Some of the best forms of a teacher’s pay are the comments from students. One of the classes I teach when travelling, “A Phoenix from the Ashes” has brought me many remarks along the lines of “life changing”.
I’ve been finding myself teaching in all kinds of interesting places of late, but it’s my happy students who keep me coming back again and again!
In truth, it’s the students who inspire me to continue traveling and keep teaching. I started off as an instructor at local Guilds, shops and events. Over time, I was asked to teach knitters in more and different locations. Then my team and I decided to explore teaching “on film” and the DVD series was born (I had never intended to film so many titles, but I have a lot to share and, in truth, I still keep finding more!). Somewhere in there, I wrote two books. About three years ago, I was approached by Knit Companion’s Sally Holt, followed by an offer to teach a Craftsy course. Now we’re busy with the Double Knitting Club, which is based mainly on visual demonstrations and teaching of new techniques. In between all of this, in my free time, I have created a YouTube Channel and started filming clips from home.
As you can see, my teaching has found all sorts of new forms, and each brings its unique qualities.
What I still love best, though, is the interaction and feedback from students. It’s always fun to build a relationship based on a shared passion, even if, in the end, it is more of an email correspondence, or a chat through social channels.
It’s always fun to find new friends who share my passion for knitting!
I recently received an email from one of my knitting friends. She had made a beautiful cabled sweater, only to discover a glaring imperfection while blocking the finished garment. Below is what she wrote, and some photos of her wonderful work:
Note the miscrossed cable on the left panel
I discovered this mis-crossed cable WHILE BLOCKING this sweater. With the
help of your brilliant ‘daring fix’ video, I was able to fix it! Thank you,
This is a delightful example of a superb rescue made on a fully completed sweater – all done without opening a seam or removing a neckband.
I can only imagine the horror that the sight of the wrongly crossed cable caused, especially when it was only spotted when blocking the finished sweater. However the triumph, I’m sure, was all the sweeter.
This fix was achieved using the method shown in Cable Fun – Part 4 (Daring surgical fix)
I’m so glad it came in handy!
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