In a nutshell, I’m a technique freak and a skill junkie. I collect knitting techniques and skills like other people collect patterns and yarn.
Teaching is an excuse to go collecting: I get to spend time researching sock heels, mitten thumbs, cast-ons, disaster recovery techniques, seamless sweater construction styles, or whatever. And then I get to teach. I love watching the little light bulbs go off, as students grasp a new idea.
A classroom isn’t the only teaching option. Charts Made Simple teaches knitters how to read charts—and better yet, how to make the most of them. Ditto my Knitting Charts DVD. Other videos also teach chart literacy. And at Craftsy, Socks My Way: Stitch Pattern Savvy teaches knitters to design custom socks with “socktastic” stitch patterns.
No surprise here: I also collect stitch patterns. Sometimes they turn into designs. Mostly they wait while I find the time to turn them into designs.