My first class was with Melissa Leapman, author of many books and individual patterns. She is incredibly talented, friendly and lovely to work with. The class was in double knitting, a technique that creates a double-thickness of knitted fabric that is reversible.
First we worked a k1p1 ribbing with two different yarns.
You can see my learning curve on the
bottom of the white swatch.Mastering Color Knitting".
Here are the results of my class.
I love that this is what comes out of a knitter's handbag.
On Friday I took an all day class with Cat Bordhi. She was awesome, a totally outside of the box thinker. I have always wanted to meet her. She has published several books and has a number of educational (and entertaining) videos of knitting techniques on her website and youtube.
We got gifts of yarn from Shibui and lace knitting needles (size 10) from Skacel! The class was called "7 Techniques to Instantly Make You a Better Knitter". The goal of the class was to enable us to teach this class at our stores. I can't share any of the secrets, you'll just have to take the class.
During the class, Cat added random knitting tips along the way. This was really cool. If you hold a mirror against your knitting, it will reflect what the pattern will look like when it gets bigger. Wicked!Cinnie by Chic Knits.
an Ipod/Iphone bag.Color Affection. This remains a very popular pattern on Ravelry. I was surprised how many people in the class hadn't seen it before.
One thing that amused me during all three classes was how all of us students reacted to the yarn provided in the classes. People went around trading out colors so that they could work with the colors they enjoyed. It is the little things that mean a lot.
I came away from my classes totally jazzed up about new techniques and tricks of the trade. One of the best things I learned was from Cat.
I've since got gauge on two knitting projects, on the needle the pattern recommended! Inconceivable!