Today is the first day of school for Little C.  I cannot believe she is in all day kindergarten, time has certainly flown by!  In honor of my daughter returning to school (yes, she expects a party for her tonight), I wanted to talk about trying new things and taking classes.

Did any of you take advantage of Craftsy Free Class Day?  For those of you not aware, Craftsy offered free streaming of ALL their classes yesterday.  First, before I go any further, I want to let you know that I am not affiliated with Craftsy in any way.  Therefore, these opinions are my own, although if Craftsy wants more crocheters, please contact me!  Now that the business is taken care of, can I tell you how excited I was on Monday morning?  I woke up at 7 and started streaming from bed (it was a holiday after all).  Overall I took a look at four crochet classes during the day, before life and family took over.

My first class was Curvy Crochet with Marly Bird.  I spent the most time on this session, and I even followed her way of creating my own dress form!  Here I am all Duck Taped up!

This class will be revisited, once I get through my other paid classes.  She offered some cute patterns, and I’d like to go through her lessons a little more thoroughly.

My second class was a Tunisian Crochet class with Jennifer Hansen.  I love the look of Tunisian crochet and want to explore it more.  It looked like this class offered many stitches in this style, plus a versatile pattern, and some unique cording tips.  Again, this will be on my wishlist for another day.

My third class was Crochet Toolkit: Designer Tips and Tricks with Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby.  To be honest, I did not give this class a fair shake.  I was doing dishes, my husband was mowing the lawn outside the kitchen window, and I couldn’t hear most of what he was saying.   Has anyone taken this class?

My last class looked really interesting, the little bit I saw.  It was a Fair Isle Crochet class with Karen Whooley.  I find tapestry and now Fair Isle beautiful, and it is so nice that the crochet world can create gorgeous fabrics like these, just like the knitters do!  I definitely want to revisit this class too.

The current Craftsy class I am taking is Classic Crochet Openwork with Jennifer Hansen.  I am following it lesson by lesson, which is slow because I have so many orders still to work on, but it has been fun so far.  I love lace, and if you love lace too, this may be a good class for you!  Check out my first sample of the trellis stitch and variations (I wish I had blocked it for this photo).

Have you ever taken a Craftsy crochet or other class?  Any recommendations?  Are there any other online courses that you have taken that you like?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!  Happy Crocheting!

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