Monday, September 30, 2013

Announcing: My Craftsy Class! With Contest!

Update! The class is live!

I hinted at this a few weeks ago, but I'm now able to give you the details. In August, I flew to Denver to tape a class with Craftsy. My bag was full of FOs I'd borrowed from friends far and wide... well, finished, but not FINISHED objects.

That's because my class is all about blocking.  The whys and the wherefores.

I always get questions about blocking in my classes, and it's a topic I feel pretty passionately about - as a knitter, and as a teacher.

As a knitter, I feel passionately about blocking because I know how wonderful it is. I know that blocking is the key to making your handknits (and crocheted items, too) look truly finished.

Blocking smooths and evens about the fabric. Blocking makes it easier to put items together. Blocking shows off the patterning. Blocking makes the fabric bloom.

As a teacher, I feel passionately about blocking because I know how most knitters don't understand it, and don't feel confident about it.

Knitters hear about mats and wires and pins and get scared. It sounds hard. It's absolutely not, I promise!

My class very much focuses on a pragmatic approach to blocking. I provide easy ways to make your handknits look their best!

I'll show you how you can create amazing results with some water and a towel...


and maybe even a balloon....


But I do also talk about wires and mats and pins and when you need them, and how easy they actually are to use.


I'm so excited about it, I'm posting now, even though the class doesn't launch until Wednesday. In the meantime, I'm running a contest! Leave a comment here (before midnight EST Saturday the 5th of October) to win a free copy of the class. I'll randomly pick a number to choose a winner. (If you're commenting, make sure you log in so I know who you are, or leave me a clue to your email address, please.)


41 comments:

val said...

Looks useful! I've blocked a few shawls with pins and have been trying to figure out if I need wires.

suzenew said...

I was just looking at my blocking wires and thinking that I really need to learn how to use them!!

Erin said...

I can block a sweater no problem, but when it comes to hats (berrets - how the heck do you block those!?) and shawls I'm definitely in need of some pointers. Looking forward to your expert advice!

Mary said...

I totally fake it every time I block an item! I'd love to learn to do it properly from the best ;)

Stashaholic said...

I need a class on blocking when you don't have room to block. Oh and blocking when your furbaby wants to help.

Paige O'Brien-Welker said...

I also need to learn how properly use my blocking wires.....

Jayme said...

I would love to take this class! Count me in :-)

margo said...

oooh sounds like such a great class! i enjoyed your colourwork class in knit city last year, it would be a treat to get your play by play blocking advice!

Knitiot said...

I love how blocking transforms a knitted piece but am not a big fan of doing it. The class sounds great though!

May said...

I can block scarves successfully. Hats usually turn out. Sweaters are bit of a challenge but if it doesn't work out the first time I just put the sweater back into a basin of water! Pins? oh.

scienceknitster said...

I would love to learn about blocking -- I always feel like I'm just "winging it" when I block something. I have wires that I use, but would love to learn how to use them more effectively.

Sickofitcindy said...

Perfect timing! I will definitely be buying this class or (hopefully) winning it. I'm working on my first shawl and was looking at some blocking wires and thinking "what the heck are these".

Barb said...

I can honestly say I have not blocked anything ever. But that is because i have no idea how - despite reading about it, checking out blogs online. I am a fairly new knitter and I need your class!! Please choose me.
Thanks so much for doing this giveaway.

Rachel Coker said...

Now I can finally fix my pile of scrunched up lace shawl!

susanjd said...

A class is must what I need, to finally bite the bullet and block that wonderful shawl I knit

La Vieille Chipie said...

I dont like to block because I dont know how to do!

mjm said...

I've blocked my work, but never had it look right. The person getting it might not realize it, but I know it could be better.

Ale said...

Every time I have to block a new project, I freeze. It frightens me... I think it is because I don't really know what I'm doing... This class may be what I really need to gain confidence...

Ale

janita said...

Blocking always seems like a mystery. Each project has its own solution.

quiltercaroline said...

What great news - I knit alot of lace so blocking is crucial to the finished product although I never feel I have got it right. The course looks like a perfect answer. Thank you and congratulations.

Anonymous said...

I've always been blocked by blocking and am aware that I don't put knitted thinngs to their best advantage due to bad (or no) blocking.
This class is for me!
corofin

Anonymous said...

Just learning how to block. My edges are often wobbly so need some help. Thanks for the offering this course.

deblyn153 on RAV

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great class Kate. Thanks for the opportunity to win. I have blocking wires, but I really don't know how to use them properly.


thatdarncat on RAV

Anonymous said...

I know how important blocking is to making my hand knits look really nice but I'm not very good at it and would really like to learn more. I would love to win a copy of your class!

gracee22 on Ravelry or
sgpage22@gmail.com

Katie Rose said...

I never thought of blocking a hat with a balloon!

Katie Rose said...

I never thought of using a balloon to block a hat!

Helene Gold said...

I've been knitting for quite awhile and still feel unsure when it's time to block. I definitely need some help!

rav id: curlysheep said...

Hi Kate,
Great class to offer! I have yet to use blocking wire, but see the use in opening up lace etc. Good luck to everyone in this awesome contest!
Lisa (curlysheep)

Anonymous said...

I'm getting better (because I actually do it now) but still struggle with wires and not enough space and ... I KNOW I would learn lots from Kate's class.

Peggy - pwallace2@cogeco.ca

Elsa Louise said...

Just the class I need to learn how to block my knits & keep them looking great!

Laura said...

Wow. That looks like a great class! I still haven't figured out how to block lace shawls. I always seem to end up pinning, then repinning, then repinning until I just get tired of it and declare it good enough.

Trudi said...

I have lots of UFO projects that I stopped because they would need blocking. Am hoping that when I do your class I will stop being scares of the blocking process.

Krystal said...

The balloon idea is brilliant!!! Never thought of that for hats! Inspiring as always :)

Cheekyredhead said...

Blocking is magic!

LizFM said...

I have a monster Haruni that desperately needs to be reblocked, and would love the opportunity to take the class :)

fibrelover said...

I want to be passionate about blocking too!

Knitter Kitter said...

This class looks great! Thank you for the chance to win :)

Fiona said...

Congratulations! It sounds fab. Couldn't be a better teacher for it. :)

Fiona (aka pipnmilly)

Anonymous said...

I have had a few blocking fails. This class is just what I need :)

msesheta on ravelry

LiisaM said...

I haven't blocked anything I've made yet cause I haven't learned how. Would love a class!

liisam522(at)yahoo(dot)ca

Kate Lang said...

Oh my. I NEED this class.