Meet Deb, one of our Birmingham based knitting teachers who runs knitting and crafting classes in Great Barr, Birmingham. She’s such a friendly and patient knitting teacher and we thought it would be good to introduce her to you by way of an interview so that you can get to know her better.

If you are interested in attending one of Deb’s knitting and crafting classes in Great Barr, Birmingham, click here. You can also find out about knitting classes in Great Barr by visiting Deb’s Facebook page here.

Hi Deb! Tell us about your experience of learning to knit. My granny used to knit, so I was always interested in the projects she had on the go.  She would knit jumpers and tank tops and give them to the grandchildren. I remember tractor tank tops!!  She kept all her patterns from ‘Women’s Magazine’. She taught me to cast on and how to do garter stitch.  I have her knitting needles and would love to know how old they are….

What does knitting / crafting bring to your life? I took up knitting again so that I had something to do whilst the TV was on, I can’t sit and do nothing!!  Now knitting, (or should I say Yarn?) has taken over my house. I think I have a stash in every room.  And you’re best not to go into the garage or speak to my husband about the amount of yarn I have for those “just I case I need it” moments… It’s addictive …

What was it that attracted you to working with Knitting For All? I liked the idea of being able to pass on knitting skills to children and adults, and the appeal of running my own business gave me something challenging to do. I loved he look of the franchise package, and the resources that came with it. Kerry (director) is so supportive, and is always on hand to problem solve or to inspire me with new ideas.

Deb’s Kids Knit classes in Great Barr are lots of fun!

What are the best things about teaching knitting? I love to see the projects that the Kids Knit children complete, and it brings me great satisfaction to see their happy faces as they head out of the classroom to show whoever is picking them up!

What’s the most memorable thing that has ever happened in one of your knitting classes? Mmmmm, now, let me think… I’d have to say, the uproar caused by the spider (non knitted kind) who came to visit our Kids Knit class… I’m still traumatised by the memory! The knitting was going so well up until a little voice said quite loudly, ”Eeek!”, followed by *a scream of terror*, followed by “Get out get out! There’s a spider!”  …. Well you can imagine the rest! (ps, I don’t like spiders either).

How many WIPs (Works in Progress) do you have on the go? I’d like to say with a smug grin on my face, I only have my current project on the go… But no, I have probably have at least 4 on the go at the moment…

What kind of thing do you like to knit and why? I love knitting toys and items to give as gifts. It’s nice to give something you have made yourself.

What’s the most challenging thing you have ever knitted? A cotton jumper with holes!! Sorry, that should have said: a leaf pattern with a slight lacey effect cotton top!

Have you ever been given a hand knitted gift? Yes, from my granny when I was younger.

What’s special about handmade things? They are unique. I always think that although there may be a pattern for a particular design, everyone is knitted by a different person, therefore they bring their own spin on the finished article or garment. It’s one of a kind!

Thanks Deb!

If you are interested in attending one of Deb’s knitting and crafting classes in Great Barr, Birmingham, click here. You can also find out about knitting classes in Great Barr by visiting Deb’s Facebook page here.

 

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