It's time for the perfect last minute gift!

OK, people, it's 9 days till Christmas. This is NOT a drill! If you haven't started knitting something yet, please do yourself a favor and just BUY that gift! Knit what you were going to knit and start it now for next year. 

Or...you can always give the gift of knitting by way of lessons with yours truly! Is your recipient not local to the Charleston area? No problem! We can Skype that lesson! (Isn't technology grand?)

Gift Certificates for knitting lessons come in any amount and will be email to you via pdf upon receipt of your payment. 

Price list for typical classes: 

  • $25/two hour regular class
  • $30/two hour special class
  • $55/two hour private lesson (this includes Beginning Knitting instruction)

Remember: All classes I offer include free follow-up. My goal is to create knitters! 

Email me today at knitoasis@gmail.com and you'll have this gift wrapped up in no time!

Happy Holidays from KnitOasis!

Happy Holidays from KnitOasis!

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Fixing Mistakes Class: Behind the Madness

One of the most frequent requests I receive is from frustrated knitters who just don't know HOW they made the mistakes they have and HOW they are supposed to fix them.  The corollary question is WHEN will I finally arrive, and be that knitter who doesn't make mistakes??

I happily answer these queries because I get it. I was once that knitter who mucked up her stitches almost every time she worked on a project, no matter who simple. I was also once that knitter who thought that ONE day she would never make another mistake. I always tell them I have good news and bad news. The good news is that yes, we can figure out how you made the mistake and learn how to fix it. The bad news is you won't arrive. Well, ok, you MIGHT arrive, but I don't know anyone, no matter their length of time knitting, who doesn't make a mistake now and then. And are you ready for honesty? That includes me.

I really do knit with my tail, drop stitches and the last time I cast on a Coosaw Cowl (the long one) I twisted when joining in the round. Twice. TWICE!

So, good people of Knitland, join me the next time I offer a Fixing Mistakes Class. We will cover the most common mistakes, practice fixing them and even learn a thing or two about how to read your knitting. Or listen to it when it screams at you, "Hey wait! You picked it up backwards and are working in the wrong direction! There's gonna be a HOLE!"

I will have spent, in preparation for the class, many hours learning from my own screw-ups (some of which have epic, embarrassing proportions, like the simple 2-line pattern lace shrug that never ever came out the same number of stitches at the end of the row!) and much effort creating mistakes just for you to work on in class.  Fixing Mistakes is one of the few classes to which you need to bring nothing other than a willingness to learn. You can, of course, bring a project with a mistake for us to remedy, but it isn't required.

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Summer Knitting: Drop Stitch Garter 2

Everyone loves this technique. I can't take credit for it--it's just a way of knitting an easy bit of lace into whatever garter stitch your making--but everyone who tries it with this pattern loves it. 

I wrote this down years ago. In fact, it might be the first one I wrote down and distributed because I couldn't find one already written and my students wanted it. This adds a sense of nostalgia which I only increased by using a very avocado green cotton yarn to knit a new one for my kitchen. 

This version of my Drop Stitch Garter dishcloth uses a larger needle size and smaller cast on and I'm very happy with the way it turned out. Try it and let me know if you love it, too. Find the pattern here on Ravelry.

Oh, and this pic from my custom-made (by my awesome daughter) apron is what I use as color inspiration for my kitchen. The walls are a very pale blue and I have some red accent pieces. I love it!

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Summer Knitting: Framed Nine-Patch

It's hot here in the Summer.

I know, that sounds obvious. And no, it's not as hot as it is out in Phoenix where my aunt and uncle live and it's supposed to be 120 degrees next week. But it gets pretty sticky here in Charleston when 88 is both the temperature AND the humidity. 

The thing about Summer is that you just have to adjust things somewhat during those months. Take your walks early in the day before the sun gets hot. Drink gallons of iced tea. Keep the ceiling fans going 24/7. Knit with less wool and more cotton.

Summer is a good time to re-tool, reboot and review, too. 

If you're looking for a way to keep cool and keep knitting, I am retooling and rebooting a few of my dishcloth patterns for Summer. They are versatile (made out of cotton: dishcloth or washcloth; made out of wool or acrylic: afghan blocks; made longer: scarves), the patterns are free and it's what I'm knitting this Summer (in addition to the ever-present sock project and some Brioche for classes I'm teaching, but that's another blog post). 

First up: The Framed Nine-Patch

What's new: smaller needle size for a tidier knit, a larger cast-on to give you more of a square finished shape.

What I love: Quilts and the fact that this looks just enough like a patchwork monchromatic quilt to make me feel connected to my ancestral quilt makers. 

Click on the pic for a link to the free pdf download of The Framed Nine-Patch Dishcloth Reboot

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