Last February my older son learned to knit inspired by the designs in Kath Dalmeny's World of Knitted Toys. Today while trying to finish knitting Phanpy, which is based on the elephant in the same book, my younger son fell in love with the monkeys. After finishing his homework this afternoon, I asked him if he wanted some time to play on the computer. "No," he said, "it's time to learn to knit!" So I got some bulky wool and big needles and cast on ten stitches. I showed him how to knit a stitch twice and he was off.
He completely gets how a stitch works but he has his own crazy way of getting there. He knit about 15 stitches before he declared that he had practiced enough and was now ready to knit a monkey. I told him the monkey had to get in the queue behind Phanpy and a baby blanket. He then explained to me that he could knit the monkey himself if his brother would help him read the instructions. Good luck, sweetie.