It’s September, and that means one thing (in the US, anyway). It’s back to school time!
I don’t have kids, and I’m not a schoolteacher, but I am excited to get back to my after school teaching job!
I think I’ve mentioned before, but my “day job” involves bringing sewing machines to local elementary schools, teaching kids how to use them, and working with them to make awesome (and adorable) projects. You don’t know what pride is until you see a first grader finally finish the teddy bear he spent the last three weeks on, or the third grader doing a happy dance while wearing the PJ pants she just finished hemming. My job is kind of the best (apart from schlepping those sewing machines), and even on days when the kids are being pains in my butt, I still love it.
Now, I don’t teach the kids to knit, but here are knit versions of some of the kids’ favorite sewing projects:
Headbands are always popular (I’ve had kids make dozens of headbands, for themselves and as gifts for their entire families.)
wishbraid by Erika Neitzke
Hackey-sacks and beanbags are fun, too. The only problem is keeping the kids from throwing them around the class and exploding popcorn everywhere.
The All Good Hacky Sack by Gillian Kratzer
And, of course stuffed animals of every kind are always crazy popular. (Do you know that kids (in Seattle, at least) call stuffed animals “stuffies”? I’m not sure why, but I find that term vaguely off-putting.)
Pookies by Barbara Prime
Have you ever done arts and crafts with kids? What do your kids like to make?