Today on the YarnThing Podcast with Marly Bird: Patty Lyons, knitting instructor and doer of other crafty things!
Listen in below if you missed it, or again because you love the show ;), to hear Marly and Patty talk about how she learned to knit and crochet, how she got into the business, her huge sweater story, and her various classes (sorry for the crackle in the audio, weird connections today)!
Patty learned how to knit from her mother when she was little and did it on and off for many years, mainly in times of stress. She really started knitting c0nstantly when she was a stage manager on Broadway. Patty learned to crochet from her mother-in-law when she was an adult. After 22 years in the theater business, Patty was ready for a change. While she liked theater, she loved knitting and decided to make it her new career!
Her first foray into the world of knitting and crochet was managing a yarn shop in New York City. This was a great experience for her and taught her a lot about the yarn world, including that she really didn’t want to own a shop but she did like teaching and helping people understand the “why’s” of knitting and crochet.
Her second step was to take a job at Lion Brand Yarns. She helped to set up the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City and various other things at Lion. After a few years there, she started teaching classes at the big industry shows like Stitches, Vogue Knitting Live, and the Knit and Crochet Show (TKGA and CGOA guilds show). Patty now does teaching pretty much full-time in various venues including Interweave webinars (web seminars) and on Craftsy. Links for everything below!
Patty’s On-line Classes:
- Secrets of Yarn Substitution Interweave Webinar
- Improve Your Knitting: Alternative Methods and Styles on Craftsy
- Explorations in Cables on Craftsy
And we can’t forget the GIVEAWAY! A slight change for this week, leave a comment below with Patty’s key phrase and use it in a sentence for your chance to win Patty’s Explorations in Cables Craftsy class!
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