060: Patty Lyons on Teaching the Mindful Knitter

10.17.2017 - By The SweetGeorgia Show

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Today Felicia is chatting with Patty Lyons: a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in the pursuit of training the mindful knitter. She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much maligned subjects of gauge and blocking. Patty teaches at knitting shows around North America including Vogue Knitting Live, Stitches, and more. She can also be found teaching online through Interweave, Annie’s, and Craftsy. Patty’s “Improve your Knitting” Craftsy class was named “the most popular Craftsy class” in 2013. These days, Patty is also sharing a lot of her knowledge and instruction through her knit alongs on Ravelry. Please join us today as Felicia chats with Patty about her experiences teaching in the knitting industry!   In this episode, we talk about: 1:47 Felicia and Patty chat about the first time they met 5:50 Patty chats about how she got into the knitting industry from her previous career as a broadway stage manager 10:50 Patty’s experiences in running a yarn store in New York and how it set her knitting teaching career into motion 13:20 The ladies chat about “Patty’s Big Box of Knitting Fails” 17:18 Discussing Patty’s obsession with the finishing stages of a project 18:13 Patty chats about her most popular Craftsy class: Improve Your Knitting  23:20 Patty discusses knitting without flipping your work 26:37 Felicia and Patty discuss the endless learning possibilities of knitting 27:52 Patty talks about the various forms of classes she offers and the advantages and disadvantages of these different forms 33:00 Chatting about Patty’s online knit alongs and how she brings something different to the table 39:55 How to find motivation to finish knit alongs projects 43:45 What knit alongs Patty has planned for the future 45:10 Patty’s advice for knitters who want to become teachers 48:52 Felicia’s final notes and podcast giveaway! Links and Things Here’s where to find Patty online: Website: www.pattylyons.com  Instagram: www.instagram.com/pattylyons Twitter: www.twitter.com/Patty_Lyons Ravelry Group: www.ravelry.com/groups/the-patty-lyons-fan-club YouTube: www.youtube.com/PattyLyons

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