I just got home from a sit in knit with some very nice ladies. One of them was the in house knitting teacher.
She called me yesterday and said she loved the way I do my heels/toes on my socks (Japanese short row method) and wanted to learn how to do them. So I said ok and went to the sit in this morning and proceeded to show her.
I asked her to provisionally cast on 20 stitches (because this was not a lesson in provisional cast on and there are a few ways to do it. I was just gonna let her do it her way and go on)and she said to me “Whats provisionally casting on?” I had to gather myself and then told her what it was and she said “Oh ok” and proceeded to knit. I didnt recognize at the time what she was doing, but I sure did later. Lets move on…She then handed the work to me and said “I want to watch you do the rest.” I thought that weird but said ok.
I told her that we start out with short rows and told her the formula I go by for my toes and started to short row. I went up all i was gonna and then began closing the gaps. Showing her how to recognize the running thread on both sides and that was the one she needed to pick up and work. Using knitting terminaligy to talk to her was just frustrating. I would say something and she would not understand and I would have to explain it…to the knitting teacher…When it came time to pick up the PCO, I realized that she had done her method of long tail and one knit row. Again, I gathered myself and said to her “Im not familiar with this PCO, how do you undo it?” she said “I don’t know, I didn’t know you could cast on and then come back and undo it.” At that point, I just grabbed my scissors and began to cut the waste, put the live stitches on my DPN, knit a few rows and asked her if she had any questions.
She wanted to know how to do that method for the heel…
So I started to do a heel. I said to her “I would feel better if you would take over the knitting and do a heel while im sitting here so in case you have any questions, I would be here to help.” She said no, she wanted to watch me do it. So I did a heel and then just finished up with about an inch of cuff and stopped. took it off the needle and gave it to her.
She said thank you. I said your welcome. I left.
I teach people to knit all the time…but i go into it with a different frame of mind.
Im teaching someone who teaches knitting and has regular classes of people who PAY for her knowledge…i expect for them to at least understand what im talking about.
Now I know you guys think im just a whiner at this point, but OMG it was just horrible talking with this woman about knitting…I would not expect the knowledge level that she had, from a paid. knitting. TEACHER! I wonder what exactly she teaches? I feel for her students…
Thats bad of me…nice lady, and i dont think im “all that” but come on…
sorry but thank you for letting me vent.