6.25.2014

Knockout Knits: A Knockout Tour and Pre-Sale Info!

Oh, I've been waiting quite some time to make this announcement!  With the release of my first book Knockout Knits on September 2nd I've got quite the schedule lined up!  Ready to hear about my Knockout Tour this fall?

Knockout Tour Fall 2014

Knitting Etc
Hometown Book Release Party, Signing, and Trunk show
Friday September 12 from 6 - 8 pm Ithaca, NY

Lion Brand Yarn
Book Release Party, Signing, and Trunk show
Thursday September 18 pm New York, NY
Lion Brand Yarn
Teaching- details announced July 1st!
Friday September 19 and Sunday Sept 21st New York, NY
Trillium Yarns
Teaching- details announced soon!
Saturday September 20th Morristown, NJ
Knit City
Class Registration here. Opens June 25th!
Vancouver, Canada
New York State Sheep and Wool
My full kit line will be in BoothA25, The Spinning Room
Book Signings (more info this fall!)
October 18-19 Rhinebeck, NY
Vogue Knitting Live, Chicago
7 classes to choose from!
October 24 - 26 Chicago, IL
Fiber Arts in the Glen
Signing
November 2nd Watkins Glen, NY
Fibre Space
Signing/Teaching
November 7th and 8th Alexandria, VA
The Yarn Spot
Signing/Teaching
November 6th and 9th Wheaton, MD

As more details are announced they will be posted on my workshop page.  Signups for many of these classes open soon. I'm still finalizing details on a few more events and then my schedule is full... PHEW!  I can't wait to meet new knitters and greet old friends and show you the projects from the book!

And, though the book will be available through your local yarn store and bookseller, and online at all the major retailers, I am selling Signed Books with a special kit as well.  I'll be shipping orders as they are received once the books arrive at my doorstep! (Hopefully the last week of August!)
This special package will include a kit created from one of my favorite jewelry patterns from the book, Hibisco Necklace, in the above exclusive color.  You can read more about the Hibisco Necklace kit here. Hibisco will be available in other colors in September!

6.18.2014

Picking Up Stitches: A Video Tutorial and Treatise

I've been getting questions about picking up stitches in Magia... which means it's the perfect time for a video tutorial on the subject!

I can't believe what an idiot I sound like in the last 10 seconds after finding all my words so well... apologies!  And also, it's gardening season, hence the lack of a manicure!

I also really love this article on Knitty if you want to do more reading on the subject!

6.12.2014

My Summer 2014 Reading List

It's time for another reading list! These lists have been SO useful for me... both for accountability and record keeping! Since I started them I've been reading/listening more than I was before (see Summer 2013 and Winter 2014).

Reading:
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion 
         (rather adoring the narrator's voice, a story about a geneticist with Asperger's Syndrome who has decided it's time to find a wife in a very scientific way!)
  • Tepper Isn't Going Out by Calvin Trillian
         (for book group, haven't read any of Trillian's work and I think I might be opening up a pretty great can of worms!)
  • Up, Down and All Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard
        (this is actually on its way to me as I type... and I can't wait to dig into it, I think it will be a great tool for my Craftsy Cowl Design students! A book review is in order!)
Listening: 
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
        (though certain scenes make me blush while listening to them I decided it was time to restart this series from scratch... a great story to knit/sew/cook/clean/drive by!)
On my Shelf:
Just Finished:
  • The Signature of All Things: A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert
       (I listened to this 22 hour long audiobook while deadline knitting and cannot begin to express how much  I enjoyed it.  Historical Fiction that spans 2 generations of botanists.. if there is on book from this list that I think is a MUST read, this is it!)
  • Beautiful Wreck by Larissa Brown
       (a viking love story... need I say more?)
  • Pack Up the Moon by Rachael Herron
       (I laughed, I cried, not at all what I expected, and an excellent read!)
  • The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriar
       (a late night impulse purchase that sucked me in... set in Australia with great character development!)
So, please share what are you reading, listening, and/or watching!  I'd love to hear.... with the deadlines I have on hand I am going to plow through these and need more material before long!

6.05.2014

This, That, and the Other Thing...

Oh my, somehow I suddenly have a list of things to tell you about and they are all pretty awesome! (and I do love a list....)
http://www.craftsy.com/ext/LauraNelkin_holiday
#1- Craftsy just launched their big summer sale, with up to 50% off of ALL their classes through June 9th.  I spent the other evening being highly amused watching Kate and Courtney's new class, New Directions in Lace: Hats  (and learning a new-to-me cast on)
#2- We are gearing up for Magia Mystery KAL... and I've started a little contest in my Ravelry group where everyone is a winner... but one person will win big.  All you have to do is follow the step-by-step directions : )! Only 5 days until the first clue is OUT!
#3- I am getting so excited for SSK in July!  SSK is hosting a KAL of my patterns prior to the retreat, and The KnitGirllls last episode might just contain a coupon for my patterns.... (hint hint)!  I know the retreat is sold out, but the marketplace on Saturday is open to the public, and I'll be hanging out with Stephanie from Space Cadet
#4- If you've been following me on Instagram, you'll know that over the weekend I did a lot of gardening (see my knees above), finished my Amelia dress (see above again)... and yesterday made some REALLY good Rhubarb Ginger Simple Syrup... I think I might be drinking too much coffee (again).
#5- Finally, lots has been going on in the background that I can't show you... oh, like new kits for Fall, and shawls for Just One More... but I think you deserve a sneak peek for reading this whole post (see above)!

6.03.2014

Just One More: Magpie Shawl

Ready for the next pattern release in Just One More, my new serialized e-book dedicated to my knitting addiction? The moment I finished up the Magpie Mystery KAL I knew I HAD to design a shawl with the same shaping. 
Magpie Shawl gets to play with two-colors of yarn.... they can both be solid, or a solid and a handpaint, OR a solid and a gradient!  The version I knit resulted from a happy stash dive.  Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus in North Atlantic and Tanis Fibers Arts Purple Label in Spearmint played perfectly together... I chose these colors while it was still a disgusting brown/grey outside and was obviously wanting some spring on my needles!

Then Lorrie, one of my lovely Ravelry mods, said she'd test knit for me and I "convinced" her to use Shibui Staccato and Noro Taiyo Sock so I could show you how fun this design is when you play with a gradient.  I was obviously inspired by for this version by Anja's Magpie MKAL!
I really went out on a limb trusting that the geometry of Magpie would work and as it came together I could see how it could easily (ok, sort of easily) translate into a more traditional triangular shawl shape. Magpie Shawl starts with two mitered triangles joined at their tips.  Then each wing is worked out, first with short rows and then with gently decreasing stripes. In the end you have made a generously sized triangular shawl with a whole new construction!
Gale Zucker took these fun photos during our shoot at TNNA.... I need to figure out how to get my teleporter working so we can work together again, I'm spoiled by working with her!
Purchase Magpie Shawl
Purchase Just One More

Note: Purchasing the eBook Just One More ($21.00) represents a significant discount over purchasing each pattern in the e-book separately ($7.00 each) as they are released. If you have already purchased Just One More the pdf has been updated to include Magpie Shawl... ENJOY!