I’ve been teaching knitting classes since the debut of my first knitting book in 2004. As a book author, I find that my classes are in demand around the country, and even in Europe. I could literally spend all of my time traveling and teaching. But then I would not be able to write any more books, and my husband would get quite lonely. What's a girl to do?
My goal as an author and as a teacher is to free knitters to use their own creativity and to design their own projects, based on traditional techniques used around the world. To meet that goal, I’ve written two books that walk readers step-by-step through my design process, while providing instructions on using various techniques and design motifs from different countries. Ethnic Knitting Discovery and Ethnic Knitting Exploration are two of my contributions to helping empower knitters. But I know that not everyone can learn from books with black-and-white words and static drawings and photos. Knitting is an activity requiring motion. This is impossible to convey in a book. That’s why my workshops are so popular.
Because I can’t be everywhere, I’d like to see shop owners using my materials to create their own workshops, so the ideas and techniques I’ve collected from around the world can be taught to many more knitters than I would ever be able to meet and teach in person. The organization of the books makes this very easy to do, as each project is divided into bite-size parts that can be taught in different sessions. Teaching at a local shop, where the classes can be spread out over several weeks, or even a month, allows the students to work on an actual sweater project.
Here's a sample class outline, based on the sequencing of each project in Ethnic Knitting Discovery and Ethnic Knitting Exploration. The outline is for a sweater class; the small projects can support simpler, shorter classes.