NH Nieuws reports that one teacher in the Netherlands missed her students so much, she knitted a whole class of adorable little doll versions of them.
Miss Ingeborg teaches at the Bavinck school in Haarlem, in the Netherlands. Like the rest of the world, schools in Holland are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The country is slowly opening back up, but at this point, Miss Ingeborg hasn’t seen her students for nearly two months.
“It all hit me like this. The children were no longer in school. And I miss them so much,” Miss Ingeborg, told NH Nieuws.
When she saw a knitted doll on Pinterest, she got an idea. Although she’d never knit, the teacher was ready to learn by teaching herself and set out to make a 10cm tall knitted doll for each of her 23 students.
The girls at Bavinck school wear cardigans and the boys wear sweaters, so the dolls are dressed accordingly. Each doll took around 3 or 4 hours to complete, and they’re detailed— her students’ likenesses include freckles, glasses and hairstyles.
Once the class was complete, Miss Ingeborg shared a photo of the group with her students and their parents. The dolls were so carefully crafted, each student was able to find his or her doll. But then they asked, where was the Miss Ingeborg doll?
Miss Ingeborg answered their request and knitted a doll of herself and updated the class photo. She plans to gift each of the students their own dolls once school is back in session.
Because the Netherlands was able to quickly implement social distancing protocol before the spread of the virus became unmanageable, Holland is already in the early stages of reopening. Hopefully, teachers and students will be reunited soon.
Miss Ingeborg was so pleased with her students’ reaction to dolls, she plans to undertake the craft project next year— although hopefully not while in lockdown.