I’ve mentioned my job before- I teach kids’ arts-and-crafts classes after school at local elementary schools. Mostly, I teach classes where kids learn to use a sewing machine (hopefully safely), and learn basic construction. It’s pretty great.
But from time to time, I get to teach something else. This summer, it was jewelry making. Last spring, it was quilting. This semester, it’s knitting!
I love knitting (obviously), and teaching kids knitting is kind of the best. I have nine kids in my class, and I’d say three-quarters of them are actually really into making stuff with yarn. (The other quarter is really into making pompoms and trying to see how big of a mess they can make. But that’s kind of par for the course of teaching elementary-aged kids.)
I love seeing how creative kids can be. You’ve seen one of my student’s pumpkin. (I still think it’s possibly the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.)But we’ve had all sorts of stuff made in this class! Tiny blankets for dolls, bracelets, mini scarves, a stuffed bunny, and even finger-less gloves.
We’ve even had a couple kids make hats, using a knitting loom (a fantastic invention for little hands who have trouble wrangling needles and yarn). One girl made a hot pink hat that ended up being a little too small for her head because she has amazingly curly hair, so she’s making another one, bigger this time. Too cute!
And a different girl made this hat for her little brother. She did it all on her own, with no help from me. Can you guess what it is?It’s a frog hat! Of course! Isn’t it amazing? A six-year-old came up with the idea for this hat and managed to execute it all on her own. So impressive!
I’m going to miss this class when it’s over in a few weeks.
Do you eve knit with kids? What kinds of projects do you work on together?