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Jun 2, 2017 21:17:41   #
Designer1234 (a regular here)
hi everyone, Designer1234 here, just checking in to say hello to all our former teachers and students from KP.

I had to close the workshops due to health issues which are pretty well under control.

When we decided to stop holding the workshops, we had 66 complete workshops in the Workshop section and decided to leave them in the archives so that members could use them permanently.

A bit about the workshops:
In 2011 I was reading Main and realized how many people in KP were teaching knit alongs and giving out huge amounts of information. As I have taught crafts and knitting and crochet off and on for years, I contacted admin and asked if I could set up a workshop section where
organized workshops could be held. They agreed and I started the

Knitting and Crochet workshops with Designer1234 .

I had no idea if my idea would work but away we went. We taught 60+ classes over the years until my health got in the way and also I was exhausted . Rachel (prismaticr) was the other Manager and we also had other volunteers during the time the workshops ran. We tried to arrange it so that one of us was there to help each teacher with the class. Each class was managed, and held on the workshop section. We had a ball and we all learned so much and what a wonderful time it was for me. I learned how to knit socks, how to make non felted slippers, how to make a Gypsy cream bunny, how to do magic loop and toe up socks, and on and on! I taught a few classes too.

When we closed I had hoped that the archived workshops would be put on the information at the top of each page but admin was not able to help us with that. So Rachel numbered each workshop and numbered them and they are all available and named on the workshop section.

We also held a Parade as the students finished their projects. There is a list of the links on the first part of the section as well as a list of the actual workshops I would love for you to go to each one (the link will be on the latter part of the class (just before we close it usually) and those who finished project posted pictures. There is a list of the Parades and I would ask you to check them out.
The main problem we are having is letting new people, and those on the main forums know about the classes that are in the archives. I would appreciate it very much if you would look them over and if you feel you would like to, put the link that is below my posts below your post with the heading . Also it would be great if you check them out and pass the word along in your posts. There is a lot of information on the main page and I think you will find classes that you would love. Each of the teachers volunteered her time. I spent most of my time trying to find teachers. Some were quite shy but agreed when we told them we would help them set them up and stay with them. Some of those 'shy' teachers taught 3 or 4 classes because the enjoyed the wonderful reaction from members.

I just hate to know that there are many people on KP who don't realize what is on the Workshop section and as a result I am asking you all for your help in passing the information along. If you have any questions please pm me. If you are a former teacher or student, I ask you to let people know how you felt about them. It was one of the most satisfying projects in a lifetime of teaching and crafts of all sorts.

Thank you so much for listening to me and I really appreciate it if you would do this for KP (and me).
I would love it if you post here if you have memories of the classes or the teachers or if you have read or used the archived workshops. I have no doubt that KP members will happily help us get the word out. They have been closed for awhile but they are there permanently .

I used to send out 'The Workshop Happenings" discussing the upcoming classes so I hope you will read this 'happenings'

Please let me know your experiences here, especially if you helped, taught or took classes with us
Jun 2, 2017 22:02:13   #
run4fittness (a regular here)
Thanks for the information, Shirley. I hope you are feeling a bit better now.
Jun 2, 2017 22:18:07   #
berigora (a regular here)
Hi Shirley, glad you are feeling better. FYI yes I did follow quite a few of the workshops. I wish I'd had the confidence to help with the tuition, but really compared with most of the people on this forum I feel I am really only a beginner!!! I have learned heaps. And thank you
Jun 2, 2017 22:25:53   #
crafterwantabe (a regular here)
Thank you Shirley! Wishing you improved health... I had signed up for a few workshops but ended up never being able to use them. Ended up being to busy with work.... but thanks again to you for all you did with them and to all the teachers...
Jun 2, 2017 22:29:58   #
Bobbie K
Thank you all for your good care and devotion! I enjoyed following along. I love the Parades the best.
Jun 2, 2017 22:49:27   #
Nanknit (a regular here)
Thank you Shirley for your dedication to improving our skills, teaching and informing all of us here on KP through The Workshops. I have often referred back to these workshops for help in my own knitting journey. Darowil's (Margaret) Magic loop, toe up socks were my introduction to the Workshops. I for one, really appreciate all the effort that you, Rachel and all the tutors put into helping us achieve goals in our crafting that we may never have reached without The Workshops. A huge thank you to all. Jen.

Thanks . Shirley

Sorry, I mixed you up with another student but I am really glad you enjoyed the classes .
Jun 2, 2017 23:03:10   #
Designer1234 (a regular here)
Here are some of the pictures of class projects finished by the students. Most had never done any of the projects previously.

I just picked out a few of the finished projects from the Parades. Good job ladies.
non felted slippers (early class)
non felted slippers (early class)...
early sweater class-we designed our own sweaters
early sweater class-we designed our own sweaters...
Dream birds (2)
Dream birds  (2)...

Purple Panda
Purple Panda...
Jun 2, 2017 23:18:11   #
Designer1234 (a regular here)
run4fittness wrote:
Thanks for the information, Shirley. I hope you are feeling a bit better now.

I am feeling a lot better - found out what was making me ill, and I am feeling much better.
Thanks for your kind thoughts. friend.
Jun 3, 2017 02:34:06   #
Bonnie7591 (a regular here)
Hi, Shirley, I'm so glad to hear you are feeling better.
I often tell new people about the workshop section & how much I've learned from it. It's such a great resource.
Thank you for all your hard work setting things up.
Jun 3, 2017 06:56:44   #
Thank you for all the work you put into the workshops. I took part in one, the Arrow Scarf. It was so much fun to knit along with others, and there is always something new to learn. I do want to go back and look at the closed ones. There is a wealth of information there. I'll have to figure out how to put that tag line under my comments.
I hope your health continues to improve.
Shirley here
Go to my profile and type it in just above your avatar picture under the heading (my signature). Good luck and thankyou.
Jun 3, 2017 08:00:02   #
kathycapp (a regular here)
So good to know. Thank you for posting, Shirley. Glad your health has improved,
Jun 3, 2017 08:10:58   #
Thank you for reminding us that the workshops are there permanently. I for one have forgotten about them. Glad you are feeling better Shirley. Will we get new workshops open again?
I doubt it but there is lots and lots of info there - every class we taught. enjoy!
Jun 3, 2017 08:54:29   #
I have been a member here since 2011, and although I haven't posted in years, I read this every day. I did the toe-up socks workshop and received the gift of learning to make wonderful socks. I also learned to make my precious bear. Thank you Shirley and all KP people for helping me along in this wonderful pastime.
Jun 3, 2017 10:46:33   #
Designer1234 (a regular here)
Bonnie7591 wrote:
Hi, Shirley, I'm so glad to hear you are feeling better.
I often tell new people about the workshop section & how much I've learned from it. It's such a great resource.
Thank you for all your hard work setting things up.

Hi Bonnie - your dreambird scarf class was so successful and the results were magnificent.
Thanks again for donating your time and experience to teach that class.

The women (and one man) who taught the classes were amazing. Most had never taught at all and were hesitant, but each class was successful and so much fun. We made a lot of friends on KP over the years. It is an important section for future members in my opinion.
Jun 3, 2017 10:55:13   #
Its good to know that you are feeling much better,Shirley! Thanks for the reminder about the past workshops-will have to go back through them and pick a project. I've did some of the workshops in the past. My first was the Panda workshop. I had never knit a stuffed animal before, and had a lot of fun learning. It was a great feeling of accomplishment to see the finished product. I then went on to the Boris Bunny workshop. I also did the Lace workshop with Toni. I had thought I could never learn to do lace. I was wrong-I made a lace scarf in one workshop and a beaded lace cowl in another . I would encourage all to look through these workshops and give them a try. You will be surprised at what you can learn and accomplish. I know I was, and still am. So Thanks for making these workshops possible , Shirley and for reminding us of their being there for us,and also Thank You to all those fine teachers who put their time into them along with all those who made these workshops possible!

You are welcome! I know that the Managers and teachers had such a feeling of accomplishment when a workshop went well (which everyone of them did). People who had never taught anyone ever, taught a workshop and usually were quite happy to teach more than one. We had some great crochet workshops with prismaticr (Rachel) too and all in all it went very well.
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