My son has recently discovered Minecraft. I’m ashamed to say that I do let him play it on my ipad from time to time. His will be a tech savvy generation, no? But I seriously do not understand the draw. The graphics suck and it seems jerky and, yes I’m being judgy – pointless. Early on I tried to figure out how to play because he was so frustrated trying to figure out how to do things on his own and wanted help. I thought maybe I could assist. Ha ha! Silly Moo Moo (Uptown’s special name for me)! Did you really think you could understand? Come on. But leave it to my kid to teach himself everything he wanted to know by watching Kids’ Youtube videos (good thing people like publishing tutorials). How can you fault a kid who knows what he wants and then goes and finds the answers for himself? I almost feel like letting him play is teaching him something. Seriously, the kid is nearly 6 and he can do this? Oy.
Unfortunately it’s become a HUGE obsession. Rarely does a statement issue from his mouth that does not include something about Creepers, Steve, Redstone, Endermen, or what happens when lava meets water in Minecraft world. I feel he’s barely scratched the surface of what you can do with the game (which is fine with me) and already I feel my eyes glaze over when he starts Minecraft speaking. But I have found a way to make the Minecraft obsession a little more productive and a little less boring for me. Enter Perler Beads.
During the holidays, one of Uptown’s advent gifts was a small Perler kit of a penguin. Immediately, he wanted to make more. I don’t know what it is about junky plastic stuff, but kids just love it. But the awesome thing about this activity is the fact that he is working on fine motor control, distinguishing shades of color, and counting. I’ve heard these can even improve hand-eye coordination. And guess what? Pinterest and the interwebz are positively swarming with free Minecraft patterns. Yesterday I set him up with a few (here) and he just kept wanting to make more and more. Fantastic! We can satisfy the love for Minecraft without even touching the iPad.
Of course today I find myself huddled over a giant vat of Perler Beads (22,000 to be exact) sorting, sorting, sorting. Because apparently that’s how I roll. Do not give me something that needs to be categorized or sorted out, or I will obsessively work like a little monkey until that sh*t is done. Ah, the things we do for love.
As for my socks, they are coming along nicely as well. I treated myself to a new pair of needles with my Loopy Ewe end of the year credit and I’m so glad I did. These are 40″ Chiaogoo Lace circulars, size 1.5 and they rock out with their socks out! WAY better than the Knit Picks fixed Harmony circulars I was using prior. The joins are super smooth and the cord has very little memory (unlike the Knit Picks Harmonys) which makes knitting magic loop so much more enjoyable. My knitting motto this year is: Socks for ’16 and I have a feeling these will get me there.