Thea Olsen

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since Jul 18, 2010
suburbs of Chicago USDA zone 5b
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I recently built a similar herb spiral with whatever rocks and bricks and stuff I've been gathering. Some bits don't fit together all that tightly but it's being held together fine just by the soil and it seems to be becoming increasingly stable as it settles and the plants grow.
1 year ago

Chris Kott wrote:Welcome, Cathy!

For those of us who only know generally about Waldorf as alternative schools inspired by Rudolph Steiner, could you please tell us about Waldorf Handwork?


Handwork is part of the curriculum in Waldorf schools. Children have regular handwork classes as part of their education from first grade on. They learn knitting, crochet, embroidery, hand sewing, machine sewing and more. The handwork curriculum, like the rest of the Waldorf curriculum, is intended to meet the children where they are in their development. For example, the skills that are strengthened by learning to knit in first grade are many of the same ones needed to learn to read. It also often connects with what they are learning in other parts of their education, such as in eighth grade, when they study the industrial revolution, and also transition from sewing by hand to using a sewing machine.
My name is Thea and I've been teaching handwork for almost 20 years, though I haven't done Waldorf teacher training, as I don't make enough to afford it.

I found an organic cotton "sleep bra." Never did understand why one would sleep with a bra on, and I have no idea how supportive it is, but it probably keeps everything from getting sticky (I hate sweat there). It looks like the "medium-busty" goes to 34G. It's 90% organic cotton and 10% spandex. And, apparently it's supportive enough that reviewers are happy with it and plan on using it as a sports bra after they're done nursing

I might have to try that one! Looks comfy.
I can also answer the question about sleep bras. They're to give moms a place to put nursing pads during the early days if leaking is an issue. I've never used them for that (just slept on a towel if necessary), but they do tend to be more comfortable than most bras.
1 year ago
I've taken a couple classes at the Ely Folk School. I try to take one whenever I'm in the area, but since that's usually only a week or 2 each year, it doesn't always work out. It's a lot of fun and they have some interesting offerings. My husband taught a tintype photography class there last year and will probably repeat it this summer.
1 year ago
I like Blue Canoe Bras, but I don't know that they'd work for your size. Try Decent Exposures. They have a ton of different options of styles and fabrics (including organic), and can make pretty much any size.
1 year ago
It's starting to look like we should just quit mowing altogether until morel season is over. This evening my daughter found one in the front lawn under some gooseberries.
1 year ago
So no smothering the grass then. I'll just leave that area unmowed during morel season and add a bit of leaf mold. I'm not sure about using wood ashes around here, since our soil tends to be on the alkaline side. Thanks for the help.

1 year ago
I'm not sure you understand my question. I'm not trying to propagate them, they're already there. I just want to keep them around, and preferably get rid of the grass in that area so they don't get chopped off by the mower.
1 year ago
A few days ago I found a couple of morels in my lawn under some old apple trees. I'm guessing that the mycelium has been there for years but this is the first time we've noticed any mushrooms because we're behind on mowing. Now that we know they're there, I'm thinking it might be best if that area were not lawn. I could smother the lawn with wood chips, but I want to make sure I don't damage the mycelium. I have a bunch of chips right now (mostly cherry), but they're old and already full of other mycelium that I'm afraid would compete with the morels. Should I get some fresh chips? A different type of wood? Forget about mulching altogether?
1 year ago