Tunisian Crochet class at Lion Brand Studio; upcoming events

Yesterday I was in New York City. There was a slightly odd feeling in the city; a bomb had exploded the night before, just eight blocks from the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. There was a large police presence. Sixth Ave. was closed off starting at 14th St. I had to detour a bit to come back on 15th St. the right direction, but it wasn't a big problem. Parking restrictions are not in effect on Sunday and I was fortunate to get a spot right out front. 

 That's one big ball of yarn!

That's one big ball of yarn!

I was pleased that all of the students who signed up for the class made it, too. 

It was cool to see this chalkboard set up outside:

 Honored to be mentioned with Dora Ohrenstein!

Honored to be mentioned with Dora Ohrenstein!

One reason I love to teach at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio is that they have a dedicated classroom upstairs. It's nice not to be in the midst of the shop floor. Thanks to Gretchen, the Education Director, for inviting me to teach at LBYS.

The "Introduction to Tunisian Crochet" class went great! I love to see folks get excited about the technique. Reminds me of when I first learned Tunisian simple stitch from a book. I couldn't get over it! It created such interesting fabric and was so much fun to do. I had brought samples of Tunisian garments for them to ooh and ah over. We went through the basic stitches (Tunisian simple, knit, purl, and full stitch), and we talked about how to tame the curl, how to work the final row to make things look neat, and how to read Tunisian crochet symbol charts. 

Some of the students are interested in continuing their Tunisian crochet education with more advanced techniques. Maybe we can arrange a follow-up class to work on Tunisian lace, other stitch patterns, shaping, and working in the round.

We were all so busy concentrating on the class that I totally forgot to ask someone to take a picture of me in action! You'll have to use your imagination. I always spend a lot of time walking around the table to check on the students' progress and help them with any problems. 

Downstairs in the shop, the staff and the selection are top-notch. 

 The picture doesn't do justice to the yarn display.

The picture doesn't do justice to the yarn display.

And it was nice to see my classes and book-signing listed on the bulletin board.

 There's the Crochet Cowls book and a note about the Firelight Turtleneck master class.

There's the Crochet Cowls book and a note about the Firelight Turtleneck master class.

Which brings me to some upcoming events at the Studio and elsewhere:

Wednesday, October 19th, 6:45-8 p.m., Crochet Cowls book-signing and fashion show at the West Chester Public Library, 415 N . Church St., West Chester, PA. Phone 610-696-1721. Register here. Free.

Thursday, October 27th, 6:30-8 p.m., Crochet Cowls official book launch/signing and fashion show at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, 34 W. 15th St., New York, NY. Phone 212-243-9070. Register here. (All yarn purchased that evening is 20% off with the substitution sheets included with books purchased at the Studio.) Free.

Friday, October 28th, noon-1:30 p.m., Firelight Turtleneck Master Class, Lion Brand Yarn Studio, 34 W. 15th St., New York, NY. Phone 212-243-9070. Register here. Cost: $45 plus materials.

 Firelight Turtleneck. (Photo: Shanken Photography Inc.)

Firelight Turtleneck. (Photo: Shanken Photography Inc.)

I hope to see you at some of these events! It's always nice to connect with other crocheters.