Gardening and Dyeing Yarn Naturally

Yesterday, Caiden started a new Spring homeschooling block all about gardening, planting, insects etc… The block can be found on this wonderful Yahoo group called Waldorf Home Educators, it is an amazing homeschooling resource that is freely available on the internet. It is Marsha Johnson’s beautiful Yahoo group. If you haven’t already joined as a member, it really is a wonderful place to visit. You could quite easily put together your own curriculum from everything she offers in her ‘Files’ section, under ‘Age Specific Curriculum’.
Caiden decided to plant his own veg garden, he chose the veggies that he wanted to grow and then I found some craft sticks. He labelled each stick with the plant name and the date of planting and put these at the end of each row of veggie seeds. He really enjoyed planting his own garden. Now he will be able to know by looking at the date on his sticks, when a good time will be to plant again for succession planting. He is also going to save some seeds for next years planting.

Labelling his veggies…

I was so excited to discover this little Lady Bug on one of the broad bean plants. All the beans are healthy and there is just one that has aphids. Sure enough, this little bug was there getting rid of the aphids from the plant and restoring balance. This was such a lovely learning experience of how nature swoops in when she is needed without us doing a thing


Today, I custom dyed some mohair yarn for someone to be used as Waldorf doll hair. I dyed my yarn with Eucalyptus bark. It has come out a lovely honey blond colour. I am going to dye up some more for the shop too.

I just had to share this beautiful bear with you. My brilliant and very talented friend, Heidi has designed this wonderful African Flower Bear Pattern, the bear’s name is Lollo, isn’t she just gorgeous!!! The pattern has just been made available for purchase on Ravelry, I love it!! The pattern is so detailed and wonderfully written, I can’t wait to start this project:)

I am off to start preparations for my mom’s birthday tomorrow, Caiden’s 10th birthday on Thursday and our trip to the farm…

Take care

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7 Responses to Gardening and Dyeing Yarn Naturally

  1. simo e ... September 6, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    wonderful, everything!

  2. Faerie-Dancer September 6, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    I wish for Caiden to have a good garden year!
    Lollo’s beautiful, I still have to purchase the pattern.

  3. Baa-Me Kniits September 7, 2011 at 2:00 am #

    Caiden’s garden looks lovely and he will really enjoy seeing things grow and then harvesting the fruits of his labour. My boys love gardening but they have to go to Nan’s because my chickens keep getting into their garden here. The guinea fowl sleep in the veggie garden as its the only area with a roof….so no veggies at our house this year. (luckily my neighbour has a huge veggie garden) I’m waiting for them to lay eggs again and then put them under a hen to increase their flock before I let them out all the time. They don’t seem to mind being locked up for most of the day and I know the owls and dingos are not going to get them.

  4. Apseed September 7, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    This bear is so sweet! What a lovely design!

    Homeschooling is so new and unusual for me, because we don’t have “homeschooling” in my country;(
    Thank You for sharing with us!

  5. Forest-Dweller September 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    I just love, love, love the bear…gorgeous!

    With All That I Am
    Carrie “Forrest-Dweller” Duvall
    The Handmade Homemaker – The Bee’s Knees

  6. linny September 8, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    What a wonderful giveaway.
    Love the patterns. I have a new grandson, I’m sure he would like me to knit one of these patterns up.

  7. K September 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    Wow. C is really growing up. It’s not just the number of years; his body is changing – they begin to get long, to handle themselves differently. And as I went on in the reading, really basking in the delight of a child experiencing the real world, not the man-made mess – and I saw your wool, casually hanging on the patio, drying in the sun, I wondered who on earth your son will marry. Because I don’t think he’s going to find many women in the world who can match your balance of intelligence, courage, imagination, determination and capability.

    I am afraid none of my children will end up home schooling. Gin is willing, but sees a need in her son for the rougher realities of formal schooling – needs a team of people behind her reinforcing social limits on behavior. And I respect that, knowing what I know about the situation – an only child for much longer than she would have chosen him to be.

    I love technology. I love the good things about the modern world. What I don’t like is the way they amplify the unbalanced and cruel things that have existed since the beginning – and often offer plastic bits of life so colorful they submerge the real deal.

    We are out of balance. But you create more than a veg garden within the walls of your place.

    I will not make Heidi’s bear, as beautiful as she is and as wonderful as I know the pattern must be (that woman is a find photographer and a great technical writer). It is crochet. And one has to draw the line in life somewhere –

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