Being a fromer classroom teacher, I often have friends ask me what they should give their child's teacher for the holidays. My answer is simple: Give them something that you'd like to receive.
Last year I knitted my daughter's two Montessori pre-school teachers these comfy, warm cowls.
That's me modeling one of the cowls. I was eight and a half months pregnant at that point. That would explain my rather robust figure.
By nature I am not a procrasinator. I was the nerd in college who wrote my final papers with days to spare because I just wanted to get my work finished. But last year I sort of morphed into survival mode. By the end of my pregnancy I was retaining water like nobody's business, my husband was traveling for work every week, and my sweet three-year-old was having trouble sleeping. To say I was overwhelmed is an understatement.
Given the rather unique situation, I didn't even think about my daughter's teachers' gifts until three days before winter vacation. Yes, three days. A normal person would have gone to Starbucks and bought some cute holiday mugs plus gift cards and called it a day. Rather than take the rational route, instead I decided to make a handknit. Usually my husband is the voice of reason, talking me out of making irrational, unrealistic decisions with my time, but since he was traveling, I was left to my own crazy ideas.
Although my decision to knit two gifts in three days while eight and a half months pregnant was pretty irrational, I have to give myself some credit for chosing the pattern. The Gap-tastic pattern is trendy, stylish, warm, and cozy all wrapped into one simple pattern. It's knitted with bulky yarn and in the round so it's a quick knit without any finishing. Some may argue that the moss stitch (knit one, pearl one) can be time consuming, but, thanks to YouTube, I just taught myself how to knit continental style. All those factors combined, it took me three hours to knit each cowl.Oh, and as an added bonus, did I mention that the pattern is free? Yup. It's free! To access it you need to set up a Ravelry account, which is also free and defintely worth while if you knit or croche (or even if you want to learn to knit or croche).
Here's the second cowl I knit. This time in brown.
I love this pattern, and I've already made five of them to give as gifts. I'm hoping that I'll get around to making one for myself sometime soon.
306 yards or bulkey weight wool
Knitting Needles (around size US 13) to get 3 stitches and 5 rows in 1 inch of seed stitch