Physical Therapist, Knitter, Designer and Spinner Carson Demers is our November Guest Speaker
By day, Carson Demers 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, teaching, writing, or otherwise up to some fiber fun with a watchful eye toward ergonomics. His passion and experience in fiber arts combine with his expertise in physical therapy and ergonomics to create a unique skill set that he eagerly shares with the fiber community at local yarn shops, guilds, and major knitting events across the country. He is a regular contributor to Ply magazine. His aim is to keep us all creating healthfully and comfortably ever after.
At the Guild Meeting on Tuesday, Carson will speak about “Bringing Comfort Back to Knitting: My Ergonomic Journey.” On Wednesday and Thursday, Carson will lead four workshops that combine his enthusiasm for fiber with his expertise in ergonomics.
Wednesday morning, November 2, Carson will teach “Knitting Happily Ever After: Ergonomics for Knitters.” Learn how your knitting technique affects your body and how some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after. WEDNESDAY MORNING WORKSHOP IS FULL.
Wednesday afternoon Carson will offer “Swatchbuckling.” Bring improved ergonomics to life in your knitting technique. You’ll swatch to improve your posture, comfort and efficiency and look at ways to add movement to knitting to avoid stiffness and injuries caused by disuse.
Thursday morning, November 2, he will present “KnittRX.” Tired muscles, sore joints, and aching backs and necks needlessly plague too many knitters. This class will teach you fun ways of “fiber care” for the most important project you make—YOU!
Thursday afternoon is “Ergonomics for Fiber Enthusiasts.” Do you do more than knit or spin? This class takes inventory of the ergonomic pros and cons for a variety of fiber arts including weaving and finer needle work. You’ll learn to identify ergonomic risk in your craft and discover techniques to prevent injuries, including improved posture, stretching and exercise.
All workshops will take place at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas. Morning workshops are from 9:00 am to noon. Afternoon workshops are from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Sign up for a workshop at the October and November meetings or email Program Chair Tina Rounsavell at Programs@sandiegoknitters.com. Each workshop is $30. Once you sign up, check back here (and watch your email) for information about homework, supplies and handouts.
For more information about Carson, visit ergoiknit.com.
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