Archives for September 2011

Learning How to Knit: Resources for Kids and Grown Ups, too

I am a knitter. Give me a set of pointy sticks and some yarn and I’m a pretty happy person.  Knitting keeps my hands busy, my mind occupied, and creates useful and lovely things.  In fact, knitting is part of how I kept my sanity during the long, hot summer while dealing with pregnancy and the complication of gestational diabetes.

By far, my favorite things to knit are items for my children.  There isn’t much that brings me more satisfaction as a crafter than seeing one of my children enjoying or finding comfort in something that I knit for them.

My oldest daughter has learned how to knit, enjoys the hobby, and is learning some valuable character traits like patience and pride in her work from the craft.  My son, at age five, is showing some interest in learning how to knit as well and is working on his first finger knitted project.  I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to share this craft that I love with my kids.

I know this isn’t the type of thing I normally write about here at Simple Kids, but I’ve had a few of you ask recently about learning how to knit and/or how to teach children to knit.  I’m still working on catching up on email and comments from my blogging break, but in the meantime I thought I’d answer your questions here on the blog in case anyone else was curious about knitting.

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Ten Fabulous FREE Fall Printables for Kids

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

It isn’t officially Autumn yet, but there has definitely been something Fall-like in the air here in Indiana.  After months of heat and humidity, the cooler temps and grey-blue September skies are a very welcome change.

This mama’s thoughts are definitely on Autumn as I plan ahead for kid crafts and activities.  My printer and my laminator are ready for action and I’ve been bookmarking my favorite fall printables for kids and families.

Here is a round up of Autumn inspired printables, all of them free to print, straight from my Pinterest board.

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Weekend Links

“Touched to the heart, Mrs. March could only stretch out her arms, as if to gather children and grandchildren to herself, and say, with face and voice full of motherly love, gratitude, and humility–‘Oh, my girls, however long you may live, I never can wish you a greater happiness than this!'” -Louisa May Alcott, Little Women