P.P. Scottsdale, AZ
I had such an amazing and wonderful time visiting Kristin’s home, farm and studio. Kristin has a real talent for
teaching and I came away with so much more confidence in my ability to work with color. The best part for me was hearing Kristin talk about how she chooses color for her base design and then how she adds color to create interest and excitement to a finished piece. I had expected to learn a lot and have a great time; the weekend was way better than anything I had imagined.
M.E., Northfield, VT
I had such a glorious time at the workshop. My head is still spinning with color, embroidery and knitting ideas. I’ve never enjoyed swatching so much! Thank you for sharing your talents, home, family, and animals with me.
K.G., Chelmsford, MA
Kristin’s “Getting Stitched on the Farm” Weekend Class was like total immersion into the world of knitting, expanded and enhanced with farm tours, hayrides, and wonder food and friendship. I had not expected as much emphasis on the “art” of knitting. I learned so much about colors and textures and the art that is all around us and how it can influence and develop the richness of my knitting.
Kristin is clearly a gifted artist and knitting designer but she is also an excellent teacher. Her classes are a strong balance of theory, technique and practice. She individualizes her instruction to meet the varying skill levels and interests of her students. The days are well paced and she frequently touches base with her students to see how they are progressing. She carefully plans each day, but is still open to changing her focus to meet the needs and opinions of her students.
L.S. Manchester, CT
I am feeling so inspired to do amazing things, thanks to Kristin’s instruction, sweetness and encouragement! I can’t wait to go forth with all my new ideas and change the world! (Or at least further my knitting dreams!)
L.G., Philadelphia, PA
Kristin’s weekend workshops at Leyden Glen Farm stand alone – they are the best presentation of technique with the most personalized teaching in the most inspiring creative setting I have ever experienced (or can imagine). Having a small number of students meant that we all got the assistance we needed in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Kristin used innovative techniques to help us understand color theory and begin creating our own aesthetics. The handouts, patterns, and books provided were excellent. And spending time in Kristin’s lovely house on the family’s beautiful farm was a special privilege. I hope to return many times.
D.T., Suffield, CT
Where do I begin? The hospitality was overwhelming – fabulous food reminiscent of Southern Cooking. For me the weekend was not just about the celebration of color, flowers, and knitting, It gave me the opportunity to experience a little slice of life on Leyden Glen Farm. Kristin’s home is as colorful as I had imagined. The views were spectacular. It was all so inspiring – I cannot thank you enough.
C.D., Roslindale, MA
Kristin’s "Getting Stitched on the Farm Weekend" was not just about the color of yarn you picked to stitch on your swatch, it was about all of the color that encompasses Kristin and her family's life on Leyden Glen Farm that was shared with myself and the other attendees. It does not get any more colorful then that. When can I go back?
S.R., Albany, NY
I loved the small class size. It let us all get to know one another and to talk to Kristin, both individually and as a group. It was such a great opportunity to learn from someone who has a passion for art in so many different media, who lives and works with the creative process every day.
Color without fear...that's what kept running through my mind while I was absorbing Kristin's home, her knitting, and her art. I left on Sunday with lots of vibrant color ideas to warm a whole winter's worth of knitting.
It's just a swatch! That was our class mantra. By the time class ended, we'd cut it in half, trimmed off an end to fringe, lopped off the bottom part and added new edgings, and embellished the remainder with all sorts of embroidery stitches. In Kristin's hands swatches aren't just about gauge; they're about design.
While watching out for all the technical constraints, Kristin primarily thinks of knitting as an opportunity to be creative. It's very liberating to think that way; patterns become guidelines or the seed of a project you can really make your own.
T.G., Jersey City, NJ
Kristin taught us to open our eyes and use what you see around you in your knitting, showing us many examples and getting the creative juices flowing. Kristin is a master at embellishing. She’ll knit a bit of fair isle or intarsia then go back to it and embroider/embellish/duplicate stitch it to the point of absolute beauty. She really taught me that much like film making, the post production is as important as the pre and actual production. She got me thinking more about knitting in stages rather than all at once. A very valuable lesson. I was sad to pack up my knitting bag, bid farewell to all the animals and our wonderful hosts. It really was a family affair and I so enjoyed the company of Kristin, her family and the wonderful knitting ladies I bonded with over the weekend.