Kids & Family

Make a New Bag!

Malcolm and I made this bag a few years ago but its a great, simple, easy-to-sew bag. Enjoy!

Malcolm was invited to a very good friend’s birthday party. Instead of buying a plastic toy Malcolm and I decided that we wanted to make something for Nolan. After a bit of discussion and thought we settled on a tote bag. These boys like to carry toys to each others houses so it could be well used. I went through my stash and found Star Wars fabric that would be perfect! Here is how to make your own. (I call myself a “seat of the pants” sewer since sometimes I design as I go. That led to doing things out of order on this bag. We should have done the pocket first so plan accordingly.) Continue Reading →

Teaching Kids to Knit

I have been knitting for several years now and truly love doing it. I hadn’t really thought about teaching Malcolm to knit until I started reading and thinking about what is involved in the craft. There is so much more to it than just making a scarf or a sweater. The following is an excerpt of an article on children and knitting:

“What occurs when a child sets about to knit? Needles are held in both hands, with each hand assigned its respective activity. Laterality is immediately established, as well as the eye’s control over the hand. From the outset, the child is asserting a degree of control over his will. The right needle must enter a rather tightly-wound loop of yarn on the left needle, weave it through and pull it away, in the process tying a knot. Only a steady, controlled hand can accomplish such a feat, so the power of concentration is awakened — indeed, there is no other activity performed by seven or eight year-olds that can evoke such a degree of attentiveness as knitting.” – Discover Waldorf Education: Knitting and Intellectual Development: The Role of Handwork in the Waldorf Curriculum from the Millenial Child Blog