I started out by knitting dishcloth after dishcloth...then scarves and then I learned to knit hats in the round on circular needles and I was in LOVE with knitting. I made a lot of hats....so easy just knit, knit, knit and then decrease and you're done. I found that I really don't like knitting on straight needles and knit everything using circular needles. I just love them.
|a cowl scarf I knit|
|one of many dishcloths I made|
I think this might be the last thing I knit on straight needles.
For Christmas, my parents got me two knitting classes from Craftsy.com. I had asked for a gift certificate to get a Craftsy class. Right after my mother ordered it they came out with a buy one get one free deal and they let her add a course to her order so I got two knitting classes. I got Knit Lab and Knit Lab: Hats Four Ways. Both courses are taught by Stefanie Japel and I think they are fantastic. In the Knit Lab, course I learned many of the basics of knitting and did my first lace project which was a keyhole scarf which I just love. I have made several of them now. I also made a long scarf with a variety of stitches mostly different basket weave patterns. I wore this scarf so much this winter and I am so glad that I made this one too.
|2 of the keyhole scarves I made. Love this pattern!|
|This scarf pattern is called Cambridge.|
|A feather and fan lace dishcloth.|
Here is a course overview where Stefanie Japel tells about the course and how the courses work at Craftsy.
With the Craftsy courses you get patterns and course materials to download (they are pdf documents). Access to the courses never expire. You also can ask question in a message board format and get answers from the teacher and/or from others taking the course. It's really a lot of fun. You can also post pictures of your projects (in progress or finished.) You can go here to see sample previews and a break down of what is included in the course.
After I finished the Knit Lab course it was getting closer to the end of winter so I didn't really want to make any more hats. So I haven't knit the hats in the Hats Four Ways class yet but I have watched the whole course. Stefanie is a lot of fun to learn from. :)
I get the Craftsy newsletter in my email and one week Laura Nelkin's Mastering Lace Shawls class was on sale so I bought that. I L.O.V.E knitting lace. Here is the shawl I made in just 3 weeks while taking the Mastering Lace Shawls class.
|The shawl being blocked|
|Me wearing the shawl|
|The back of the shawl.|
I am currently working on the second lace shawl in this course called Clarus. I am enjoying making this as well. One thing I have learned in taking this course is that I love to knit with a charted pattern rather than one that is written out. At first I didn't think I would like it but now I just think it is so much easier to read a chart than try to keep track of stitches that are written out. Laura is a great teacher and it's great to be able to interact with her through the Craftsy platform.
I am signed up for her new course, Knitting with Beads. I haven't made anything from it yet but I have watched it. I will start on the projects in that class either when I finish Clarus or when I get supplies for it. I like to have more than one project going at a time anyway. (I'm working on a worsted weight shawl that is very simple and I can work on it in the car or on the go without have to think about it.)
This is a quick preview of the course:
Craftsy.com has all kinds of craft classes....crochet, knit, quilting, sewing, baking and more. Check them all out here. I would recommend signing up for the newsletter and watching for a sale. I've never paid more than $30 for a course. If you'd like to see what the classes are like you can sign up for the Block a Month course which is free right now.