There’s also a Sarah Peasley, Handknitter group which I’ll keep up to date with where I’m teaching and what I’m working on, and where I can try to answer questions you might have on either (or any!) subject.
I’ve been a knitting instructor in the Lansing, Michigan, area since the turn of the century (the most recent one). I lucked into teaching at the national level in the summer of 2007. I must not have screwed up too badly, because I was invited back to teach again!
I’m also a wannabe pattern writer, although I’m only comfortable designing in order to prove a point (i.e., this is how/why you would do X), and I can give you a million reasons why it’s impossible for me to get any patterns written up (did I mention that I’m a highly accomplished procrastinator, too?).
If I was thirty years younger (oh my gosh -- I can’t believe I can legitimately say that) I would pursue a degree in knitting as therapy, and then my students’ insurance would cover the cost of my classes and I could earn a living wage. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Seriously, though. I know firsthand, and from the testimonials of many of my students, that knitting provides an oasis of calm within an otherwise frantic day. It helps you through the rough spots. You can always judge how my life is going by the number of garter stitch projects on my needles!