Amy Novins
Millbury, MA
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Amy Novins

Amy N.

Millbury, MA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have a LOT of patience! All you need is the desire to learn to crochet. If you never have crocheted before, I will get you crocheting. If you want to learn, but believe you can’t learn because someone told you can’t learn to crochet, I will prove that you can crochet. If you have crocheted a long time ago, but forgot all of it or most of it, I will bring it back to you. If you already know the basics of crocheting, but don’t know how to get beyond the granny square, I can get you to the next level. If you know crocheting basics, but gave up because you make a lot of mistakes, I will show you tricks to avoid them and show you how to read your work so that mistakes are found sooner rather than later. If you know the basics, but want to learn a different technique such as color work, post stitches, or more, I can teach you. Do you have trouble reading patterns or charts, I can take the mystery out of them.

Because of COVID-19, I only teach online for now. I use Zoom for my teaching platform only. Please get familiar with Zoom on the device you will be using before coming to your lessons. Every devilce works and looks differently and I’d rather be teaching crochet than how to use your computer and the Zoom app.

“Online” 30 minute sessions are permissible for only students that are comfortable with the basics: chain, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet.

If you are an absolute beginner, I recommend the first 1 or 2 lessons to be 2 hours long. After, that any time slot, (30, 60 or 90 minutes) will be fine.

I look forward to meeting you!

About Amy N.

I am extremely patient and determined to teach anyone with a desire to knit or crochet, no matter how high or low their individual learning curve seems to be.

My 25 years or so educational and professional past experience is in industrial, exhibit, graphic, stage and jewelry design. My passion for knitting and then crochet started in 2003 and 2012 respectively. My passion for teaching knitting and crochet began in 2013.

I completed the certification programs for teaching Knitting 1 and Crochet 1 from the Craft Yarn Council. I am currently enrolled in the Expert Knitter Program at Webs.

I started teaching at Michaels craft store and at an assisted living community. Since then I have taught at a boutique yarn store and a children’s after school program. And I still teach at other elder care facilities and at several technical high schools in their continuing education programs. My students have come and do come in all ages and with a wide range of abilities and disabilities.

While I am not fluent in Spanish, I use the little Spanish I know, (and the help of translating apps), to successfully teach Spanish speakers. I can also use translating apps to teach other non-English speakers.

My knitting and crochet experience also includes making samples for The Third Piece, Purl Soho, and TJX and designing patterns for an independent yarn company, Raw Material No. 52.

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Scarlet
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I have to update my review now that I've had a bunch of lessons with Amy. People who can do something well and also teach well are rare and Amy is one of those. Before I started with her, I had been doing crochet using YouTube and had taken a couple of local classes. I was pulling things out and starting over frequently because i'd realize i didn't understand/had totally missed something, which was getting frustrating. Even in the live classes the teachers were nice and skilled but they didn't take the time to make sure we understood certain fundamental facts about crochet and what we were doing, focusing more on just getting it done. Amy makes a point of expressing the basic things one needs to know about the stitches we are doing, as much as helping me get the final result.

I looked up online lessons because the quarantine had started and I had purchased a sweater pattern that I really wanted to make, and thought i should be able to accomplish. Many people on Ravelry had complained about the pattern's shortcomings -- some had given up on it, though the people that did complete it, had great results - over 95 people posted pictures of their results, though some aren't quite like the advertised picture. I really wanted to make that sweater though, so I thought it was time to get some real lessons, and found Amy. The way she talked me through the pattern and other patterns, I totally got how to look at patterns and think about them. She lets you know her thought process so you can think it through yourself. Now, when i rip something out to do something over, it's not because i don't know what i'm doing so much as i now know what i'm trying to accomplish. The sweater is almost done and btw, looks just like the picture!! I've realized that it's a great idea to tell Amy whatever i'm thinking and she will give the best advice. Oh, and from the first lesson, she got me getting straight edges easily (now, it makes so much sense but at the time it seemed like a fluke whenever i had a straight edge!)

Posted Oct 10, 2020
Barbara N.
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Amy is a very experienced knitter which is what I am looking for. She is patient and answers questions so I can understand. She lets me choose my projects and encourages me to tackle harder patterns. Most important to me is I can call her during the week and ask for help when I need it and don't have to wait until class.

Posted Oct 4, 2020
Scarlet
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Awesome 1st lesson, Amy is a fount (font?) of information, I can't wait for the next lesson!

Posted Aug 17, 2020
Barbara N.
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amy is extremely patient and easy to understand. She is starting me on an easy project and looking forward to our next session

Posted Jun 5, 2020
Christy F.
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What a great find for me! I loved our first lesson! Amy was so patient. I would highly, highly recommend her!

Christy

Posted May 27, 2020
Pat
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I consider myself an experienced knitter so was surprised to find myself stymied by reading a more difficult pattern. Amy is a pleasure to work with as well as an extremely skilled teacher. Her explanations are clear and in one case her diagram clarified my confusion. I learned, laughed, and left Amy having learned what I needed to learn. I am impressed with her and will call her again.

Posted Feb 24, 2020
Diane

Amy is a highly skilled,experienced knitter, as well as being an effective instructor for beginners. Students work at their own pace, with one-on-one support from Amy. Additionally, Amy provides support to students outside of class time via email and text.

Posted Jan 31, 2020
Frederica
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I can't say enough good things about Amy. She has been so dedicated to teaching our senior population. They have learned to knit and feel good about what they make. She is low key and relaxed but also very reliable and professional. The participants look forward to her class every week.

Posted Jan 24, 2020
Pooja
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Amy is a wonderful teacher. She’s very kind and encouraging. She was very patient helping us fix mistakes we made and more importantly taught us how to identify what had gone wrong and how to fix it ourselves. She was always happy to offer advice on projects we wanted to do as well.

Posted Jan 23, 2020

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Experience

Knitting Instructor
Jan 2020 - Present

Continuing Education at Montachussett Vocational Regional Technical HS

Knitting Instructor
Oct 2019 - Present

Worcester Night Life, Worcester Technical HS, Worcester, MA

Knitting Instructor
Mar 2019 - Present

Assabet After Dark, Marlborough, MA

Sample Knitter and Crocheter and Pattern Designer
Jun 2018 - Present

Raw Material No. 52

Knitting and Crochet Instructor
Oct 2016 - Present

Smith House, (independent living) at Madison Park Village, Boston, MA

Knitting Instructor
Feb 2016 - Present

Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), 3 sites, Boston, MA

Private Knitting and Crochet Instructor
Mar 2005 - Present

Self employed

Knitting and Crochet Instructor
Sep 2013 - Aug 2018

Wingate Healthcare Assisted Living, Needham, MA

Sample Knitter
May 2017 - Apr 2018

Purl Soho, New York, NY

Knitting and Crochet Instructor
Oct 2014 - Dec 2017

Iron Horse Fiber Arts

Production and Design Knitter and Crocheter
Oct 2015 - Sep 2017

TJX Company, Framingham, MA

Crochet Instructor
Oct 2016 - Apr 2017

Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain, MA

Knitting Instructor
Oct 2015 - May 2016

Mother Brook Arts and Community Center, Dedham, MA

Production Knitter
Aug 2015 - Dec 2015

The Third Piece

Knitting and Crochet Instructor
Jun 2013 - Sep 2015

Michael’s Craft Store, Newton, MA

Knitting Instructor
Nov 2014 - Apr 2015

GoLingo, Arlington, MA

GoLingo is an after school program for elementary school children in Arlington, MA. I taught knitting to second graders and finger knitting to kindergarteners.

Knitting Instructor
Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

Sheep Skate, Dedham, MA

Education

BFA in Industrial Design
Sep 1982 - May 1988

Carnegie-Mellon University

Languages

Hebrew

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Teaching Crochet 1
Sep 2013

Craft Yarn Council

Teaching Knitting 1
Sep 2013

Craft Yarn Council

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