My principles are a bit woolly!

There are twelve principles in permaculture design (at least according to David Holmgren) and as a result of my masterpiece blanket I now have each of them represented by a square:

The twelve principles in wool

The twelve principles in wool

You can find explanations of my thinking on my Masterpiece page, but I thought that it would be nice to show them all together.

I teach an introduction to permaculture course about once a year, and last summer I was challenged to teach one completely based on knitted/crocheted props…. it looks like I’m well on my way!

It’s hip to be square

The post this morning was very special: the first square arrived for my masterpiece… so soon. What a lovely warm feeling I got inside.

This one is from Jennie, who attended one of my introduction to permaculture courses in 2012. As you can see from what she wrote, she thought about several of the principles used in permaculture design as she made her square.

A square representing many permaculture principles

A square representing many permaculture principles

I love the colours in this square and the thought that has gone into it. Thank you Jennie!

Remember, though, you don’t have to know anything about permaculture to join in… just tell me what it is about my blog, writing, teaching or our friendship that inspired you to contribute and why you chose the yarn, design or colours. And if you can’t knit or crochet, then just write something (by hand) for me to put in my scrapbook!

I’ve also added two of my own squares to the Masterpiece page today.

Teaching and learning

The Welsh word ‘dysgu’ means both teaching and learning.

I love this fact, because I have learned more as a result of teaching than I ever did when I was a student. Indeed, the longer I am a ‘teacher’ the less I teach and the more I facilitate learners to explore knowledge and construct their own understanding of the world around us. Every time I run I course, I learn something new, I see my subject through new eyes, with new perspectives and my understanding increases.

The results of an exercise in making abstract concepts meaningful to individual learners

The results of an exercise in making abstract concepts meaningful to individual learners

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