...but just try explaining that to a frustrated seven-year-old.
This is how the conversations in our house have been going lately:
Boy: Mom, can you knit a few rows?
Mom: No, it's your project.
Boy: But it's NEVER gonna get done!
Mom: The point of knitting is to enjoy the knitting, not to get done.
Boy: But I can't enjoy the knitting if it doesn't get done!
Mom: Well, it takes time to finish a sweater. It took me months to do my first sweater.
Boy: I'm so slow! You are much better than me. If you do it, it will go faster.
Mom: I'm faster because I have lots more practice. I've been knitting for 20 years! Just think how fast you'll be in 20 years.
Boy: But you're that fast now--why don't you do it?
Mom: Because it's your project, not mine.
Boy: Just a few rows. PLEEEEEASE?
Mom: I'll help you with your mistakes, but I'm not going to knit it for you. If you don't want to knit, put it down for now.
Boy is silent for a few moments. Then:
Boy: Mom? I don't want to knit a sweater.
Mom: No? What do you want to knit?
Boy contemplates the two-inch wide knitted strip for a moment.
Boy: A belt?