We are ridiculously excited to be welcoming knitting super hero Woolly Wormhead - hosting, not just one, but two brilliant workshops at Knit with attitude. Focusing on construction and techniques renown designer, independent publisher, traveller, textile artist and all around hat geek Woolly will guide us through knitting in the round and turning sideways. Both workshops will be on the Saturday, January 30th, so why not make a day out of it! We've created a blog reader's special offer - when signing up for both workshops - enter code WOOLLY into your cart and receive £10 off! We're looking forward to seeing you there! And while we wait for the big day - we've asked Woolly to tell us a bit more about herself. Happy reading! [caption id="attachment_1275" align="aligncenter" width="424"]Tucked Hat Tucked by Woolly Wormhead[/caption]
How long have you been knitting?
My Mum taught me when I was 3 years old, so this year marks 42 years of knitting! (that makes me feel rather old.....)

What inspired you to get into teaching?
I used to be an Art, Design & Textiles teacher for 11 to 19 yo, and so teaching knitting feels like a natural progression. I find pattern writing and teaching overlap - the same knowledge can be applied to both.
[caption id="attachment_1274" align="aligncenter" width="427"]Marina Hat Marina by Woolly Wormhead[/caption]
You have written many books focused on Hats. What it it about heads that provides so much inspiration for you?
I consider Hats to be wearable sculptures - well engineered 3D forms. Prior to teaching I trained in Textiles Arts, specialising in conceptual and sculptural textiles. Prior to that I was an electronics engineer, and in my mind, designing Hats brings all of these elements together.

Is there a particular shape or stitch pattern that you are drawn to at the moment?
Short rows have always been a favourite, as has sideways construction. I'm enjoying tucks at the moment, combining them with short rows. And garter stitch - it's simplicity lends itself very well to all types of construction and approaches!
[caption id="attachment_1273" align="aligncenter" width="413"]Alveare Hat Alveare by Woolly Wormhead[/caption]
What is your design process? Do you start with a shape or a texture, or does it start with the yarn?
A bit of both - sometimes the yarn speaks, sometimes I see a stitch pattern and sometimes I see a structure or form somewhere that I'd like to try and recreate in knitted form.

Are you a process or product knitter?
Process, totally! Similarly I'm a process designer, although I do consider the product, too. But the process doesn't end with the Hat - it extends into the photography and the wearing and the wearing, and taking the Hats to trunk shows to be tried and exhibited and so on. It's all part of the process, I guess.
[caption id="attachment_1272" align="aligncenter" width="425"]Bimitral Hat Bimitral by Woolly Wormhead[/caption]
What are you currently knitting?
I've a jumper and a dress on the needles for myself *somewhere* but it's been so long since I had the time to knit for myself that I'm not even sure where to pick them up again. I do have a few Hats on my needles, though.