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A Hogwarts lesson in who can knit

Some kids might think that knitting is just for girls. It isn't! I've seen men, women, boys, and girls knit. In fact, Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster at Hogwarts, revealed in the "Harry Potter" books that he enjoys chamber music and tenpin bowling as well as reading and knitting patterns. I agree with him and I say . . . Dream, believe, succeed in whatever you want to do in life. I decided to find out if knitting is for everyone. Here are my results:

Knitting is just for girls: 8 kids

Knitting is for everyone: 15 kids

As you can see from my survey, almost twice as many fourth-graders I asked believe knitting is for everyone. It is a fun hobby, and with a little bit of practice you can be proud of things you have made. If you want to give it a try, there is a useful book, "Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter," by Alison Hansel (Wiley Books). You can make a quidditch robe or a Harry Potter sweater. The patterns are easy to follow. The book is recommended for ages 10 and up.

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