comes

Jenny Brown

Thanks so much for sharing this Carina :)


Love hearing about how you’re passing this craft along and at the same time getting refreshed in your own creativity from those fresh new eyes.


I love this so hard. I try to inject a little creativity into our daily activities, whether it’s coloring or building with blocks (or dish soap bubbles!) or even something as small as letting S watch me mix up pancakes or grill cheese sandwiches or something. I am hoping when he’s older he’ll want to learn how to crochet and/or knit and I am also hoping I won’t be too disappointed if he doesn’t. :)


These photos of your son make me very happy. Seriously, i keep returning to them because they make me smile. YAY!

debbie logue

Awesome pictures of you and your son. They speak so many words!

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