When I was in high school my father wanted me to study engineering in college. I wanted to study English Lit or French, but he assured me that I should focus my education on really hard things that I probably couldn’t learn on my own. He reasoned that when I was well-employed as an engineer that I could devote my free time to reading great literature, and learn all about it on my own.
In theory, he was right. I could have read all kinds of great literature, pored over the web, and studied various analyses of these works, thereby forging my own education in literature. However, I don’t think I would even have known how to begin. And honestly, the truth is that most of us simply don’t hunker down to study and learn things on our own. The time constraints of daily life typically prevent us from lavishing that kind of time on intellectual pursuits. It’s hard to do, we’re busy, and so we don’t do it. This truth holds whether you want to learn about literature, or you want to become a better knitter. If you want to really learn something, you probably need to take a class.
A class is taught by someone who’s a recognized expert in his or her field. You could certainly seek out a variety of books, search a host of sites on the internet, and talk to every knitter you know, but it would be a real challenge to craft for yourself a class on what you want to learn. It would take as much, if not more, effort than the actual learning. Bottom line is that a class is a significantly more efficient way of increasing your knowledge and skill. Certainly trial and error is a very effective way to learn about knitting, but it is not efficient in the least – just ask me how I know this!
In our project classes, at Crazy for Ewe, we strive to teach you exactly what you need to know for a specific project, as well as give you skills and insight that will help you with other projects. You’ll learn why a particular cast-on is used for one project while a very different method is required for another. When we offer a project class, the instructor has already knit the item, identified the sticky bits, and will guide you smoothly through the project so that you’re absolutely successful.. If there are mistakes to be made, or errors to be identified, we’ve done it, so you don’t have to! Join us for a class – we think you’ll learn a lot, and we know you’ll have fun!