This time it’s to a group of 12 guys at a Men’s Knitting Retreat. And actually, right now, it’s preparations for teaching again.
What is QueerJoe Teaching Now?
Unless you’ve been to the Men’s Spring Fiber Retreat in upstate NY, you’d really have no idea how the workshops run.
Each year, once registration is full, we ask the guys scheduled to attend two things:
- Is there some fiber-related workshop you’d like to have presented?
- Is there a fiber-related workshop that you’d be willing to present?
Once we get a list of desired workshops and a handful of offered workshops, we try to get guys to volunteer to lead the workshops with no leader.
As in most years, this year we were able to get amazingly generous volunteers to lead workshops on most of the desired topics. But no one to lead the Two-Handed Stranded Knitting workshop that was requested.
I figured…how hard could it be?
So now I’m in the process of creating handouts, resource lists, hands-on exercises, charts, etc.
Twelve guys signed up for the 3-hour workshop. They’ll have a little bit of pre-work to bring and then they’ll learn how to use both hands to create a Winter-y cowl/gaitor.
As I noted in my latest teaching blog entry, it’s always amazing how much I learn when I teach.
I got my shit back together quickly after Wednesday’s blog entry and got some items finished.
First of all, I finished the demo piece for the workshop.
This simple tube will be both the demo/practice piece for the workshop as well as the comparison piece for a similar one done with different color dominance. I hope.
I also finished another Thermal Stitch Hat.
This one is rather special. It’s from the designers draft pattern for the hat. Yes, he let me test-crochet it for him. I learned two very important things from the pattern. First off, I learned how to make a more uniform increase. But more importantly, I learned that this crochet stitch is similar to double-knitting.
Yes, I knew the hat was reversible. But what I didn’t realize is that it can look completely different on both sides! All those photos are the same hat!
I can’t wait until Tony publishes the pattern. I’ll let you all know as soon as it’s available.