Learn How to Knit in Denver, Colorado

Some of you know this already but I teach classes locally that allow me to share my love for knitting with new-comers, intermediate knitters and advanced knitters looking to learn something new.IMG_0553

I recently taught a Beginning Knitting class at my favorite brewery – Grandma’s House – and had such a fun time with these ladies!IMG_0555

Everyone (every single person, no knitter left behind!) learned how to cast on, knit and bind off during the first week’s class in which we knitted a little scarf perfectly sized for your favorite beer bottle. IMG_0556

The second class the following week the students were able to refresh their cast on and knitting skills while also learning how to purl and work a simple decrease.  At the end of this lesson everyone had made a matching hat to fit the beer bottle that was now scarf-adorned!IMG_0557

I’ll be teaching this beginning knitting class again March 4th and 11th starting at 6pm both nights at the Grandma’s House brewery.  Feel free to sign up via Facebook or Dabble!IMG_0563

I’ll also be teaching an intermediate class later in March that will produce a hat so that students can learn to knit in the round and work various stitch patterns – and still walk away with a finished project!  That’s the best part of any class, in my opinion – something to show for your efforts.IMG_0570

I hope to see you at some of them! And if you have any ideas for future classes you’d like to see from me, please do share them 🙂IMG_0572

Upcoming Classes!

I’m excited to share with you all that I’ll finally be teaching again!

Not only will I be teaching, I’ll be doing so at one of the cutest new breweries in Denver – Grandma’s House.  This place combines some of my favorite things and if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time at all, you know that I truly appreciate my beer and knitting time.  I’m so thrilled to be sharing things I’m so passionate about.

I’ll be offering a class on Beginning Knitting on November 12th and 19th – this will be a 2-part class in which we’ll learn basic knitting techniques and students will walk away with a small scarf and hat perfectly sized for a beer bottle.  More details can be found here.

The second class will be Intermediate Knitting in which we’ll learn how to knit a sweater using a common construction – top down with raglan sleeves.  Again, this project will fit your beer bottle!  More details can be found here.

What sorts of classes would you be interested in taking?  I’m hoping to continue to offer unique and fun classes and I’d love to hear from you which topics you want to learn!

Classes

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend, we did!  Ours was packed with productivity and it was so rewarding to get some projects done, but I’ll share more about those later.

I wanted to remind everyone about a few classes I’m teaching this week and next here in New Mexico.

There will be quite a few more classes coming next month, so keep an ear out for that!  What classes have you taken at your LYS that you’ve enjoyed?  What classes would you like to see offered?

Another Class In The Books!

The past 2 weekends I’ve spent Saturday afternoons doing something I totally love to do – teaching knitting students a new technique!IMG_8926

I taught stranded color work using my Fresh Chroma Slouch pattern at Yarn & Coffee in Santa Fe, New Mexico.IMG_8931

Seeing the hat worked up in so many different color choices – raiders, classic, modern – they all look great and give the hat totally different a feel.IMG_8927

One of the hardest things to learn when taking on stranded knitting is learning how to float the yarn at the correct gauge.  A little blocking really does wonders for a stranded work, but if your floats are too tight, no amount of blocking can work out the puckering that is likely to occur.IMG_8922

My next class will be based around my Sweet Summer Rays shawl and will give beginners a good shawl experience!  It will take place on June 1st and 8th, from 1-4pm.  If you’re in the area, call Yarn & Coffee to sign up!

Free Classes!

I’ve gushed about Craftsy’s classes before (and I have a few backlogged in my own folders that I need to finish)!  If you haven’t pulled the trigger, I really encourage you to try some of their *Free* Classes!  Yes! They have those!  Free! Classes!

The next 2 free Craftsy mini-courses I’m going to take are: short rows craftsy class
1. Short Rows – because they’re a totally useful technique to have in your back pocket

Modern Buttercream Craftsy Class
2. Modern Buttercream – because I love cooking and want to try something different

Check out all of the other free Craftsy mini-courses by clicking here.

Craftsy – Lessons at Your Convenience!

I’ve been on Craftsy for a few years now and although I use it to browse patterns and sell my own, I hadn’t explored the classes until recently.

There are so many different classes in a multitude of genres – naturally I drifted toward the knitting classes!  For my first paid class I chose How to Say It – Pattern Writing for Knitters taught by Edie Eckman.  I took a similar class from Edie at Stitches South in 2011 and loved it and I figured I could always learn better ways to write my patterns!Craftsy  Profile

Craftsy organizes all of your classes on your profile page and it shows when they were last accessed.  You can go back and start exactly where you left off, you can re-watch any and all of the classes, you can take notes, you can ask questions to the instructor and the other class members, there are class handouts, homework, all sorts of awesome things!

The classes have homerooms where you can find everything you need, past and future lessons, class announcements, instructor bios, class questions – everything you’d find in a conventional classroom or university but it’s *all* at your convenience and a fraction of the price.Craftsy Homeroom

I can’t say enough about how awesome this service is and I love all of the classes I’ve taken and am taking!

Have you joined Craftsy yet?  If you have, are you an affiliate?  It’s a fun program and I really like being able to promote something that I feel strongly enhances our niche.

Children’s Knitting Classes

Fall is a pretty typical back-to-school time and knitting classes aren’t excluded!  I will be teaching children’s knitting classes at The Recycled Lamb in Lakewood, CO onThursday afternoons throughout the month of September and I’d love to teach your munchkin how to begin this addictive and therapeutic past-time/hobby/sport*.

Be sure to sign up soon! Classes begin next week!!

I hope this develops into more classes being taught and lots of new fiber-y friends and yarn-y connections 🙂

*sure knitting can be a sport, its called speed knitting, haven’t you heard?

Classes This Saturday!

Hello all my New Mexico Friends!  Do you have plans for this Saturday yet?  No?  Come to the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center and meet me 😉 or learn something new.  Beginners can learn how to knit for the first time in the morning class.  Are you a seasoned knitter?  Do you know how to ‘pick’ or knit Continental?  Come to the afternoon class and learn a new method for your favorite past time!

Here are the write ups:

KNITTING FOR NEWBIES with Holly Priestley – $24/$30; materials extra

Do you envy those knitters you see clicking happily away at their knitting? Then consider joining Holly Priestley for this fun introduction to the craft of knitting. Students will learn knitting basics including how to cast on, knit, and bind off. They will begin (and may potentially finish) a small washcloth. Students please bring size 10 straight knitting needles and a ball of Lily Sugar ’n’ Cream yarn (we will also have needles and yarn for purchase here). Holly Priestley is a senior at New Mexico Tech and has been knitting since she was knee-high to a grasshopper. She sells her knitting patterns and projects online and hopes to own a yarn store someday or become a professional knitwear designer.

Saturday, July 17; 9:30am to 12:30pm.

LEARN TO KNIT CONTINENTAL with Holly Priestley – $24/$30; bring your own yarn/needles.

Are you a “thrower” who wants to be a “picker”? In the English (or American) style of knitting, the yarn is carried in the right hand and “thrown” around the needle. In the continental style, the yarn is carried in the left hand and “picked” with the right needle. Most people agree that Continental-style knitting is somewhat faster than English and many think it creates less strain on the wrists. In this class, students will learn how to knit continental style. There is no organized project – students are encouraged to bring their own needles and yarn or ongoing project.

Saturday, July 17; 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

The center is very easy to locate in Espanola (address on their website) and is filled with all sorts of yarns, goodies, fiber, dying materials, looms and charming people.

In order to register for one of these classes, call: 505-747-3577

I hope to see all of you (and your friends) there this Saturday!