Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Knitting Class

I'm sure you've all read about Vogue Knitting Live. Allyson and I wanted to take a class but I have to admit the website for the event was a bit overwhelming. It took a while to navigate and once you found what you wanted, either it was at an inconvenient time or the class was full. Blech. We gave up. Then my darling, diligent friend found that Cookie A was giving a class at a local knitting shop! Cookie was the one designer that we both wanted to take a class from so we signed up immediately. The only downfall was the shop it was being given at isn't my favorite because of an incident that happened with the manager at this place a few years ago. I put that aside though because I really wanted to take a class from Cookie.

We got there and the class was full. Duh. Al & I were separated but I was lucky enough to sit next to a lovely lady and we chatted and encouraged each other the whole time. The class was about creating knitting stitches. Cookie explained how to decide on a shape and how to make that into a knitting pattern. She's so articulate and sweet. It really was a fun class and I'd love to take more classes with her.

The two things I learned? Which I sorta knew anyway were when it comes to knitting, I'm a follower not a leader and the other thing is I'll probably never be a knitwear designer and I'm okay with that. I think to be a really good knitwear designer you have to do a lot of hard work and I so do not want to work hard at knitting. I knit to relax and to make lovely garments and I think I'll stick to that.

I have both of Cookie's books and have been so intimidated by the patterns that I haven't even tried to knit anything. Not anymore. I'm determined to get to steppin and knit at least one of her socks and I'm going to start with her BFF socks as was suggested to me by my new knitting friend.

So I went to learn how to create knitting stitches and instead I learned somethings about myself. I'd say that was a successful evening.

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Jen said...

Oh Cookie A is wonderful. I have taken two classes with her and thought they both were just fantastic. And, I know once you start knitting her patterns you won't stop. I find them quite addicting. :-)

Megan said...

Hmmm...BFF socks you say? Sounds like you had a great time!

~RaenWa~ said...

Cookie A makes some of the most gorgeous socks I have ever seen. I want to eventually(when I am a better sock knitter) knit some of her sock patterns.

Glad to hear you had a great time in your class.

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the greenhorn knitter said...

I love your thoughts here. I too have grappled with this idea. I would love to be able to design my own patterns, and perhaps someday I will, but for now I am also perfectly fine with recreating the gorgeous designs people have already perfected. Here's to being a knitting "follower." Also, here's to the wonderful knitwear designers who give us great patterns to recreate! Great post!