Beth Brown-Reinsel, Knitting Traditions visited us for the first time on the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird! One of Marly’s first knitting book purchases was Beth’s Knitting Ganseys (available only through her website), so for Marly this was a wonderful opportunity to get to know one of her earliest inspirations.
Beth says she learned to knit at about age 7, not from anyone she knew or a relation. Her mom found someone to teach her to cast-on and knit. She found a knitting store and picked up a Columbia Minerva book and learned to cable and bind-off! A relative from Switzerland came to visit who knit Beth’s mother a sweater in a week! She also taught Beth to knit continental (picking the working yarn from the left hand) where she had been knitting English or throwing with the right. Beth says she was set, continued knitting through her teens as well as quilting, spinning, dying mostly with vegetables.
As an adult, Beth sold her yarn at craft shows, which was discouraging. She began a spinning guild, and with two friends began a business, initially to sell natural fiber but later offer what customers wanted. She also began teaching, as a means to show why natural fibers were more desirable.
Beth put together a workshop of Knitting Ganseys, beginning has been sharing them since 1989. If you look at her website, she has since added so many different learning opportunities! If you’re a Local Yarn Store or have a fiber event, you may consider inviting her to share one of them.
If you can’t wait for her to get to your area, you may consider her Brand-New CRAFTSY Class (***Marly’s affiliate link***) where she shares what she’s learned about Swedish Twined Knitting.
She continues to look for ways to teach the craft she loves, right now she says she putting together a workshop for Cowichan Sweaters. Beth’s patterns are also being converted to the Knit Companion ap which is another resource for knitters.
You can follow Beth Brown Reinsel at her website Knitting Traditions where she has a newsletter sign-up and calendar of upcoming teaching workshops, also you can follow her in Ravelry and Facebook. She also has an Etsy Shop for her books and kits, sometimes she makes yarn and puts it for sale there too!