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Archive for April 2nd, 2006

I Love My Students

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006

Fast Florida Footies by DawnI have had a busy week or so, teaching all sorts of classes all over the place. I had Fast Florida Footies at Threadbear last Sunday. I had my high school knitting program on Monday. Wednesday I finished Turkish-Style Toe-Up socks at Threadbear, then a private knitting lesson, then CityKidz Knit! program at Foster Center. Thursday was more CityKidz (followed by a pure-entertainment knit-in at Rae’s).

Friday I was a student in Crochet class at Threadbear. Saturday I taught Bloom Shawl and Sunday was Afterthought Heels, both at Threadbear. Monday I will start a First-Time Toe-Up sock class at Little Red Schoolhouse at night, after another session with the high school group.

I was born to teach. I am really grateful for weeks like this.

Speaking of teaching, the book for Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan, Michigan has come out. I’ve got three classes offered, and in the book itself I wrote two articles. One article is on dyeing with Kool-Aid drink mix and one is a comparison of three dresses I bought in Africa, each in different countries. Photos of the dresses (and an Ethiopian Shepherd’s Hat) are inside the back cover.

My classes? I’m teaching Polymer Clay buttons/beads on Wednesday, Absolute Beginner Knitting on Thursday, and Design your own Turkish-Style Sock all day Friday plus Saturday morning, a 1.5 day class. I’ve already heard from one friend who is taking the sock class, and many folks I know have mentioned their interest in buttons.

The beginner knitting class is a bit of a risk, because it’s likely any newbie knitter has never heard of me and will take the class on faith. I am crossing my fingers on that one. It could be such fun to have a room full of new knitters for a full day! My theory is that folks come to events like this in groups, and someone’s daughter or friend may tag along and take the knitting class. Or that’s the idea, anyway!

So help me put the word out, my friends. Workshops start Wednesday, August 16 and vendors are there Fri/Sat/Sun the 18th/19th/20th. Only a few vendors are there on Friday, if I remember right, but the place is open fully and hopping on Sat/Sun.

I’d really love to see a bunch of you beloved readers at the festival. Let’s see what we can work out.

Photo: I took this at last year’s Michigan Fiber Fest. Dawn, a student in my sock class, brought this assortment of Fast Florida Footies to show me. She was planning to give them as holiday gifts. I was honored, of course.