If your Spring has been as busy as mine, you know how difficult it is to fit everything you want to do into your schedule! For me, that means that while I have secured class dates and times, I have not decided which classes or projects to teach on which date. For you, that means you can choose a class or project and then claim the date and time that works best for you!
Also, I want to let you know that Michael’s is offering a $20 voucher good toward class supplies if you sign up for a class by May 3rd. (Note: you only need to register by May 3rd to get the $20 voucher; class can be scheduled for May or June. Check with the store for more details.) Continue reading
Even as we welcome Spring and eagerly leave behind our warm sweaters, knit and crochet inspiration still strikes in the form of fun and functional accessories to learn fundamental skills to practice during the warmer months. Now is the perfect time to sign up for a class to build your skills with smaller projects over the spring and summer and to learn new stitches and techniques in time to create beautiful projects to enjoy in the fall and winter or to give as gifts.
Due to such a great response to the “Crochet Basics” classes held so far, I am excited to announce that 3 more classes have been added to the calendar:
- Sunday, March 30, 2:00-4:00pm
- Saturday, April 12, 10:00am-12:00pm
- Sunday, April 27, 2:00-4:00pm
At this point, these classes have the option to cover one of two topics, which will be determined based upon requests:
Crochet Basics (Level 1 – beginner) – Learn basic stitches and techniques, plus an overview of abbreviations and pattern reading.
Crochet Basics (Level 2 – advanced beginner) – Brief review of Level 1, plus learn how to work “in the round” to create granny squares and an endless variety of other motifs.
om·bré – adjective \ˈäm-ˌbrā\ Definition: having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark
One of the hottest design trends these days is “ombre” color palettes… from hair, to nails, to clothing and accessories. My March and April blanket (or throw) class projects are worked in a single simple stitch with contrasting colors in a “color block” wide stripe design for both the crochet and knit versions (see photos on my “CLASSES/PROJECTS” page). While I love the fun and vibrant look of contrasting colors, another idea occurred to me to arrange the colors tonally to create a beautiful ombre effect…
Once again, thank you to everyone for such a great response at the Open House on Saturday! It was nice meeting so many new friends and seeing familiar faces return to sign up for new classes. I’m so happy that you’re enjoying your new craft and are eager to learn more with new projects! For anyone not able to stop by on Saturday to see the new projects and class schedule, following are the new knit and crochet project classes added for April:
(Knit) “Color Block” Baby Blanket or Throw
- Sunday, April 6, 2014 – 2:00 to 4:00pm
- Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 1:00 to 3:00pm
This cozy blanket is worked in one simple stitch with the changing colors adding interest. This pattern can be worked in 3 color combinations: Pinks/Greys, Blues/Greys or Yellow/Green/Greys. Or, feel free to choose any color combination to suit your baby or decor! Finished size: approx. 25”x30” or 50”x60″.
(Crochet) Granny Square Baby Blanket or Throw
This simple blanket works up quickly in double crochet with a bright slip stitch border for a modern touch. Or, choose a variety of colors to work the blanket in narrow or wide bands of color. Finished size: approx. 27”x27” or 50”50”.
- Saturday, April 12, 2014 – 1:00 to 3:00pm
- Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – 12:00 to 2:00pm
I just found out some exciting news! If you want to learn more about knit or crochet, now is your chance. Michael’s is offering a special promotion at an Open House this Saturday, March 8th from 11:00am-2:00pm. Classes are on sale for $20, and when you sign up in-store, you will receive a $20 merchandise voucher to use at that time toward the purchase of class supplies. Continue reading
If you’re interested in browsing for a little crafty inspiration, check out my knit and crochet boards on Pinterest. I’ve finally gotten around to sorting through my many “Likes” and organized two boards with mostly simple project ideas (plus, a few more challenging ones for motivation!). Continue reading
Well, it’s finished!
After much rushed crocheting to work out pattern details and to complete a sample blanket, I am pleased to report that this was an easy and enjoyable project that is adorable for your baby or to give as a gift. This project can also be easily modified to make a full size throw in a wide range of color options to suit your decor. Click on my “Projects” page to see photos. Continue reading
For those who are already comfortable with knit or crochet, I am excited to offer 2 new project classes:
Convertible Fingerless Gloves (knit) – Sunday, March 23, 2:00-4:00pm
“Color Block” Baby Blanket (crochet) – Saturday, March 29, 1:00-3:00pm
I thought I would post a photo to show you some things I’ve been working on to prepare for my new March classes. Once equipped with a few “basic” skills, you can begin to make a variety of projects, big and small, limited only by your imagination! Here are a couple of simple items I made in an afternoon after crocheting a few small squares (and a couple of rectangles) from the new “Crochet Basics” class, using only one or two simple stitches:
Based on feedback I’ve received after the Michael’s Open House and in-store demonstrations, I am excited to announce new classes that I will be offering starting in March!
“Knitting Basics” and “Crochet Basics” –
In response to interest in several of my projects which are not “beginner” level, I will begin teaching 2 new courses: “Knitting Basics” and “Crochet Basics.” These courses are designed to teach basic stitches and techniques, along with an overview of abbreviations and pattern reading without the pressure to complete a large project. This will allow you to learn more in class to build your skills and confidence to make unique projects on your own or in a class of your choice. Continue reading
Thanks to everyone for stopping by at the Michael’s Open House and for signing up for a class to learn a new skill or to expand your current skills. It was a pleasure meeting all of you and I look forward to our upcoming “infinity scarf” classes. Every project (even small ones) will build your skills and knowledge. Your new hobby can be a simple joy or grow into a real passion with much more to learn. It’s a fun journey and I’m here to help you!
Check out the “Calendar,” “Projects” and “Resources” pages for details of our upcoming classes and to help you prepare. The infinity scarf will be a great quick project to build your skills and confidence. With a little experience, you will be able to find the right yarn and stitch pattern to make more advanced projects that you will love. Continue reading