Teacher, Designer, ‘Knitting Enabler’ Lorilee Beltman was the Guest on the Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird, today, which is also a reunion of two great friends, room-mates from the events they’ve taught at.
Lorilee Beltman says she learn to knit, taught by her mom, as a kid with two-color knitting at about age 8, but it didn’t stick. She remembers crewel (embroidery) was more enjoyable. Later as an adult with a child in tow, she relearned from a neighbor.
Lorilee actually fell in love with knitting after she opened a yarn shop in 2005, in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she fell down the rabbit hole! Part of that process for her was creating a business plan and determining that the shop would be viable in that location. She also found people who knew a lot, were willing to learn and she could learn from them, too. Outside of the shop, she taught for the very first time at Sock Summit 2009. That led to other opportunities, working and teaching with Interweave.
There is a video posted of Lorilee teaching Continental Knitting that has had over a million views. This first video began a journey that has led to the newest project:A Craftsy Class! One of her popular classes is the two color-stranding. She describes it as a ‘mutant form of intarsia’ which makes for a easy method of creating vertical stripes, that can also be found on a DVD from Interweave.
Lorilee Beltman has become known for the Bold Move skirt pattern. The pattern was inspired by waves on the beaches of Washington State, the original was knit with yarn from The Plucky Knitter, in a special colorway created for Lorilee’s move from Michigan to Seattle, ‘Seattle or Bust’.
Another pattern has become a signature piece, her Sinkmates pattern. It began with a blog post about her brother, that Lorilee was inspired to offer her design of a mitered square knitted dishcloth with a bold color finish to use in our kitchens, the proceeds went to Special Olympics. As of December 2014, she was able to send a check of $3,700!
She has a pattern coming out in Vogue Knitting, Spring 2015, a sock pattern in colorwork, a Purl design, she says it looks like little caterpillars.
Designs as listed in Ravelry. Lorilee’s Website. You can find Lorilee at Stitches West next week and Green Mountain Spinnery for the Sugar Season retreat in March. (Check it out, both XRX, host of the Stitches Events, and Green Mountain Spinnery are Yarn Thing Sponsor!)
If you missed hearing Lorilee Beltman on the Yarn Thing Podcast Live you will find it at this link, archived where it aired originally:http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/02/10/teacher-designer-knitting-enabler-lorilee-beltman