Here you go—click up top for a great conversation between effervescence-in-human-form Kristy Glass and entrepreneur-knitter-quick-thinker Shelley Brander, the founder of Knit Stars, the online seminar for knitters that will premiere its third season on November 22.
Shelley has such a great story about how she came to create Knit Stars, the three-week extravaganza of classes to watch online.
The final opportunity to register for Knit Stars 3.0 (aka the one where we’re teaching a class) is open now but closes at the end of day November 1.
We are so excited to be a part of this! It’s going to be a ton of fun.
What is this three-week party?
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 premieres on November 22.
It’s three weeks of online 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.
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 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’ll share just about everything we can think of that will help you think about your knitting in new and inspiring ways. And bust a few myths that need busting!
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 enrollment by clicking here.
Will there be yarn?
Absolutely. And totally optional if you’re full up on yarn. When you enroll for Knit Stars, you’ll have access to a special online shop featuring special Knit-Stars-only kits. We worked with some of our favorite dyers—Freia Fine Fibers, Canon Hand Dyes, and Lichen and Lace—to create colors available only to Knit Stars enrollees.
A unique colorway of Freia Fine Fibers Shawl Balls for Cecelia Campochiaro’s Parallelogram Scarf from MDK Field Guide No. 5: Sequences.
Ann Weaver’s Squad Mitts from MDK Field Guide No. 1: Stripes. The Knit Stars exclusive colorway yarn is Canon Hand Dyes Mini Skeins.
Kirsten Kapur’s Colorwash Scarf from MDK Field Guide No. 3: Wild Yarns. The Knit stars exclusive colorway yarn is Lichen and Lace Merino Single.
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 could not be more wound up! We hope you’ll join us.
PS Here’s the link for enrolling. Registration closes at the end of day November 1. And the series premieres on November 22, just as you finish your Thanksgiving turkey and are ready for a wonderful experience of laughing, learning, and knitting.