Tracey Van Loggerenberg teaches knitting classes for all ages in and around Inverurie, a pretty town in Aberdeenshire. With ancestral roots in Scotland, but having grown up in South Africa, she has an interesting story about how she became a knitting teacher. We thought we’d sit down for a chat so she could tell us all about it!
Hi Tracey! So tell us, who taught you to knit back when you were a child growing up in South Africa?
Both my mom and maternal gran could knit and crochet. My gran taught me to crochet, while my mom taught me to knit.
What do you remember about learning to knit?
I don’t have any distinct memories of learning either, but I can still vividly recall a little white moss stitch top I knitted for my Barbie doll four decades ago.
What is your background and what made you decide to become a knitting teacher?
I’ve reinvented myself numerous times over the years, pushing myself to learn new stuff, but there’s always been a creative...
Claire Pereira teaches knitting and crafting classes in Kings Heath and Moseley. Her classes are popular, so if you want to join in the fun, you can find out about booking your spot here.
We thought you’d like to find out what makes Claire tick…
How did you learn to knit? I learnt to knit as a child when a family friend showed me and started knitting again as an adult when I wanted a hobby that gave an outlet for creativity and imagination (working as a clinician in the NHS with 2 young children had made this difficult!) and help maintain good mental health following a period of anxiety and depression.
What kind of thing do you like to knit? I think there is a project for every occasion and what I like to knit is usually determined by the situation. I currently have about 7 projects on the go. For example, I have my ‘Netflix’ project (a super easy stripped snood in stockinette stitch that doesn’t require focus and concentration that I...