I'm so proud of my girl. She learned this almost completely on her own and she's become a knitting queen. She's always knitting. She currently has six big projects going and she's always working on side projects. She's made things for friends (bracelets, cell phone case, Nintendo DS case) and family and the pets...anyone and everyone. The only other person that we know that knits is her aunt in Georgia. She visited her this summer and learned a few more tips, other than what she had learned on her own. It seems to be a great therapeutic tool for her. It keeps her hands busy and her mind occupied. She's sooo much more calm now. Almost a different kid. There's more to it than the knitting, but the knitting definitely helps. Of course, there is one drawback. difficult child "needs" so many things as it is. This is one more thing to give her the "I needs". She "needs" more needles, more yarn, more buttons, more thread, and more baskets to keep her materials in (I've gotten her 3 really nice, stackable baskets with lids already). I think I'm just going to order a truck load of yarn and be done with it. Honestly, though, I admire her creativity. She didn't get it from me.