Annabelle's Entrelac Socks
Instructor: Annabelle Dawson
lost a good friend, and great teacher, with the passing of Annabelle Dawson,
Once upon a time I
was an innocent child. Then I fell into the hands of
a bonafide dragon in the disguise of a grade five teacher. My life took
an abrupt turn when she taught us to knit, and it has never been the same since.
I became hooked on the narcotic of knitting. Being able to transform innocent
looking balls of sheep hair into wearable garments seemed nothing short of
During high school, I made socks
for my father, then neatly segued into sweaters for my then boyfriend. With
marriage and babies came children’s clothing. Since I had four children whose
main talent seemed to be the ability to lose mittens, I spent much of my time
frantically trying to keep up with the demand.
As my offspring grew and the
need for mittens slowed, I found new outlets for my obsession. Over the years I
have worked in several yarn shops, including Creative Crafts, Christine’s,
Village Yarns, and Clickity Wools, both as sales person and as teacher. I have
also been a custom knitter and crocheter since the 60’s. My kaleidescope
career covers more than 40 years and such diverse areas as finishing, teaching,
working in the design studios of Spinrite and Susanne Galat ( an American
designer) , and designing for Crafts Plus magazine. In addition, I have
organized production knitting for Mimi Bizjac, Wayne Box, and Wayne Clark and
have produced custom designs for Wind At My Back and for several movies and tv
shows. Currently, most of my designs go to such companies as Shelridge Farm,
Canaan , Belle Vallee, Woolen Acres and Wood’nNeedles.
As for teaching, I began as a
public school teacher, moved on to teaching classes for North York and assorted
yarn shops, then to workshops for such groups as Knit With Us,
the Getaway Weekend, the Needler’sRetreat, the Creative Needlework
Show, Spring Fling, Spring Frolic (for The Downtown Knit Collective),
Peterborough KG, Halton KG, Aurora KG, Ottawa KG and Montreal KG.
I am just beginning to get it right. It is wonderful at an age when most people
are retiring that I am busier than ever. I do not plan on giving up until the
undertaker pries the needles from my hands. But it is good to know that my
legacy will go on in the form of those I have taught,- my daughters and the many
others who have learned from me, and that many more people will learn the joyful
song of wool moving over needles from them.
all knitters, may we go on forever!