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Kit for Bare-Hand Knitting

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An instructional booklet,  one hundred plus yards of 100% wool yarn (enough for several projects) a jute handwork bag with a drawstring plus a bonus yarn-bowl clip (bowl not included)

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Kit for Basic Wet-Felting

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An instructional booklet, wool Roving--of 64 grams undyed/16 grams dyed  (enough for a practice ball and set of three juggling balls) three absorbent cotton cloths and a 1 oz, squeeze bottle filled with pure Castile soap from Organic olives.

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Kit for Finger Knitting Chain

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An instructional booklet, one hundred plus yards of 100% wool yarn (enough for a number of projects) a jute handwork bag with a drawstring plus a bonus yarn-bowl clip (bowl not included)

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Reviews on the Bare Hand Knitting Publication

Antioch News JANUARY 10, 2020:

Antioch Alumni Publishes Hands-on Knitting Book with Waldorf Publications

Our hands are our most dexterous and often neglected part of our body. But Antioch alum, Aleshanee Akin is bringing our attention back to them with her latest book. Bare Hand Knitting: Tool-free Knitting at Its Finest is exactly what it sounds like: a how-to for beginner hand knitters. 

Finger knitting, or tool-free knitting, is a skill often taught to Waldorf kindergarten children to help them improve motor skills and dexterity. But few carry the skill into adulthood where the need for maintaining finger dexterity arises. Aleshanee reflects on her own experiences with the technique, both as an educator and a parent, to bring deeper context to this simple hand-craft. 

Techniques covered in the book include braiding and knotting, whip-stitching, wet-felting, ripple stitches, and chain knitting, among others.  Illustrating all of these processes are simple but beautiful drawings by Elizabeth Auer; showing each step in making a hat, sweater, or table cloth.

Torin Finser, professor of Waldorf Education at AUNE, absolutely adores this book. He writes: 

“It is an incredible gem, an inspired guide to creativity and practical activities for young and old using our most precious tools: our hands! … I highly recommend this book for all who care about humanity and reclaiming our social mandate through our hands.  I can see it used in homes, schools, prisons (where needles and other devices are usually banned), clinics, hospitals, and community centers. It is a festival of the spirit and gives us hope for the future.”

This book may be purchased right  here on our shop) as a joyous learning opportunity for the restless hands of young and old alike! 

Read Dr. Finser’s full review here.

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Review by a Home-School Mom published on Holistic People, August 11, 2019

This is an amazing book! It gives you step by step guides to creating things with your hands with using no more than a rock and a stick (if that, if you’re felting!. I can’t think of a better activity to do with my child. It is fun, therapeutic and so good for development.

The book gives you instructions, lovely illustrations and rhymes even to heRead more about review stating Best activities for me and my child

lp memorise the steps. (I used to forget how to knit after a week otherwise) it’s a workbook really and I love the whole natural, back to your genes, authentic aesthetic of it all. A long forgotten art. I can’t recommend it enough. It’s good for parents, teachers, anyone interested in crafts and or the ways our ancestors used their hands. Actually it’s a tangible history lesson in a way! If you are a romantic like me you’ll love it 😍

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Using Our Hands Has a Calming Effect Waldorf Publications' Blog Post March 25th 2020

Certainly, in these times of being housebound for preventing the spread of illness, the uncertainty and fearful anticipation can cause nervous restlessness, particularly in children whose rhythms are disrupted. Establishing new rhythms can be very helpful, and so can using our hands (after washing, of course) in constructive activities.

The rhythm of knitting or sewing can establish calm all by itself and make everything and everyone feel better.  There might be a beautiful creation to show for it as well by the time we are free again from quarantine.

A really wonderful way to knit without using needles is described in our recently published book, Bare Hand Knitting. The author, Aleshanee Akin, has worked with finger knitting, done in Waldorf kindergartens, using only fingers, and has now developed a technique of knitting with all our fingers to make fabrics that can be made into items of real beauty and usefulness. The skinny tubes done by kindergartners, which parents pretend are “scarves,” wearing them to ensure our little ones feel like real participants in clothing manufacturing, can be developed further using the Bare Hand Knitting technique, into useable, wearable items: hats and scarves (wider than an inch and a half) and, best of all, new playthings.

One favorite project in Aleshanee’s book is a bridle for a horse that can be used for when one becomes a horse oneself or turns a sibling (or a parent) into a horse.  A good gallop around the house with a handmade, beautiful bridle is a genuinely rewarding, full-blown project all the way through to the good exercise!

Or check out the little gnome vest! Your little one’s doll or troll or gnome or? will be warm and grateful once dressed in it. Think of the sense of touch cultivated by using one’s whole hands to make things with wool! Even just the activity, without a goal of something to make, is worthwhile. Wool is so warming and soft and colorful and, well, fun! The possibilities are endless. These activities are limitless in their ability to calm and help pass the time most pleasantly. We are posting a few chapters of this marvelous book on our website to help you to get started.  Here’s a link for a free glance at the  the first three chapters!

Waldorf Publications' Blog Post March 25th 2020