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Nearly There and FREE Craftsy Classes

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I’ve got two quick things to tell you about today:  A nearly finished knitting project and an opportunity to try Craftsy with some FREE Craftsy classes!

The Nearly There Knitting Project:

I am so excited to report that I am nearly done with my first (of four) commissioned knitting projects!  I haven’t finished a knitting project in more than three months so this feels like quite an accomplishment (she says optimistically, even though she is not completely done but nearly done).  I have been very slowly, a little each day, working on this one and I just had to show you how “nearly there” it is:

Amy Shawl by Romi Hill

Amy Shawl by Romi Hill

This has been a fun project and the edging was a great way of pacing myself.  I would do one 24-row repeat of 30 stitches each day.  Nice and manageable.  Stay tuned for the finished and blocked project pictures.  And it better be fun because my second commissioned project is to make another one exactly like it!

The FREE Craftsy Classes:

On Labor Day, Monday, September 4, Craftsy is offering FREE one-day access to ALL of their online classes. All you have to do is sign up with your email address and you can watch all day long!  They have all kinds of online video classes: cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, photography, home decor, knitting, crochet.  This is the perfect opportunity to see if you would like Craftsy and did I mention it is FREE???

I recently purchased the Knit Faster With Continental Knitting class and I loved it! I’ve heard that using the continental method (holding the yarn in your left hand and “picking”) can be more gentle on your hands/arms.  I have also heard you can knit faster with this method — who wouldn’t want to knit faster so you can knit more so you can buy more yarn to knit faster with?  My local yarn shop will be so appreciative!

The class was great video instruction with a great teacher.  You can pause and rewind and rewatch any or all of the class as many times as you want.  I am now practicing this method while working on my Dreaming of Spring hat:

Dreaming of Spring

By the way I also took the class Design Your Own Cowl with Laura Nelkin and as a result of that designed and published my Easy Cozy Cowl!

So, sign up here with your email address and they will email you on September 4 with a link to your free access!

One More Thing….

We’ve got one decking board in place…

Hoping to be done by the end of the year weekend!

 

(I am a Craftsy affiliate, which means if you sign up for something with links from this blog, I get a little kickback.  Please know that I only participate in affiliate programs and recommend products that I truly like.) 

 

 

 

5 Podcasts Worth a Listen (or a Watch!)

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Do you listen to podcasts?  I listen while in the car or while knitting or while taking a nice walk outside.  And sometimes you just need something different to listen to, am I right?  So I’m sharing 5 podcasts that I like and and asking you to share some that you like. Maybe these will get you interested in podcasts if you don’t already listen or add some variety to your already existing list! [SHOCKER: They are not all knitting podcasts.]

1) The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

photo from www.mikerowe.com/podcast

First of all, he’s got the best voice for listening to.  Next, each podcast is only about 10 minutes long so he touts it for those with a short attention span.  Each story starts out simple enough about an ordinary person doing some sort of ordinary job or activity but by the end I am always gasping and saying, “No. Way.”  The stories end up being about someone famous or some famous event that happened.  Definitely worth a listen.  Especially because they are short!

2) Prairie Girls Knit and SpinThis one is just a fun duo who talk about their spinning and knitting and crack me up.  And I love their tag line: May your drafting be consistent and your gauge never lie.

[I just have to say for the life of me I never spell “gauge” correctly the first time.  I always spell it “guage” so thank goodness for spell check.]

3) Just the Right Book with Roxanne Cody

photo from www.justtherightbook.com

I found this one (I think a suggestion from my mom) after Books on the Nightstand ended (also a great podcast with lots of episodes you can still listen to).  This is done by Roxanne Cody, the owner of R.J. Julia an independent bookstore in Connecticut.  She usually interviews and author, asks about the book that changed their life and what they are reading, and then gives some book recommendations.

3) Knitmoregirls

photo from www.knitmoregirlspodcast.com

A well-done, well-organized podcast with lots of information about knitting, spinning and even some sewing thrown in.  One of my favorite segments is “When Knitting Attaaaaaacks” (said with a deep voice and scary music in the background).

5) The Fat Squirrel Speaks

photo from www.thefatsquirrel.com

This one is actually a video podcast but you can just listen to it too!  Her tag line is “Knitting, Spinning and Assorted Awesomeness”.  Silly and fun.

There you have it: A nice mix of podcasts that may be new to you and maybe you will want to try. If you have any podcasts that you love, leave a note in the comments.  I’m always looking for something new and interesting.  And yes, even if it is not knitting related!

And now, a mini-commercial about Craftsy.  Since I am an affiliate, I need to talk about it sometimes!  But, I’m an affiliate because I really like it, so there’s that.

I prefer taking knitting classes at my local yarn shop to support them, but for classes they don’t offer this is great. I signed up for a class on how to design cowls and that is how I came up with my Easy Cozy Cowl. AND they have so many different types of classes — cooking, gardening, baking, quilting, sewing, drawing and woodworking! If you have not tried Craftsy before, try one of their FREE mini-classes! [see how I did that?  A mini-commercial about mini-classes?]

Click here to try them out. If you like them and want to sign up for a class, please consider coming back here and clicking through the side bar.  I will get a small commission and that goes towards supporting the blog.  Thank you!

Stay tuned next time when I may actually have a finished project to show you and talk about LT’s and RT’s.  [If that’s not a good teaser, I don’t know what is.]

And don’t forget to comment about your favorite podcasts!