This past week I actually took 3 classes on Bluprint/craftsy. Why? Because I needed the overview of these three particular classes as I try to accomplish things for craft sales and comic cons this coming winter. I'm writing this blog, hoping the electricity holds out, to offer an overview of what I learned.
This past weekend the electricity inexplicably evaporated on both Saturday and Sunday. It didn't last long but you know how you have to go about resetting everything from electric heaters to your modem. I'm hoping it doesn't happen again as I am writing this blog. I don't have much time today. I've been offered the chance to test another pattern!
First I want to tell you that I've purchased a year's membership in Bluprint/Craftsy. I wanted to really go in depth with some of the classes. The only way to do that would have been to either buy the class or buy the subscription. There were too many classes that I wanted to take so it was cheaper to buy the year's subscription LOL Second, reached my goals for the first class I took which was, Knit Shawls 14 Ways: Exploring Shape and Design with instructor Laura Nelkin. Now I didn't dive into this class full bore because there was so much to learn. However, the class material downloads are brilliant and since they download right to the computer I can refer to them anytime. I am a visual learner as such I really have to be able to visualize a project in my mind before I get started. If I can't picture the finished product I usually have to give the project a miss. With Laura Nelkin's instruction I began to get a feel for how I could SEE a shape, how the shape is formed, and how the completed project will look. I have a long way to go on my circular and semicircular shapes (Pi and all that). But during the week I was able to put the class concepts into practice. I have some work to do yet, but if you are looking to better understand shaping in knit work, I'd recommend this class.
The second class I took was a class by Edie Eckman entitled Join as You Go Seamless Crochet Techniques. I never really "got" the whole Join as You Go process. I guess because I had never found a pattern that explained it in a way that I understood. With Bluprint/Craftsy I had the ability to stop the recording and rewind anytime so that I could practice my join. (15 second rewind button!) It took me a few tries to understand the flat join with a basic granny square. I did not take the time to do the squares that Edie Eckman used in her materials. I wanted to get right to the joining. I am still working on my triangle motifs. Again, it goes back to visualizing the shaping my my head but I'll get there! Edie Eckman is a great teacher. She explained how to read the JAYgo (join as you go) charts step by step. (makes it so much easier to do crochet charts when someone explains it like that!) Not only does the Join as You Go process save time but it looks so much cleaner than a traditional whipstitch! Loving that! This is a technique that all crocheters should learn just for the simple time saving factor!
With these classes under my belt, plus a third class about which I will write a little later on, I feel I'm becoming a more proficient knitter/crocheter. No matter how experienced a knitter/crocheter/ sewist you are, there's always more to learn!
Did you take a class this past week? Or did you get the email that Bluprint/Craftsy classes are 10 dollars this week? Why not take the opportunity to take a class yourself?! Check out Craftsy.com for more offers.
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