1.26.2015

SO.MANY.THINGS!

Well, I went from thinking I had nothing to blog about this week too an overload of news so I think I'll give you one of those easy to read list style posts.... you ready?

1. We have a WINNER for week's giveaway.... Congrats to Mary Tole you win!  Get in touch to claim your prize(s)!

2. I did an interview with the absolutely lovely Mel of Single Handed Knits last week that posted this morning.... we chatted long and hard, and I have decided that she should be my therapist, seriously, she was easy to "really" talk to!  Go grab a cup of tea, and your knitting, and have a listen, and then read all about the giveaways she is having to celebrate Knockout Knits... I adore seeing my labor of love being shared by knitters!
https://withmeldotcom.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/chatting-with-laura-nelkin-a-giveaway/

3. I've been nominated by Craftsy for a Blogging Award for Best Knitting Blog!  Will you vote for me?  It would be fun to win... I've never gotten a blogging award before : )!
4. The 1st Quarter KAL in my Ravelry group is going strong!  This week's prize is an intriguing new product, the Special Secret Sock Blank from Gale's Art! This one is all about LOVE... all you have to do is post a photo in the KAL thread of a Nelkin Designs project you are working on to be eligible to win it (more details here).

5. I'm off on a little trip this week (hopefully... we weren't actually supposed to get any snow, but it's been snowing all day!) Expect to see photos of this week's adventure on Instagram and Facebook! Below is a photo from this morning's cold hike...

1.21.2015

I'm on TV... Knitting Daily TV! (with a Giveaway!)

Remember back in October when I was hinting at knitting step-outs ALL.THE.TIME, and then went to Ohio for a 36 hour stint?  Well, I was shooting a segment for Knitting Daily TV and now I can share it with you!

I got to Ohio ready to film with a ton of step outs in plastic bags that looked like this....
Then I got my hair and makeup did and the next thing I knew I was on set with Vickie.. (my eyes look a little psycho in this photo... let's just pretend they don't!)
I got to meet Tanis Gray for the first time in person, she is LOVELY....
I "speed" teach the Bulb Cuff from Knockout Knits in my segment, I can't believe we got through all the steps of making it.... I finally brought myself to watch it last night so I could write this post, and I have to say, it's better than I thought it would be!  I was just a little nervous I'd sound like a idiot but Vickie is a total pro, and guided me through each step perfectly......
I used a bead mix from Artbeads that I'm a little bit addicted to now... so fun to just string them on randomly and let them do their own color play....
Here's a little preview for you....

Ready for some details?
  • The episode I am in is 1412... you can purchase it individually here.
  • You can order the entire season (1400) digitally or on DVD here.
  • Check your local listings to find out when KDTV (and my episode) airs here.
     I'm hoping it airs on one of our local stations and we can have a PARTY!
Alrighty time for a giveaway... 
I've got one FULL DVD set of the entire 1400 season of Knitting Daily TV for one of you! To make this extra special I am going to include beads from Artbeads and a Gumball so you can knit your own bulb cuff just like mine!
Just leave a comment below by 11pm (EST) on Jan 25th, don't forget to leave a way to get in touch with you! I randomly choose a winner on the 26th and announce them in my Ravelry group in the news thread and on Facebook.

1.14.2015

My Dream Coat....

My new coat is DONE! If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter you'll know I've been working on this project for months... I promised myself I would have it done for Vogue Knitting Live this weekend and I did it!
It is a lightly modified version of Vogue 1320 by Issey Miyake. I originally had bought heavy boiled wool for it, but realized after making a "muslin" out of fleece that there were too many seams coming together at the yoke and it was going to be bulky as all get out.  I found a wonderful dark navy/eggplant wool suiting locally that was a great choice.  It's not quite as heavy as I had hoped for, so I used cotton flannel for the interfacing and that seems to have bulked it up a bit. I did make it roomy enough to wear a sweater underneath, and that should help on cold days.
The biggest modification I did was to loose that goofy stand up collar and slap a hood on it.  My current totally trashed wool coat has a hood and it wasn't an option for me to make a new coat without one.  I did have to redraft the neckline to fit it, but that was easy in the general scheme of things.

A hard part was choosing buttons... but luckily I had Instagram and Facebook to help me. Obviously I went with the knots. Thanks everyone for your help. I am going to crowd source button options more often!
The hardest part was the buttonholes... I almost gave up and used toggle closures or frogs but I chose to be brave. I spent the weekend learning how to make hand bound buttonholes on scraps and then marked the front of the coat before diving in.

I found this blog post, this article, and my favorite sewing reference book to be invaluable.  I almost couldn't finish in time as I didn't think I had enough black buttonhole silk, but luckily found an extra stash of it in my grandmother's sewing supplies.... it proves that one should NEVER throw out crafting supplies.  I also found a whole pile of yellow buttonhole silk, so I'm thinking that is going to dictate the color of my next coat! 
I'm loving it with my new Marianne Dress too!  Slowly but surely my handmade wardrobe is growing....

1.03.2015

Cruzado Cowl and Hay Bale Mitts and a First Quarter KAL!

Happy New Year All! I hope you had a GREAT holiday break... we certainly did and I'm rejuvenated and ready for the year to come! 

I promised I'd let you know as soon as I could release Cruzado Cowl (my October Dream Club design) and Hay Bale Mitts (my November Craftsy Mystery KAL) to the public and now that it's the New Year it's time!
Smaller Size of Cruzado in Dream in Color Classy in Good Luck Jade
I added a second smaller size to Cruzado Cowl so it can be made in 250 yards... Cruzado has been my main wardrobe staple this winter, I'm happy to add a second one to my cowl rotation!

Hay Bale Mitts are fast and fun, and will keep you amused while you knit and warm while you wear them! And they match the Hay Bale Hat and Headband I released in December
Soooo.... Since I know many of you are waiting until my next Mystery KAL is released on April 1st I thought we should have a little fun together!

It’s time for another 1st Quarter KAL! This one is a tiny bit different than the one held in 2013 and will be tons of fun! I have over 150 designs listed on Ravelry and I’ll be adding to those in the next few months…. so that’s means there are a lot of designs to choose from if you want to participate in this KAL! (KAL=Knit-A-Long) There are some AWESOME prizes... Go here to read more about it, and hopefully join on in!