Students started off the year working on an 8 inch square and progressed to an easy baby hat pattern on circular needles. Right now we have begun a sewing project for the Kentucky Humane Society. Students are working in pairs to make cat and dog beds using fleece and fabric. We hope to have 5 or 6 beds ready to donate by the end of May.
A special project I took part in along with one of my students was the 600 Monsters Strong group on Ravelry. The group was formed shortly after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School and put the call out for knitters to make cuddly monster toys to donate first to children at the school but has now stretched to focus on all children affected by gun violence.
I knit one monster using the pattern Penelope the Empathic Monster and am also working on another monster using the free Gotta Love Me Monster pattern on Ravelry. One of my students who has done some knitting before this year and is more advanced asked if she could try to make one too, and she did! I think she did an amazing job for a 5th grader.