Great news!  Remember Accola, which I designed for my Craftsy class Knitting with Beads?  Well since it's a year since the class was released I can make it available as a pdf on my site and Ravelry

Smaller version in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Midway
Accola is a semicircular shawl that incorporates nupps, placing beads, and double-sided beaded lace. Accola is worked from the bottom up, starting with a long narrow lace border that has stitches picked up along the top edge of it.  The shawl body consists of two triangles separated by a center panel that incorporates double sided beaded lace to create a stunning central focal point. The shawl is written for two weights of yarn and two sizes.
Jan's Accola
Larger version by JanElinRN
To celebrate I've teamed up with Jill Draper to give a the yarn, beads and pattern to March's winner of the 1st Quarter KAL.  Since this marks the end of the KAL I thought I would announce the winner here!  There were 89 finished Nelkin Designs posted in March!  WOW, so many beauties!  So, Congrats to MnBerg, who knit ALOT of my jewelry designs this month, I particularly love the Butin on the horse!

Larger Version in Jill Draper Makes Stuff Nimbus, in Bottle I can't wait to design another shawl in this yarn!
This was the first time I did a Quartelry KAL in my Ravelry group... and definitely won't be the last!  What a community sprung up around it (and we all found out we are a bunch of Chatty Cathy's!)!  It's the perfect time to take a break as the Juego MKAL is released at the end of next week and I think that will keep everyone busy enough for a bit!  Expect another KAL later this year!

I'm off to Seattle in the early early early am to teach at Vogue Knitting Live in Seattle... hope to see some of you there!  I did check the weather, and are you surprised?  It's raining the whole time I'm in town!  Luckily, I'm not teaching outside!


  1. I am so thrilled! Many many thanks Laura, it is so much fun seeing all of finished projects of your beautiful designs. Accola is stunning and I can't wait to try it. Have a great time in Seatle.

    Marlene (Mnberg)

  2. Your photos of the Inspiknity blocking wires in use is helpful. I've been eyeing them, but can't justify the purchase just yet. Next projects to block: 2 scarves. The beaded one currently on-needle is in FaeryLace (13yd/g)& I'm not looking forward to trying to thread my wires into it when it's wet.


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