*AFFILIATE LINKS* NEW Craftsy Class with Lucy Neatby was the subject of today’s Yarn Thing with Marly Bird podcast. A new learning opportunity with an advocate of Happy Stitches could not be a bad thing!
Lucy says she never intended to be a knitter, but has been solidly knitting since she was 17. Her home life had craft overtones, that things were made over when they didn’t fit their purpose anyore. She ran away and joined the merchant marines and at one point wanted a Guersey, so she visited a knit shop and worked on it while at sea for six months at a time.
Marly discovered Lucy’s DVDs in a big box store.Lucy began creating these about ten years ago, and they are still available at her website, inspired by the over-the-shoulder method of sharing with a neighbor her techniques. (Marly met Lucy in 2008 at TNNA, picture at left.) She uses the dvd’s when she teaches a class so that the whole group is able to see the techniques while she explains and guides the students in person.
Lucy says her new Craftsy Class, Fearless Knitting: Empowering Techniques for Every Knitter starts at a beginning and works through a progression. She begins with individual stitches, which are never alone, and how they hold hands as friends and interconnect to create fabrics. Finishing and Rescue techniques is not just something you can skip to, because it’s all interconnected. One of the commenters on her class says she’s been knitting for 50 years and only until now could she fix her mistakes. Being ‘Fearless’ and ‘Empowered’ becomes very important assets.
Lucy was recently in Idaho, where the sheep with the fun rainbow dye hair-do was part of the event. His fleece was raffled off that weekend, but what a terrific photo op… During today’s Yarn Thing visit, Lucy shared that she checks in from where ever she is visiting on her students in her Craftsy classes, which is one of the best reasons to for her to teach by that method. Lucy’s two previous classes with Craftsy are My First Socks and Foundations of Double Knitting. (These are Marly’s affiliate links.) Lucy couldn’t reveal if there are other classes in the works, but loves that it reaches students who can’t travel.
You can follow Lucy Neatby at her website, her designer page in Ravelry and she is also in Instagram (where many follow her adventures) and on Facebook, Twitter. Here is the link from her visit last year, just for fun.
If you didn’t get to listen to this LIVE you can still catch it as an archive: https://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/07/16/new-craftsy-class-with-lucy-neatby or in iTunes.
Cynsational Cyn says
I really enjoyed listening to this podcast today. To say that Lucy Neatby is fascinating to listen to is an understatement. Her “Happy Stitches” philosophy is quite infectious!
I have taken Lucy’s First Sock class on Craftys. It was/is wonderful. I would love to learn some more happy stitches from Lucy and Crafsty. It would be great to become a fearless knitter!
Katherine Zammit says
I am a Craftsy addict! I love that I have access to great teachers at my convenience, especially as I am far away in Melbourne, Australia. Looking forward to taking the Fearless Knitting class to help me create many more happy stitches.
Renee' C. says
Wonderful hearing more about Lucy! These Craftsy classes are a blast and are teaching me so well that I am becoming more fearless in my knitting. After all, I tackled convertible fingerless gloves from your class, Marly! Looking forward to Lucy’s classes and making more happy stitches as I go.
Knitting while listening to Lucy chat with Marly, or watching her on Craftsy, yields many many happy stitches!
Josh (KnitterJoshDSM on Ravelry) says
What a joy it was to hear your interview with Lucy! I know my projects are full of happy stitches when I listen to wonderful podcasts filled with a love for knitting.
Elise Thomasset says
I love your interviews with Lucy! I just finished My First Socks in her other Craftsy class. I would love to take another class with her. Listening to and watching Lucy makes me knit Happy Stitches 🙂
Rachel ravelry 100Creations says
Was so much fun listening to Marly and Lucy talk. I believe Lucy has been to my LYS, Crafty hands. I hope she comes again so we can share some happy stitches.
I am a fearless crocheter, but a fearful knitter. With Lucy’s new Craftsy class, I believe I could create happy stitches in my knitting. I need that knitting aha moment! Thank you for creating that new Craftsy class, Lucy.
Kristie ward says
I loved the lucy neatby interview. Her dvds are big part of my knitting library and help me create happy stitches. Looking forward to checking out the new caftsy class
Lucy is such a wonderful teacher! She is coming to Crafty Hands Yarn Shop in Bowling Green, Kentucky in October! So excited to learn more of her happy stitch techniques!
Nancy Smith says
Happy Stitches! I am so excited after listening to the podcast! I’m hoping to get to meet Lucy when she comes to Kentucky this fall. In the meantime, I’m getting on Craftsy! Thanks again, Marly and Tammy, for a great podcast. Keep them coming.
Pam Bjerke says
I’ve always wanted to buy one of Lucy’s dvd’s and would love to take one of her classes thru Craftsy! I love when I have happy stiches!
I have all of Lucy’s DVDs and Craftsy classes and they’re all wonderful! Her “happy stitches” illustrations are memorable and her teaching style gives confidence. Of course I can do it – Lucy says so!
Louise Gingery says
I learned so much about Lucy Neatby today! I am checking into her DVD’s and Craftsy classes so all my stitches will be happy stitches.
LuCy is a wonderful person & I love the hair.
I’m really looking forward to making happy stitches
with her classes .
Tiffany J. says
What a great conversation with Lucy! Her double-knitting class has been on my wish list for some time now and after this interview, I’m adding the new Fearless Knitting class as well. Would love to learn some new techniques for making sure all my stitches are happy stitches 🙂
Happy Stitches indeed! I really enjoyed the podcast. The Fearless Knitting class is on my waiting list – hope to enjoy it soon.
Lisa Sauer says
I often (and still) use the “happy stitches” reminder to make sure everything is going in the right direction. Always wanted to take a class with Lucy, and thoroughly enjoyed the chat!
Nancy in the Chickasaw Nation says
Happy Stitches! Well, not right now! I tinked while I listened to the podcast. I wasn’t thinking, which is why I am tinking. I am now done tinking. That means I will be back to happy stitches. Most interesting and enjoyable podcast. Looks like I will be adding a couple classes to my wish list!!!
I know how to make my stitches happy in crochet, but not so much in my knitting. I would love to learn how knit stitches work through Lucy’s class!
I was lucky enough to have taken a class from Lucy at Stitches, where I first learned about happy stitches. Lucy’s a fantastic teacher and I’ll never forget the beautiful vests she brought to the class for show and tell.
hotknitter on Rav
Happy Stitches is such a fun term! It was wonderful to listen to such a great interview with Lucy. I have wanted to take a class from Lucy but have never had the chance. The Craftsy class would be Great to win!!!
Leanne Holland says
I have Lucy’s Craftsy classes in my wish list. The My First Socks class in particular is one I covet but have been hesitating on purchasing just now as I haven’t been sure that I am ready. I think its about time I just get in there so I can knit some happy stitches and get some happy feet.
I have all of Lucy Neatby’s DVDs and cool socks book. I have learned a lot about happy stitches and look forward to fearless knitting
What a fun show! I love listening even though I don’t knit (yet) because get to learn about different people in the industry. Lucy sounds like the kind of teacher I would like to learn from. Especially with her philosophy of happy stitches and fearless knitting..
Mary L. says
Great podcast! I really need to learn how to knit fearlessly and get those happy stitches!
Wow, what happy stitches from Ms. Lucy. I love the color work and patterns! I’m so happy to be introduced to this teacher and designer.
I took a Craftsy class with Lucy and she helped me to have happy stitches on my project. I look forward to checking out the newest class.
Lisa Nixon says
The very first time I attended Stitches West I had a class with Lucy Neatby. Her infectious smile and happy colored hair – just made all stitches “happy stitches”. I once was able to go and take a class from her in Houston…..and was just so amazed at how she is determined that everyone understand and enjoy what they are doing! As always – Marly – thank you for the best podcast there is.
Kathleen M says
Loved the podcast with Lucy. Many happy stitches are dancing on my needles.
Vivian Isbell says
I really enjoyed Lucy’s visit on the podcast today. She surely empowers us to do our happy stitches through her expertise and joyful attitude.
Martha Donley says
Enjoyed the podcast as always. The picture of Lucy at the top of the blog yells out “happy stitches” to me. I agree with Lucy that it is so important to understand your knitting and what the yarn is doing. If you can do that, you can knit anything, so when ever I teach someone to knit, I don’t just teach mechanics but how to look and see what that string is doing. That way they can knit even when I am not with them.
Missy Schmidt says
Loved the podcast! And loved Lucy!!! Can we just say how adorable her accent is??? Also- would love to learn about Happy Stitches!!! I’ll be buying some of her DVDs this weekend!
Susan Crosby says
Would love to take the Craftsy class with Lucy Neatby. Happy stitches!
Beth W. says
I knit my first pair of socks along with Lucy’s Craftsy class. My toes are closed with Happy Stitches thanks to her toe chimney method!
Liz Fox says
I just recently watched my first Lucy Neatby video – and it is awesome! It definitely made me knit “happy stitches”!!
Kim Schroeder says
I would love to learn more about knotting, that way all my stitches can be happy stitches.