Kim has been designing crochet patterns for nearly 30 years, with her designs and articles being featured in many magazines and books. She also is the owner of several web sites devoted to her crafting passion, as well as the author of numerous books and DVDs.
She started crocheting around the age of 8 or 9, while staying with her Grandmother. She learned to do a granny square first, and made a "hideous" granny square blanket as her first project. She had no idea that there were patterns when she started crocheting, so began designing her own patterns very early on. Now, she submits about 80 designs a year for publication!
"There isn't often a day when you won't find me without a crochet hook or my knitting needles in my hands! Turning these loves into a full-time career that fulfills my desire for creativity is like a dream come true."
Kim has authored 12 books, most of them in her favorite form of crochet -- Tunisian crochet. She started designing Tunisian patterns because there weren't many out there, and she could see all the possibilities. Tunisian crochet offers Kim more flexibility in her designing due to its unique look, which can mimic knitting or weaving, depending on the stitches used while still maintaining crochet's ease. Being able to combine these looks together in one project brings all needlework together and makes Tunisian crochet a favorite among many. Her latest books, The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet and Tunisian Cables to Crochet, offer something for everyone from beginner to advanced.
You may often hear that Tunisian crochet is the "step-child" of knitting and crochet. "Not so," says Kim, "it's more like the best of both worlds!"
Kim's portfolio of her work can be found at KimGuzman.com. Or, you can follow her on her blog where she discusses the day-to-day activities of designing as well as her newly-found pastime of canning and preserving food.
I got this class at 50% off and it was overpriced at that. Not that Kim isn't a good instructor - she's one of my favorites - but the content of the class was just not worth $XX or even $XX. I've taken several Cxxxxxy classes and they were all very good, so I was terribly disappointed in this class. Only ONE lace st was shown and only ONE cable st was shown. I don't believe that having the same project in different widths makes for more than one project. Lace scarf and same lace shawl = ONE project IMO. Four different widths of cable panels = ONE project IMO.
Save your money and learn lace and cables on YouTube.
I am very glad that I bought this course. I've always been intimidated by cable crochet. I noticed that someone said, in their review, that the class started without the foundation row. If you continue with the videos you will see how to make the foundation row. I think this class was meant to continue with a basic knowledge of Tunisian crochet. In any case, it is possible to begin learning Tunisian crochet (knit stitch and cable stitch) with this video. If you haven't done any Tunisian crochet, you may want to take that class first. It was very interesting too.
I'm not happy that at $25 this class skips over the foundation row for Tunisian Crochet. Kim starts all of her videos with this row already completed. I have looked at the first class (where she includes the foundation row) and it doesn't interest me at all. I feel it would have been to have that little tutorial included here in this class too. After all, it still costs $25 to take. Kim explains the stitches/techniques well, and I am now confident that I can do these projects with ease. However, I am unhappy at paying all that money only to find I have to "YouTube"/Google how to do the foundation row in Tunisian crochet.