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.

Stitches South 2011 Recap

Skeins used during the trip: 2

Skeins added to stash: 15


Experiences had (not counting classes)

For Next Time:

  • Bigger spending budget
  • Bigger suitcase

    I colored it myself!
  • Something handknit to wear everyday – Can you believe I only brought two sweaters? (Really? What was I thinking?)
  • Something to show off in the student show
  • The juevos to show something off in the student show
  • Cute pajamas for the pj party

    some class materials

Classes I took

  • Where do they get those numbers? – Edie Eckman
  • How to say it: technical writing – Edie Eckman
  • Art of knitting backwards – Candace Eisner Strick
  • More than one way to skin a sweater – Jolie Elder
  • Join as you go knitting – Lily Chin

    One of my favorites from the fashion show

What I came home with (not even including what my momma came home with)

  • 3 skeins Malabrigo worsted and a corresponding hat, scarf and mittens pattern set (I’ve never worked with Malabrigo before, these are my first skeins!!)
  • 2 skeins Malabrigo lace – to match with my Paris yarn
  • 10 yds sample skein from Miss Babs
  • 1 yarn caddy from Purty Thangs – won during dinner after the fashion show
  • 10 skeins elsbeth lavold silky wool in taupe – for a new design coming this fall
  • 65 pictures – should’ve taken more
  • 6  business cards – handed out 4 of my own (again, should’ve handed out more)
  • 14,578 new ideas

    one of the many booths in the marketplace

There will be a more comprehensive post on the yarn this week sometime (or maybe next if I get too busy).

Bottom line:  I will be going to another Stitches event and more knitting weekends/retreats/conventions in general and I think you should too.