My friends don’t believe that I taught beginning crochet at Vogue Knitting Live a couple of weeks ago in New York. Not even my mom believed it when I told her today how it went. You see, my mom understands too well how much like my dad I am. He was a great person, kind, generous, honest and true. Dad was not a tyrant or control freak, but he did live by the words “my way or the highway” and he expected us to respect that. He did not suffer fools nor did he waste time and effort on fools errands.
Today, over a lunch of long noodles to bring longevity in the New Year, Mom and I laughed about our experiences learning how to drive…. from Dad. I never knew until today that he considered Mom too stupid to drive. Honestly. Too stupid. He made her such a nervous wreck that eventually she paid to go to driving school. Within two weeks she had her license and some validation.
In my case, I drove only once with Dad riding shotgun. That was enough to send me running to Mom. Wanna know how I learned how to drive? Mom took me to the parking lot at the mall on Sunday, empty because in those days the mall closed on Sunday, and she sat there while I drove round and round and practiced parking.
Anyway, it appears that I have infinite patience for crochet, but not for people crocheting. My worst fault as a teacher is that I am so tempted to snatch the work out of a struggling student’s hands in order to ” fix” it. So I forced myself to keep my hands to myself and I think the lessons I gave at Vickie Howell‘s Caron Beginner Lounge went well. For the unbelievers, here is photographic proof.
I am so sorry I did not record nor do I recall the name of my wonderful student here. If you recognize yourself, please make a comment below and I will make it right! The lounge was well attended throughout the two day event and Vickie, a team of Vogue Knitting Live event volunteer teachers and I were kept pretty busy dispensing guidance and praise. It pleasantly surprised the students that the Tulip Etimo crochet hooks (or Tulip bamboo knitting needles) that we used for the lessons were theirs to take home along with their practice skein of Vic’s yarn, Sheepish. Thanks to Caron for the tools, yarn and for sponsoring such a successful Beginner Lounge.
Kudos to my publisher Potter Craft for their support and to Publicity Director and sweetheart Kimberly Small for the above photos. Oh, and, Kim… that poster of Crochet Lace Innovations next to me… I took it home as it was so beautifully done. Thanks!
In summary, I feel I did not unduly torture any newbies. But then again, you must really ask them. 🙂