11.19.2017

Brioche Topper and A Giveaway!

Anybody ready for some gift knitting? I know I am! I've been saving this pattern for you.... it's quite a fun and fast one!

Brioche Topper
I worked Brioche Topper in Freia Fibers Freia Ombré Worsted... what is SUPER fun about this design is that you get the appearance of two colors by working from the inside and outside of the ball... but really, you are just working with one gradient ball of yarn! Tricksy, right?

I discovered this technique when playing with the yarn in Brioche Booster, and realized I could translate it into a hat, which is great for learning brioche in the round. What I LOVE about Brioche in the Round, is that there are only 2 rnds to work, and once you have the pattern established you are good to go! Of course, I made a tutorial for you if you haven't worked Brioche in the Round before....


You've probably also seen some photos of me lately wearing a slightly different version of Brioche Topper, my new winter hat!
I pretty much wear my hair in a messy bun or ponytail ALOT of the time, so I needed to leave a hole at the top! I've included instructions for how I did this in the pattern... and put notes up about this version on its project page.

To celebrate releasing Brioche Topper I have a skein of Freia Fibers Freia Ombré Worsted in Flare!  WHO WANTS IT?
Just leave a comment below letting me know how your gift knitting is going. Don't forget to leave a way to get in touch with you... I'll keep comments open through November 25th  and announce the next winner in a giveaway on November 26th! It's time to get into the holiday spirit with y'all!

11.15.2017

Knit Ithaca 2017 RECAP!

This weekend was the first annual Knit Ithaca.... and WOW! What a blast! I can't tell you how amazing it was to not travel for the weekend and have the knitters come to me! I think I am onto something here!

This is going to be one of those blog posts that is heavy in photos and light in words because I think you'll see that everyone's smiling faces say it all!

Kate Atherley joined us as our guest teacher for Saturday's classes.... on Sunday I made her go to nature : )!
Kate just released a new Mitten book and in celebration she designed The Wine Trail Mitts (pattern on Ravelry!)
I designed a scarf for the retreat, inspired by Taughannock Falls, which we hiked to on Sunday!
I have hardly any photos from Friday and Saturday as we were all so busy talking and knitting.
This is Susan casting on Taughannock.

Some of us did take a walk to Cascadilla on Saturday after lunch and before the afternoon class!
Here is Vicki's Cascadilla at Cascadilla!
And Marsha's Cascadilla at Cascadilla!
Susan designed and knit an AMAZING sweater honoring Taughannock Falls!
Saturday night we had a HUGE KNIT NIGHT and local knitters joined us... it was super fun and busy and I didn't get one photo as I was too busy catching up with everyone... WHOOPS!

On Sunday we were treated to a tour by Experience the Fingerlakes, we loaded onto a giant bus and headed out to some of my favorite spots!

Taughannock Falls... my favorite place on earth!








Hedda quickly became our mascot, and when she wasn't helping Rita, she got lots of snugs from us, don't worry!
Melissa at Fingerlakes Cider House educated us on permaculture, Kite and String Cider and more!
Then we were fed really well while we tasted ciders! Smart, right?



Then we tasted goat cheese from Lively Run Goat Farm
And visited their goats!
Finally we ended at Sheldrake Winery, with a wine and cheese pairing that was quite superb!
Then it was back to the hotel for a farewell dinner, a hysterical fashion show (no photos from this... what happens at the Knit Ithaca fashion show stays at the Knit Ithaca Fashion show!), and a final knit night!
One thing about Knit Ithaca? The husbands had about as much fun as we did....!
Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou sweet knitters for joining me on this epic event! I hope to make it an annual one!

Oh, and the best way to hear about future events is to sign up for my mailing list.....

10.15.2017

Video Recap: Knit Ireland October 2017!

I'm am just back from an AMAZING adventure to Ireland with 28 of the world's most wonderful people (this includes Ann Marie our tour guide, and Sam, our fearless bus driver!)

I posted lots of photos on Instagram and Facebook during the trip, and decided that instead of going through and individually posting more I would make a wee video for you all that encapsulates our adventure. I tried to make sure that everyone was represented at some point along the way!



One bit of craic (fun in Irish) we had was "borrowing" Sam's marmot when we went to the Aran Islands... he left with only a wee bandana and came back with a full on wooly wardrobe!



Thank you again wonderful knitters for making adventuring with a a possibility!!!! I can't wait until next time!

10.11.2017

Rhinebeck Roll Call 2017!

It is time for one of my favorite events of the year! New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck NY! Are you going to be there????


I've got some fun plans for the weekend and I'm hoping you can join me!!!!!

Friday
I am honored to have a booth at Indie Untangled this year! 
When: Friday October 20th from 5 - 8
Where: The Best Western Plus, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston, N.Y. Click here for directions.

I've been restocking kits (and working on some new ones) and will have those along with a rack of my sweaters to try on! You don't need tickets for this event, but you do need to RSVP.
Go here for more information.

I'll be at booth 23 and can't wait to meet you!

Saturday
12 - 1(ish)- Ravelry Meet-Up- on "the hill"! (Right behind the 2x2 petting zoo) When you get to the meet up area head up the hill to the benches. I'll be up there! Wear your Nelkin Designs if you have made one to wear to Rhinebeck... I'll have presents for the first 25 people I see wearing one of my designs!!!

6 - 9- PARTY and OPEN STUDIO with Jill Draper Makes Stuff! (click link for more info) There will be TONS of yarn there and I'm happy to help you choose yarn for a Novus Sweater, or other special project!

Sunday
10:30 am- ARTICHOKE FRENCH BRUNCH PARTY! (new this year!)
I've discovered that the best time to get Artichoke French is first thing in the morning on Sunday! The line is short and it makes an excellent breakfast! Get there before 10:30 to get yours and then meet us at the picnic tables right across from there to all have brunch together!

Here's a map of the fairgrounds with the Artichoke French Brunch and Ravelry meet-up marked on it:

Any questions? I'm happy to help!!!! Leave a comment below if we are going to see you there (and what you'll be wearing!) I have a new sweater on the needles, and there is a small chance it might actually be done in time!