Teaching in the Time of Covid
One of my main sources of income in the past few years has been teaching fibre arts classes — in person, usually at larger events and retreats, and often far away from home. In the first few weeks of lockdown, my email was full of appropriate and sensible cancellation notices. For a while, we optimistically rescheduled and postponed things, but by the middle of the year it became clear that we couldn’t predict when it would be safe to gather again.
The pivot to online events happened fairly quickly. I hadn’t even heard of Zoom in the first week of March, but by July it felt like I lived there.
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Kate Atherley (she/her) is a co-founder, editor and publisher at Digits & Threads and Nine Ten Publications. She has worked in the crafts industry in one way or another since 2002 as a designer, editor, writer, and instructor. She’s authored eight books about knitting, from a next-steps guide for newbie knitters to the industry’s only guide to professional knitting pattern writing. Kate lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband.