Teacher Spotlight: Olga de Klein

Our growing class list would be quite difficult to pull off without the awesome instructors we've been so honored to meet.  We'd like to give you the same opportunity to get to know our Chattery teachers a bit better. 

So, here are four questions to help get to know the amazing artist Olga de Klein. She'll be teaching Knitting 101: Scarves on Tuesday, October 21.

How did you get started in the knitting?

As a child, I watched my grandmother knit, endlessly, always.  The clicking of her needles was ever present.  I would sit on her lap while she would create sweaters, mittens, socks and whatever else she could come up with for my brother and I.  She would drape a skein over my arms, which I would then move left and right while she rolled the yarn into balls. While I stopped knitting for many decades, I picked it up again in the early 2000's and have not stopped since.

Why do you love Chattanooga?

I have lived in quite some places, Amsterdam, New York, Mexico City, Cali (Colombia), Acapulco and Cancun, but Chattanooga is really the place I call home.  I treasure the friends I have made in the past twenty-some years, the creativity that is palpable, and the energy that always gears me into something else and different to explore.

What's one topic you'd like to learn through The Chattery?

I would love to learn how to weld and then start experimenting with metal on wood. 

What's something someone would be surprised to learn about you?

When first living in Cancun, I interviewed the Shah of Iran, Tito of Yugoslavia, and Raul Castro.  Was a free lance reporter for UPI at that time.