The Idler Academy
of Philosophy, Husbandry and Merriment
A new business course aimed at creative people who want to start their own business
Students will be able to crochet either mittens or a tablet case. The evening will again begin with a Gin cocktail, a crochet hook and a thicker woolen yarn.
No prior experience is needed and all the materials; knitting needles, yarn and pattern will be included in the fee, so when you leave you are well on your way to completing your first make at home.
In this workshop you will learn the second essential knitting stitch, how to purl, meaning that you can start knitting yourself a beanie or bobble hat, based on another of Ros’ patterns from her book 'Simple Knitting'.
This class is aimed at complete beginners and will teach you the basics of this amazing craft. By the end of the 2.5hr class you will have made your very own ‘Daisy chain’ as illustrated in Ros’ book ‘Hook Yarn & Crochet’.
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Recently added Live Courses
9 Mar | Arts & Crafts
Students will be able to crochet either mittens or a tablet case. The evening will again begin with a Gin cocktail, a crochet hook and a thicker woolen yarn…. Read more
Recently added Online Courses
Online | Arts & Crafts
A four part course from Gustav Temple of The Chap magazine, which outlines the principles and practice of proper dressing for men…. Read more
Online | Philosophy
Learn about all the key philosophical movements of the last five hundred years, from Descartes to Jean-Paul Sartre…. Read more