Boost Your Knitting: Another Year of Techniques!

By Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner
February 7, 2019

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  • This looks great! I checked out the website. Does anyone know the difference between the 2 colorway choices? The names don’t really indicate what colors are included in them? Thanks!

    • Hi Liz!
      Part of the fun of the programme is the revealing of designers, techniques and projects each month, so we try not to spoil that surprise by keeping the kits mysterious as well. For the Spring Kits the Designers’ Choice option is a selection of cool greys and blues, and my choice could be described as stronger jewel-like colours. Once kits start to arrive around the world there will be a spoilers thread in our Ravelry group. I hope that helps, Jen

    • The Ravelry thread has a question about there so check it for a response later.

  • This sounds great…. would you be able to do this properly if you haven’t done the first one? I’ve been knitting for about 4 – 4.5 yrs.

    • Hi Jenn!
      Boost Your Knitting will provide you with the tutorials you require for all the projects. You don’t need to have worked through A Year of Techniques first. That said, a couple of the techniques we featured last time may come in useful, and we will include links to those video tutorials as it’s relevant. You could just as easily work through A Year of Techniques after Boost Your Knitting, or at the same time, or never. It’s all good!
      I hope that helps! Jen

      • Hi Jen,
        Thank you for the info…. 1 last question though…..how much of a time commitment? I’ve already signed up for a mystery blanket this year and wondering if that, plus the usual b-day socks for family and Christmas knitting would be too much to actually do, lol.

        Jenn

        • Hi Jenn! The projects are of similar sizes to the projects in A Year of Techniques. If you have a look over on Ravelry you’ll get a good idea of what’s involved. I get a small amount of knitting time each day and I would manage the projects each month. 🙂 Best wishes, Jen

    • Jen said these are not dependent on having done the first one.

  • Just wanted to add a comment to say how exciting this is. I loved the first year of techniques and it improved my knitting immensely and gave me lots of confidence to try new things, Jen and Jim’s Ravelry group is a very welcoming one and there is so much knowledge, support and fun in doing new projects alongside online friends. As I understand it, this is a free-standing book so you don’t need to have done the previous year of techniques.

    • I agree; the first one was amazing. Ignore my previous responses as I sent them before Jen’s much better responses came through!

  • Will the monthly projects be easily completed in the month? I am concerned about having 12 partially completed projects at the end of the year.

    • Hi Marsha! Yes, they are definitely designed to be comfortably completed within the month. If you want to have an idea of the sort of project sizes, then have a look at A Year of Techniques over on Ravelry – the projects this time are on average similar sizes. I hope that helps!

  • This is probably a silly question, but will the patterns go to my Ravelry library, the way they did last year?

    • Hi MKG,
      You can follow the links from your order confirmation email in order to add your patterns to your Ravelry library. At the moment there is just a Welcome Pack pdf file, and the first pattern will be added on 1st March. This post in our Ravelry group (https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/arnall-culliford-knitwear/3883502/76-100#95) has the full instructions on how to add Boost Your Knitting to your Ravelry library. I hope that helps.

      • Great! Thanks–I just tried it and it worked!

        • Awesome! Thanks for letting me know. 🙂

  • This is so exciting. I am chuffed to be included as one of the designers for this series, and (pssst) I’ve seen a peek. You GUYS! This is an amazing collection, and I can’t wait to play along!

  • What am I doing wrong? I cannot find the link on the AC website to order the book/patterns. I get to the shop page but no link to order it.

    • Hi Kathy,
      I think I’ve already fixed you up, but in case anyone else is having any difficulty…
      I’m sorry for the frustration.
      When you go on the page for the book, are you seeing the Buy Now button? It does take a little moment longer to load than the rest of the page. And are you then getting the checkout window that opens up when you click on the button?
      Which browser are you using? Safari, or Chrome, or something else?
      We did have one customer earlier who was struggling with her browser, and when she switched to a different browser, sailed through with no problem.
      If you are still stuck, I can send you an email with an invoice which will have a button for you to checkout.
      I will make sure you get the book one way or another. 🙂
      With all good wishes,
      Jen

  • Looking at the designer lineup, I see its “business as usual” re POC etc. The recent diversity discussions on blogs and IG has made me sit up and take notice of this. Given the abundance of excellent POC designers out there in the knitter-verse (and the recent MDK letter on this subject), was thought given to a more diverse, inclusive lineup?

    • Hi Jane,

      We love A YEAR OF TECHNIQUES, and are excited for another round with BOOST YOUR KNITTING, which our friends Jen and Jim have been working on for many months now. We stand by what we said to our readers a few days ago: we’re committed to expanding the diversity of the writers we feature, the designers we work with, and the yarnmakers whose products we sell.

      Ann and Kay

    • You’re right of course. The fact that Jen and Jim have been working on this for maybe up to a year doesn’t really excuse the lack of diversity (apart from the solitary male, of course – I’m excluding Jim obviously!). The closest we get to POC is Joji Locatelli,, who is Argentinian. With regards to the lack of diversity, I think to some degree it depends on how the book was written – were the topics decided first and then the designer approached?, was there an open call for submissions? Some of the designers, Jen and Jim have used before, so there is a bit of the sense of the usual suspects, and not getting fresh blood in. I think maybe the issue is how POC get to be known in the first place. That said, Jeannette Coleman is a fairly obvious omission, given that she writes a technique page for one of the major knitting mags in the UK and she designs too (though there may be contractual issues here).

      • Hello – good dialog. Suggestion ; instead of trying to tell others how to run their classes, why not offer a program of your own and select the makers you want.

    • Thank you for pointing this out, Jane. I was just about to comment on the same thing.

    • I was thinking the same, I’ll be taking a pass on this one.

    • I agree with Jane and will wait for a more diverse lineup.

  • How exciting! I especially love the scarf on the designer(?) in the photo just above Jim’s head. Is that Anna Maltz’s “marlisle” technique, or something else? Thank you!

  • This looks like a great program! If you purchase just this year now and want to get the rest later, how does that work? My goals for 2019 are improved colorwork, steeking something, and double sided lace!

    • Purchasing now gets you the full Boost Your Knitting Year that starts in March 2019.

      The first year of A Year of Techniques was published in 2017 and is available from Jen and Jim and from the MDK Shop.

      Of course we’re hoping for a third year but we’ll have to wait and see!

  • It’s hard to commit this money not knowing if one will like the patterns.

    • Hi Mary,

      For the first 6 months, a new pattern and technique will launch every month, then in September the full book will be published. So if you’re hesitant you can definitely wait to see the patterns.

  • I was waiting to see a new physician and knitting when he came in the room. Instead of a sarcastic comment about old people knitting he was curious and I told him that I had been knitting for over 30 years and the best part was that there is always something new to learn

    • Ain’t it the truth!

  • I really like this idea. As a graduate student, I can’t always devote the time needed for knitting projects. Will I have access to the videos after the year is up?

    • Yes, the videos will be up forever, here, on Jen and Jim’s site, and on YouTube. Totally can do it at your own pace.

  • I paid on Pay Pal but the site never came back to give my shipping information.

    • Hi Betty, I can’t see your order behind the scenes of our online shop. If you message us via our contact form on our website we will double check for you on Monday: https://www.acknitwear.co.uk/contact/
      With all good wishes. Jen

  • The issue is getting the newer generation exited about something like this. I try to teach my daughter knitting whenever I get time during weekends. She loves to spend time with me but wont take up knitting by herself. Last year she gifted me a craft storage bag which got me thinking why not do start knitting a school bag cover for here. Well all the best for your project and will share the progress soon.