My friend, Karen, and I took a knitting class this last Sunday at Lint in NW Portland. This class was a 3 hour follow up course taught by Laura Irwin. I didn’t think I would get much out of the class because the last time I took a knitting class, (at a different venue) I wasn’t thrilled with the instructor. Laura was amazing. She was straight forward, helpful, and very positive. I got so much from the class. I can’t wait to take another class from her. Check out her blog, Precious, and buy her hats.
I did have to splurge and buy this fancy Jolie yarn. It’s so soft and pretty. I started making a scarf with the yarn the same day as the class, but the yarn didn’t work well with the pattern I was trying. I will save it for a later project.
Lint is on 17th and Marshall in NW Portland. They also have a blog. The store filled with fun and fancy things. Lint prides itself on helping customers figure out patterns, calculating the amount of yarn needed for a patterns and answering questions even if they need to jump on the web to figure out the answer. They also color code their yarn according to weight. They have free patterns behind the counter that they will hand out if asked.
I was so inspired by the class that I rushed home and started knitting. This is one of their free patterns that Laura, my instructor, created. I had tried this with the Jolie yarn, but I got frustrated. So I switched to a friendlier yarn.
Although this picture doesn’t do it justice, the really cool thing about this pattern is they way the scarf rolls in on itself. It adds nice texture to it. This pattern is all based on increasing an decreasing stitches. I’m practicing what I learned.