Knitted Cast-On :: A 5-Minute Handwork Homeschool Lesson

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In this 5-Minute Handwork Homeschool Lesson,
you’ll learn how to do the Knitted Cast – On. Continue reading

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Valentine Books – A “Lovelist” – Round TWO !

Six-Dinner Sid Handwork Homeschool Valentine Books for older kids

For the past few years, I’ve bought a “love” book for each of my children to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  At first, it was easy to find touching stories with beautiful illustrations.  The other night, when I started searching on Amazon for this year’s gifts,
I figured I’d hop on & off in a few minutes, happy in the knowledge that I had some fab books on the way.

Ummm, not so fast… Continue reading

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Christmas Reading (Part 3) – A Festive Book List from Handwork Homeschool

Christmas book list Handwork HomeschoolBooks play a HUGE role in our homeschool !!
The holidays are a great time for books,
I often read during our lesson time in place of something
more “academic” & always later on in the afternoon
by the woodstove.

We have so many festive books
that I’ve started sorting them into themes –
here are some of our animal books

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Miss Arabella Doll’s Christmas Gifts

Arabella Doll Waldorf Handwork Homeschool

This is Miss Arabella Doll, she came to live with us on my daughter’s 5th birthday & has become a well-loved member of our family.

Each year, around this time, I start to brainstorm & gather ideas for gifts that I’d like to
make & give to my family, friends & (yes) pets at Christmas.  While jotting some thoughts down this morning, I had a sudden FLASH of inspiration ~ Continue reading

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A Needle-Felted Mediaeval Hedgehog MOVIE !?!

hedgehog mediaeval Handwork Homeschool

I’ve always thought hedgehogs are pretty cute but never realized how much the Europeans have loved them over the centuries – until I got here !  At any time of year
you can find stuffed versions, little ornaments, prickly candies & even embroidery patterns. This inspired me to Continue reading

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Baked Mohair ?!? Gorgeous !!

How to dye Mohair Yarn - Handwork Homeschool

I love fibre – real, natural, straight from the animal fibre (although I’ve been known to fall for some soy or milk yarn on the odd occasion…).  So visiting our local mohair farm (really, they’re angora goats) is always a treat.  The kids & I pop in from time to time to visit the animals (all 77 have a name) & the kind owner, Lydie, who treats each goat like one of her children.  I think yarn feels completely different once you’ve met those who “grew” it!

Knowing that it was kissed & stroked along the way makes it even more special! Continue reading

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Our Vide Grenier – A Treasure Hunter’s Delight !!

The Tall Book of Make-Believe - Handwork Homeschool - vintage book

There are many “nights-before” which I eagerly anticipate -

there’s the night-before Christmas (that’s usually filled with lots of last-minute making,
truckloads of candy & a flurry of wrapping paper…), the night before my birthday
(that’s when I start counting the years & wonder how many candles will ACTUALLY
be on my cake this year..) and then there’s the night before
our village’s annual Vide Grenier!

If you’ve ever felt the teeniest stirring of excitement at the idea of
attending a garage sale or dropping into a second hand shop – then
this event would bowl you right over… seriously, if I had to make a choice
between wandering through the best flea markets in Paris or stepping out
my front door tomorrow… Continue reading

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My Surprising Secret to Wild Creativity

As a Creative ( I just LOVE that title), I always have dozens
of projects on the go at the same time.  Some are in their infancy
(i.e. still in my head…) while others are almost ready to set out on
their own into the big, wide world, as finished pieces.Rainbow Knitting Handwork Homeschool

Many people ask me how I manage to make & design so many things
while homeschooling AND teaching handwork AND running a home.

I’ll tell you but first – come & meet a FEW of my current creative “babies”… Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Mamas & the Children They Knit With

(+ mini Knitting Blog Hop!)

Handwork Homeschool Grade One Knitting

I think there are 2 kinds of homeschooling Waldorf  Mamas when presented with the idea of teaching their children how to knit Continue reading

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Brainstorming in Paris ! The Story of The KNIT Lessons

~ UPDATE ~

The SUMMER 2014 Session
of
The KNIT Lessons
SOLD OUT !!

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FALL 2014 Session &
to access Early Bird Pricing!


This is my new studio in the attic of the Louvre.  Cool, eh?!

My Dream Studio at the Louvre - Handwork Homeschool I’ve always dreamed of working in a light-drenched space with soaring ceilings…
OK, it’s not really my studio – yet – maybe one day… but I did spend an amazing weekend of brainstorming & planning for The KNIT Lessons in Paris.  Want to come see where I worked, what inspired me & how I created this totally unique course?  Allons-y…

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