Four Directions Hat pattern released
Yesterday, I lead two workshops at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in San Jose. In the small group, we were able to review all the steps necessary to knit the hat as well as get a clear understanding of why I find the techniques I suggest work better than others while making the project. In addition to those who took that course, we had one eager student who wanted to learn how to knit. She was amazing...she had watched some of my videos and said that she spent some time doing "homework" before the class. Within 5 minutes, she was knitting and was a really methodical in her learning. Knitting is not difficult; the key to improving skills is continually being exposed to different ideas and techniques, and each workshop I lead (or attend) reminds me that all the different steps I do without thinking are things that I have learned from someone else! Sharing the knowledge; that's the real gift!
It was an honor to teach at the museum, and I look forward to the next time I am able to gather with a group and help them learn more about knitting. This event was even more special because we had the opportunity to talk about the Navajo Churro sheep and use the wonderful yarn that is sold by Black Mesa Weavers - and it was great to get to introduce others to this unique, hardy wool!
The museum's quiet classroom is hidden in the back of the building and is HUGE with tall ceilings, skylights and plenty of tables and chairs for even a large group to be comfortable. Check their calendar for upcoming events if you live in or are planning to visit the San Jose area make the museum one of your stops, and take advantage of their spectacular programming! Not only do they offer great workshops and lectures, they often have multicultural arts programs for kids!
It's understandable that not everyone could come to San Jose for the workshop. For those who live in the area and wanted to attend but couldn't make it, I'm happy to announce that the Four Directions pattern is for sale in the gift shop at the museum! A portion of the money from patterns sold there is donated to the museum! If you're in the area, visit the museum and make your purchase there.
If you're not in the area, I have also released the pattern online through Ravelry. Click the "Buy Now" button below or visit my SHOP page to review the pattern and make a purchase. Be sure to link the pattern on Ravelry so I can see your progress and, as always, if there are any questions, be sure to contact me; I'm more than happy to offer any assistance I can with your project.
Yesterday was a great day - beautiful weather, spectacular drive, and a great workshop with wonderful students! As a result of being asked to do that workshop this new pattern was designed and now you can make it! It feels really nice when things work out this way!
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