For Teachers

Dyeing Yarn - Blue

This year I had an early brainstorm about what to give Katrina’s preschool teachers for Christmas. Katrina loves dyeing yarn so I got some bulky natural yarn. Next she asked her teachers to tell her their favorite colors. Then we dyed the yarn to those colors using easter egg dye I bought last spring on clearance for 10 cents per box. Then I knit the yarn — amazingly soft even after dyeing — into scarves. Although the brainstorm was early I was still knitting the end of these yesterday. All in all each scarf cost me less than four bucks — $3.49 for each skein of yarn and about a dime worth of dye — and I’d say that’s money well spent.

Scarves for Teachers

Pattern: My So Called Scarf.
Yarn: from Knit Picks Bare – bulky weight
Yardage: one 137 yard skein for each scarf
Needles: US size 13
Modifications: I used a bulkier yarn and bigger needles but it’s scarves, so who cares.


13 Responses to “For Teachers”

  1. 1 Alicia A. December 22, 2007 at 12:37 am

    they look great! I love that last photograph- you always take the best photos.

  2. 2 Sue December 22, 2007 at 6:52 am

    What a wonderful idea. I knit my daughter’s kinder teachers scarves last year for presents, but you went one better dyeing the yarn yourself. They look great.

  3. 3 JoAnna December 22, 2007 at 8:40 am

    Very pretty. Such vibrant colors! I can’t believe that is from Easter egg dye!

  4. 4 amandajean December 22, 2007 at 10:52 am

    beautiful scarves! I love the pattern so much. thanks for the link. I am still trying to see if I am smart enough to try this pattern. (probably not…but I might attempt it anyway.)

  5. 5 emily December 22, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    so clever! i’m tucking this idea away for next year.

  6. 6 twiddletails December 22, 2007 at 3:57 pm


  7. 7 Missy December 24, 2007 at 2:47 am

    I have GOT to learn to knit! Those look so great!!!

  8. 8 Sonya December 24, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    I love this idea – very industrious of you! Hoping that you and your sweet family have a very Merry Christmas!

  9. 9 Felicia December 24, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    Merry Christmas 🙂

  10. 10 Maritza December 24, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    What a great gift idea! Happy holidays to you and yours!

  11. 11 Jennifer December 25, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    What a great idea! We knitted a scarf for teacher but I just let my son pick out the yarn. Merry Christmas, love the snowflakes falling on your blog 🙂

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