4.27.2017

Finishing Options for Creatrix: Beaded Picot and Lace Bind Off!

YEAH! If you are reading this post it must mean you are almost ready to bind off your Creatrix MKAL! (Spoiler Alert: If you read/watch ahead you will see bits of Creatrix, so if you want to keep the mystery going don't watch these just yet!)

First Off, you'll see in the pattern that I give you 2 options for binding off Creatrix, a Beaded Picot Bind Off, and a Beaded Lace Bind Off!

Watch this video to learn more about them:



Here's a video tutorial for the Beaded Picot Bind Off (done with Size 6 beads):



Here's a video tutorial for the Beaded Lace Bind Off (done with Size 6 beads):


Remember... you can work either of these bind off's without beads, just skip the placing bead step.

Thankyou again and again for playing with me on this! I hope you enjoyed yourself and learned a ton!

4.20.2017

Video Tutorial: Short Rows (German and Wrap & Turn)

Every so often a design of mine demands short rows.... I write the detailed instructions into my patterns but sometimes a little extra help is necessary to understand the maneuvers. So, here are quick videos for the two types of short rows I use the most!

First off, what is a short row? 
A short row is a partial row of knitting that allows you to shape your knit fabric by adding more (or less) rows to your work.

German Short Rows (sometimes called Yarn Over Short Rows)
I use German Short Rows when I am working stockinette stitch as I find that they hide themselves beautifully in the fabric.



Wrap and Turn Short Rows
I use w&t (wrap and turn) short rows when I am working garter stitch as you don't need to pick up the wrap because it gets hidden in the garter ridges.



These are only two of many different ways of working Short Rows. There are also Japanese Short Rows, Shadow Wraps, and more.

Want to learn more about Short Rows? Carol Feller has an EXCELLENT short free class on Craftsy, a longer more indepth class, and a STUNNING book all about Short Rows. I suggest checking them out if you want to expand your short row knowledge further!

4.11.2017

Knit Ireland! with Laura Nelkin April 2018!

April 21st - 30th, 2018
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Many of you know I visited Ireland with my family last summer.... it turned out to be a bit of a scouting trip and I've put together a knitting adventure for us to take together! Ireland is gorgeous and full of opportunity! I can't wait to knit and learn and explore the western shore of the country with you!

Day 1: Arrive in Shannon and travel to Killarney's Lake Hotel (with a scrummy lunch stop along the way). We'll be starting our adventure retreat "style" with Carol Feller, knitting and chatting and then follow that with a fantastic group dinner. The Lake Hotel has a the ruins of a 12th century castle and overlooks Killarney Lake... we'll knit, get to know each other, and rejuvenate from our travels in comfort!
View from the dining room of The Lake Hotel!
Day 2: We'll start our day with a true Irish breakfast and then have a knitting workshop with Carol Feller, lunch and a bit 'o shopping in Killarney and then a Jaunting Car Ride in Killarney National Park!

Day 3: Group breakfast, and then head out on a Ring of Kerry tour around the stunning Iveargh Peninsula and end the day with a visit and tour of the Kerry Woollen Mills.

Day 4: Another yummy Breakfast, a quick visit to Hedgehog Fibres in Cork, and then lunch and exploring Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, and then onto Galway for a lovely group dinner in our hotel at the Harbor!
The color wall at Hedgehog!
Day 5: Craft in Connemara day (starts with Breakfast!)! Tour of Connemara with a visit to Spiddal Craft and Design Centre and a basket making workshop with Ciaran Hogan, then onto Kylemore Abbey, finally a visit to a traditional working Sheep Farm, the Glen Keen Sheep Farm. The evening is your own... we may decide to head into town and catch a traditional Irish Music session in any one of Galway’s traditional pubs or simply relax in the hotel.
Day 6:  We'll have breakfast and then head out to visit to the National Museum of Country Life (optional) and then have an afternoon workshop with the iconic Anne O'Maille and visit her knitting store in Galway.

Day 7: After Breakfast (sense a theme here?) we will flight or ferry to Inis Oírr in the Aran Islands. On the island we will be met by Una McDonagh and treated to a workshop on traditional knitting methods and Aran Island stitches at the Aras Eanna Art and Craft Centre. We'll be staying at B &B's on the island and have an opportunity to get to know our hosts and learn about island life! The day ends with a sumptuous group dinner at a local restaurant!

Day 8: First, breakfast, then we'll ferry over to Inis Mór (the largest of the Aran Islands) and have a guided tour that includes the impressive fort of Dún Aonghasa. Then we'll head for lunch at a local restaurant and visit some of the knitwear shops on the island. In the afternoon we'll take the ferry back to Inis Oírr and have a St Bridgets Cross Making workshop with Una! Another yummy dinner is scheduled for the group!

Day 9: BREAKFAST! And then we'll ferry over to Doolin where we will take a short tour of the Burren and learn about the region, we'll visit Poulnabrone Portal Tomb, Cliffs of Moher for lunch and a wee hike, and then travel through the charming village of Fanore. We will then head to Dromoland Castle for our last night together! I needed us to stay in a castle before heading home... a delicious meal is planned for our farewell dinner.
Day 10: LAST BREAKFAST, and then it is time to head to the airport for our journey's home... (insert sad face here).

Tour land price is €2544 and includes :
  • Transfers on arrival and departure by private coach
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary in a luxury coach with an experienced driver and licensed guide and Laura Nelkin, knitting designer and teacher
  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities for 9 Nights (single supplement  €649/extra)
  • Irish breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 4 dinners, 1 farewell dinner
  • Entrance to all museums and attractions per itinerary
  • Aran Islands Ferry Fees
Workshops/Knitting Activities Included in This Tour:
  • Dinner and knitting Workshop with Carol Feller (including a copy of Carol’s Book – Contemporary Irish Knits)
  • Knitting Workshop with Anne O’Maille
  • Knitting Workshop with Una McDonagh & Mairead Sharry
  • Saint Bridget Cross Making Workshop
  • Kerry Woollen Mills Factory Tour
  • Eye of God Willow Cross Making Workshop with Ciaran Hogan
VERY Detailed Itinerary and sign up form available, e-mail Laura for more details!

3.21.2017

My Friendship Contexta and a New Expansion Pack!

Last June after Knit Texture launched we had an Octagon swap for Contexta in my Ravelry group... I signed up to swap 13 Octagons and received 16 in return! The results of this incredible project are below.... read on!
I designed a heart Octagon for my buddies, they were my summer/fall travel knitting, and went all over with me! I knit Contexta Octagons everywhere... in Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, in Cayuga Lake (literally), camping and then went I got home I sent them all to their new homes.

To ensure that everyone's Swap Octagons would go well together I had us all use Cloudborn Superwash Merino Twist in a select list of neutral colors... I just knew that with a swap our Afghans could lend up looking a wee bit disconnected if people could use any worsted weight yarn or color! I decided to knit all my squares and work the border in Jill Draper Makes Stuff Hudson in Petrified Wood. I am SUPER happy with my decision as I adore mixing this neutral hand-dye with the Cloudborn!
HUGE Thankyou to: Carol, Kelly, Debbie, Debby, Kathy, Justine, Helene, Kathy, Kayleen, Laurel, Dawn, Chari, Susan, Lori, Susi and Crystal you have all helped me make one of my most treasured creations! We'll be snuggling together for years to come!
Many of the swaps members got so inspired by the class, swap and pattern that they designed their own Octagons for the swap so people would know who knit them, how cool is that?

As soon as people starting seeing each others designs they wanted to knit them, so we decided to put together an Octagon Expansion pack for Contexta with new Octagons from Carol, Kelly, Melanie, Simone, Chari, Debbie, and myself! That means that there are now 13 Contexta Octagon designs to choose from! Aren't these beautiful? I adore each and every one!
 
Unfortunately a few of our dear knitting friends have been struggling with cancer as of late, so we have decided that all monies raised from the sale of the Octagon Expansion Pack (after paypal fees and taxes) will be donated to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The American Cancer Society and LiveStrong

Links
Expansion Pack for Contexta 
Note: These are only Octagon patterns, you will still need the complete Contexta pattern available in Laura’s Craftsy class Knit Texture.
Knit Texture- 50% off 
Read More About the Swap