When I was a kid, my mom signed us up for all sorts of activities – swimming, piano, girl scouts, dance, basketball – whatever she could think of to keep us busy and out of her hair. When we weren’t outside playing, we also had a ridiculous number of toys and crafts that kept us entertained inside for hours on end. We did not have any video games, I’m pretty sure we didn’t know what those were. And we weren’t really allowed to watch TV. We would always try to say we were watching TV to improve our Spanish, and sometimes that excuse would work, but usually not. For the longest time my sister and I thought Muzzy was just a movie, not a Spanish as a second language instructional tool.
Crafts can sometimes get expensive, but one of the more economical crafts we had was knitting. Probably in third grade mom bought me a knitting book with a kit of needles and knitting accessories, and some cheap acrylic yarn and said, “Have at it.” Looking back, I’m not sure how I learned how to knit from a book. It’s so much easier now with Youtube tutorials. Once I got the hang of the knit stitch, I became a proficient knitter of squares and rectangles. It took me a REALLY long time to complete one project and somehow there would always be a hole or two in it, but I knit many scarves, doll blankets, and more scarves.