Sarah Peasley says she’s been knitting for as long as she can remember but no one can remember who taught her. Her mom knits and that’s the only person around who would have taught her, Sarah remembers knitting for her dolls. She does know how to crochet but feels knitting is more intuitive for her. Sarah says it wasn’t an obsession until after she’d had her son….
She took a job through a typing service and was placed in auto parts plant in Michigan. Sarah took an aptitude test and was placed there as computer programmer. With Y2K her job went away, her youngest was three and in day-care, Sarah says she got the bug to create the perfect baby blanket. Through the local yarn shop and knitting guild who brought in big-name teachers that she learned a lot from. She began hanging out at yarn shop on the days her son was in day-care, and the owner asked if she would teach. Sarah declined thinking she was too introverted to stand up and talk in front of people. The next time she was in the shop, the owner said ‘And WHEN you teach for me, we’ll have you teach this’ again Sarah declined, and the NEXT time the owner said ‘When you teach, we’ll have you use these patterns’… eventually Sarah was teaching. With the popularity of knitting and the opening of new shops in her area, she began teaching at other shops. As her kids grew, and her mom’s health began to decline, so she held back from teaching but attended Meg Swansen’s Knitting Camp, which eventually became a teaching opportunity, and later began teaching with XRX Books’ Stitches.
XRX asked her help edit Gwen Bortner’s Entrelac book, and has been editing the book and magazines since then, as well as for other designers. During this visit, Sarah says attending Marly’s Designer Dinner at TNNA, she gets a lot of work tech editing. Sarah Peasley is a regular teacher at XRX’s Stitches Events and one of the first roommates she had was Edie Eckman who has become a lifelong friend and a great source of advice about what to say or not to say.
Another unexpected phone call led to her teaching a Craftsy Class (Marly’s affiliate link). She was led by an acquistions person from Craftsy to this first subject, a content editor help tweek a few things in the way she taught her class and the producer helped her make it look good. And to BREATHE. She’s really proud of it because it’s about SWATCHING which she has realized is kind of a dirty word in knitting, but there is so much to learn like how the fabric will be, and not just rows and stitches per inch. Part of her live class shares everyone’s stitch count which shows that using the same materials and tool, with the only variable is the knitter, how different the numbers can be. It was her passion about this that made this topic a great FIRST class for her to teach with Craftsy.
Sarah Peasley can be found in a few places online, if you’d like to follow her. She has a website sarahpeasley.com, and a designer page in Ravelry, and a GROUP! She is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Just for fun, I’m sharing the link to her classes at Stitches West. Many of the teachers are finding their class filled already, so you may want to check this link ASAP!
If you missed getting to hear this live you can find it as an archived episode where it aired originally: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/10/15/knitwear-designer-and-teacher-sarah-peasley or in iTunes.