Last week, I finished my post with a bit of a cliffhanger about a surprise that I would share this week. The surprise is that on Thursday, I started a three-week class on Bruges crochet with the master herself, Tatyana Mirer.
Last year, I (briefly) met Tatyana at the Crochet Master Class book signing at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. I had the choice of taking her Bruges crochet class or a woven crochet class with Jenny King, who was visiting from Australia. I knew that Tatyana also teaches at Knit-A-Way, the LYS around the corner from my Dad’s apartment, so I decided to take the class with Jenny. Recently, my work schedule seemed to match the Knit-A-Way class schedule, so I called the shop to sign up for the class. After several conversations about the time and dates with the owner (more about her in this post), I started what has turned out to be a series of private lessons with Tatyana (!) last week.
It’s been a great experience to interact with Tatyana as a student. I try to see take a class with another teacher at least once a year (more about why here), and Tatyana is truly a master teacher as well as a master designer. She brought so many amazing pieces of her Bruges crochet work with her, and I was incredibly inspired.
I assumed the shop required me to buy yarn there and I got a bit overwhelmed when I entered the shop five minutes before class. (I’ve been on a yarn diet for so much of this year that I now feel that every yarn purchase needs hours of contemplation!) I wanted to buy a natural fiber that didn’t require winding so I could start crocheting right away. I ended up getting a skein of Lamb’s Pride Worsted from the Brown Sheep Company. I’ve never used their yarns but I’ve heard a lot of positive things. On the shelf, it appeared to be more of a lilac color, but it magically transformed into pink once I sat down with Tatyana. (Ok, the colorway is called Victorian Pink. But I didn’t notice that on the label when I bought it!) The yarn itself is lovely, but I should have purchased a lighter weight yarn so the lacy aspect of Bruges crochet would be more evident.
I actually didn’t need much yarn for this first class anyway, as Tatyana brought several samples of partially completed “tape” that she showed me how to join. My homework is to make my own samples of the Bruges crochet curve, square, and oval, and then to create the “tape” for specific lengths that will transform into the circle and the wave pattern in the next class. I’m now on the lookout for something lighter weight to use for the samples and in the next class. Does this mean I get to go yarn shopping again??
I’m now off to spend some time with my Dad for Father’s Day. If you are celebrating Father’s Day, too, have a wonderful time!