As a teacher, I know how hard the job can be. I also know just how much it matters when a family lets you know that they appreciate the effort you are giving for their child. And while I try my best, I KNOW my boys' teachers are doing outstanding work day in and day out. We totally won the teacher lottery, and try and take any opportunity we have to let them know exactly that.
Christmas time is one of the great chances for us to do just that. Mid-November I started looking for ideas for something homemade that showed our love and was replicable. As Montessori teachers they all have an appreciation for natural materials and handmade work. This led me to knitting and the knitted bowl. I found the pattern here, and started in. I figured I would just have to see how far I got.
Then a friend posted this tutorial. (Thanks, Dawn!) I fell in love with the little owls, and knew that a little owl ornament would be a good fit in a knitted bowl nest. They were a fun "in front of the TV" project in the evening.
And when it all wrapped up, these are what we had. One for each teacher, one for each assistant, and one for the early care teacher. I hope they enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed making them.