Star of Butin Kits (and a Giveaway!!!)

Last holiday season I released a pattern for Star of Butin and was asked again and again if I would make kits.... so I did!

Introducing Star of Butin Kits!
16 yards of mercerized perle cotton
16 grams Size 8/0 glass seed beads
12 grams Size 6/0 glass seed beads (big)
Dental floss threader (for stringing beads)
2 hooks for hanging
PDF pattern download code

Includes yarn and beads to make
2 Ornaments
Choosing colors for these was a joy... and then writing up the pattern for the different color options was a brain teaser!
For those of you who already own the pattern you will see that there is an updated version on Ravelry that includes stringing beads for the 2-color (Glacier and Crystal), 3-color (Peppermint) and 5-color (Pinwheel) versions.

This pattern has a video tutorial for the cast on which is super helpful! You are going to have fun with these! I think they will be this year's gift for all my "people".... once you get the hang of knitting them they are FAST.

So, are you starting to get ready for the holiday season? What are you planning? Let's inspire each other and have a giveaway to get the holiday ball rolling... 

Who wants a chance to win a Star of Butin Kit of their choice?

Just leave a comment below letting us know your plans.... don't forget to leave a way to get in touch with you... I'll keep comments open through October 30th and announce a winner in a future blog post!


Rhinebeck 2016 ROLL CALL!

YEAH! (Did I say that loud enough?)
It's almost the 3rd weekend in October... which means it is time for another New York State Sheep and Wool Festival (otherwise known as Rhinebeck!)

I've got two new designs launching in its honor....
Spirit Shawl, inspired by Synthesis MKAL, in Spirit Trail Fiberworks Birte
(Jen will have lots to choose from in her booth, Building A, #3&4!)
I'm having a 48 hour FLASH SALE for Spirit Shawl!!!
Purchase Spirit Shawl and get another Nelkin Designs single pattern at no cost!
Use the code RHINEBECK2016ORBUST (ends midnight EST 10/13)
Jill Draper Makes Stuff is launching a collection called Rural Renewal... and I have beaded mitts in it!
My kits will be at the Spinning Room in Building A, booth 25 for the 4th year running... I am bringing my whole line, along with a new Ornament kit! Star of Butin (I'll tell you more about this kit and get it in my Etsy shop next week, it is time to start thinking about the holidays!!)
I've got a fun schedule planned for Rhinebeck, please do come find me!

10:30 - 12- Helping out at the Spinning Room- Booth 25, Building A

12 - 1(ish)- Ravelry Meet-Up- on "the hill"! My hope is that we can all find each other and catch up! Wear your Nelkin Designs if you have made one to wear to Rhinebeck... we can take photos!!!

6 - 9- PARTY and OPEN STUDIO at Jill Draper Makes Stuff new space! (click link for more info and to RSVP) There will be TONS of Empire for Artichoke French and Middlefield for Medio Cowl... I'm happy to help you choose colors : )!

11:00 - 11:45- CORPUS Dance Theater Performs Les MoutonsI kinda have to go see this.... a human sheep performance? Or something?
Location TBA

And then I am going to SHOP for yarn and kiss the sheep!


Cowltober and the versatile ALL-Ways Cowl!

It is time for our second annual Cowltober! (That is where we make Cowls in October.)

I have over 20 cowl designs on Ravelry, and I think a KAL is in order.... Cowls are perfect as the weather starts to change AND they make great presents, so this can help you get a jump on holiday gift knitting! Plus cowls are the perfect thing when you only have 1 skein of special yarn and aren't quite sure what to do with it!

I've released two cowls in the last month, one Medio Cowl, has become a new favorite, I can't wait for the weather to cool down more so I can wear it!
The other is ALL-Ways Cowl, which started out as a little beaded something I designed for the Lola's Choice September kit (if you don't know what Lola's Choice is go here).
The club version had beads (natch), and was knit with 100 yards of Mrs. Crosby Suitcase, a fingering weight merino blend that is slinky and lovely (and let itself well to a little cowl). As I bound it off I realized that if I changed the cast on number (and took out the beads) that the pattern could be knit in a variety of yarns and sizes and be versatile and spectacular.... so that is what I did!

I've released a second version of the pattern that is written as a formula, you work a gauge swatch, count your sts per inch, and then decide how big you want your cowl, do a teeny tiny bit of math, and then cast on! So fun! I love empowering you to be the designer and think about what will work well with YOUR YARN and YOUR WARDROBE! (Note: if you are a member of Lola's Choice you are automatically going to receive this version, no need to purchase it!)

I have knit 4 more ALL-Ways Cowls already!
(one of them got lost at an airport, but that is another story!)

This one I knit in Blackler Yarns Aran I got in Edinburgh... details here!
This one I knit some Hedgehog Fibres DK I got in Ireland... details here!

And this I made with a skein of Dragonfly Fibers in Firecracker, I went Rogue and made it super long and narrow, and gave it three decrease lines instead of two... more info here.

And I have for a 5th one to cast on for some Rhinebeck knitting....! I just have to decide what size I want to make!
So, I hope you are up for a COWLTOBER KAL! You can read more details about it here... and see all the awesome prizes I have collected for you.