Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It's here! (And who doesn't love a contest)

You guessed it, (or maybe not) my Craftsy class is launching MAY 13, 2014!!!!!!  After all those swatches, long days of planning, peaking stress levels, and loads of yarn, my class, Seaming Beyond the Basics will actually be happening.

Couple things:  I want to THANK the Craftsy team for believing in me, for nurturing this project from start to finish, and for holding my hand through the whole process.  It truly has been a delight to work with those folks.  If you've purchased a class from these wonderful people in the past, just know that you are supporting some amazing talent who are first and foremost passionate about delivering a great product to their students.  I'm not a smoke blower, so I wouldn't say this if it weren't true.

Secondly, they've created a lovely little link for you to enter to WIN my class!  Click this link by May 9th to register to win: http://www.craftsy.com/ext/JohnBrinegar_Giveaway.  It's just that simple.

Please help me spread the word, and generate some buzz about this class - we are all very proud of it, and I hope you all will agree!!!

Happy knitting!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Me? A Craftsy Instructor??

Sometimes I have to pinch myself.  This is one of those times.

I'm a Craftsy instructor, believe it or not.  My online class, "Seaming Beyond the Basics" will launch in May!  Some of you may have taken my classes at Vogue Knitting Live, or at a yarn store near you, but this online class thing is all the rage, don't you know.  Just a word about the Craftsy experience - AMAZING.  I was so nervous.  I guess a lot of the "what if I fail" jitters, but in the end they made sure I had everything I needed to succeed - a smart producer, and a talented crew of camera men and computer whizzes.  I loved every minute of it, and I'd be nervous all over again if they asked.  Please stay tuned for the launch announcement and the details.  

I've also just published a new original crochet design in the Vogue Knitting Crochet 2014 issue:

It was really fun to make.  Ok, that's a lie.  It was super challenging.  At times I didn't think I'd be able to pull it off, but the end product made me smile.  I'm happy with her.  She's one of my favorite crochet designs.  Sometimes I look at this stuff and I'm like "where on EARTH did that come from?".

And I'm also happy to announce I have a new website for my alter ego stuff.  Tainted Wool is an exploration of the experimental, artistic side of my knitwear practice.  It's a little darker, so you won't find many frilly pretty things (depends on who you ask, I guess):

So yeah.. Lots going on.  

Happy knitting!