One of my favorite lecture topics from last weeks training was rhythm. How to create a certain patterned movement to every day life. We learned how this is so helpful to our children for establishing a routine in their lives. We lived a very rhythmic life the two weeks we were together in Milwaukee. Each day was mapped out for us and moved with ease and grace to get us through the program. Song, lecture, Eurythmy, coffee break, lecture, song, lunch, outdoor walk, lecture, music, coffe break and finally handwork. Handwork. Probably my favorite part of the day. We talked about the importance of children seeing us doing handwork. Love that. We first made knitting needles out of chop sticks with colorful fimo knobs at the ends. We were to then knit (or crochet) a cat. I've been knitting for twenty years yet have been wanting to learn how to crochet, so I took this opportunity to finally learn how.
We used hand-dyed wool to make the rectangles, which we then stitched and stuffed into cats. A simple pattern with basic instructions, but really adorable results. Here is the mother and two kittens I made...
...and some of the others made by fellow classmates.
Our second week of handwork we were told we would be making aprons. I was so excited. Finally!! (I thought) I'd learn how to use a sewing machine. Wrong. We were to stitch them by hand. The idea of handwork is not to sew something quickly, but to have something in your lap to work on while you are with your children. I learned some basics, like how to cut out a pattern and how seam binding works. I haven't quite finished my apron yet, but here it is in it's WIP stage.
As for rhythm...well, it seems I have a lot of work to do there. It's all a juggling act since I leave town so often for work. It's just been a few days since I've been home, but Peanut and I going to find a way to make it happen.