Monday, July 16, 2012


This (picture) is the logo (not great but recognizeable) for the classes I am preparing to teach at Hobby Lobby in Omaha, NE. I have no affiliation with HL but am grateful for the use of their classroom as a meeting site. I am very excited that the HL store on 90th Street has plans for a brand spankin' new building (where the old God forsaken Bag-n-Save is going down next to Best Buy) at 75th and Dodge Streets in midtown Omaha. The BIG MOVE is currently scheduled to take place October of 2012. (I will keep y'all posted as these expectations can change).
I have also created a Group on Ravelry: for communication regarding the classes but not limited to that. Your input is welcome, even if you have no plan to physically attend.
It is very possible that I might extend these classes "virtually" by sending written materials in the form of PDF files with lessons and patterns which receive teacher support on the (above) Ravelry site.
I expect to teach new knitters as well as knitters who are quite knowledgeable. You will receive handouts (with 3 holes) of instruction, knitting industry standards from the Craft Yarn Council, and original patterns for very practical projects for you to keep or to make as gifts. Continuing the classroom education will build you a BOOK on knitting. You decide which classes to take and which ones you wish to skip.
So---who the heck is Kelly Klem?!
Beginning this journey (of teaching) was directly precipitated by my loss of a yarn company connection. The yarn company kept me very happily designing for them but has been sold to another fine yarn company. As a matter of fact, Cari Clement, to whom I reported, single handedly (along with tech editors, data typesetters, and Carrie Carpenter) put me on the map as a designer. I will forever be indebted to her.
In slow times when I was not designing for CARON, I began self publishing patterns on Ravelry and Etsy. I am "klemknitter" on Ravelry with patterns by designer "Kelly Klem" or: . Many of these are free downloads from CARON.
My Esty shop is at:
My area of expertise is Tubular Double Knitting, a technique for knitting in the round with 2 needle points. I have been fleshing out the vast nuances of this manner of knitting since 1988 when I stayed up all night (my cat, Abby, bewildered) with what I believed to be an epiphany of earth shattering consequence.
As I am running out of (virtual) paper I will leave it at this and hope to see you soon,-either on Ravelry or at Hobby Lobby in Omaha! bye-bye for now...Kelly

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