As I near the end of the fit to flatter series (just one more week until the next installment!), I find myself thinking about where I want to go from here. Your response to the tutorials has been overwhelmingly positive and touching, and to my delight people actually seem interested in what I have to say. Sadly, it couldn’t possibly be viable to make the combination of designing and fit to flatter my career. Even as a ‘hobby’, though, there seem to be lots of possibilities. Book? Class? Workshops?
The idea percolating around the top of my head at the moment is a class. One of the best parts about doing these tutorials was the chance to get all of my best knitting buds in the same room and analyze one another, trying a ton of stuff on in the process. We all learned so much about our shapes that day, and I would love to try and capture parts of that experience in a class. While the class would need to cover the basic tutorial material, I really want to figure out a way to incorporate personal analysis into the experience too. I began with two ideas for how to carry this out, and put them to the wonderful people who have joined the fit-to-flatter ravelry group:
I also have a specific question. I can think of two ways to go through serious shape analysis for class participants. The first is to tack up big sheets of paper, have us stand against them, and trace outlines. The second is to bring a digital camera, laptop, and projector? And do the photos as specified in the tutorials (sans workout gear).
Am I missing an option? Which would you rather do, if you took such a class?
The group not only answered my original question, but gave me loads of great ideas for how to make such a class rewarding and fun for everyone. So, I wonder if I could pose a broader request for feedback to all of you? I would have three major goals with a “Fit to Flatter” class:
- First, cover the class material in a more hands-on, personal setting. I think it’s easier, sometimes, to really “get” something if you’re forced to practice it and talk it out (instead of just reading it on a screen).
- Personalized shape analysis for class members, in a friendly setting.
- Application of (1) to (2) in the form of popular or attendee-brought knitting patterns.
Without going into all the notes I’ve generated so far, would you be interested in such a class if it were offered near you? Would you like to walk away from the experience with photos and measurements as described in Installment 4?
Or, if you like, a broader question: What do you think I should do next with fit to flatter?
(And before I sneak back to writing the next installment, which is quite possibly my favorite of the series by the way, can I share a quick snapshot of a sock-in-progress?)
Thanks in advance for your responses!