It's the start of a new era.
My two kiddos both started school today. New principal, new rules, no dawdling to take photos, no walking the girls into their classrooms. I was okay with it, and it probably made it easier on them and me, but I was a little upset at not being able to catch a meaningful photo.
I sent the kids off with the traditional first-day-of-school mascots, knitted pencils this time, tucked into their backpacks so they'd know I was thinking of them all day long. The moment I laid eyes on them in Anna's Knitting Mochimochi, I knew I was going to make the mini pencils for the girls' first day. So fast and easy, and *adorable*! If you remember, I made Rebecca a crocheted one for the first day of first grade, and was already thinking of doing a knitted version this year. But now I didn't have to do any of the brainwork. I used fingering or sport weight stash scrap yarn (pink and yellow- cotton, beige and grey - wool, double strand of embroidery floss - black) and #2 double pointed needles. Took less than an hour or so each, I'd say. I wasn't crazy about the way I embroidered the eyes, so I glued on little 5mm half-ball eyes that I had in my stash. A review of the book should be up on A Crafter's Library within a week.
And four teachers got faux apples to celebrate the first day with the students. I saw the directions here and knew they would make quick, easy, and inexpensive treats. I didn't spend a fortune on Jelly Bellys though, I got some red candy-coated peanuts (I think they call them Boston Baked Beans?!) in bulk at a grocery store, and it was less than a quarter of the price I would have paid for the Jelly Bellys. I put the candy in snack-sized baggies, folded the baggie in half and turned it upside down (so the zip part is hidden on the bottom). I cut up some green bendy straws for the stem, inserted them in the middle (where the fold is) and tied a green ribbon bow.
I hope it will be a good year. Nothing like 101 degree weather (and tomorrow is supposed to be 104!) to say "Welcome back to school!"