Thursday, July 23, 2015

Absolutely FREE Crochet classes, especially for Beginners like ME.

I suppose this could be a funny story for some, I am a person who loves to support our local yarn shops. I had called around and settled for a class out of town and scheduled a private class. I was asked   what I wanted to learn.? I shared my main goal was  to learn the magic Circle and Understanding Crochet Stitches and was told it would be $20.00 an Hour class. Cool!

( something weird is happening to this post..it keeps wanted to change to Russian?) anyway I tried to fix it 3 x now) if it sounds a bit odd in the first paragraph, just keep reading lol)




I got there at the exact time after going around the block 3 x to find a parking spot ... I put money in a metre only to find it did not work, lost $ 4.00 there ... so I drove around again, I found another metre and put another $ 4.00 in it and voila it worked .... So I walk up a block to the quaint shop, it was the size of my kitchen, they were there to greet me, that was nice ...


 We got right into my private crochet class. She WAS nice and sweet and we Started with A GRANNY SQUARE .... I Already Knew how to do That, But I Went Along Just Thinking she wanted to cover the Basics ... OK ... PASSED by the Hour Quickly to only Find out That is All she Taught me. .. One Granny Square using My own Wool and When I Went to Pay the cost WAS $ 30.00 Because Apparently the time I Entered the store till the moment I left the cost Went up an Extra $ 10.00 . Ok, I paid, left with my single granny square using my own wool and drove an hour home, cost of gas of there and back approx $ 10.00 .... So my little adventure in learning crochet and supporting a local yarn shop to be I taught something I already had learned for FREE on YOU tube cost me $ 48.00 for one granny square ...


(Observation ... when the teacher has to ask for help on a granny square .... mmmmm) and by the way I am not a FAN of granny squares..lol

HOWEVER, there is some GREAT NEWS to share about FREEEEEEEEE classes ...

1. you can watch them over and over
2. you can stop anytime for a Powder room break
3. you can stay home and watch them
4. THEY ARE FREE ...

Here are my favourites so far ...! ALLLLL FREE crochet Classes! 


A simple crochet flower for beginners. (She is a treat)

Great to teach the simplicities of just plain crochet for Beginners .. (that is me)

Beginner Friendly baby blanket

I love that she tells you right off what you will need ... POPCORN flower

A granny square made easy, this is what I learned before my class ... (thought this lady was excellent)

and yes the Magic Circle one of you shared ... thank you!


So last evening after returning from our lecture on Food Flavourings ... (more on that tomorrow)
I gathered by yarn and started crochet ... I started off with a few rows of just simple crochet and then got bored ... So I started playing and ended up with this pattern that looked to me like GINGHAM ... lol I have no idea what it is called, as I was just crochet without a pattern, just PLAYING ...

I like it so much, I think I would like to make a READING shawl using this pattern ...
But first I need more lessons ... I am not giving up ... I have already scheduled another class in a few weeks with a lovely Lady named Susan, who is a PRO ... I think I need a PRO, again to teach me what the stitches mean and what I did here .... wink ...

Does anyone know what this top half is called ????? Did I already design a stitch? .... Hardly think so .... wink ..


Not all was lost in my day yesterday, as we were driving home from our Lecture .... this beautiful summer cloud was playing peekaboo with the sun ....

It just made my heart still for a second ... There really is so much beauty around us ... So much for us to really appreciate and never take for granted ...... Sure I get disappointed, but here is what I have learned .... How can we ever appreciate all the GOOD in the world if we do not sometimes get the UGLY .... WE would never know the difference, would we ....?

Deal with it, mourn it and get over it? that is my motto ..

Now where is my crochet hook and wool ....?


LIKE crochet!!!




YOU Matter ..



38 comments:

  1. Hi Samm sounds great hope you enjoy I keep posting on your comments but none of mine seem to be coming through have a great day

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    1. they are showing up Cheryl...you are a no reply blogger..so I cannot answer, which is why I now answer here....it makes it easier than spending time letting everyone know they are no reply lol

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  2. That was quite an adventure. Your crocheting looks like it is coming along with the help of your other sources. Good job.

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    1. always an adventure, makes life exciting to say the least lol

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  3. It is very frustrating to feel like you have wasted your money. These days you can learn so much online, and it seems that you are learning a great deal...you are already beyond beginner class! Now if you can just get them to tell you what you want to know. I am so envious of your nice loose stitches, they really are looking very uniform. If that is "playing" around, I am so excited to see what you do when you get serious. Your determination is inspiring. Your sky picture is beautiful by the way. xx

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    1. well it happens at least to me it does lol. heck , I got a story out of it...and I am so determined, I will get this...I like playing around...my muscle memory surprises me...I just don't know what I am doing yet lol

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  4. I can see you are beyond a beginner's class 😉. I do have some hints on the edge stitches and on tension. (Which is always profected with practice). Looking forward to meeting and teaching you whatever you want to learn. Please bring this sample peace and a list of questions and some patterns so we can go over them. See you soon!

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    1. Ohhh you are just too sweet Susan, I look forward to your expert advise, really I dot...and yes my edges, have not idea what to with that yet lol...and yes I will bring it...I am going to frame all my first attempts..now think about it....would it not be a great thing for many to do to see where you have come from lol

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  5. Samm you always amaze me - your eagerness to learn something new, your delight in the world around you, your ability to find humor in all things. These are things we should all try to emulate! blessings, marlene

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    1. HI Marlene....well I do find humor it is that or cry....and I have cried way too many tears about silly mistakes...lol

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  6. You have a great attitude. Have fun with your next class.

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    1. I do try Jacqueline...mind you I have made many richer by my foolishness...

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  7. I agree with Marlene wholeheartedly! You are like a sponge, soaking up everything you can. I so admire that in you. Ohhhh, and I'm totally a YouTube addict. I truly believe we could learn how to do brain surgery on there if we looked hard enough. :) I have no doubt you will have this crochet thing mastered in no time at all! xoxo

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    1. I try and yes I am loving you tube...and it is FREE did I tell you FREE lol So crochet I will get this...

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  8. Looking forward to seeing what you stitch up next :)

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    1. I bet you crochet....nice to see you Kris....

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  9. Your crochet is looking good! Samm I have to say I find such an inspiration. Last night I was pulling out all my yarn and making decisions on what afghan I wanted to make. I have been wanting to get back to the basics. Crochet is part of that. I'm just a little slow. As I was crocheting I'd forgotten how much I loved it. I look forward to seeing your progress. You always make such pretty things out of what ever your doing.

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    1. Hello Theresa, ahh that is so nice to hear...even though I am no where near where I would like to be it was others who inspired me to keep going...so let;s just all inspire one another and watch more you tubes wink.

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  10. Aaah, I have "supported" some local shops in much the same manner. ;) Judging by your playing, when you stop playing, you will be a crochet force to be reckoned with. I am so glad you have found someone to teach you what you want to know. BTW, My mother in law taught me to crochet a granny square almost 30 years ago and I learned the rest myself. No You Tube back then!!!

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    1. Aren't we just lovely people for doing that? lol I do love playing..tonight I am going to work on a full fledged shawl...not sure about the sides of it but I will figure out..wink..I could always ask some of my friends..surely they will support me lol..

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  11. Yep, sometimes you have to laugh! Life is too short. Looking forward to the flavouring lecture recap. One of the people in the sugar film talked about the balance between sugar and salt and taste and finding the consumers 'bliss point'.
    Karen

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    1. welllll Karen, that day is so behind me now...lol and yes I have to work on that post, but it will be more what I got out of his book...there is so much eye openers...or shall I say jaw droppers..stay tuned lol...

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  12. Wow! I hope your future classes are less expensive! You tube is great and I am sure you will be on your way in no time at all.

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    1. ME TOO MARY, seems I am destined to help local shops ONCE....lol and you tube has been certainly a source of inspiration ..

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  13. It was interesting to read your post regarding the class. I have taken a class two times at a local quilt/craft shop and it was a bad experience both times. I was required to purchase supplies from the shop which made two very expensive mistakes. Another time my daughter wanted to learn to knit so I signed us both up at a local shop. I can knit and purl, but thought it would be a good way to bond. Well, the instructor was not that good, I learned nothing and my daughter, well, she'll never get the concept. Lessons learned. Now, give me U-Tube.
    xx, Carol

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    1. Ohhh Carol you are preaching to the choir....I cannot even tell you how many times I have gone to classes with enormous demands of what we can and cannot do, have to buy everything from them, pay for the class, pay for the pattern and for the life of me, I never learned one thing I could have picked up from a book or YOU tube lol. But I am not quitting yet...I still have some classes in the near future...surely I will get someone who will teach me something lol..

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  14. As a textiles teacher of 20 years what you have described here really annoys me! I have recently started classes aftrer years of being urged to do so but declined. I charge £20.00 for 4 hours! I have some free materials as well as some you can purchase if you wish but I encourage people to bring whatever they have or recycle. I have 20 years experience which has been hard earned yet many people think that they can just "show" someone how to do something. I have 6 people who want to learn how to crochet and three want to start with Granny Squares and three do not so it will be tailor made to both sets and will be in two different groups and £12.00 plus materials. Value for money is very important and you should have come away with more than that and it is gives craft classes a really bad name and something as simple as some wool or even a nice crochet hook would not have broken her bank. I ran a bunting class this wednesday and there were 6 people and any teacher worth their salt should be able to adjust what they had planned to suit who has arrived. If you already knew the granny Square she should have had the next step ready just in case to move you onto the next stage. Or better still discuss the lesson content when you booked. Sorry to say that some people are in it for the money because it is popular to learn arts and crafts and they do not see the fundamental ethos of teaching. Thank God they are not in a school!!
    I will now get off my soap box, please do not give up on learning through classes as there are many good ones, word of mouth (which is what I prefer) is perhaps the way to go.
    Best of luck.
    x

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    1. Ahhh Sweet lady, well I am going to go to another class...I will not give up as I am not really a quitter...lol. I wish you were closer, I WOULD COME.....you come on your soap box anytime, I will be here cheering you on...

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  15. You know YouTube is great in learning anything. I have taken up learning how to knitt and the first thing I want to knitt was socks. After failing that goal, I start with learn diffrent knitt stiches, which help me work on swaches that will become a sample throw. I also have a book on chrocheing that helps to teach you how to read patterns, but I tell you YouTube is great if you are a visual person. Keep up the good work.

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    1. now that inspires me so.....yes I think I shall follow your lead....yes sweet lady...you tube is a good choice

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  16. My great grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was very young. I felt so empowered! I am not great at it, but all three of my sons have stacks of afghans that I crocheted on long (17 hour each way) car trips we took twice a year between our home and our family's. I have no doubt you will be an expert in just weeks.

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    1. 17 hours...yes you would have to do something....afghans,, may need help there what to choose to make lol

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  17. Thank you for the links! And the pep talk. :)

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  18. I learned to crochet from books. Thank heavens we now have the internet and you tube. It makes teaching my leftie granddaughter so much easier. Craftsy has a great crochet class with the Crochet Dude that is free too.

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  19. I watch the YouTube videos by The Crochet Crowd. Mikey is very thorough and I've learned (and relearned!) a lot. Right now I'm learning Tunisian Crochet. Also loving my knitting classes from Craftsy. Learning new ways to create is enjoyable...great additions to my quilting addiction!

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  20. I quite like this quote. I also admire your can-do attitude and the fact that you don't give up. Thank you for these Freeeeee links for crochet. My Grandma taught me and I am so grateful. She was left-handed and I am right-handed so she had me sit across from her to learn....like looking in a mirror. She was very smart and capable too!!! Creative Crochet Bliss...

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