Pegboard DIY (and a Class in Production!)

My next online class is in production, and I needed to film it against a background that was, well, that was not the lumpy 100-year-old wall of my tiny studio.

Pegboard to the rescue! Though it started out white, I wanted to give it a good coat of paint. So I lightly sanded the white surface, and dug up a leftover can of ceiling paint. Ceiling paint is great for filming against, because it’s about as matte as matte paint gets. Plus, it covers great and dries quickly!

Two coats later and it was ready to go.

Super quick pegboard DIY – http://www.kimwerker.com/blog

Can you guess the topic of class? It’s on carving stamps for the very first time!

If you’ve wanted to learn how to make your own stamps – of anything at all, that you can use over and over again in all kinds of projects – and you want to learn and play in your own space at your own pace, sign up to be the first to hear when the class launches!

YES! TELL ME AS SOON AS THE STAMP CLASS IS READY!

Onward!

Pre-Order My Beginner Crochet Class on DVD!

Over the last three years, I’ve taught over 25,000 people how to crochet through my online class over at Craftsy. Over 25,000! It boggles my mind, to be honest.

That class streams online through the Craftsy website, and though I stream pretty much everything these days – from craft classes to television to radio – I know lots and lots of people still prefer physical goods.

Which is why I’m excited that my class is amongst the first that Craftsy is offering as a DVD. And also? It means I can now offer signed copies of the class! Which may not sound all that exciting, but when it comes to giving gifts to people you love, I think a signed object is pretty special. Especially one that will teach them a new craft they’re sure to love. Just saying.

So if you love DVDs or you love people who want to learn how to crochet at their own pace, on their own TV or computer at home, now’s the time to order them a personalized signed DVD class!

Pre-order a DVD now!

Pre-orders will be accepted through June 1st. Note that the class price is listed in Canadian dollars (so a super bargain for you Americans), and that DVDs will ship in mid-July.

(And hey, do you think I should sign the cellophane wrapping around the DVD case, or remove the wrapping to sign the actual case? The actual case, right?)

Get a signed DVD of my class, Crochet: Basics & Beyond!

$20 Online Classes at Craftsy this Weekend!

 

Craftsy classes are just $20 this weekend, which is a pretty incredible deal. Every class involves hours of video instruction, downloads, and teachers who answer your questions. (My crochet classes are included in the sale, of course!)

The sale ends Sunday, so now’s a great chance to stock up for the chilly months!

 

Time for a New Ripple Blanket

Beginnings of a crocheted ripple blanket.

If you read my Weekly Digest, you know I returned from my Craftsy shoot last weekend sick. Sick as a dog. Sick like we usually only get sick when we're kids. Antibiotics sick.

​So it seemed like as good a time as any to gather together all the larger bits of scrap yarn and odd balls I've had hanging around, and start a new ripple blanket.

I made my first ripple blanket back in 2007, over several months that happened also to involve an ectopic pregnancy, eventual surgery, and health-related calamities from a variety of other family members.​ That ripple blanket was like my therapy. That and several seasons of binge-watched Buffy.

This new ripple started with strep throat, but I'm hoping the rest of the blanket will be made in relatively good, healthy times.​

I'm using a variety of worsted weight yarns, a 5.5mm hook, ​and the same pattern I teach in my Next Steps in Crochet class (there are seven double crochets between increases and decreases, if you're into knowing those kinds of details). I'm making the blanket roughly twin size, thinking my son might use it on his bed, and it'll be good for sleepovers and camping trips.

The only thing is, I'm not entirely convinced I have enough yarn to finish it. Only time will tell...​

Here's the project on Ravelry. Follow along!

Beginnings of a crocheted ripple blanket.

Enter to Win My New Crochet Class When It Launches!

Enter to win my new online class, Crochet in the Round: Basics & Beyond! At http://kimwerker.com/blog

The night I was asked to pitch a new crochet class to Craftsy, I literally dreamed it up an idea. When I woke up the next morning, the whole class was sitting there, fully formed inside my brain. I filmed the class two weeks ago, and soon it will launch. Click right here to enter to win the class!

Crochet in the Round: Basics & Beyond is a study of making circles in crochet. Which means it’s kind of a geometry lesson (we’ll totally talk about pi), and it’s entirely fun. It’s super crochet-nerdy, too. Like, you know how when you’re taught to crochet a circle, what you really end up making is some kind of straight-sided shape like a hexagon or octagon? We’ll explore that in class. And I’ll also teach you how to make a totally perfect circle, no straight edges or corners to be found.

I designed five projects for this class, all involving circles. (If you’ve followed my crochet work for a long time, you may know I usually do not enjoy designing at all. Not one bit. I’ve always preferred to work with designers rather than to be one, myself. But this class involved solving problems, and, as it turns out, solving problems is the key to my design mojo. I loved designing the projects for this class.)

Not only will you get all five patterns with your class registration, I’ll also teach you how to make them. There’s a basic hat (which, with a bit of imagination, could be made into a million different hats), a beret, a mandala, a floor pouf and a pillow.

We’ll explore finding a good rhythm when working round after round of increases, what to do if your circle starts to warp or ruffle, and what to consider when you crochet projects that will be stuffed.

As with all Craftsy classes, you’ll be able to slow down any parts of the video you want to see in more detail, you’ll be able to put sections onto a 30-second repeat so you can easily watch them again and again till you get it, and I’ll check in regularly to answer any questions you have as you go.

Click right here to enter to win the class when it launches in a few weeks!

Enter to win my new online class, Crochet in the Round: Basics & Beyond!

Win $1000 for Your Favourite Craft Charity!

Win $1,000 for your favourite craft-focused charity!

As you may know, March is National Craft Month.

As you may also know, one of the major parts of the work I do is as a crochet instructor at Craftsy. Crochet is the craft that got me onto this path toward camp-counseloring-for-grownups, and I love that Craftsy enables me to teach students from all over the world whom I’d never have a chance to encounter without the magic of their platform.

(And to be perfectly frank, my income from Craftsy allows me to do nutty spontaneous things like launch the Maker Concierge on a total whim. So I love it even more!)

This month, for National Craft Month, Craftsy is doing a very cool thing. They’re going to make a $1,000 donation to a craft-focused charity of one lucky student’s choice.

Every person who purchases a Craftsy class between now and March 13th will be entered into the draw to choose the charity.

If you’re new to the whole concept of online craft classes, here’s why I think they’re awesome (and not just as a teacher, but also as someone who loves taking online classes):

  • You get hours of high-quality video instruction you can watch at your own pace, repeat as needed, and refer back to whenever you want.
  • Yes, I most certainly mean you can work through them in your pajamas, on your comfy couch, at any time of day or night.
  • And yes, you have access to the class forever (on some platforms – Craftsy included).
  • At least on Craftsy (not all platforms include this), you also get access to the instructor – you can ask questions anytime, and the teacher will answer you. (This is the part I truly love, because though the videos are awesome, it can still be very hard to know what’s going wrong when you’re stuck on a certain technique and are pulling your hair out.)
  • Downloadable class materials complement the video instruction. In my Craftsy classes, for example, downloads include stitch patterns, diagrams, and reference materials.
  • There’s just a massive variety of classes available. Like, there’s one on the science of bread-making that I just discovered, and I think it might change my life. And there’s one on how to make a t-shirt quilt, and one on how to knit faster, and one on taking great photos with your phonecam.

Perhaps most importantly, online classes enable us to learn pretty much anything we want, even if those things aren’t taught in our own local communities or our schedules don’t allow us to easily attend in-person classes.

As someone whose major schpiel in life is encouraging people to try new creative things, online classes are like magic.

Which is all to say that if you’ve been wanting to learn some new things, signing up for a Craftsy class by March 13th would be a good time to do it, since you’ll get a chance to decide where that $1,000 donation will go. That’s a pretty cool reason to dive in right away, eh?

PS Links to Craftsy classes are affiliate links, and they all include a discounted registration just for you.

PPS I wrote about this in my last newsletter. I don’t usually duplicate newsletters here on the blog, but I want as many people as possible to hear about this event, so here we are. And you should totally get my newsletter. Just sayin’.