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The Knitting Class

So, a couple months ago, the school sent out a notice that they were planning on doing *Clubs and Activities* the second half of the term, and needed parent/grandparent/friend/whanau volunteers to help make this possible.  It involved one hour on each Friday afternoon for four weeks.

KJ9, the other resident crafter in the house, was beside herself.  She already had it set out that I had to volunteer to do cooking for the first two week session, and knitting for the second two week session.  I don’t do enough at the school, so figured it was a good chance to take part.  As it turns out, I was allocated knitting for all four weeks, which didn’t make KJ9 very happy, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes.   At least that meant only figuring out one project, instead of two.

Most first time knitters usually start with something simple, like a scarf.  Scarves are great, but they go on and on, and it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  And most seven/eight/nine year olds I know, won’t sit still long enough to cast on, let alone knit a whole scarf.

So, I decided they would knit Tooth Fairy Pouches.  It’s something small, able to be completed in a small amount of time, and applicable to the age group.  Here is the demo I knit up so the children could see what their knitting would look like when finished.

Each student got a packet, that included basic knitting instructions, a pair of child sized 4mm knitting needles, pattern instructions, yarn and a button.

The pattern is very basic, but perfect for small children, who need to be encouraged by results.  I had the younger children the first two weeks, including KM7, and the older group the last two weeks, with KJ9.  Of the 11 children total who were in my groups, six of the children were able to finish their projects in the second week. (I did cast on and knit the first ten rows for them, so they had a good start to begin with).  What great results.

I can’t show you pictures of the other children from the school, but here is one of the girls, holding their finished Tooth Fairy Pouches, along with the Thank you card that all the children in my two groups signed.

And you can’t see it, but KM7 finished that pouch just in time, as she lost one of her front teeth last week.  Perfect!

So here is the simple pattern I used, in case you feel like getting in touch with the knitting teacher inside yourself.

Knitted Tooth Fairy Pouch

  • Cast on 10 stitches.
  • Knit 40 rows in Garter Stitch (Knit every row)
  • Cast off.
  • Fold your work in half, and sew up both sides, leaving an opening in the top.
  • Add a plaited/braided or crocheted loop to one side of the opening.
  • Sew button on the front of the pouch, so that the loop can can hold the pouch closed.
  • Insert tooth when needed and place under your pillow.

EDITTED:

Here is the direct download for a printer friendly version of the pattern.   Just fold it in half, and it leaves space for notes etc for the child.

tooth-fairy-bag2

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Skully

No, not from the X-Files.  Though, possibly fitting.

Knit this up for a friend as a surprise.  I don’t *think* she reads my blog, so I should be safe posting it here, seeing as she would have no idea it was for her anyway.

The Pattern is the Mini Skull and Crossbones Tote from Hello Yarn, which is a free pattern.

I embellished it with pink stitching and a pink grosgrain bow.  I also found some dark gray fabric with pink skulls on it, so used that as the lining.

I have two more bags knit up, but they will have to wait for another day.

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Yarn Swap Wool is Knit Up!

Well, I cast on this scarf a while back.  It’s the wool from the Yarn Swap I participated in on TNN.  I originally cast on 35, but got through about 50 grams of the wool and figured out that there was no way it would be long enough for a scarf, even for my 9 year old.

I am not one to frog a project.  I hate it.  All that time and hard work gone in 30 seconds.  So I tend to just put it out of sight.  Out of sight, out of mind , right?

Wrong.

It didn’t remove it from the mind of said 9 year old.  Damn.

So I frogged it and recast on.  It really kills the knitting mojo to frog a work.  So this has taken longer than 100 grams of wool should take to knit.

Well worth it though.

Now, do I add a blue fringe, or not?

The pattern in the Ocean Waves Scarf, and the yarn is Cleckheaton Country 8 ply hand-dyed in blues and greens, knit on 4.5mm.  It really does look like Ocean waves, doesn’t it!

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Double or Nothing

Well, there aren’t many patterns that I only do once.  It doesn’t matter if it’s sewn, knitted, crocheted, beaded or whatever.  I find that once I do a pattern, I find ways that I can change things, or make certains parts easier for me to do.  Sometimes, I just want to see what will happen with different colour combinations.  And then, sometimes, I just like the pattern so much that I find reasons to do it again and again.

So, is it a shock I knit up another Isabeau purse?

Um, me thinks the answer is no 😀

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