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Friday, August 23, 2013

Upcoming Furman Knitting and Crochet Classes!

Looking for knitting and crochet classes in the Greenville, South Carolina area?  Is teaching yourself from You Tube Videos just not working out?  They don't work for most, because about half of those videos do not tell you enough about what they are doing, and/or they are teaching it to you the wrong way.  Plus, they do not provide assistance and feedback that an in-person instructor can provide.  You get what you pay for. :)

Instead, why don't you try taking classes with a Certified Knit and Crochet Instructor?  I have years of experience, and have gone through certification with the Craft Yarn Council of America, which means I have had to prove to master teachers that I am capable of teaching others.  I also have outstanding reviews from past Furman students.

I have both basic knit and crochet classes coming up at Furman this Fall.  Check them out!

Furman Learning For You Fall Schedule

Beginning Crochet   NEW!

Have you always wanted to learn to crochet? Join us to learn the very basics: picking yarn and hook sizes, chaining, single and double crochet, changing colors, finishing and weaving in ends. No experience necessary! The skills taught are enough for the students to be able to complete a basic scarf or washcloth. Materials list online.

Knitting: Beginning   NEW!

How better to spend a cold winter evening than around the fireplace learning to knit? Whether you have little experience or none, join instructor Heather Weber for a fireside knitting class to explore the very basics of knitting: casting on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, changing colors, and binding off. You will be able to complete a basic scarf. Materials list online.

Knitting: Keep Knitting   NEW!

Continue knitting with Instructor Heather Weber, who will conduct a fireside class to help you increase, decrease, gauge your stitches, choose yarns, and join in the round. You will be able to complete a small project. Materials list online.

Join us! I promise you will have fun.

On Vacation

It is funny how I need to go away in order to get more of my own personal knitting done.  Restarted on my Golden Vintage Sweater, which I believe I last knit on well over one year ago.  I am doing it in Brown Sheep's Cotton in black.  So it is not much to look at picture-wise right now, since black yarn does not photograph well!  Having to go through figuring out whether I added an extra inch or so, or what is going on with it.  Usually I take copious notes on every pattern I knit, but I am not sure about this one!  Need to find some time while the dudes are asleep and I still have the energy to figure it out.  Those moments are getting harder and harder to find!

I also had to frog back 3 rows of my linen sweater.  I know, hard to believe that a knitter with 10 years of experience still makes basic mistakes.  But trust me, we all forget what we are doing and go on knitting cruise control once in awhile.  Next thing you know, you have to frong away!

Did get to visit Yarnworks LYS in Gainesville, FL.  Picked up some Juniper Farms Dappled Findley yarn in the Wisteria colorway.  I hope someday to actually knit one of these with it.

Was sad to see that the Hanks Yarn and Fiber store in Gainesville closed down. Those ladies were so nice to us when we visited years ago.  Haldecraft is on Facebook and Etsy, so you can find her indie dyed yarns there!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Gearing up for Summer!

Just because the weather is getting warmer, it does not mean you have to stop knitting!  I like to switch to knitting with cotton and linen and their blends.  Even some silks.  I have some of my students working on their first sweaters, cotton tank tops.  It is a great way to start tackling shaping without having to worry about sleeves or a complicated collar. Why don't you try it?  Feel free to contact me for pattern suggestions, or if you want to take knitting or crochet classes.

That reminds me.  I am getting a crochet teaching certification, so I am going to start teaching crochet!  I have also published my first crochet pattern, Fluff Flops!  They are really easy, and are another great idea for a quick summer project.  It would be a fun activity for girl scouts or a gift for anyone who is still a girl at heart.

Feel free to join me for the $5 Yarn Night at Michael's on Laurens Rd.  It is on May 30th at 6:30 pm.  How is $5 Yarn Night different than a sit and stitch?  You get more support from a certified teacher! I am there to help you through any problems you are having in understanding a pattern, or doing a technique.  Come join us!

Will be posting again soon on my personal summer projects!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

New Beginning Knitting Classes in Greenville

As some of you know, I am teaching beginning knitting classes at Furman and Michael's.  New classes at Furman for the Spring/Summer schedule will be announced on their Learning For You website on March 11th, and published in the Greenville Journal on March 15th.  Classes at Michael's happen every month!  So just take a look at either of these sources and sign up.  They fit all budgets and time needs.