When I travel to teach, I don’t often have the opportunity to schedule classes over multiple days, and never over multiple weeks. That means that my project classes are really ‘get started’ classes, often working through a miniature version of the project to get in all the key skills, and spending lots of time talking about yarn choice, sizing, and fit.
When we had Make One, the thing I loved the best was following a student’s progress through a project over the course of multiple sessions. My ongoing Sunday afternoon class was an amazing time for that, and I miss teaching that way. When I’m in Toronto, life is too hectic to teach on an ongoing basis, even at my favorite local shops.
So, it’s a huge treat for me to be able to teach at Wool and Company in Geneva, IL while I’m staying here in St. Charles.
Starting this Saturday – oooh, that’s tomorrow! – I’ll be teaching an 8 session Watershed class. Yup. 8 sessions. We’ll be knitting the project start to finish, with any customizations your hearts desire. And we’ll have plenty of time to cover all of those techie topics I love; yarn choice, fit, sizing, gauge, measurements… nifty, eh?
I’ve heard the class already has 5 lovely students, but there’s still some space, so if you’re in the area, do sign up! The cost is just $65 and you’ll have to put up with me for 16 fun hours of instruction. By the time you’re done, maybe the weather will be perfect for Watershed-wearing?
I’m also teaching a shawl design course and photography – both in March. You can see all the classes here.
When I knew I’d be living here in St. Charles for the 5 weeks or so of mom’s stem cell transplant, I knew I’d have to try hard to take care of myself, and what I need to be able to take care of her. Being able to teach was the first thing I thought of; something to do for myself, that I love, and that gets me some good quality Amy time and keeps me interacting with other people!
Mom had her actual transplant yesterday and things have gone smoothly. She’s more exhausted than she’s ever been, and is starting to look like she’s sick. She’s been so amazing through all of the chemo and all of these assaults on her body that it’s tough for her to understand why she’s so weak now, and so fatigued. Funny, because everyone around her knows that she’s done so much better than most.
I’ve got a little email list of her friends and family that I’m using to send daily updates. I’ve thought about posting them on the blog as well. Is that something you’d want to be kept in the loop on?
Thanks for your continued thoughts and prayers, and I hope to see you all in class tomorrow!