Lorliee Beltman calls herself a knitting enabler, and boy is she! Formerly a yarn shop owner, now a popular teacher and designer, her recent pattern “Sinkmates” (using Kitchen Cotton!) has generated over $3,000 for the Special Olympics! Lorilee is dedicated to helping knitters improve their skills whether they’re eager beginners or more experienced knitters. Her gentle teaching style makes it easy to learn, so we’re very excited that she’ll be joining us on October 5th for a fascinating look at Vertical Colorwork—a technique she has used to great effect in some of her recent designs.
To get to know Lorilee a little better, we asked her to fill out the Pivot questionnaire:
1. What is your favorite word? I don’t have one. Although I like a new word I learned this year, because it best describes where I land on a certain scale. I am an ambivert.
2. What is your least favorite word? From. Just because I can’t type the stupid thing. I always type “form” instead, including just now. Argh.
3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? What turns me on creatively usually has some roots in observing something in the natural world- rocks and lichen, bodies of water, trees. It could also be something interesting manmade- a building, a graphic, art. Some times a complete concept pops into my head out of nowhere, and sometimes it takes a heavy dose of pondering to get there. In regards to knitting, things don’t really get going until I have the needles and yarn in hand and start playing around.
4. What turns you off? What turns off my creativity? Oh, grocery shopping and efforts required to preventing the house from filling up with dog hair. The usual stuff.
5. What is your favorite curse word? That depends on the situation. Whacking my head on something is sure to produce a foul word.
6. What sound or noise do you love? I love the quiet in a forest interrupted by occasional acorn falls and birdsong.
7. What sound or noise do you hate? Truck brakes. I live too near to I-5 in Seattle.
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I am satisfied being a teacher/designer in the fiber arts world.
9. What profession would you not like to do? There’s not enough space to list all the professions I am grateful to have other people doing.
Join us October 5th for Lorilee Beltman’s Master Class: Vertical Colorwork