Every knitter – no matter how experienced, no matter how skilled, no matter how many years you’ve been knitting – has holes in their knowledge.
For me, it’s knitting with beads. Â I’ve dabbled in it, but I’d never completed a full project, and I knew I wanted to learn more. Â As luck would have it, knit designer Laura Nelkin was scheduled to come to Toronto, to teach at class at Lettuce Knit. Â Laura’s one of the best designers working with beaded knits; her designs are beautiful, interesting, and clever. She’s got designs for those just starting out with beads, and designs for knitters seeking a serious challenge.
Her class “Advanced Lace with Beads“, filled up quickly, and I was happy to have a place on the list.
And what fun it was!
We worked a small sample swatch, to try out several ways of adding beads to our work.
We made nupps (and a few swear words, too, for those of us whose needles were too blunt to work that pesky p7tog).
And we played with color combos.
I learned lots of great stuff – and not just about knitting with beads.
Laura shared a genius trick for working with charts…
If the chart shows the WS rows, use a highlighter to highlight those rows, and highlight the corresponding WS definitions of the stitches on the chart legend. That way, you’ll always know which way you should be going on a particular row, and how to work a given symbol’s stitch on that side. Â Simple and so very very helpful.
As a knitting teacher, I don’t get to take nearly enough classes, but every time I do, I learn something. I usually learn something about the subject matter in question, of course, but there’s always at least one other nugget – a clever tip, a suggestion for an easier way to do something, an explanation of a technique that helps your understanding. Â After all, there’s no way we can all know everything, and a different perspective is sometimes just what you need to expand your thinking, or add to your knowledge.
I love taking classes. If you haven’t taken one recently, I can’t recommend it highly enough.