Inside: My Craftsy review. If you’re looking for creative inspiration and instruction this is a great place to try something new. See Carolyn learn to knit. See Carolyn knit a super cute hat she never thought she could make!
One of my favorite things about being a 50+ empty nester is the fact that I have time to explore all kinds of things that I never had time to before.
I’ve always been a maker. As my kids were growing up, I did a lot of things out of necessity: I’ve refinished furniture, canned pickles and jam, sewn drapes and slipcovers, gardened, painted, quilted and knitted. I love creating things.
But lately, I’ve been looking for something to spark my creative energy.
What is Craftsy?
Enter Craftsy… It’s a crafting community offering online classes, patterns, fabric, yarn and craft kits.
Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, baking and more. They always have a ton of free classes too.
My Craftsy Review – What I Love
1. Craftsy classes make it easy to try something new
My mom taught me how to knit when I was a kid. She is a “thrower”, so naturally, I learned to be a thrower too. I never considered that there were other ways to knit. Since I discovered Craftsy, I’ve learned Continental knitting and Portuguese style knitting – both methods that teach you to be a “picker”. For me, picking is much easier and faster than throwing. Sounds crazy, right?
2. Learn at your Own Pace
I love that I can purchase a class and then watch it as many times as I like. The Craftsy videos have a rewind feature that makes it super easy to figure out the parts of a pattern that stump you. You can also ask questions of the instructor and reference parts of the lesson you need help with.
3. Watch and Learn Forever
The classes you purchase are yours forever. So if you run out of gas or life gets in the way of a project, you can pick up where you left off when you have more time. I have personally used this feature many times!
4. Make Beautiful Things
Before craftsy, I would never have attempted to try anything more complicated than simple knits and purls. This lovely creation actually has cables. I knit them! I made an identical hat in purple that my daughter loved so much she asked me to make her one in blue. When your teenaged daughter wants to wear something you made, that’s a win for sure!
If you’re wanting to get those creative juices flowing and try something new, I highly recommend Craftsy.
Craftsy Review: Classes I’ve Personally Taken and Loved!
I have personally taken about 12 Craftsy classes and these are my favorites. These classes combine great instructors, clear video instruction, and great patterns and templates. These are affiliate links. When you click them and then make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you, which helps me keep this blog up and running. I only link to products I personally use and would recommend to a real-life friend.
I can’t wait to start my next creative project. What are you working on?