These photos are from the Billy Barnes Collection at the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina.
Children knitting circa 1966.
It doesn’t say who this lady was, or why she was teaching kids to knit (on super long needles), but it was apparently part of the WAMY Community Action project to address poverty in Western North Carolina.
I liked that the photos had the following tags in the catalog:
Update: And here’s a modern-day parallel!