In our never-ending quest to bring you the fun in knitting, this is going to be Big Fun.
We’re bursting to tell you about a project that is basically a knitter’s wonderland that comes straight to you, wherever you are.
It’s called Knit Stars. We’re delighted to be a part of it.
It’s a virtual knitting experience unlike anything we’ve seen. Knit Stars makes it possible for knitters everywhere to join a three-week online adventure in learning and inspiration.
It will take place in November, during what we call the Golden Season of Knitting.
It’s three weeks of classes (every other day) with 12 teachers and designers who are working at the top of their game.
All available to you without the need to travel, without the expense of a hotel—but with in-depth teaching and yarns and live chats that will make for a rich experience of learning and inspiration.
Basically, it’s a delicious knitting retreat that you will enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
Shelley Brander is the brain behind Knit Stars. Her production team travels to each teacher’s home town to create these online classes—so Knit Stars is basically a giant field trip all over the world.
Having watched the previous seasons, we promise you that these are rich, immersive classes that provide a unique view of each teacher’s world and point of view.
“The Secrets to Knitting Happiness.”
We’ve been daily knitters for two decades each. We’ve been blabbing about our knitting here for nearly 15 years, which is sort of unbelievable to us, but there it is.
We’ve been asked many variations on this question: how do you keep your enthusiasm for knitting so high? Why is knitting such a constant source of happiness for you?
For us, knitting is an ever-expanding journey of joy. That sounds corny, but it is the absolute truth.
We’ve thought a lot about the Secrets to Knitting Happiness. There are quite a few of these secrets, and some may be new to you. We are dying to share.
We’re going to dig into what makes a pattern great, how to tap into your own tastes and aesthetics to find the sort of knitting that suits you.
And we’re going to talk about how to find the patterns and yarns that you will love.
We’ll share just about everything we can think of that will help you think about your knitting in new and inspiring ways.
Our fellow teachers?
It’s a gang of talented teachers and designers we admire so much.
We’ve published their patterns here at MDK. We’ve reviewed their brilliant books. We’ve knitted their patterns. And they’re all people we want to learn from ourselves, so we’ll be tuning in as closely as you will.
One thing you’ll notice: everybody lives all over the world. The only place in the universe you’ll find us together is during Knit Stars. Which is so cool. (And saves about a jillion bucks in airfare.)
Andrea Rangel: Victoria, British Columbia
Ann Budd: Boulder, Colorado
Ann and Kay: Nashville and New York City
Arne & Carlos: 170 km north of Oslo, Norway
Carson Demers: San Francisco, California
Cecelia Campochiaro: Silicon Valley, California
Christel Seyfarth: Farø, Denmark
Lorilee Beltman: Seattle, Washington
Mary Jane Mucklestone: Portland, Maine
Veera Välimäki: Helsinki, Finland
How will the classes work?
Knit Stars unfolds over a three-week period. Every other day, a new class will appear on the Knit Stars site, where you’ll be enrolled. You’ll be able to watch classes on your computer, your phone, your iPad—at any time of the day. You’ll have access to the classes and resources (including patterns and information downloads) forever, so you can return anytime to watch them. It’s immersive, and addicting, and fun.
How to enroll?
You’ll find all the details on our enrollment page by clicking here.
Why enroll now?
Because there’s a special early bird rate available right now, but only for nine days, through April 20.
Will there be yarn?
Absolutely. We will be offering special yarns, exclusive to MDK, to those enrolled in Knit Stars. And there will be other yarns available as well.
In conclusion . . .
We’ve never taught an online class of any kind. A top-quality online class takes vision, and a village of talented people. It takes a deep understanding of both the subject matter and of video storytelling. When we met Shelley Brander, and saw what she and her team have done with Knit Stars, we were thrilled to be a part of it.
Knit Stars is something special: beautiful to watch, with terrific production values, so this is a really big deal for us.
We are going to look so fabulous: Ann’s going with a smoky eye, and Kay’s watching YouTubes on how to contour. (At the very least, we will have on lipstick, we promise.)
We could not be more wound up and full of ideas for what we’ll share in our class. We hope you’ll join us.
Ann and Kay
PS Here’s the link for enrolling. Early bird pricing runs through April 20.