Posted on 02/08/2016 13:35 by Louise. Posted in Croft House Life

Stanley the amazing knitting cat by Emily MacKenzie

 With school holidays now underway on both sides of the border, mums everywhere may well be wondering about things to do in the holidays. It can be a challenge coming up with new school holiday activities for kids whether it be the short half term holidays or the long summer holiday.  Getting them interested in knitting could well lead to a life-long skill. 

My first steps into the land of wool were during the school holidays as a very young child.  I had a "dolly bobbin" on which I'd use scraps of yarn to spool knit and make the longest cord I could.  Later I tried proper knitting.  I still have an old teddy wearing an irregular scarf full of dropped stitches which was one of my brother's first attempts. 

Even if kids are too young to try crafting for themselves, there are loads of books about which feature knitting and could help get them interested for the future. 

A favourite of my daughter and I is 1."Stanley the amazing knitting cat" by Emily McKenzie. 

And knitting isn't just confined to books.  You may have seen the character of "Scarf Lady" in cBeebies series "Sarah and duck" who has a whole room of yarn. 

Here are a few other wool related books for kids:

2. “Extra Yarn” Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen

3. “Knitting Nell” Julie Jersild Roth

4. “Woolly” Sam Childs

5. “Made by Raffi” Craig Pomranz & Margaret Chamberlain

6. “The new jumper (The Hueys)” Oliver Jeffers

7. “Shall I knit you a hat? A Christmas yarn” Kate Klise & M Sarah Klise

8. “The story blanket” Ferida Wolff, Harriet May Savitz & Elena Odriozole

9. “Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth” Paula Bowles

10. “Princess Penelope and the runaway kitten” Alison Murray

So will it be a trip to the local library or time to get the knitting needles out?