By JC | April 22, 2013

Let me tell you about a couple highlights from my weekend at the Loopy Ewe Spring Fling. (Besides the camaraderie and the dessert reception, of course.)

The first was when a former Slick Set-in Sleeves student showed me a sweater she’d knit using that technique. It was stunning! The fit, the yarn selection, the stitch patterns – all perfect. Seeing that sweater was quite a thrill for me because it was the first time a former student had shown me what they’d been able to achieve after taking the class. I’ve been teaching that class for years, so if you ask me, I had to wait far too long for that moment.

The second took place on Saturday. Someone in Friday afternoon’s Disaster Recovery class told me how she had finished a lace piece on Friday evening, binding off but not weaving in the ends. She headed back to her room, stepped off the elevator, and discovered an end dangling down into the elevator shaft. She tugged on the end, curious as it why it was so long – sure, she hadn’t woven in her ends, but none was that long. Yard after yard came out of the elevator shaft. Finally she realized that the bind-off had unraveled, to the tune of 200+ stitches! Many stitches had unraveled back several rows. Normally, she told me, she would’ve bust out in tears. But having taken Disaster Recovery mere hours before, she had the skills and confidence she needed to get all the stitches back on needles, and to repair the damaged rows. Whoo hoo!

And that, folks, is why I teach. It’s why I put up with the travel hassles, and the loss of “normal” weekends. Knowing that students are putting new skills to good use is about the best reward there could be.


Joni on April 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm.

I was thrilled to be able to show you my sweater! I loved the technique and it made the sweater so much easier to finish! But I still can’t believe I’m the first to show one to you. I know there must be many more out there

Dawn'l on April 29, 2013 at 7:51 am.

I took your Charts Made Simple class at Yarnover on Sat. Later that night I was flipping through a new magazine I bought and saw a pattern picture that caught my eye. Looking over the pattern, I almost skipped by when I saw it was charted, but almost instantly my perspective changed and I “saw” the pattern in the chart. A whole new world of patterns has opened up in front of me. I walked out of your class with more knowledge than I have received in any other class I’ve taken so far. Thank you for spending your weekend with us in MN.

JC on April 29, 2013 at 8:31 am.

That’s fabulous, Dawn’l! :-)