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Netting, More or Less – The End Is In Sight

This week  I  worked on the last two instructional videos for my “Netting, More or Less” class.  They are FINISHED!    All the instructional videos are finished!

If you look at the syllabus for the course, you will notice that I already have the patterns completed.  That just leaves the video transcripts.  I plan to put photos with them this week.

This class is almost ready to go.

Three More Netting Videos To Go

Earlier this week, just when I thought I had three stitch videos finished with three more to produce, I asked a friend to look at the finished ones and make comments.  Of course I  hoped she would say, “Everything looks great.  Good job.”

But because she is a good friend, she took the time to figure out and then explain to me some techniques that would make the videos easier to understand and follow.

Once I understood what she meant, it was obvious I needed to re-do the three stitch videos I had already finished, before starting the others.  So, this past week I re-did the audio for all six videos, rearranged the order of the sections, and reproduced the three I had already finished.

Maybe this will be the week the videos for “Netting, More or Less” finally get finished.  I’ve only got three more to do.

If you want to see what other netting project I’ve been involved in this week, take a look at my other netting blog.

A Netting Riddle

What do these two pictures have in common?

Long skinny icicles


My answer:

They are the both the kind of images I had in mind when I named two of the netting stitches that will be included in the class Netting, More or Less”.

Can you guess which stitch  goes with which photograph?  Post your answers in the comments section.

photo of the netting stitch I call "Carrots"

photo of the netting stitch I call "Icicle"

If you want to see if your answers are correct, hover over the photo of each stitch.

If you want to see more increase stitches, watch the  video I posted a few months ago.

And speaking of videos, I did get the raw video takes for all those remaining  for “Netting, More or Less”; I even got half of them ready to put in the classroom.  Just four more to go.  Then I can get the transcripts/handouts finished and the classroom built.  I can see a light at the end of the tunnel!

Invisible progress on Netting, More or Less

I know when you look at the syllabus for Netting, More or Less, it does not look like I have done much this week on the new class, but I have been working on it.  I have the raw video for five of the six stitches.  That means I need to shoot video for just three more videos:  one  stitch, fixing a mistake by cutting the netting, and making a cord for the snood.

If the hurricane cooperates and does not blow the house or the electricity poles down, I plan to get them done this week.

Oh, if you are interested in some new toys, I mean tools, I purchased recently, take a look at my other blog.

Unlimited Access to Netting Classes

I’ve been thinking about it for a long time.  I’ll admit, when I started out, I was following the crowd, something I’ve told my kids to be careful about doing.  In the online craft classes I saw and took, the videos  all had a limited time that they were available.   So, even though a part of me said, “Give your students unlimited access to the classes they purchase,”  I was listening to the part that said, “Look at all the others who are successful and giving limited access to their material.”

Well, recently I signed up for an online knitting class.  The only reason I did was that I was given unlimited access to the videos and other class materials, forever.  I really did not have the time to do the class all at once right now, but I have squeezed in 20 minutes here or 30 minutes there and gradually I am working through the class on my time.  I’m learning the material and, if I happen to forget something in a year or more, I can still go back and review what was taught.

I’ve always maintained that the best way to get my husband to understand a problem I’m having with something around the house, is to get him to do the same task, using the same equipment I do.  It’s amazing that once we have both experienced the same problem we can come up with a solution.  I guess the same thing applied here.  I had to take both kinds of classes and feel the pressure, or lack of it, to begin to listen to the voice that was telling me, “Give your students unlimited access to the classes they purchase.”

So, starting right now, once you purchase a class from me, you will have unlimited access to the class — no expiration dates!


Netting Class Divided

Netting, More or Less has slightly less material to cover.  That is a good thing.  It means I will get the class done faster.  The deleted material is now in a class of its own – Square Mesh Netting.  You can see details for both of them near the bottom of the list of classes page.

Square Mesh Netting is created using increases and decreases, so it was natural to put in in Netting, More or Less.  However, it is unique enough that it really should have it’s own class.  This way I can also include some trellis patterns and spend time describing the process, so you can make customize your square mesh netting.

Finishing Netting, More or Less will take priority over Square Mesh Netting, though once Netting More or Less is finished it should not take long to finished the Square Mesh Netting class.

Busily Netting Gifts This Week

This week I realized that I needed to make a wedding present and some thank-you / appreciation gifts.  So, most of the week was spent netting with thread instead of yarn.

I did find some time to go through the patterns for Netting, More or Less and make them more readable for someone other than me.  I’m hoping to get them up into the classroom this week.   Keep your eyes on the syllabus to see if I do get them ready.

My husband looked over my math and thought he might have found some mistakes.  That’s very possible, which is why I asked him to take a look at the patterns, even though he does not net.  His knowledge of math has helped me many times.  The Quick Snood or hairnet pattern, which I will be including in the Netting, More or Less class, is one example of his skills with math being applied to netting.  There was no other way I could have created a circle by going back and forth in rows.

If you want to see the gifts I was working on this week, go on over to my other blog and take a look.

A Chain of Netting?

Most people are familiar with a chain of crochet.   The crochet chain is one way to start a crochet project.  The chain is also useful as a cord.  Some people even use it to start knitting.

A chain of netting serves some of the same purposes.  It is a way to start a netting project, and I have used it as a cord.

While working on the videos for my upcoming class Netting, More or Less, I put together a short video discussing a net chain, what it is, and when to use it.

A Chain of Netting

Have you ever made a net chain? What did you use it for?

Square-Mesh Netting . . . . . . . . . . . more than a trellis

This month I  mentioned square-mesh netting and trellises in the same blog more than once.  I realized, because of this, some may think that a trellis is the only thing you can make with square-mesh netting.  That is far from the truth.  So, I thought it might be time to show this introductory video about square-mesh netting.

Square-Mesh Netting

Patterns for the headbands shown in this video will be included in Netting, More or Less, the class I am currently working on.

Are there other items you know about that are made of square-mesh netting?

Square-mesh Netting

For the past several weeks I’ve been working with square mesh netting.  Several of the trellises I made were with square meshes rather than diamond meshes.   By the time I had finished those trellises, I had the directions for making a square of square-mesh netting written and well tested.  This week I have been working with square-mesh netting again – but with rectangles instead of squares.  I made four different samples.

Square-Mesh Rectangle - 4 squares wide and 9 squares long
Square-Mesh Rectangle - 4 squares wide and 8 squares long

Two had an even number of squares across the width.





Square-Mesh Rectangle - 5 squares wide and 9 squares long

Square-Mesh Rectangle - 5 squares wide and 10 squares long






Two had an odd number of  squares across the width.






I also made sure that the samples included two with an even number of squares along the length and two with an odd number of squares.  I carefully wrote down the directions, for both the width and the length, noting the changes that occurred when an even or odd number of squares was wanted.  I thought I had the directions figured out and accurately put into the computer.

I guess it was a good thing I looked at my garden yesterday and noticed that the tomato plants at one end of one garden box were starting to sprawl all over the place.   The poor tomato plants were in need of a trellis of their own – the one spot in the garden where I had not already supplied one!

Tomatoes in Square-foot Garden without trellises


We picked up the materials to make the frame, and last night I found some unused seine twine Mason Line to use for the netting.  As I was netting the trellis, I found a mistake in the instructions that I thought were all finished and correct.  I guess it pays to check and double check the instructions.

Retangular Net Square-mesh Trellis 4 feet by 5 feet with 3" square meshes





And this morning, with the help of my youngest son, we threaded the netting onto the frame.






The tomato plants are no longer sprawling; they are climbing instead.  I even saw a few small, green tomatoes.

Tomato plants climbing up trelllis of square-mesh netting