Since she doesn't have much experience with volleyball yet (an unfortunate game of 'bruise ball' with my cousins when she was 5 kinda tainted her viewpoint), I have been looking for anything that might make practice seem more fun, and less ouchy to begin with. I found a bounce board on Amazon that I thought might do the trick, until I found the awesomeness that is "passing sleeves"!
Maybe they had passing sleeves when I was a kid, but I certainly didn't have them. They're arm covers to protect you from the sting of passing the ball when you're first learning. Brilliant! They were only about $20 on Amazon, but waiting the two days for the Prime shipping just seemed like agony to me, especially since I had a wrist warmer pattern that I could modify to make some for Mims myself.
Now, my color choices might not be your cup of tea, but Little Miss Mims is in a mismatching phase. She has gone to school the last two days with purposefully mismatched socks. So when I asked her what color she wanted for her sleeves, she picked out this combo. I dig it, it reminds me of Punky Brewster.
**Quick reminder: ***
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
hdc - half double crochet
fpdc - front post double crochet
bpdc - back post double crochet
VOLLEYBALL PASSING SLEEVES
to fit most 7-12 year olds
Worsted weight yarn - approximately 200 yards for the pair (I used 100% cotton yarn in turquoise, pink and purple)
Size G crochet hook
ch 22, being careful not to twist your stitches sl st to first ch to join round
R1: ch 1, hdc in each ch around, sl st to first hdc to join round (22 st)
R2: ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to first hdc to join round (22 st)
R3-4: ch 1, ch 1, hdc in each st around, do not join round, turn (22 st)
R5-18: ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to first hdc to join round (22 st)
R19: ch 2, dc in each st around, sl st to first dc to join round (22 st)
R20-21: ch 2, (fpdc, bpdc) 11 times, sl st to first fpdc to join round (22 st)
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
I changed color every two rows for the striped sleeve, ending with the same color for the dc rows 19-21.
|Rrrrr! She's got her game face on!!!|