Amy here. This week, 5 really cool people are blogging about the upcoming Vogue Knitting Live event, to be held in Los Angeles this September. I feel privileged to be the 6th.
No, that is NOT ME on the cover of the book. I promise.
Did you know I teach knitting classes? I do. I started teaching whenÂ No Sheep for YouÂ was published, to help spread the non-wool knitting knowledge as far as I could. What I learned in those early classes is how much I love the lightbulb moments â€” when something you say as a teacher hits straight home with a student, and the lightbulb moves away from your head and over theirs.
Thatâ€™s a bit dramatic, but hopefully you know what I mean. Sharing what Iâ€™ve learned, making knitting less stressful and more fun, is why I keep teaching. I champion the joys of mindless [think relaxing] knitting, helping knitters to create beautiful things without tearing their hair out. If you like classes with lots of math, youâ€™ll need to look elsewhere. Instead, I love to find elegant shortcuts; easier, more efficient ways to do things; and always to end up with a fabulous result at the end of the project.
So, what am I teaching atÂ VK Live? Two of my favorite classes!
First,Â the Autopilot Sock,Â my favorite toe-up sock recipe. Maybe youâ€™ve heard about this pattern â€” I think itâ€™s pretty nifty, and the top-down sock knitters who Iâ€™ve shared it with have, to my great pleasure and surprise, become almost instant toe-up converts. Tweeted Jennie: “Fantastic pattern. One pair done, two more on the needles. 1 in car, 1 in purse, covers emergency sock knitting needs.”
The Autopilot Sock, this one knit in wool
Which is exactly the point. This pattern may become your go-to sock pattern as it has mine, or it might be the sock you start when you have no other pattern in mind and just need to KNIT SOCKS.
The Autopilot Sock is my super-easy toe-up sock recipe which I designed specifically to work with the characteristics of non-wool sock yarns. As a bonus, it works well with woolly sock yarns too! It is my definition of happy, mindless sock kniting, and the socks that result are super-comfortable and great fitting. The key here is my combination of the goiter gussetâ„¢ and heel flap. The sock off the foot looks a little weird, which is half the fun. Most importantly, everyone who tries it on loves the fit. I’ll teach you landmarks to watch for on your foot, rather than math-based calculations. And once you’ve knit one sock of the pair, you may very well have the recipe memorized.
this is Connie M's shawl finished after taking the Plug+Play class with me
The second class I’m teaching is Plug+Play Shawl Design. This class is all about feeling clever. I provide a handy, comprehensive manual and a selection of easy-but-pretty lace patterns. Put them together as you please with fingering or sportweight yarn, and the result is uniquely your own! Finally a chance for you to explore designing, without brain strain, and with absolute pride in your creative ability!
We’ll talk about how to put lace patterns together, how to build different shapes of shawls, what kind of things you can do to lace patterns to make them more enjoyable to knit and lots more. After class, you’ll have the tools you need to go on designing your own lace projects.
I hope I’ll get to meet some of you at my classes at VK Live in LA this September. Registration info is here.
The folks at VK Live have very generously offered to give one of you readers a free class at the show! To win, just leave a comment to this post and make sure there is contact info available either in your comment or via your Blogger profile. Leave your comment by midnight eastern time, Friday, July 8th, and I’ll post the lucky winner next week.
Don’t forget to visit the rest of my blog tour compadres — it’s nice to get to know them and the classes they teach this way!