If I had my way, I would go to some kind of workshop each and every week. There’s something about the thrill of learning that is quite intoxicating. Maybe it’s because you aren’t forced to, like at school, or because you need it to start your career, like at uni. I just know I love it.
Since I handled the PR for Rowan, about a million years ago, I have learned so much about knitting. I mean I was a reasonable knitter but not photo sample standard. I had learned most of the techniques but not mastered or finessed them.
Our Technical Editor when I was at The Knitter was an amazing lady called Jen Arnall Culliford. The first day I met Jen we were on a photo shoot and she was beavering away over a Moebius bowl by Cat Bordhi. Her knowledge of hand knitting was amazing, so it’s no wonder she is in demand as a freelance technical editor for the likes of Kate Davies.
Her husband now works alongside her at A-C Knitwear – they are both ex-teachers and I sometimes wonder if checking patterns is a bit like marking homework.
Earlier this year they launched A Year of Techniques which you can buy here as an e- or print book. Once you have made your purchase you will receive a new technique each month showcased in a wonderful pattern from a world class designer. You will also get the techniques that have already been covered so you won’t miss out. So far we have worked on helical stripes, turning a heel, knitted on edgings, pinhole cast on and my personal bête noire, Intarsia.
You may think you know all these techniques, but the tutorials are full of great hints and tips to help you perfect them.
I can’t wait to see what Jen has in store for us in August.