I have always had mixed feelings regarding teaching. I have not been asked many times whether I would teach a class... But when someone did ask me, I kept wondering to myself... 'What could I teach someone? Everything I've learned, I've learned it from the internet... What could I possibly know that someone hasn't already written about it?'
I am, however, the kind of person who really enjoys listening to people and learning from someone's voice and experience. I believe that when something is written, it always sends out the same message, but when we learn from someone who has learnt something before, we can hear a few tricks here and there, and we are free to discover what their true perception about something is...
I am also the kind of knitter that believes we will never ever learn all there is to know about this art. I still feel a beginner knitter for so many reasons... There are so many techniques I haven't tried, and I am not talking about complicated stuff... I haven't tried, for example, to steek a sweater... And I have never learnt how to design a shawl with different lace patterns...
So whenever someone asked me if I would teach a class, I would normally answer 'No way! There are still so many classes I need to take myself!..'
Well, life is full of surprises and in one of my latest trips, I was very kindly invited by Madtosh Crafts and Happy Knits to come to the US with my partner in crime Veera and do a series of events. The main reason for this is that we are working on a new collaboration together (I'll post more about that in due time!!!), and they invited to feature it at their stores and host some Trunk Shows and Meet & Greets...
And, of course, the question was asked again: 'Would you teach a class?...'
I looked at Veera, who was there with me... I looked around... And without giving it much thought I said: 'Why, yes!'
So there you go, folks. I am teaching not only 1, but 3 different classes, in 2 unknown to me cities, in a country very far away from home, in a foreign language, in just... 2 weeks.
There will also be some free events, so there's no need to sign up for a class if you don't feel like! Veera and I will be there and we'll be showing Interpretations 2 for the first time!
Call the yarn stores to get the proper timetables for these.
So, in case you are in the area, and want to come say hi... Here are the topics I will be talking about. I am not sure I can call these classes, I feel more comfortable calling them talks, or conversations.
Hopefully my theory is right, and I'll learn from the attendees as much as they'll learn from me.
APPROACH TO SWEATER DESIGN
Madtosh Crafts (Dallas): Wed, Feb 4th - 9 to 12 AM
Happy Knits (Portland, OR): Sat, Feb 7 - 10 AM to 1 PM
In this workshop we’ll discuss my sweater design process from start to finish. This is a fun class for anyone thinking about designing their first sweater (for fun or for work), but also for those who are interested in knowing what goes on behind the scenes.
We’ll talk about:
- How to find inspiration (Pinterest, fashion designers, brands).
- Following trends and adjusting them to what knitters want to knit.
- Important measurements to consider when designing (shoulder span, full bust, sleeve circumference, hip measurement, etc). Tables of measurements and their meaning.
- What is ease (garments don’t always need to be the same size as the table of measurements!).
- Making notes for knitters on how to customize their garments (e.g. sleeve length, body length).
- Overview of different sweater constructions and how to choose the one that best suits your idea.
- What makes a design unique (small little details that make a design stand from others).
- Discussing some samples and their construction techniques.
- Basic concepts on grading patterns to different sizes.
- Using spreadsheets to grade a very basic pattern (converting it to different sizes instructions).
DON'T BE AFRAID OF SHORT ROWS!
Madtosh Crafts (Dallas): Tue, Feb 3rd - 1.30 to 4.30 PM
Happy Knits (Portland, OR): Fri, Feb 6th - 3 to 6 PM
What are short rows and why do we want them in our knitting?
Different techniques for you to try: wrap and turn, German short rows, Japanese short rows, etc.
How to use wrap and turn effectively to customize your sweaters by adding:
- bust darts
- shoulder shaping
- curved hems
- collars that fold….
- seamless top-down sleeves Circularly shaped sweaters that use short-rows as basic construction technique (Opposite Pole, Ecuador, Make a Wish, Meridien).
SWEATERS THAT FIT (YOU!)
Madtosh Crafts (Dallas): Mon, Feb 2nd - 9 to 12 AM
Happy Knits (Portland, OR): Sunday, Feb 8th - 3 to 6 PM
How to choose the best shapes for your body.
How to take measurements of your body and choose the right size of the pattern you want knit.
How to customize a sweater to your own body according to your:
- Waist length
- Arm circumference
- Bust measurement
- Hip measurement How to add:
- Bust darts
- Waist shaping
- Curved hems
- Length to the back so that it doesn’t ride up
How to choose the right yarn for a project.
A quick look at some of my samples and their sizes, shapes, lengths and styles.
In the meantime, I keep swatching and learning the few tricks I still needed to learn about short rows... ;)