Teacher Gifts

18" and still falling

Friday was Tristan’s last day of preschool before the break. Katie was supposed to have her last day of school today. I say supposed to because on Saturday we watched the snowflakes come down and keep coming down until we had over 22 inches on the ground. Our county is largely rural and so the school system canceled classes for this week knowing that there was no way to get the schools and roads dug out in time. So, Tristan took gifts for his teachers on Friday and Katie’s teacher will get a New Year gift instead.

Dying the Yarn Dying the Yarn

As in years past the urchins dyed yarn in their teachers’ favorite colors. This year we used kool-aid — an awful lot of kool-aid to get the saturated colors we wanted — in a squirt bottle for the photo that we include on the tag and we also dyed the yarn in a pot as well. Tristan’s teachers like burgundy and red so we used black cherry and cherry kool-aid. Katie’s teacher likes blue so we used ice blue raspberry lemonade. Since Katie’s haven’t been delivered yet they may get overdyed to a darker blue before they do since I am not happy with the color they are presently.

Blue Mitt

I improvised the pattern. I’ve made a lot of mitts so I just needed to figure out how many stitches to cast on — 28 for those wondering — and could go from there. I knit 10 rows of ribbing, 5 rows stockinette, increased for the thumb gusset, separated for the thumb, 5 rows stockinette and 5 rows ribbing and then bound off. I picked up the thumb stitches and 4 stitches from the mitt, knit 2 rounds and then rib for 3 rounds and bound off. Easy peasey and all four mitts for Tristan’s teachers were made in one day with plenty of breaks. I’d say they require about 90 minutes per pair. Bulky yarn is the way to go for quick projects. I think his teachers were happy with their gifts and they both have tween-age children they could give these to if they don’t think they’ll wear them all much. The urchins love making them, that’s for sure. I think we’ll be doing some more dying soon.

Teacher Mitts
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5 Responses to “Teacher Gifts”


  1. 1 Meg Evans December 22, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Those mitts turned out great! I love the kool-aid dying as a project the kids can get involved in. Those are very lucky teachers indeed!

    Have a very merry Christmas.

  2. 2 Tara December 22, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    I love this, too! Can’t wait til my son can be trusted with a squirt bottle full of kool-aid dye! Keep the great ideas coming–I’ve already used a few!

  3. 3 Stefani December 30, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Okay first, that’s just the coolest teacher gift idea! They’re lovely, and it’s so sweet to include the photo of the kiddos helping to make the yarn. I’ve been wanting to try that kool aid dying business. Must do that.

    Second. You are really really making me want to try to knit again, but I’m a hopeless, uncoordinated oaf at it. Just reading your directions made my head spin…. not at all because of your directions, but because of my head’s complete aversion to learning to knit.

    One of these days maybe I’ll work up my nerve again.

  4. 4 Pumpkinbear January 1, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    LOVE the yarn-dyeing, although I’m pretty amused that a teacher would tell a preschool-aged child that their favorite color is burgundy? My preschool-aged child would quite likely come home and tell me that the favorite color was butt, or bunny, or hamburgers.


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