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The KNIT Lessons
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This is my new studio in the attic of the Louvre. Cool, eh?!
I’ve always dreamed of working in a light-drenched space with soaring ceilings…
OK, it’s not really my studio – yet – maybe one day… but I did spend an amazing weekend of brainstorming & planning for The KNIT Lessons in Paris. Want to come see where I worked, what inspired me & how I created this totally unique course? Allons-y…
I actually did a lot of work here, in a tiny apartment just south of the Opera on the
Right Bank. My Mother visited us a while ago. When it was time for her to leave, she was incredibly generous & gave me a real treat – she rented this apartment for me,
just for a weekend, so I could work on this course(& I assure you, I worked – a lot!)
It was quite decadent (but not totally, we took the commuter train in at 6 AM
– we were the only ones awake & since I know the owner we got a great last-minute deal). It is in a building where Benjamin Franklin used to hold a Salon in the 18th century when he was Ambassador to France.
The best part ? The scent of the jasmine in the courtyard each evening!
So what did I do, exactly? Well, I gathered a lot of images that appealed to me – I’m a
totally visual type so I usually start planning this way. I look for colours, shapes &
themes that catch my eye. My collection of antique journals always inspire me
as do my art books & postcards, which I gather in my travels.
Just look at those colours!!
Of course, one must get out & see the sites whilst in Paris.
I’ve always loved French art & was thrilled to hear that this exhibition was on –
I was totally set to spend my Sunday wandering around the Petit Palais
until I discovered that I’d have to wait almost 3 HOURS just to get in.
Well, despite my love of some good Art Nouveau swirls & chorus girls
swishing their skirts- I wasn’t about to stand in a line that long.
Carl Larsson was a Swedish artist who made his name mostly in France. He’s known best for his marvelous watercolours of country life – one filled with children & laughter.
I enjoyed every minute of the exhibition & didn’t regret not going to the block buster upstairs at all.
And I did get to see some marvelous swirls & curves after all!
Inspiration plays a huge part in the creation of my courses but so does
brainstorming – putting the pen to the paper. I did a lot of it in a place
that you might be very familiar with –
Yes, this is the entrance to a Starbucks.
“Starbucks”, you say!?
“Seriously, when there are all of those fabulous French cafés
on every corner?”
Well, hold on just a minute – this wasn’t just ANY Starbucks.
It was like the Versailles of Starbucks – yes, this is a picture I took
while sipping my CHAI! Mirrors, columns, chandeliers & frescoes –
At first, it was definitely hard to concentrate but somehow, I managed
to settle into my giant, leather comfy chair & get down to work.
After sorting through my notes & sketches, I drew this mindmap to get
all of my ideas happily in one place & see how all of the course parts could
fit together. (CLICK to enlarge it if you want to see the “big” picture!)
My steps to creating a NEW course:
- decide on a general topic (obviously, this time it’s KNITTING!)
- make a big stack of related books (creativity, knitting, Waldorf handwork)
- sort through my notes & photocopies (I’ve been gathering these for years!)
- think about how I want to spend the summer (knitting, researching, writing)
(not necessarily in that order…!)
- write a giant list of everything that would make the course fun & memorable
- focus on the key ideas – it’s always better to go deep & keep it easy
- consider ways to make the course interactive (exercises, projects & videos)
- add one new element that I’ve always wanted to explore
(this time it’s a collaboration with Becca from Cedar Ring Circle – see below)
- gather my tools, yarn, pencils & paper – swatch, sketch, measure – repeat
- tell YOU all about it !!
So, what did I come up with?
This is the course that I’ve imagined for years, long before the possibility of presenting it online even existed.
One that will allow you to learn at your own pace & take in what you need to know.
If you’ve never knit a stitch, you’ll enjoy the step-by-step videos. Maybe you’re a bit further along your knitting “journey” & are ready to learn how to break down the skills into smaller segments to make them easier to teach to your children. As a more experienced knitter, you’ll find the creative exercises, mini history tidbits & design lessons take your appreciation of this fibre art to a whole new level.
Video lessons, printable design sheets, checklists, project patterns, creative prompts – it’s all here…!!
(Have questions? Keep reading!)
Customization is the name of this game…
Remember how I told you about my collaboration with Becca from Cedar Ring Mama?
Isn’t this the most delicious collection of knitting delights you’ve ever seen ?!
Becca & I worked together to create an All-In-One Kit that includes everything you need to complete all the exercises & projects during The KNIT Lessons. She has carefully gathered up all of the goodies on my wish list & even wound up smaller balls of some colours – so that you’ll have JUST enough.
** The Kits are absolutely optional – but they will really save you a lot of time & money.
This spring, come on over to Handwork Homeschool &
let’s knit up a story together – it’s going to be lots of fun!!!
P.S. By the way this is my REAL studio – the only things I’m missing are a
big glass pyramid in the front yard & a few statues!