9.25.2019

The ULTIMATE Knitting Cruise with Laura Nelkin

July 24 – August 9, 2020
Holland America – m.s. Zuiderdam
Copenhagen-Bergen-Molde- Akureyri - Isafjordur - Reykjavik - Lerwick - Invergordon
SOLD OUT!
You can still get on a waiting list though, just fill out the link below!!


Time for our next knitting adventure... this cruise is pretty incredible as all the ports are what I would consider to be KNITTING destinations! I've taken advantage of that by creating some exclusive tours for us in Bergen, Reykjavik and Shetland!

We have a room reserved for us on the ship for our famous nightly knit nights... activities planned for our days at sea with no extra charge! I have some ideas that I think you will all ADORE!!!

I am also designing something super special for the trip (something that evokes Norway, Iceland and Shetland knitting traditions?). Yarn will be included in your goodie bag and the piece will be revealed our first day on the ship! We'll have a class that focuses on the skills used in the new design on the first day and then I'll be available to get you going and help with any knitting questions throughout the trip. We have arranged group dinners on board, so no one will eat alone!

Daily Itinerary:

July 24th – Meet in Copenhagen- City Tour and Tivoli Garden Visit!
July 25th - Exclusive Knitters Day in Copenhagen- Sommerflugen, local designer (TBA), Design Museum and ending with a local knit night!
July 26th – Board Holland America’s m.s. Zuiderdam for 14-night cruise
July 27th – Scenic Cruising Day
July 28th – Bergen, Norway (Exclusive Knitting Tour: Oleana and Dale of Norway)
July 29th – Molde, Norway
July 30th – Scenic Cruising Day
July 31st – Akureyri, Iceland
Aug 1st – Isafjordur, Iceland
Aug 2nd – Reykjavik, Iceland (Exclusive Knitting Tour: Pingborg Wool Cooperative, Alafoss, Thingvellir, Geysir and Hydroponic Tomato Farm with Icelandic Horse Exhibition!)
Aug 3rd – Reykjavik, Iceland
Aug 4th – Scenic Cruising Day
Aug 5th – Lerwick, Shetland Islands (Exclusive Knitting Tour: Shetland Designer, Jamieson and Smith, Textile Musuem)
Aug 6th – Invergordon (Inverness, Scotland)
Aug 7th – Scenic Cruising Day
Aug 8th – Skagen, Denmark
Aug 9th – Return Copenhagen

Included: 2 Nights in Copenhagen and tour, 3 Exclusive Knitting Tours, Goody Bag with yarn to knit the design Laura is making for the trip,  customized guide with yarn and fiber related activities to discover at each port, hospitality room for nightly knit nights, class with Laura and knitting related events, all port charges and taxes, meals while on ship.

Not Included:
Tips, alcoholic beverages, specialty dining on ship, flights, airport/hotel transfers in Copenhagen, optional shore and destination excursions

Optional:
Extra night in Copenhagen travel insurance,

Pricing starts at  $4249 pp Single Supplement Available.
Right now Holland America is running a promo and your on board experience may include up to $800 per cabin on board credit, specialty dining experiences, Beverage card, and premium Internet Package (balcony cabins and suites) The promo is subject to availability, certain terms, and is subject to expire at any time.

$900 per person non-refundable deposit due at book your spot.
Final payment due by April 3rd, 2020.
Travel Insurance is highly recommended and due at time of deposit.Cost is based on total trip cost and age of traveler.

Want to get more information????
Go here:https://forms.gle/JV6npnBUrwoSaAGD6

Or E-mail Melissa at AAA Western and Central New York at knitwithlaura@nyaaa.com

9.16.2019

Knit Ireland and Woollinn with Laura Nelkin! June 2020!

June 3rd - 14th, 2020
4 SPOTS LEFT!

I am SO excited to announce another knitting trip to Ireland! This one is extra special as I've timed it to end at Woollinn, a SUPER fun knitting festival just south of Dublin in Dun Laoghaire.

Day 1: Arrive in Dublin and travel to Cavan. We'll be stopping in Drogheda to meet Aine Dunne, an Irish tapestry weaver and learn about her work. We'll also meet with Jess from Olann.ie and have a dyeing demo and Q and A.  Then we'll start our adventure retreat "style" with Carol Feller, knitting and chatting and then follow that with a fantastic group dinner. The Farnham Estate in Cavan is the perfect first base!

Day 2: We'll start our day with a true Irish breakfast and then have a knitting workshop with Carol Feller, then we'll visit Sandra at Crafts of Ireland for lunch and a workshop on crocheting a traditional Irish Rose and learn about antique sock knitting machines.


Day 3: Group breakfast, and then head out to learn about Basket making from master basket maker Eddie McGrath. Afterwards we'll stop by Corleggy Cheese an award winning Irish artisan cheese to learn about the cheese making process at their farm! Yes, there will be CHEESE TASTING! In the afternoon Laura will lead a workshop in the hotel.

Day 4: Another yummy Breakfast, we'll leave Cavan to head to Donegal. On the way we are lucky enough to stop at the brand new Distillery tour of The Shed Distillery... Drumshanbo, is the unofficial drink of my Ireland trips, and we are going to learn how it is made! SO LUCKY! Then we'll head to the Butter Market in Enniskillen to see Irish crafters and artists work, and finally head to Belleek Pottery for a guided tour of their pottery production. We'll end in the day in Dongal at the Mill Park Hotel.


Day 5: Donegal Day (starts with Breakfast!)! We'll head out to Studio Donegal and get a tour of their hand-weaving and clothing manufacturing business committed to preserving and promoting traditional Irish hand-weaving. They have the most beautiful yarn! Then we'll go to Slieve League Cliffs (AMAZING) and have a wee hike, for those that are up to it! We'll end the day with a stop at Donegal Craft Village for a spot of tea and shopping. After dinner at the hotel the evening is your own... we may decide to head into town and catch a traditional Irish Music session in any one of Donegal’s traditional pubs or simply relax in the hotel.


Day 6:  We'll have breakfast and then head to Edel MacBride's for an intensive Aran knitting workshop. Enjoy a core workshop including yarn pack, working the best of Irish moss, cable and Edel’s favourite Aran stitches. After lunch we'll visit Glebe House, the home for nearly thirty years of the renowned artist Derek Hill which is situated on rising ground, beside Lough Gartan.Then we'll enjoy the beautiful surroundings Lough Eske Hotel for a delightful Afternoon Tea before returning to your hotel to relax and further enjoy your surroundings.

Day 7: After Breakfast (sense a theme here?) we will pack up and head towards Belfast. We'll have a visit at Dunluce Castle, a walk at the amazing Giants' Causeway, and a lovely lunch stop along the way. We'll end the day in Belfast at the Grand Central Hotel where you can enjoy one of its amazing restaurants!


Day 8: First, breakfast, then we'll pay a visit to Mourne Alpacas outside Belfast, a family managed herd of Alpaca and pedigree angora goats that produce high quality fleeces, so much so that their motto at the farm is “We breed for heat, not for meat!” After lunch locally we'll head back into Belfast for a visit to the Titanic Belfast museum. This museum is extremely interactive, with technology bringing each period to life. Return to our hotel in Belfast where the remainder of the evening is your own.

Day 9: BREAKFAST! And then we'll head towards Dun Laoghaire... on the way we'll stop at the Irish Linen Museum.  On your guided tour of the centre you will explore the history of linen production in the province of Ulster. Leaving Belfast, we travel south and make a stop at Malahide House and Gardens, a medieval castle with a dramatic 800 year old heritage, opulent antiques and d├ęcor, set in 260 acres of parkland with Victorian style walled gardens, formal lawns and Ireland’s only Butterfly House. Finally, we continue to check in at The Royal Marine Hotel and then enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.


Day 10: WOOLLINN begins today ! Entrance fees are included for you to explore Woollinn at your leisure. Your pass will grant you access to the marketplace and all associated "bonus" events such as demonstrations, exhibitions and social get-togethers. Please note that workshops at Woollinn are not included in this package and we do not book people into workshops, we will provide you with the information on how to book directly with the organisers as soon as this information is available to us. This evening enjoy a Woollinn social dinner which includes a sit-down meal and entertainment, with some of the Woollinn Special Guests in attendance.

Day 11: WOOLLINN Continues... The Woollinn experience continue today or you can simply enjoy a leisurely day in your hotel, stroll through the coastal town or take the local DART train into Dublin city centre if you wish.

Day 12: Farewell to Woollinn and Ireland

The Tour 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
  • 4* Accommodation in rooms with private facilities for 11 nights
  • Irish breakfast daily, 1 welcome dinner with Carol Feller, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, 1 farewell dinner, First Night of Woollinn Social Dinner in your Woollinn Package
  • 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
  • An Aran knitting workshop with Edel MacBride
  • Irish Crochet Rose Motif, Spinning Demonstration & Antique Sock Machine Knitting Demonstration with Sandra from Crafts of Ireland
  • Short Dyeing demonstration by Jess from Olann.ie
  • Aine Dunne Tapestry Weaving demonstration
  • A ticket to the social dinner at Woollinn on Friday 12th June (which includes a sit-down meal and entertainment, with some of the Woollinn Special Guests in attendance.)
  • Two-day passes to Woollinn (Fri 12th and Sat 13th June), granting access to the marketplace and all associated "bonus" events such as demonstrations, exhibitions and social get-togethers.
VERY Detailed Itinerary and sign up form available, e-mail Laura for more details!

9.12.2019

Proto-Lola: September's Lola's Choice Kit!

I think most of the kits have landed so I can share September's Lola's Choice Kit with you all...

Introducing Proto-Lola!

I decided to depart from the smaller delicate beaded pieces I had been designing for Lola's Choice and make a hat for fall. Lola told me she needed one... with her logo on it!

I used Berroco Catena with Alafoss Lettlopi for this design... I adore Lettlopi but it is a wee bit too "toothy" for hats for me. I realized if I used Catena (which is a chainette construction and SUPER soft) for the brim I could have a hat that is warm, soft and light. I've used both these yarns for Leio and when I did some colorwork with my leftovers I knew they were going to work together perfectly!  I did design the hat so if you want to skip the logo and just have the colorwork "star" go all the way around the hat it is easy to do. And those leather tags were just the finishing touch!

 

My photographer Jamie, is deep into senior portrait season, and Lola decided she wanted her photos to simulate that back to school mood... how did we do? 48 is the new 18, am I right?


It has been super fun to see how others are modifying their Proto-Lola's! Green Tops, Tassles, and extra colorwork! Fun, right

Finally, I did announce a little QUICKIE KAL in my Ravelry group... it was Lola's idea (of course it was!) All you have to do is finish your Proto-Lola by September 30th... (there is a charity component as well).

I do have a few kits for Proto-Lola left, so if you sign up for Lola's Choice now, you'll start with this kit!

xoxo, Lola

9.05.2019

Bering Blanket: A Design in Process!

So, a few weeks ago when I launched the Bering Shawl I got a wee bit excited about making a blanket with the same general construction! I posted this photo on Facebook and Instagram was encouraged to cast on and share a bit of the design process with you! I purchased this natural gradient from Ironwood Hill Farm last November at Knit Ithaca, it is spun from the their Finn sheep after being meticulously sorted by color. With the amount I have I'll be making a square lap blanket, but I'm going to write up the pattern to make it easily customize-able to other shapes and yarn weights. In theory I'll have this done and tested by November?


I'm happy to report that 2 weeks later I have the 4 squares done! Here is the first baby done and blocked! It measures about 19 inches square...


While designing and knitting on this I realized I want the pattern to be REALLY versatile, so that we can get the most out of our yarn. For me it involved a fair amount of math and a spread sheet that looked like this:



For Square 1, I worked with 3 colors A, B and C, with A being the lightest in the gradient. You can see that I used my trusty scale and weighed (and measured) my skeins before I started and then after each section.

The darkest color in the gradient will become the main color and connect the squares together and also be the border. I have a sneaking suspicion I am going to be getting one more skein of that darkest color (or something similar) from the farm as I want the border to not be too puny!

I already have an idea for a second blanket, this one rectangular using Feederbrook Farm Entropy and Harrisville Flywheel I have in stash from Itha-Cowl! Won't that be amazing?

We might need an intervention over here! Halp?