I think it's fun to be in a blog roll, but I even like it better when I can host someone myself. I thought you might be interested in how my dear friend Gwen Bortner ended up doing an Entrelac class for Craftsy. Keep reading as she has a link for you to save money down at the bottom! I sure feel honored to know her, and while I think she overstates my part in her success, I must admit that she has repaid me many times over with solid advice through the years! Here's Gwen... Some weeks ago, I got in contact with Beth about being a stop on my blog tour for my new Craftsy class, Entrelac Knitting. But as traveling teachers, we were not able to make it happen in a timely manner, even when we actually were sharing a room at the Knit and Crochet Show in Manchester! Beth had suggested that I do a guest posting, and then life got extra crazy and time slipped away, but now I am getting caught up. And for my first guest posting, I was honored to be asked by Beth. For if it wasn’t for Beth, I might not have gotten into this industry. Years ago, more than either Beth or I can keep track of, I took a class from Beth when she was teaching at Yarn Barn of Kansas (one of my semi-local yarn stores at the time). I asked Beth if I could share lunch with her and ask her a few questions. These were mostly around designing and working in the industry. And Beth, in her standard way, was super supportive of me and my ideas about getting into the industry. Although she will say that I would have made it regardless, I know that it is often the words of encouragement from just one individual that can really make a difference. And Beth gave those words to me. But what I am most grateful for is that it set me on a path to discover an occupation that I truly love, knitting instruction. Since I joined the industry full-time over 10 years ago now, I have experienced most aspects of the business. And with every new aspect I still find that I love teaching and sharing my love of knitting the part I enjoy the most. And as the years pass, Beth continues to be an inspiration, mentor and friend. So my latest teaching adventure took me to Denver to film a class on Entrelac Knitting (what is probably considered my specialty) for Craftsy. Although I love teaching in the classroom, if I am honest, I must say that my Craftsy class is probably even better than taking my class live. Once you sign up, your access never expires. And all the lesson are available to watch, and re-watch as many times or as often as you want so long as you have internet access. Just like being in a class with me, you can ask questions and I will respond (usually in 24 hours or less). You can also interact with the other students and share finished photos of projects. But unlike the classroom environment, you get close-up views of my hands working through the steps while I verbally explain what I am doing. Have I sold you yet? Well also consider that Beth’s readers will receive a discount by clicking on this link: http://www.craftsy.com/ext/entrelac_review9 I hope you will come check it out if you have ever had any interest in learning (or learning more) about entrelac. But before I sign off I want to extend special thanks to Beth for allowing me to be a guest on her blog. But more importantly, thanks for being the voice of encouragement early on and since then becoming a friend!!
Many thanks to you Gwen for the generous discount offer for your class! I am a fan of Craftsy classes. They make a lot of sense for my on-the-go style of living. I can tune in at any time! Give them a try!