Spin a Bit of Yarn: Knitting Fun for Kids

Simple, colorful and affordable, a puffy skein of acrylic yarn can go a long way for creative kids. In honor of National Craft Month, we talked fiber fun with Anne Drozd, an activity planner at the Ann Arbor District Library.

At its Fiber Arts Lab and Sewing Lab, newbies as young as 11 find projects to get started – and advanced makers can build on their knowledge.

“Crafting doesn’t have to be expensive,” Drozd says. “For knitting, all you need is two needles and a ball of yarn.”

Projects at the labs range from a little 101 on the classic yarn-looping craft of knitting – which has seen a big surge in recent years and launched a variety of kid craft toys – to yarn-wrapped crafts, like vases and wire words that look like hip neon signs.

Whatever material kids use, crafting is also a great way to pinch pennies, Drozd says. Not to mention reduce stress, boost self-esteem, improve fine motor skills and, often, put math skills to practical use.

“One of the best parts of learning these skills is that it provides you with a better understanding of how things are made,” Drozd says, “and gives you the skills needed to repair and mend everyday household items.”

Find out what’s happening in the AADL labs this month at aadl.org.

Is your kid serious about learning to knit?

Skeins on Main is a yarn store in Rochester that offers classes for ages 8-12. It’s $50/student for six weeks.

Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn is a freelance journalist, copy editor and proud Detroiter. She is a graduate of Wayne State University’s journalism school and of the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University. Amanda is a lover of translated contemporary fiction, wines from Jura and her dog, Lottie.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

LATEST STORIES

How a Metro Detroit Mom Launched Fascination Factory to Spark Joy and Creativity

Lacey Foon recently celebrated the play space's first anniversary.

5 Great Momcation Destinations to Visit in 2024

Escape to perfect getaway spots like Napa Valley and Hershey for a momcation any time of year, where relaxation and indulgence await.

Experience CoComelon Magic in Detroit Pop-Up This June

Experience CoComelon Party Time! Meet favorite characters like JJ and enjoy kid-friendly activities for a fun-filled weekend.

Fun Things to Do with Metro Detroit Kids This Weekend

Looking for some family fun? Check out our list of events and other things to do this weekend.



- Advertisement -