I'm sort of trying to ignore all of the whole bruhahaha going on, because it so doesn't apply to me, but just so you know, despite running ads on my site, no one pays me for anything I write. I was doing paid blogging before, but that was at a different site and very up front. I feel the need to say it, because I'm going to BlogHer. Like now I need to justify it. Also, I'm about to talk about things I love. No one paid me to, this is just good community building and trying to support the people and businesses I adore. I'm going to try to write something about local people/businesses I love here regularly. Since I'm trying to support more local myself, and I think this is a good way to learn about what is good in your area. Go social media!
This next Sunday I'm taking a class at Crafty Planet. If you're local, and you the slightest bit of craftiness in you, and you haven't been there, shame on you. Trish and Matt are just about the best people in the world, and they run a great shop. Way back when I started knitting, I visited a shall remain nameless yarn store on the West Bank. (rhymes with Feapth of Dield) Super judgmental to both my budget and sense of style. Crafty planet was the cure to that. They are fun, funky (the have cross stitch patterns that say Fuck You), and most of all, supportive. Because of them, I feel comfortable taking on just about anything, knowing I have the resources should I need them. They stock Sublime Stitchery embroidery patterns, Japanese fabric imports, great (and affordable) yarns, along with regular crafty tools.
The class I am taking is being taught by my all time favorite craft teacher. You see, at this point, I know enough to be dangerous, and a pain to a "by the book" teacher. Hell, I've always been that way to teachers. She (leaving out her name in case she wants it private) lets me not always follow the pattern, and gets my odd problem solving skills. The fact that she's teaching a class on how to make something I want, just made my day yesterday. Also, if you're a beginning knitter and most patterns give you the fits, try hers available at the link above. She is awesomness.