The Importance of Handwork by: Elizabeth des Roches

Kids Need Knitting - Handwork HomeschoolIf I had a tattoo it would say :

Kids need knitting !

If I had my way, every city, town & village would have giant billboards with
pictures of cool kids knitting.
There would be yarn stores dedicated to children, huge teen-knit-alongs would spring up around the world & kids would be seen happily chatting & knitting (aka socializing) with friends in living rooms & school yards.
Kids Need Knitting - especially boys... Handwork Homeschool
Their faces would be rosy, their eyes would be focused & their phones would only be used for quick calls to ask for a ride home!

Am I dreaming of some unattainable knit-opia?

Could this vision come true?
Only if parents & teachers choose to join me on my quest.
Somehow, in the last few decades, knitting has slipped out of the hands of our children & it’s time we put it right back where it belongs!
Knitting has always been held in high regard in Waldorf schools & recent scientific studies are finally proving what Steiner knew all along. Teaching children this time-honoured fibre art allows them to experience a WHOLE lot more than just whipping
up a cute knitted rabbit & a striped flute pouch!
Knit Farm - Handwork Homeschool - Playscape
What fun & easy activity can increase your child’s math skills & reading comprehension while enhancing memory function and fact retention?


How can you help your children build self-esteem & feel more connected to their family & friends?

Let them knit!

Looking for a way to make writing & drawing easier & more rewarding for your
little ones?

Give them some knitting needles & a ball of yarn !

If it seems like I am embarking on a brightly-coloured, wonderfully soft & incredibly creative crusade – it’s because I AM!
One of my main GOALS as a homeschooler is to raise open-minded, inquisitive children who look at life from an entrepreneurial angle. I want them to think for themselves, set their own projects & then take the time to rise to those self-made challenges.
A knitting project meets all of those requirements quite nicely!
When my son wants to show someone he loves them – he often makes something for them. He is involved in every decision & every stitch. His sense of self-worth soars & his writing improves in leaps & bounds.
Here are a few examples of his Grade One Knitting Projects.
A knit LOVE pouch with finger knit handle (used to send trinkets & goodies
back & forth from here to his big sister who goes to school in Toronto).
Love Pouch - Handwork Homeschool - Grade One knitting
A cozy kitty blanket for a very, large fluffy cat, Minerva
(who good naturedly lies under it for photo ops & admiration sessions)!
Miss Minervas Birthday Gift - Handwork Homeschool - First Grade Knitting
A Wee-Willie-Winkie hat for his Da who finds the winter mornings a
bit brisk when he’s stoking the fire in the kitchen.
Knit Hat - Handwork Homeschool - First Grade Knitting
Sometimes, he likes to make something for himself.
A knit-version of the pony he loved to ride the most during his horseback lessons,
his beloved Princesse.
AndrewAndPrincesse - Handwork Homeschool - First Grade Knitting
My daughter has only just turned 6 & I will be introducing her to secrets of knitting in the fall. In the meantime, she’s been enjoying finger knitting in eager anticipation of the day when she will graduate to using knitting needles.
ArabellaScoobyDOO2 - Handwork Homeschool - Kindy Finger knitting
Want to know more about how to include knitting in your homeschooling life?
Would you like to discover the best ways to learn this timeless fibre art?
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I would like to send a big Thank You to Andrea for asking me to Guest Post on her fab site & helping me spread the word about the wonders of Handwork!


Elizabeth des Roches is a Wild Waldorf Mama, Vintage Crafts Explorer &
Seasoned Homeschooler who spirited her family away from the big city to a
small village in Northern France a few years ago.

There they live, play & work while enjoying some great food, lots of
history & the occasional trip out & about.



11 thoughts on “The Importance of Handwork by: Elizabeth des Roches

  1. I agree! My mum knits and would I just didn’t have it in me to learn. However, I do have a very handiwork type of child who needs this. Will have to fly mum in for a visit so that she can teach knitting 101 to her! Thanks for the post!

    • i was in the middle of coitnemnmg here this morning, and well, you know.I was gonna say the skirt looks so perfectly swingy! I have several vintage knitting books etc etc, but have felt kinda lost when it comes to knitted boy things. and why is it that the goodwill has so many more girl clothes than boys? not fair. For all of the crafty-goodness to be made, I can’t help but hope for a girl next.

  2. I pinned your farmscape- I love it! I would have to learn to knit right along with Claire- I use to crochet but not very well. I CAN sew so that’s something. You should auction off the farm. (lol)

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    • I am lucky to work in a Quilt store. Just can’t wait to get there each day. People come in to share the most beautiful old and new qiluts as well as create their own. I have a small collection of antique qiluts, which I love, love, love and am always on the look out for ones to fit my collection. So glad you love them too!I can’t wait for your book on your trip to England you blog about the trip was wonderful. I felt like I was there too. Thanks for everything!

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  5. Dear Susan, I too am a lover of quilts, both old and new. But I think my fvteriaos are the antique ones. I have a half wall at the top of my stairs where I place the folded quilts over the wall so they hang down the stairwell. Some I place on top of another so some of each will show. I also fold and place several on a bench in my living room, which is quite appropriate as the bench is made from an antique bed that my daughter used as a child. I love discovering new ways to display & use my quilts. Thanks for the pictures of your quilts. I never tired of seeing quilts!Linda

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