10.29.2013

When it rains... it pours!

WOW!  Your response to the Cambio Cowl kit has blown me away!  I sold out of two colors (Blue Velvet and Vertigo) in 48 hours and we've been busy winding yarn and shipping since it's release, see?
Then, just as Cambio was flying off the shelves, my editor sent the copy edited manuscript for my book and was like, HAVE AT IT!  So, this is what my weekend looked like:
Also, I'm prepping to leave for Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago, where I'll be teaching some of my favorite classes, Knitting Jewelry, Beading 101, and Advanced Lace with Beads, AND one new class, Cowl Design.  So, of course I needed to whip up a new cowl for it....  I didn't have any super simple cowl samples, I wanted one worked flat, and closed with buttons.
I purchased these porcelain buttons from Melissa Jean at Rhinebeck and paired them with a stunning skein of alpaca/merino from an alpaca farm right up the road. Bel Canto is working on getting their yarn up for sale, and when they do I'll let you know!

Finally, I just have to share this video with you!  Ralph Lauren is the Official Outfitter for Team USA for the winter Olympics and the opening ceremony sweaters are 100% US sourced and knit!  There is a really lovely video on his website about Imperial Stock Ranch where the wool came from.... beware, I got a little teary watching it!

10.24.2013

Cambio Cowl: A Mosaic Gradient Kit!

Ready for a NEW kit with NEW yarn? And without beads? (GASP!)

Cambio Cowl is knit in the round with a bi-color mosaic stitch that plays with two VERY special yarns... an exclusive Freia Fibers gradient mini skein paired with Jill Draper’s soon-to-be-released yarn, Esopus. I did a HAPPY dance when Tina at Freia said she would dye this little babies for me, they are TOO CUTE... but those of you who knit Cyclo already know this!  And Jill's new yarn?  Let's just say I nagged her for a year to make it : )!
Cambio Cowl Kit
Cambio is available in 5 colors....  and I really can't decide which is my favorite. (To see any of these photos enlarged, just click on them!)
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Cambio Cowl Kit Cambio Cowl Kit
Hand-dyed gradient yarn is SO fun to design and knit with... I am a bit obsessed : )! I do have more in the works, promise!
Cambio Cowl Kit Materials Included in Kit
90 yards (11 grams) Freia Ombré Lace
     (75% Wool, 25% Nylon)
120 yards (26 Grams) Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus
     (100% Superwash US Merino Wool)
Cambio Pattern
    (the Cambio stitch is both charted and written out!)

Materials Needed
One US Size 4 [3.5 mm] 16- or 24-inch circular needle
1 Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

Finished Measurements
6.5 inches high x 19 inches around

Gauge
24 sts x 32 rows = 4 inches in st st, blocked
28 sts x 36 rnds = 4 inches in cambio st, blocked

You can order Cambio Cowl kit from your local knitting store, or my Etsy shop!
Cambio Cowl Kit
WARNING: Cambio is a super quick and addictive knit.... you are probably going to want to knit more than one!

10.22.2013

Rhinebeck 2013: A Photo Recap!

Oh my.... I'm just back from Rhinebeck (aka New York Sheep and Wool) and holey moley, what a whirlwind!  I taught for most of the hours the festival was open, and did manage to sneak in some moments with friends, food and the animals, but there was no where near as much time for shopping and connecting as I would like.  Next year I think I'll just go to play!
I made a new lovah on my lunch break!
My kits on display at The Spinning Room's booth! 
They flew out of there all weekend long!
My Rhinebeck treat was a basket from Kristine!  It was HARD to choose!
(I ended up with a medium sized curved one, 3rd from the right second row down)
I taught some studious and wonderful students all about Knitting with Beads! 
Thanks to all who attended my classes!
Kim, brought Bristol and I candy from Canada...
that look on my face is saying "Do I have to share with my family?"
I stayed with Leila, JC and others in a lovely farm house 10 minutes away...
this was our porch, pretty ideal, huh?  I wish I had had time to knit on it!
Another photo of my lovah, cause he's too cute to only show once!
The line to pick-up The Rhinebeck Sweater book!
I got my copy of The Rhinebeck Sweater along with another ball of Jill's Empire to knit my girl an Artichoke French!  It looks like an informal KAL is starting over in my Ravelry group, so if you got a copy and are ready to cast on, ask any questions there!  I'm happy to help!

I also got a signed copy of Clara Parkes new book,  The Yarn Whisperer, but the quick picture I took didn't do Clara or her book justice, and I wouldn't want her to hate on me.  What I will say is that I have ALOT to learn about book signing, watching her in action was a lesson!!!!! This is my night time reading this week... can't wait to hit the sack tonight!

Oh, and there are just a few more spots in The M Club!  Sign ups close this Friday 10/25, so if you've been hesitating this is your LAST CHANCE to sign up!  The dyers are chomping at the bit to get your yarn ready for the first shipment and they need time to work their magic!  I really wish I hadn't said I was keeping the dyers a secret as I think the line up is going to KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF!  Goodie orders are ready to be placed, and the designs are well under the way.  This project is beyond fun to work on and I do hope you'll join us!

Also, apologies for the Instagram pics.... a girl just has to make-do with her phone camera sometimes! And to everyone I didn't get to see (and hug!)  there is always next year!

10.17.2013

Come Together!

Last winter you might remember hearing about Come Together, the design I created for 2013's Indigodragonfly: Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination 1 Skein Club.  Well, it's a new season, and the pattern is now available for public release!  I know a few of you out there have been waiting for this one!
Come Together
Come Together is SO simple, which is part of why it is SO good!  Three separate beaded I-cords are knit and then brought together through the center of a large hole, hand-blown glass bead. By varying two weights of yarn and unique seed beads on each strand, Come Together appears more complex than it is. 
Come Together
Finding the bead was a challenge, and some of the nicest I found are made by PaulBeads.  These beads also work on Pandora bracelets, all you want to do is find a bead with a least a 5mm hole so that all three strands can fit through!  If you attend any craft shows this Fall/Winter keep your eyes open for glass artists... they might have the perfect bead for your Come Together!  You can purchase the pdf pattern for $5 either on Ravelry, or my website.  Thanks so much!
Come Together
Oh, and I bet you want to know who the Wollmeise Half-Life winner is... don't you? Congrats to KnitStricken!  Get in touch so I can send your yarn on out!

10.15.2013

Behind the Scenes....

I spent the bulk of last week on a gorgeous Christmas Tree farm in Western, CT at the photo shoot for my book.  It's still not due out until September 2014(ish), but I just couldn't resist sharing a some behind the scenes shots.
Behind the scenes
Behind the scenes
Behind the scenes
Behind the scenes
Lauren Volo and her team, along with Potter's Art Director, Stephanie Huntwork, were professional, knowledgeable and FUN.... I didn't know doing a shoot of that scale (25 pieces in 2 days) would be such a blast! One thing I feel sure of?  This is going to be a pretty book!  Huge thanks to Lauren, Georgia, Constance, Stephanie, Sacha, Rita, Valerie, Kim, Melissa, Josh... you were "like totally" an AH-mazing team!
Behind the scenes
Behind the scenes
If you look closely enough you'll see just a few peeks at what is to come : )! I know I am such a tease, and it's awful hard to not show you more!  I will say that I've got something new that's almost ready for you, and you won't have to wait for that!  If you are at New York Sheep and Wool this weekend in Rhinebeck NY, go to Building A, space 25 (The Spinning Room's booth) the something new will be there in limited quantities, along with my entire kit line!  Hope to see you there!

10.11.2013

Half Life Shawl: A New Pattern and Yarn Giveaway!

Phew, I know I've been teasing about this shawl for a while!  Half Life is finally ready!
Half Life
Half Life is a triangular version of Life Cycle from my Craftsy Class, Lace from the Inside Out. Worked flat, from the top down starting with a garter tab, Half Life is a study of double sided lace stitches that flow seamlessly from one section to the next.  The stitches for Half Life are both charted and written out, to help you grow both your lace knitting and chart reading skills!  I've set up a thread in my Ravelry group for those of you who are ready to cast on and might have questions! 
Half Life
Half Life can be knit in either Fingering, Light Fingering or Lace weight yarn, all you need to do is get gauge. I used a yarn I had been wanting to use for quite some time, Wollmeise Lace Garn in Petersilie (parsley).OH.MY.GOODNESS.... LOVE this yarn.  It's a bit heavier than your typical lace weight and is constructed of 6 thin plies that give the yarn a smooth even construction making it easy to knit!  It's soft and drapey, and rather perfect!  Also, the skein has 1740 yards (1591 meters) on it!  So, although I knit the large, there is still enough left over to knit a smaller version of Half Life as well. 
Half Life
Lace Garn isn't the easiest to get, and I did write a blog post about how to go about buying it when it arrived in August. It's also possible to find as a destash on Ravelry and sometimes The Loopy Ewe gets a shipment in, but that goes quickly!
Half Life
Since I have so much yarn left over (and no plans to knit another Half Life) I decided one of you should get the rest of my skein which is enough for the smaller version!  Who wants to win that?  Just head over to Ravelry and queue Half Life and then leave a comment below with a way to get in touch with you... I'll leave commenting open until the end of the day Tuesday October 15th.  I'll get your yarn out to you quickly so you can cast on ASAP!
Half Life Yarn

10.07.2013

A Fall Knit Jewelry SWAP!

WOOT!  It's time for our yearly Nelkin Designs SWAP!

This year I've decided to make it a wee bit different.... we'll all be knitting one of my jewelry designs for our swapmate and sending that along to them with a sweet treat. We'll get to stalk our swapmate AND then knit them something special.  I make things for people all the time, but it's not often someone knits for me... I wonder if it's like that for some of you too!

You can read all the details about the swap here. Once you read them, if you want to join in just post "I AGREE" in that thread, and then fill out the form below...easy peasy!

10.03.2013

A New Way to Cast On for Butin Collar!

One of the things I love about knitting?  We are ALL learning from each other... and often times there are better ways to achieve the same end result!  This is what has happened with Butin Collar, one of my most popular patterns!  I love Butin, and didn't find the backwards loop cast on challenging but I have been hearing over the years that some find working the first row after the cast on to be difficult and no fun at all.

Thanks to Julia Gabrielsen, a designer and knitter on Ravelry (JGab) who was the first to think of this alternate method....  this is a brilliant modification and makes the necklace even faster to knit!  Also, I LOVE Julia's Trixie Pixie hat... that got added to my queue for the next baby that needs a hat.




Note: You will need the entire Butin Pattern to knit the necklace, this video just helps with the cast on.

For those of you who have a printed or kit version of Butin, just replace the existing cast on and Row 1 with these directions: 
First measure off 80 inches of yarn, slide 13 beads onto this length, then with this as your tail held to the front of the left hand, work a longtail CO for 42 sts, [sl1 bead (from working yarn), CO1] twice, sl1bead (from working yarn), CO 22 sts, slip up 10 beads from the working yarn and 13 beads from the tail, CO 22 sts, [sl1 bead (from working yarn), CO1] twice, sl1bead (from working yarn), CO 42 sts. [132 sts]


Those of you who own digital versions of Butin or Adorn will be receiving an update shortly! 

As I was getting ready to post this I realized I have 5 patterns to release this month, some are improvements on existing patterns, like Butin, and some are BRAND NEW! So keep your eyes open, October is going to be FUN around here!  My plan is to release one pattern a week....