04 April 2012

Learn to knit lace … online

When I first thought about knitting lace, I was terrified – it’s hard, isn’t it? All those holes, all that careful pattern reading … probably way harder than anything I could manage. A fellow knitter encouraged me to just try it, and so I did.

And it worked. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

However, I am a self-directed learner. I like to just try things and see what happens, and for people like me, the internet is full of useful information to help get you started: videos on YouTube, articles on various websites, helpful people on the forums on Ravelry and Homesteading Today. Everything you need to know is out there … if you can find it and are willing to do some experimentation.

Thea again, not everyone learns the way I do, and not everyone is comfortable surfing the haystack that is the web to find the specific needle of information they need. Some people are really quite unprepared to just try something out without having a coach there to guide them through the various steps. And you know what? That’s okay.

Because you see, I can do that coaching thing. Even without having to travel to your house to do it, or meeting you at some central location, or being on a webcast at the same time of day. I’d love to help you get started with lace knitting, because lace knitting is awesome. And thanks to the miracle of the internet, I can be in your living room in the middle of the night, if you like, helping you with your knitting.

Online learning is cool. The Boy does all of his schooling online, and the Reluctant Farmer has been taking a lot of courses that way as well. I used to write courseware for teaching computer classes, and I like knitting way better than I like software, so I figured … why not make a course to help people who want to learn, but who aren’t going to travel to a class somewhere and aren’t ready to just figure it all out on their own?

So I did. Today, the first online classroom for Demystifying Lace Knitting: the basics by Fibre with Frazzlehead went live.

Care to find out more? Check it out here.

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