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Carson Demers
By day, Carson is a physical therapist who runs an ergonomics program for a San Francisco Bay Area medical center. Every other moment, he's knitting, spinning, designing, or teaching with a watchful eye toward ergonomics. Carson's passion and his professional knowledge can help you knit and spin better and safer.


STITCHES West 2014 Classes
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7006 No skills required Ergonomics for Knitters Ever known a knitter who hasn't said, "Just one more row"€? Me neither! I'€™ll bet they'€™ve also complained of aches and pains while knitting. In this class, you'€™ll learn how knitting effects the 'fabric that makes the fabric'—€”your body and see how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity.  By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class, you'€™ll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body. But more importantly, you'€™ll learn how to reduce them. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after. Students who've taken this class have said that it should be "required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level!' and '€œit's as important as the knit and purl stitches!" This class is taught by a passionate knitter who is also a physical therapist.
Note: This class is not an individual knitting assessment.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
7009 Easy Swatchbuckling Avast ye maties! Let's bring improved ergonomics to life in your knitting technique.
We'll swatch to improve your posture, comfort, and efficiency. We'll examine yarn tensioning techniques and all phases of stitch creation, first with simple, then more challenging swatches and stitches. We'll also look at ways to add movement to knitting and to avoid stiffness and injuries caused by disuse.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
7006 No skills required Ergonomics for Knitters Ever known a knitter who hasn't said, "Just one more row"€? Me neither! I'€™ll bet they'€™ve also complained of aches and pains while knitting. In this class, you'€™ll learn how knitting effects the 'fabric that makes the fabric'—€”your body and see how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity.  By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class, you'€™ll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body. But more importantly, you'€™ll learn how to reduce them. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after. Students who've taken this class have said that it should be "required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level!' and '€œit's as important as the knit and purl stitches!" This class is taught by a passionate knitter who is also a physical therapist.
Note: This class is not an individual knitting assessment.
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Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
7066 No skills required KnitteRx Knitting is not a no-pain, no-gain activity, yet many of us take better care of our favorite stash fiber than we do the fibers that allow us to knit — our bodies. Tired muscles, sore joints, and aching backs and necks plague too many knitters needlessly. This class will teach you fiber care for the most important project you make — YOU! And you'll have fun doing it. Don't let the preventable keep you from doing what you love. Knit on safely and comfortably.



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