Today I am happy to welcome Elizabeth from Handwork Homeschool. She is here to inspire us with visions of handmade splendor!
Summer-time knitting – the perfect way to while away an afternoon.
Ahhh, doesn’t that conjure up the most wonderful image of sitting under a shady tree, watching your little ones happily playing while you turn out piece after marvelous piece?
Perhaps, you have your favourite drink by your elbow, a stash of delicious yarn & a pair of magic knitting needles…. whoa… what?!
You may have dreamt this dream, but we all know that it’s a real trick to make it happen!
Knitting is pretty easy to learn but what about finding the time to actually knit ?
Oddly enough, whenever someone sees my children wearing a handknit sweater
or playing with a knitted toy, they are always shocked to find out that I made it!
They KNOW that I knit & yet, they always say, “but you HOMESCHOOL!!!
When do you find the time to knit along with everything else you do ???”
I just smile & look off into the distance – they don’t need to know all of my secrets…
but I’ll share them with you!
One of the most amazing things about knitting is that you can build up a project bit by bit.
“Every stitch counts!”
It is such a great feeling to knit a little bit everyday, especially when the rest of your day is filled with tasks that you have to do over & over – laundry, dishes, making meals, sweeping floors, getting the groceries – you know you did them but sometimes, it feels like you didn’t actually accomplish anything all day.
That’s when a few rows of knitting can remind you that the
little things are worth doing.
If you’re a knitter, you probably recognize the feeling that washes over
you once you settle down with your needles for a few minutes.
Did you know that it’s not all in your imagination?
Recently scientists have been doing studies into what knitting actually does
to your mind & body. It’s calming & yet makes you incredibly alert at
the same time. The rhythmic act of making the stitches frees your mind to wander – allowing you to slip into a relaxed state almost instantly.
No mats, special clothes, babysitters or headstands necessary!
What other form of meditation can you practice while your kids are jumping
on the couch?!
The best thing is that you’ve got something to show for your work.
A little toy, a sweater for your babe or even a new pillow for that well-bounced couch.
Knitting can add so much to your life:
- dazzling colours, patterns & textures to play with
- time to think & create something of your own
- a way for you to give a gift that will always be remembered
Speaking of gifts, teaching your child to knit has got to be one of the best
that you could ever give. One that will increase in value as the years
At first, knitting will be a challenge, one that makes his brain tell his hands
to move in new ways. Then after a while, he’ll begin to hone his skills of
perseverance & patience as he works to finish a project.
Before you know it, he’ll be making gifts for you. He won’t know that
the little knit bag he made is only half of the present, the other part
is the shining look of joy in his eyes as you admire his work.
When I first found out about Waldorf, one of the main things that drew me to
it was the fact that handwork was included in the children’s regular lessons.
I really liked the idea that it was considered important enough to spend
time on along with the academic subjects.
As we’ve walked the homeschool “path”, I’ve watched my son & daughter
blossom & grow. I’ve learned a lot about how to teach them & they’ve learned
how to have their Mama as their teacher.
When I first started homeschooling, I didn’t realize that knitting could affect them on so many levels. After more than 30 years of knitting (yes, it’s hard to believe…) & then teaching it to my son, I decided it was time to find out exactly why it was part of
Steiner’s first curriculum.
Oh, the things I’ve discovered!
This summer, I’m finally ready to share the course that I’ve been working on for years…
When I first introduced my son to the fibre arts, I was so excited.
The funny thing was, that I wasn’t sure what to do first!
I searched for a complete step-by-step course that would show me what to do &
when to do it.
Guess what? I couldn’t find one.
So, I figured I’d better roll up my sleeves & create my own.
One that would teach the basics (stitches, starting, finishing) as well as few
extras (shaping, colourwork) along with some creative work (designing
your own Tell-Tale Playscape) mixed in with a touch of theory (just HOW
will I teach my child to knit & WHEN?).
If you enroll in the COMPLETE course before June 18th, you’ll also get access
to the all NEW mini-course,
“How to Write a Fantastic Container Story”
If you’d like to know more about The KNIT Lessons you can pop over HERE
Before you go – let me tell you about one extra cool part of this course.
Whether you take Babes ‘n’ Yarns (Part ONE), Tell-Tale Knits (Part TWO) or opt for
the complete The KNIT Lessons – Make YOUR Story – we’ve got one for you.
Each kit contains a complete collection of yarns & tools that are perfectly suited to make the exercises & projects during the course. She’s giving you a fab deal
(better than retail prices) & you will get it all in this nice neat package… so after you purchase your course tuition, head on over to Cedar Ring Circle and pick up your materials.
It’s always great to save time AND money!
This summer, come on over to Handwork Homeschool & join a global
community of knitters (a great mix of beginners, experts & everybody in between)
who are going to have a great time learning, making & imagining with some
yarn & a couple of “sticks”!
By the way,
there’ll be step-by-step video tutorials, all the virtual handholding
you want, printables & lots of FUN!
See you in class!
P.S. I’d like to thank Becca so much for sharing her spot on the ‘net
with me today & helping me make this course truly interactive!
This is the closest thing I can get to putting you in my car & driving you to the
nearest yarn shop!
Let’s learn & KNIT at Handwork Homeschool !