Not Crochet. Knitting!

I have a confession to make. There has been no crochet at all around here this past week. I am a traitor to my hooks! I have gone over to the other side!!

I still firmly believe that I will remain true to my first yarn love of crochet, but the knitting bug bit me hard these past days, and I returned to and finished a knit wip in the space of a week. Such loyalty to one wip is almost unheard of, and I surprised myself!

I’d done another simple dishcloth and learned a lot along the way, but my heart yearned for the knitwear that inspired me to learn to knit in the first place. So I got brave and went back to a scarf that I was struggling with a few weeks ago. Happily my perseverance with the dishcloths paid off as everything did suddenly seem a lot clearer.

So I compulsively (powerless to stop!!) kept on keeping on with a free asymmetrical scarf pattern that I’d found on Ravelry and ta-daaaaaaa! Yesterday I walked out wearing my lovely new scarf in Scheepjes Stonewashed. Happy days!

So what of note have I have learned thus far on this learn-to-knit journey of mine?

  1. Cable keys are provided for a reason! If you don’t use the puzzling little key thingy to tighten your interchangable circulars before you embark, they will come loose, and you will lose stitches. Oops.
  2. I can now join a new colour properly, work in stripes carrying yarn up the sides, and weave in ends very nearly on both stocking and garter stitch fabrics. For help with all these I highly recommend Wool and the Gang YouTube tutorials. I am so happy I stumbled across them when I got stuck. They are very concise, which I love, impatient as I am to be getting on and doing.
  3. I know how to fix a newbie-knitter loose cast on when you realise a few rows up that it’s all starting to look like shit, without going back and redoing it. It is hard to describe, but I figured out you can use a darning needle to gently tighten each stitch from the end of the cast on row and working back to the first cast on stitch, and then undo the starting slipknot and simply pull to add the excess yarn to the tail. I am not sure how much sense this makes, but it worked, and I felt rather victorious πŸ™‚

In other yarn, and yes sorry still knitting, news, I have selected my first Craftsy knitting classes and ordered supplies. I am sooooo excited! I will let you know how I get on, both with the materials (Paintbox ‘Socks‘, who knew?! Oh. And suddenly now 50% off? Gah. That hurts a bit right after ordering!!); and the classes themselves.

For now that’s it from me, as the school bus is about to return and my #yarntime is up. I do apologise for any grammatical or spelling errors – usually I am fanatically pedantic about these things but I do tend to edit-edit-edit and it is so time-consuming. Today there just isn’t the time (people will want food etc, how every dare they!).

Are you steadfastly a hook only yarn person, or do you knit too? What are your top tips for beginner knitters? Can you recommend any Craftsy classes, or knitting books?

Next time it’ll be all about the crochet. Promise 😁

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Did You Know that Craftsy Unlimited is Now Bluprint?

Edit to update: I have now reviewed this service here (it’s not good…)

As regular readers know, I recently started out on my learn to knit journey. Pictured is my current knit wip, an asymmetrical scarf in Scheepjes Stonewashed, which I am loving!

Anyhoo, during the course of the school holidays I was researching knitting books to buy – will share those I chose in a future post; I now have some lovely knitting books on my crochet bookshelf! – and I remembered the crochet classes I found in the dim and distant past on Craftsy. I decided to have a look at the knitting offerings, and found out that Craftsy had a new subscription service called Craftsy Unlimited.

Online subscription of this kind is not such an alien concept nowadays. Most of us have Spotify or Netflix subscriptions and the like, and we enjoy the freedom and choice this mode of entertainment consumption offers us. However, could I gobble up knitting and crochet classes in the same way as I binge on Netflix? My mind immediately started weighing up the possibilities, cost and time factors…

However, I knew I wouldn’t have time to get stuck in to anything properly during the school holidays, so I put the trial on my To Do list for when term started. And here we are (oh yeah!!). And I have discovered that in the interim, Craftsy Unlimited has rebranded itself as Bluprint. Eh? But ok: the very same classes are still available on Craftsy. You just go to your chosen Craftsy class and click ‘Watch in Blueprint’ ; or you can explore class offerings within Bluprint itself. (You can find out more about the rebranding of Craftsy Unlimted as Bluprint here).

So, name change dealt with, and onward: I’d bookmarked a bunch of Craftsy knitting classes that appealed to me, and on checking them out, it seems to me that there is enough to keep me going, and be cost-effective, for a long time, on a subscription basis. For example, Save Our Stitches: Fixing Knitting Mistakes is 52.92AUD as a stand-alone purchase, but with Bluprint, all you ever pay is your monthly sub of 18.99AUD. Based on this, even if I only complete one class per month, the monthly subscription is well worth it (there is an annual subscription option too, but I’m going monthly initially just while I suss it out – and you can change to annual at any time).

So, conclusion: I have signed up! I am EXCITED! Craftsy has a great reputation for crochet and knitting classes. Since I last checked Craftsy out years ago I have come a long way on my crochet journey, and when I see names like Edie Eckman, Dora Ohrenstein and Tamara Kelly writing and hosting classes, I know I’m on to a good thing! I am not familar with the knitting ‘names’ as yet, but based on these greats within the crochet offerings, I am more than willing to give the subscription service a go as a learning to knit resource, as well as a means of advancing my crochet skills.

As part of the free 7 day trial package I also got 30% off the monthly price for the first 3 months. Thereafter it’s 18.99AUD per month and you can cancel at any time simply by clicking CANCEL in your subscription settings. To cancel before any billing starts, simply click cancel before the end of the 7 day period. Simples!

So, there you have it. I will be letting you know which classes I take, and how I rate them, as well as reporting back on my experience of the subscription service itself in terms of tech help and support, and any other issues that arise.

Are you familar with Craftsy? Have you signed up for Bluprint? Which Craftsy knitting or crochet classes do you recommend? Tell all! And meantime… happy hooking! Or knitting πŸ™‚