I often wonder what the world would be like if every adult was as creative and free as we all were as kids. I think it would be calmer, lovelier, more peaceful place. And I’d like to do something about it.  —Danny Gregory

I’ve been taking a lot of online classes and reading a lot of how-to books lately. Every couple of years I find there’s something I simply MUST learn more about and so I take classes, read, and stuff myself with everything I can find on the topic. The last thing that consumed me this much was learning to speak and read Lithuanian. Now I am immersed in learning to sketch and paint.

I’m considered an autodidact, or self-learner, because I don’t have a degree or formal training in anything. But that doesn’t mean I learn by myself. How is that even possible? You learn from others, whether you take classes from them, examine their work with a student’s eye, read their books, or just watch what they do. We all learn from others.

When I first started my freelance career, I spent years consuming as much information as I could hold about writing, knitting and design. I just love learning and I love making things. And I love teaching. That’s why I have this quote from Danny Gregory, one of my art teachers, at the top of this post. It’s exactly how I feel: I love making things; I believe that making things creates a better world; and I want to help other people make things, too.

Right now I have two new courses coming life for fall and winter. If you’re considering writing an ebook about knitting or crochet, or if you’ve got a fiber arts business that you’re starting or continuing, you’ll find a way to teach yourself in both of these classes.

FALL: From Idea to Ebook for Knit & Crochet Designers
Starts Oct 2

You’ve got an idea for an ebook with a collection of knitting or crochet designs. Your dream is for your customers to be downloading your book and knitting or crocheting your designs. You want to put your beautiful ebook together quickly and not waste time or money making mistakes. But you don’t know how to get from here to there.

With this course, you’ll learn the most efficient steps to creating an ebook using effective and affordable tools. With the streamlined process I’ll share with you — one that I’ve developed over the past years of doing things both the hard/slow way and the fast/easy way — you can bypass all the mistakes you fear and the ones I made as a beginning designer/author.

When our six weeks together is over, you’ll know exactly what to do to reach your goal and make your publishing dream come true. And you’ll have an outline, a plan, and a schedule to make it happen. Before you know it, your customers will be casting on or making chains to start their favorite project from your ebook.

Learn more about From Idea to Ebook for Knit & Crochet Designers

WINTER: Year End Rejuvenation and Business Planning
Starts Nov 27

Ever since I read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron–before I had my own business or started life as a freelancer–I have taken the last five weeks of the year to renew my energy and plan my next year.

This is my way of rebelling against the anxiety and stress of the holidays and against the Puritan work ethic that tells us  “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” and makes us believe if we’re not busy all the time, then we are lazy and we will end up broke, homeless, and unloved. “Poppycock” is what I have to say to that!

I’d like to invite you to join me to break the cycle of anxiety and busyness and experience your own year-end renewal. Live with peace in the season that we should spend relaxed, cocooning in a warm blanket.

Each Sunday, we will have a reading and mediation to start the week off, then we will work through an exercise each day to help us work through the week’s lesson material. All this should take about 15 or 20 minutes per day, and at the end of the week, you’ll get a day off!

Learn more about Year End Rejuvenation and Business Planning