Do you know about KnitStars ? Shelley Brander of Loops in Tulsa, Oklahoma has developed knitting classes from well-known designers in a video format that you can watch comfortably in your own home. Wherever actually, as it’s on video and you can watch the video’s anywhere. The newest KnitStars 2.0 starts next month in October.
This is Shelley Brander of Loops in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I love that poncho she is wearing. You can only get that yarn from her store in Tulsa or order online from her store. The pattern is Andromeda by Heather Nixon and you can find it on Ravelry. Funny, looking at the pattern on Ravelry, I would have passed. Looking at the pattern on Shelley, and I fell in love with it.
I enrolled in the first KnitStars 1.0 for around $200.00. It’s about the same for KnitStars 2.0. What I like about it so much, is the voyeur aspect of looking into other knitters/designers own homes and studios. It’s like sitting down with a friend and talking yarn. Each designer brings you into their yarn space and shows you their knitting place, yarn, projects, and they teach you something about knitting. Once you enroll, you have access to the video’s forever.
Have you been to a fiber festival? They have animals (sheep, angora rabbits, alpacas), yarn, fiber, yarn, accessories, yarn, miscellaneous stuff, and more yarn. They also have well known knitting designers teaching all kinds of different aspects involving fiber. Not to mention, beads and some jewelry making classes too. And spinning. I love them! It’s a great place to people watch and meet new friends. KnitStars brings this all to you in your own home, everything except the animals 🙂
Think about it. Going to Rhinebeck, NY to their Sheep and Wool Festival costs me several thousand dollars – airfair, accomodations, rental car, and that’s before I ever get to the festival. Stitches in Texas, still costs me gas money to drive back and forth to Texas, accomodatons, food, then the cost of admission. and classes.
KnitStars, for only around $200, brings all of this to you without leaving your home. They have special patterns, special yarns, special dye lots of special yarns, all for the KnitStars enrollees. Shelley travels all over the world to bring this one of a kind event to you. I believe it’s well worth the cost!
Go to Knitstars.com to see the available free videos and patterns while they are still available. It’s worth investigating for sure! Here is a list of the teacher/designers from the first KnitStars. (You can also still purchase this event).
Hannah made me feel good about my stash.
Stephen West! What a fun ball of light and sunshine. I could watch him all day! I want him as my new best friend!
Amy was new to me. She taught me how to do appropriate gauge for bulky knitting. Light bulb moment here for me. Thank you Amy!
Color, color, color. I’ve used a lot of Koigu for my BeeKeeper’s Quilt that I’m working on. Learn how all that gorgeous color is made along with ideas on choosing color combinations.
Meghan reminds me of my D-I-L, Lauren, who is also from Austin. I enjoyed meeting Meghan too. I loved the ambiance of Austin, Texas. She talks about knitting in a hot climate and appropriate yarn choices.
I’m a little late to the party with meeting Romi Hill. She seems like the calm tranquil type. No wonder her shawls are so gorgeous! Go to Ravelry and look up some of her designs. She makes amazing shawls.
Julie is behind Coco Knits. She is a designer, but she also invents these interesting accessories/tools for knitting. She reminds me of my mother, actually. I bet they have similar personalities.
There are a few more knit stars. They were all great and I watched every video. You can also participate with a live Q & A session. I loved watching from my own comfortable recliner. Go watch the free videos at knitstars.com