From Here To There...
It is simply amazing (to me) that an entire week can go by, and I didn't knit a damn thing until Sunday.
I am a long way from men's fashion. Travel shot by, and now it's Design–from Chile to chairs. I was swept up in the tornado of the New York Work Week that picks you up on Monday, whirls you around and then drops you off somewhere on Friday night, surrounded by other survivors, where you can all console each other over drinks, about the amount of damage incurred.
...And Back Again
By Saturday my body revolted from tiredness, and I although I didn't get to see some people I wanted to see, I did have enough energy to give the fast learner and increasingly nimble-fingered Ayana, her third lesson in the afternoon.
I am immensely pleased with her progress! After her bind off lesson, came steam blocking her swatch, then documenting the number of stitches, rows, type of fiber and lastly, the abbreviation and visual symbol of the stitch. This will create a type of flash card for her reference, and I want her to develop good habits, now. Next, she learned how to knit ribbing, and of the different types of ribs with their accompanying levels of elasticity.
Her rib swatch was knitted in cotton. I want her to get used of working with different fibers and needle sizes while she is a beginner; a yarn shop near her job already tried to poison her mind by telling her that cotton was hard to knit. Please!
Once a student commits to the block of lessons (four), I pretty much allow them to borrow my supplies, and use yarn from my stash until they start their project. It encourages experimentation earlier, by removing the fear of the unknown.
Our last and most important lesson before her first sweater, will be on instruction reading and gauge. She will knit a swatch based upon some instructions I will write for her. She'll then block it and obtain the gauge.
I know y'all are thinking about increasing and decreasing and the like, but these are techniques I don't feel you can learn until you are at the part of your sweater that calls for it–when it makes sense. Why? Because you can learn the action in ten minutes, but there is no use in knitting a triangle-shaped swatch if you don't understand what constitutes the shape besides the movement of your fingers. I've had folks even ask me why it was necessary. See?