Ways To Workshop
I volunteered to lead a workshop at this year’s Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat. And I’m realizing that there are many ways to workshop.
What Are Your Ways To Workshop?
I’m doing a workshop on helical striped knitting.
It’s starting to become clear to me that my confidence in general lessens as I get older. Even as recently as in my fifties, I would barrel right into a workshop with all the self-assurance you could imagine. Perhaps it was just arrogance. But I certainly never second-guessed myself.
So, here’s the situation. I have a description of of helical stripes. I’ve put together images and graphics to visually describe helical striped knitting. There are also knitted examples of the difference between regular striped knitting in-the-round and helical striped knitting. Finally, I have a description of what are the advantages of helical striped knitting over regular striped knitting.
For hands-on experience, each attendee will be given an already-started project to try their hand at it. That is what’s in today’s feature photo. It is the project I will use to demonstrate the set up and execution of the technique. I’m hopeful to be able to set up an overhead video feed of me demonstrating so that attendees who can’t be directly in front of me while I knit can watch on a large-screen television behind me. There are 10-12 guys scheduled for the workshop. That television will be used to display the description images as well.
I’m thinking I’ll need a hand-out with the written description of the technique. And also a bare-bones pattern for the demo project they’ll get.
Is there anything I’m missing? Should I have an approximate schedule of what will happen. Maybe the schedule should include reminders to stop and answer questions every once in a while? Or do I need an outline of what I’ll be saying to make sure I include everything?
Not sure why I’m starting to get a little nervous about all this.
The demo project for the workshop is the Snug Cowl/Gaiter that I’ve been making to sell at craft shows. It starts with 89 rounds of 5-stitch i-cord. And then I’ll need to pick up 88 stitches along the top of the i-cord. I’ll need 12 of these started.
In addition, I’ve made some progress on the Chevron Striped Wrap.
I will have to add a few more repeats than the pattern calls for to make it long enough. But I’m really loving how this looks and feels.