I arrived home at 7:30am yesterdayÂ onÂ aÂ red-eye flight afterÂ my college roommate’s wedding in Honolulu. (Hawaii, I have fallen in love with you. FYI.)
And though I tried hard to tell you that my shiny new Craftsy beginner crochet class went live at 9:30am, I ended up nodding off in front of my computer and had to finally admit to myself that I should stop trying and instead sleep for four hours. Which I did, and then I woke up with the kind of killer headache only jet lag after a red-eye can concoct in a mad conspiracy to try to make you not love Hawaii anymore but it didn’t work because Hawaii is very loveable.
So here I am the next day â€“ my birthday, so this post especially shiny today â€“ to tell you all about it.
As you may know, I went to Denver in April to film this class. I got to design the class myself, which means I got to say what I wanted to say (which is not always a given in a crafts-video situation) and include things other people might not consider to be usual topics for a beginner crochet class, like how to read patterns and symbol diagrams.
The fabulous amazing thing about online teaching is that I can coverÂ so much in under four hours. In a three-hour crochet workshop, I can send students home knowing how to make the basic stitches, sure. But inÂ this class, which allows you to do lessons whenever you want and spend as much time as you want on any particular skill, I had the goal of preparing students to finish it having gained enough confidence to go out and try their hand at following a pattern to make whatever they want. I’ll be forever in Craftsy’s debt for giving me that opportunity!
The kicker, though, the kicker is that Craftsy also has a simple, robust platform for class participation, so it’s not just that I got to deliver my ideal version of a beginner crochet class, I also get to interact with students and students get to interact with me. Students’ questions are public, so other students can learn from their questions and my and other students’ answers, and everyone can share photos of their work, whether to show a problematic row or a success.
I know you may already know how toÂ crochet, so this class may not be for you (but maybe this class is for you). But maybe it’s for some (or, like, several dozen) people you know. If it is (of course it is!), please send them to this post! And if you don’t already crochet, well, please use these links for yourself! You deserve it. And you’ll learn something. And we can chat.
If you have any questions about the class or about Craftsy, don’t be shy!
Here are a few more pics from filming: