We thought it might be fun for you to learn a bit more about our teachers. This week, we’re featuring Alana. She has guided many of you through your first pairs of socks, mittens and probably some lace too!
Q) When did you start knitting or crocheting?
A) I started knitting 8 years ago. However, I started crocheting 28 years ago when I was 7!
Q) Who taught you how to knit and crochet?
A) I learned to knit a bit online, and also took a toque and mittens class at a LYS here in Calgary. Best money I ever spent! My mother, grandmother, and great grandmother all crocheted. I learned from them. My great grandmother said it was “to keep me from fidgeting around” while I was sitting.
Q) What is your favourite thing to knit or crochet?
A) Ooooh, that is a hard one! How do you pick from so many lovely things?! I love to knit anything with lace, I love to knit socks and right now I’m on a cowl kick. I also love to test knit for tonnes of great designers from all over the world. It’s a great way to meet new people and learn new ideas and techniques while helping designers make sure their patterns make sense for all levels of knitters. I love to crochet blankets and afghans, it’s a great way to use up leftover yarn!
Q) How did you become a knitting/crochet teacher?
A) I taught crochet first. I started teaching knitting classes about 5 years ago. I’m not really sure how I got started, I think somebody asked me if I’d like to try to teach a class and I thought “Sure! Why not?”
Q) What do you like most about teaching?
A) I just loved being able to pass on this skill that had been passed on through the generations of my family to other people. The best way to become a knitting or crochet teacher is to find something you really love to make and teach it to others. Your enthusiasm will almost always rub off on your students. When I see the lightbulb go off above people’s heads, when they just “get it”, that’s the best part of teaching.