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In an coincidence that confirms the connection we have as spiritual beings, I received a call last night from the amazing handwork teacher Melanie @arachnecrafts just as I was teaching my 7-year-old daughter how to knit. This summer, Melanie taught my daughter how to knit following the @liveeducation summer seminar. The teaching moment was for us as teachers more than for the children. This is how you do it. You hold your child on your lap and wrap your arms around her. She holds the knitting needles and you guide her in the process. As the child knits, the Will is being exercised. It’s a task that requires deep concentration at first. As the knitting needles glide back and forth crossing the heart, you can sense the feelings of love and sometimes frustration surface. The head, heart and hands are working together. What I love about the Waldorf approach to education is that everything down to the handwork is chosen to support the development of the child. What I have failed to appreciate is how perfectly this educational model supports me as a person navigating these often challenging waters of parenthood and homeschooling. I found the process of teaching her both thrilling and challenging. Just as she got it and I turned my attention to photograph the moment, she would get distracted and make mistakes. As a novice knitter for over a decade, I can teach her, but I cannot correct mistakes. And this I told her. Don’t worry about the mistakes, I can’t fix them. Let’s just keep moving forward. We’ve knitted ourselves into a tight bind. Figuratively and literally. Literally, her knitting is tight and messy. Figuratively we’ve (I mean I) have become overly focused. I remember a reflection Melanie shared years ago at my first handwork class with her. She said some crafters knit tight and small while others loose and big. I wanted to be different than I was, a tight focused knitter. Ten years later I’m still struggling. In crafts and in life. What I love about homeschooling is that I’m given the opportunity each year to develop along side my children. Here’s to taking this year as a grand out breath. #pepperandpine #homeschool #waldorfinspired #islamicwaldorf #waldorf

11 Comments

  • 12w ago brittburkard brittburkard

    I love this. And the whole theory behind how to teach it. Unfortunately I am left handed and my kiddos are right handed so taking them in my lap to teach them to crochet or knit is very difficult for my brain. 😂 We still try and in the end I know it will be worth it! Plus my husband knows a little and can help with the righthandedness aspect that I cannot. 🤣

  • 12w ago pepperandpine pepperandpine

    @brittburkard ah now there’s a problem I didn’t not see coming!

  • 12w ago beauty_of_play beauty_of_play

    So beautifully stated. Thank you for sharing.

  • 12w ago mikithompson mikithompson

    I love this! Anytime you do need help just let me know. We can face time through it. A fantastic book about learning to knit and embracing it is called Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf. Your daughter would enjoy it. And I. The knitting world we call mistakes “design features” ❤️

  • 12w ago brittburkard brittburkard

    @pepperandpine lol yes indeed. But we get through it well enough. Thank goodness for a right handed husband to help after my brain breaks. 🤣

  • 12w ago teammillward teammillward

    Will your ocean main lesson book be available to purchase? 😍

  • 12w ago pepperandpine pepperandpine

    @teammillward it will be available for free hopefully 🙌🙌

  • 12w ago waldorf_in_fancy_dresses waldorf_in_fancy_dresses

    @brittburkard My grandma taught me how to knit and she is right handed whereas i am left handed. But my brain observed her hands and i knit with my right hand and i am a good knitter, if she is comfortable using her left hand she can knit like her left handed mama 💕

  • 12w ago teammillward teammillward

    @pepperandpine Yay!!! I can’t wait!!

  • 12w ago melaniehatch6 melaniehatch6

    @brittburkard this is a common issue when learning how to knit. It has been solved in many ways. One way to work with a lefty is to keep knitting in a “right handed “ set up but the right hand becomes still and the left hand guides it’s needle to do all of the movements, making the left hand dominant and complete the work. The right hand holds stable and can, at that moment guide the yarn “around the back” needle. This works for many, however in your situation it seems that you have already learned and have muscle memory in a different way. I can appreciate the tricky situation. I tell my students that at some point it’s time to just wrestling with it until we figure it out. The task starts to make sense with each day that we come back to the knitting, which ever way you choose to resolve to work.

  • 12w ago brittburkard brittburkard

    @melaniehatch6 thank you so much for the tips! 😍💗

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