Wow, it looks like my little blog made the Oregonian! A really nice article appeared today about Nitro Knitters. So, if you arrived here by that route, welcome.
I feel like it might be a good idea to explain that this isn't exactly your typical knitting blog. This site grew out of my previous teaching life, when I taught at various locations in and around Beaverton. I needed one place where I could list all the classes and locations I was teaching, and this was it. So you'll find a certain amount of outdated class listings here, if you browse in chronological order. But in between those, though, there is some good stuff. For example, on the sidebar, down on the right side, you'll see that my post about the "yo-yo" sock heel has been viewed a few (tens of thousands!!) times. And hiding back in the mists of time are informative posts like how to Kitchener without a tapestry needle.
In the back of my mind, I have long harbored the intention of starting a new website — not a blog about "what I knit today", but more a place to publish those "good bits" of useful and/or interesting knitting information. And now that I'm about to get back in teaching mode, that idea keeps resurfacing. It sounds to me like it would thoroughly complement the teaching philosophy at Nitro Knitters — so who knows? I might actually bring it to fruition over the next year or so. I know, I've said that before… and I'm going to be busy teaching, and I do need to have some time to actually knit, after all.
But it could happen. Especially since I won't have to publish my class schedules on my own site any more. Nitro's website has everything on it now – you can even sign up for classes online! — so it's worth taking a look over there.
Meanwhile, the past couple of weeks have been a roller coaster for me. On the one hand, I'm a little stressed. There's a lot of behind-the-scenes work to do, getting things ready. I've been sorting out all my old handouts and samples and patterns, and polishing stuff up for the new topics I'll be teaching. I unloaded my "teaching bag" years ago, so I have to put that back together, with all the little things like extra yarn and needles that are sometimes handy to have around in a class.
On the other hand, I am excited to be remembered and yes, possibly even in demand. OK, I realize that sounds sort of pathetic, but it isn't meant to. What it means is, I have been reconnecting with knitters I haven't seen or heard from literally in years — some in person, some in emails — and it has been immensely gratifying to see how far some of my former students have come with their knitting skills and enjoyment.
One such knitter graciously wore and allowed me to photograph her "Ribwarmer Restyled" vest, which was a class I taught back in 2009 – 2010.
If you're familiar with Elizabeth Zimmerman's Ribwarmer, you may be aware that the actual "pattern", if you can call it that, is about one medium-length paragraph and is only given in one size. For my classes, I wrote up a 7-page handout that included a schematic and I did a lot of math to allow knitters to make the project in a range of sizes.
But of course, when you are a teacher, you teach that last class and away everyone goes. You don't always get to see how it works out. So I was super-pleased to see the finished product live and in person!
And I am reading comments and emails like this one:
"…so glad to hear you will be teaching at Nitro Knitters! I took one of your "fix-it" classes years ago at the Knitting Bee and it has empowered me ever since."
Now THAT is an awesome thing to hear from a knitter! As a matter of fact, my "Knit Fixes" class is one of the very first ones I put on the new schedule. It has always been one of my favorite classes to teach, and I loved seeing novice knitters gain so much knowledge and confidence in the course of two hours.
"Empowered," she wrote.
I mean, that's what I set out to do, but I'm not sure I was ever really convinced that I had done it.
Now I find out that I did do it, after all.
And better than that — I get to do it again. How lucky can a girl get?