And that would have been a good thing, if it had happened on the weekend. There would have been much rejoicing in our household, as the kids would have been outside and I would have had time to finish reading another book (no, I’m not procrastinating, why would you ask such a thing?!). But as luck would have it, it happened Sunday night. And it was windy. Which meant that the roads were slick, school was cancelled, and I was at my wit’s end on what to do with a bunch of rowdy children stuck inside and whining about how cold and bored they were.
So, I came up with a two-fold solution.
I’ve had a large stash of inherited, thrifted and store-purchased yarn for years. My grandma had taught me to crochet when I was younger and knitting had become popular when I was in high school, so I’ve been well-stocked since childhood. Some of the yarn is the cheap stuff: all rough and easily fuzzed, not to mention in such garish colors that I don’t even want to make them into a rug. But that yarn turned out to be the perfect supply for a very slow, dreary day.
1. I taught the kids how to crochet.
Crocheting (in my opinion, let’s be honest) is the easier of the two knitting crafts (the ones that I know anyway [the other being knitting]). All you have to do is hook a piece of yarn, pull it through a loop and then hook it again. Over and over and over until you have a scarf or a blanket or a miniature version of your pet (just go look at all the amazing animals, both life-like and cartoonish, you can make with some yarn and a hook!). The kids loved it and I got rid of a few elderly balls of flamboyant red and sparkly green.
2. I showed them how to make a spider web obstacle course.
Another great thing to do with crappy old yarn is to give it, along with a roll of masking tape, to the kids and send them on their merry way to a smaller room or hallway. By sticking the beginning of the yarn ball to the wall then randomly taping sections back and forth in a zig-zag pattern, not only are they distracted for ten minutes by building the thing, but they also have a rollicking good time crawling through it and tearing it down. And if it’s in your way to the washing machine, they have a blast watching you as you try to get the last load of laundry past their intricate trap. Here’s a Pin linking to another blog about entertaining kids.
3. I did a little stash-busting myself
I have a lot of skeins of Sugar’n Cream cotton yarn that’ve been taking up precious real estate on my bedside shelf. This yarn is great for washrags, face scrubbies and summer clothes. I decided to make a ton of rags and scrubbies as most of our kitchen rags have been around since before I moved out of my parents’ house, and face scrubbies are nice gifts for the person you have no idea what to get for their birthday. I ended up using one ball of Sugar’n Cream Scrub Off in Mistletoe entirely for kitchen rags and pot scrubbers and another ball of Sugar’n Cream Scents in Aloe Vera for a bunch of face scrubbies and one washrag. Needless to say, I felt pretty darn productive.
Now that I’ve worked through some of my yarn pile, I guess it’s time for me to get down to business… and study up for NaNoWriMo next month.