Sunday, November 15, 2009

You Want Me To Do What?!

It was about a year ago that someone I had just met said, "Will you come teach my class?" I had just signed up for a 10 week class to make a knitted play mat for my children. Play mats were not something new to me. I had already made 2 for my daughter's Waldorf school. Although the knitting was a group effort among the school moms, the design, the assembly, the embellishing and the finishing were all done by me (with some help from my dear friend, K). But this was a chance to spend many cozy evenings with a group of like-minded women to make one just for my girls. One I didn't have to give away. I went to the first class to get the overview and the teacher saw me knitting. She said, "You know so much more than I do. You should be teaching this class. As a matter of fact, I have been looking for someone to take this over. Will you come teach my class?" I was shocked. I thought to myself, "You want me to do what?! I didn't think I was that unusual of a knitter. In fact, I thought everyone knit like me (morning, noon and night, in church and at red lights). The next week, I found myself leading the group and week after week, square after square, helping them to grow their knitting skills. I started to realize that I really did have something to offer these women. Although I had been sewing for 33 years and crocheteing for 27 years, I had only been knitting for 2 years. Yet I had taken to it like a fish to water, or should I say, it took to me. I felt that it had always been a part of me and now all my years of crafting were coming back to pay off. That was just the beginning. Now I am teaching classes on a weekly basis in my home. Knitting, Crochet, Sewing, Needlefelting, Wet felting, Dyeing and Spinning are some of the classes I have and will be offering. So far the response has been overwhelming. I am so happy to have something to share with these women who want to learn to craft beautiful things with their own hands. It's so wonderful to know I have a marketable skill in this time of uncertainty. I would love to tell you about how I became a knitter but that can wait until another time....


  1. Will you be giving these classes again? I still only have one square done and my DD is begging for her play mat to be finished.

    Just tell me when and I'll be there,

  2. And we are all so glad you decided to jump on the path of Mast Crafty Teacher.

  3. I cannot believe I have such a talented daughter. My knitting consists of ripping, ripping, ripping out and my proud moment came when I actually finished my hat...only to find it was three sizes too big. Now if I can just find someone with a BIG head I have a gift for them!

  4. welcome to the blog world! i am so happy to see you here! Also want to say how honored I have been to be your student, your friend, and to work by your side. You are a very special and inspirational women!


  5. Hi there. I live in Australia and am looking to make just your style of farm playmant. I just LOVE your work! Will you offer instructions online at all? Or is there a pattern I can follow that you would recommend? Many thanks, Natalie

  6. Thanks for the compliment Natalie, I don't know if you will read this but yes, I can help you with your play mat. I also am working on a kit to create this exact mat. Is that something you would be interested in? I have enabled email on this blog so just email me if you are interested in pursuing this. :)