My Casa Azul

Building Confident Knitters

Welcome to My Casa Azul: housing creativity since 2015. My name is Laurel and I specialize in teaching the beginner knitter.  Whether you want to learn to knit, refresh your skills, or continue your knitting journey, I’m by your side every stitch of the way. Let’s learn to knit and grow your skills through group Knit Classes or one on one with Knit Help.

My Casa Azul 

Building Confident Knitters

Welcome to My Casa Azul: housing creativity since 2015. My name is Laurel and I specialize in teaching the beginner knitter.  Whether you want to learn to knit, refresh your skills, or continue your knitting journey, I’m by your side every stitch of the way. Let’s learn to knit and grow your skills through group Knit Classes or one on one with Knit Help.

Helping you knit, stitch by stitch

Choose the best approach for your learning style

Knit Classes

Group classes with other beginner knitters or gather friends for your own private group.

Knit Help

1:1 help sessions, customized to your knitting needs.

From Our Students

I was a total novice when I signed up for Laurel's class. Although I crochet a bit, knitting always intimidated me. But the first project, a cowl, was perfect - thick yarn, basic techniques, it was a great learning experience and a good foundation. She's an excellent teacher, patient, and always willing to help out with extra information and links to useful videos. I've taken three of her classes and have been very pleased with the results.
Elaine
Knit Class Student
Working with Laurel has been an immense pleasure. I was an absolute beginner when I took my first class with her. She has deep, deep knowledge of the craft, and a wealth of experience. Her love of knitting, her clear, patient, and detailed instructions, and her engaging, funny, down-to- earth style all combine to make her an exceptional teacher. I left each session with her feeling inspired and more confident. As my projects have grown more complex, she has continued to be generous with her time and guidance, rescuing me from all kinds of knotty situations. When we were remote, her camera and lighting setup made it a breeze to show her my work and follow along as she demonstrated different techniques. Laurel is a wise, warm, and wonderful teacher, and any student working with her is lucky indeed!
Lavanya
Knit Help Student
Laurel is not just a knitting coach, but a confidence coach! I had not knit in a few years so my skills were rusty at best, but I only wanted to pick it up if I could make something I would truly wear. Laurel coached me through remembering the basics, taught me technical details but most importantly gave me the confidence to try new things and trust my instincts. Plus, she always has amazing calming energy and great conversation.
Morgan
Knit Help Student
Laurel Garcia has been an excellent creative mentor for my daughter. She is a clear communicator who is easy to work with and schedule. Laurel enjoys sharing her deep knowledge of fiber crafts with children, and has helped me understand how I can nurture my daughter’s artistic interests.
Wendy
Parent of Student
Laurel taught me and my daughter how to knit cowls for each other during the pandemic. We couldn't have asked for a more wonderful or positive first-time learning experience. Laurel is a natural teacher; even over Zoom, her warmth, patience, experience, and passion for knitting really shone through. Laurel provided true beginning-to-end project support and assistance. From helpful, detailed information about supplies to clear instructions on binding off and blocking, she supported us every step of the way. During our lessons, Laurel managed the virtual experience deftly with a professional camera setup that clearly showed her demonstrations, and an admirable ability to decipher our knitting and guide us in our stitchwork - all over video. It was truly impressive and reassuring! As a beginner with no prior knitting experience, I really appreciated Laurel's steadfast encouragement and genuine care for our learning experience. She cheered us on at our own pace and was always just a video call away. Most of all, my daughter and I now have a treasured shared experience and new creative outlet, thanks to Laurel!
Julie & daughter (age 9)​
Knit Help Students
I started knitting with Laurel when I found myself with more leisure time and remembered how much my Mom enjoyed knitting when I was growing up. I wasn’t at all sure I could do this but was ready to give it a try because, hey, if I didn’t like it that was okay too. Laurel was awesome - so patient and encouraging! Her very professional set up makes it quite easy to see what she is doing and she explains things in a clear and patient manner. My first attempt at a cowl was full of mistakes, but it made me laugh because the classes were fun anyway. That baby had to be ripped out because even the yarn was embarrassed. But with Laurel’s great attitude and reassurance I soldiered on and now I love to knit, especially in the evening watching tv with family. I’ve lost count of the many many cowls I have made - I give them away like summer zucchini, but I love doing the stitch and pattern variations. I’ve made hats (again with Laurel’s expert guidance), gloves, and currently working on a delicate patterned baby blanket. Laurel has taught me so much and has referred me to excellent on-line sources for specific issues (e.g., I’ve done this numerous times but now I just can’t remember how). If I’m really stuck or trying to do something that is leaving me confused, I plug into Laurel for a one-on-one. This whole experience has been so much fun and my friends are loving to use the results. I’m almost done with a sweater (from a sweater class with Laurel) but I’m keeping that for myself.
Kathy
Knit Class Student
I met Mrs. Garcia through my school knitting program in spring 2021. Since then, she has helped me re-purpose, organize, and learn more about my yarn. She has also helped me learn new skills, given me patterns to follow, and fall in love with my new favorite hobby.
Emily, age 12
Knit Class Student
As a first time knitter, I was so impressed with Laurel’s beginning classes. I have now taken 2 classes - a cowl class and hat class. With each class, Laurel takes you step by step so you truly have a clear understanding before moving on to the next section of the pattern. Her teaching style is one of patience and confidence building. While I thought it might be difficult over Zoom, Laurel has a wonderful set-up so you can clearly see her work and understand the techniques. I look forward to taking more classes from Laurel and building my knitting skills.
Leslie
Knit Class Student
I’ve taken two classes (virtually) with Laurel and she is a fantastic instructor. She is knowledgeable, a great troubleshooter, and attentive! The patterns that she chooses for the classes are very appropriate and I developed so many skills through this. I highly recommend signing up for a class, whether introductory or experienced, with Laurel!
Navil
Knit Class Student
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Working with Laurel has been an immense pleasure. I was an absolute beginner when I took my first class with her. She has deep, deep knowledge of the craft, and a wealth of experience. Her love of knitting, her clear, patient, and detailed instructions, and her engaging, funny, down-to- earth style all combine to make her an exceptional teacher. I left each session with her feeling inspired and more confident. As my projects have grown more complex, she has continued to Te be generous with her time and guidance, rescuing me from all kinds of knotty situations. When we were remote, her camera and lighting setup made it a breeze to show her my work and follow along as she demonstrated different techniques. Laurel is a wise, warm, and wonderful teacher, and any student working with her is lucky indeed!
Lavanya
Knit Help Student
I was a total novice when I signed up for Laurel's class. Although I crochet a bit, knitting always intimidated me. But the first project, a cowl, was perfect - thick yarn, basic techniques, it was a great learning experience and a good foundation. She's an excellent teacher, patient, and always willing to help out with extra information and links to useful videos. I've taken three of her classes and have been very pleased with the results.
Elaine
Knit Class Student
Laurel Garcia has been an excellent creative mentor for my daughter. She is a clear communicator who is easy to work with and schedule. Laurel enjoys sharing her deep knowledge of fiber crafts with children, and has helped me understand how I can nurture my daughter’s artistic interests.
Wendy
Parent of Student
We couldn't have asked for a more wonderful or positive first-time learning experience. Laurel is a natural teacher; even over Zoom, her warmth, patience, experience, and passion for knitting really shone through. Laurel provided true beginning-to-end project support and assistance. From helpful, detailed information about supplies to clear instructions on binding off and blocking, she supported us every step of the way. During our lessons, Laurel managed the virtual experience deftly with a professional camera setup that clearly showed her demonstrations, and an admirable ability to decipher our knitting and guide us in our stitchwork - all over video. It was truly impressive and reassuring!
Julie & daughter (age 9)​
Knit Help Students
I met Mrs. Garcia through my school knitting program in spring 2021. Since then, she has helped me re-purpose, organize, and learn more about my yarn. She has also helped me learn new skills, given me patterns to follow, and fall in love with my new favorite hobby.
Emily, age 12
Knit Class Student
As a first time knitter, I was so impressed with Laurel’s beginning classes. I have now taken 2 classes - a cowl class and hat class. With each class, Laurel takes you step by step so you truly have a clear understanding before moving on to the next section of the pattern. Her teaching style is one of patience and confidence building. While I thought it might be difficult over Zoom, Laurel has a wonderful set-up so you can clearly see her work and understand the techniques. I look forward to taking more classes from Laurel and building my knitting skills.
Leslie
Knit Class Student
I’ve taken two classes (virtually) with Laurel and she is a fantastic instructor. She is knowledgeable, a great troubleshooter, and attentive! The patterns that she chooses for the classes are very appropriate and I developed so many skills through this. I highly recommend signing up for a class, whether introductory or experienced, with Laurel!
Navil
Knit Class Student
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