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An Apple For Teacher… December 5, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — knittingdodo @ 10:16 pm

I don’t quite know where that tradition started, but I doubt T’s teachers really need her to give them apples.

So, that left me with the dilema of what to gift them for Christmas.  Being the child of a teacher, I understand how getting 30 Christmas angels from the 99cent store can be a little over the top.  I didn’t want to add to the cheezy, cheap gifts that teachers normally get, and, since I’m a knitter, I automatically thought I should make them something.

The problem was, what to make?  T has three teachers since she’s just in preschool.  That made my kntting options a little bit more limited.  I didn’t have time to make each one something big like a blanket  or shawl, and I was reticent to make anything they could wear.  My original idea was to make headbands, but I worried that I would spend all that time and then they wouldn’t like them to wear, which basically means a waste of time and effort on my part.  So, if not something big or something to wear, then what?

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Enter the bookmark.  Aha!  That’s it!  What teacher couldn’t use a bookmark?  I mean, even if they aren’t big readers, then they could use them for their schoolbooks, or even hang them from the wall as art!  Now, I just had to find a pattern…or three…

I found these all on Ravelry and loved them.  First is the Lace Waves…
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Then the Backbone…

And lastly, the Flourish…
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These were really quick to knit.  They each only took a few hours and were fun patterns too.  Also, I was able to use more of that Regia sock yarn that I used to make those mine ornaments for that ornament exchange, remember?


Yeah, this was yarn I got for, like, a dollar and I’ve been able to make 4 gifts out of it.  And, I still have 3 more skeins of it, so I plan to make an awesome pair of socks for myself after the holidays.  I’m really interested to see how the striping works out in socks.  I might even have enough left in this one skein to make D a pair of socks.

I have sent out a request in the Traveling Scarf Group and the RAK group on Ravelry for socks for D.  You see, she has really fat feet.  So fat, in fact, that I am having a devil of a time finding shoes that fit.  I know that there are great companies that make shoes for chunky little ones, but I don’t have the kind of cash to get them, especially since their feet grow so fast.  So, I thought that maybe some of my online knitting friends could maybe knit up a pair or two for her.  I thought this month would be perfect for it, since Christmas is nearly here, and her first birthday is three days after that.  I don’t care what yarn they are made out of, color, weight, or fiber is not important.  Just some warm socks are all that’s needed.  If you think you’d like to donate a pair, let me know and I’ll pass along my address.

One more thing. T insists on me giving her my left over peices of yarn after I weave the ends and such. She calls it her yarn for kntting. Anyway, as I was taking pictures of the bookmarks, she asked me to take one of her yarn. So, I’ll leave you with that…
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2 Responses to “An Apple For Teacher…”

  1. JC Says:

    *grins* I used to do the same thing with my grandma. I’d get all the ends and make nests for dolls or other things with them. Those bookmarks look like a good idea! I’d think they’d also be a good way to learn new skills… which I’m always thinking of for my own beginning knitting skills.

  2. turtlegirl76 Says:

    Hee! I suppose she could stuff little pillows for her dolls with the ends. That’s funny.

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