7.21.2016

Knit Iceland with Laura Nelkin in March 2017!!!

March 23 - 29, 2017
Unique, distinct, mysterious, legendary - Iceland remains a well-kept travel secret and a mecca for knitters. Iceland is synonymous with knitting and wool is everywhere (even the grocery stores and gas stations). Knitting is as much a necessity in the cold dark winters as it is a labor of love. Join Laura Nelkin, knitwear designer, instructor, and passionate traveler to discover the magic that is Iceland in September. Dive deeply into Iceland's knitting tradition, its unique landscape, and experience its geothermal activity at the hot springs with Laura and a group of avid friendly knitters. This is a dream trip and I hope you'll join in!
Day 1: Travel to Reykjavik

Day 2: Group breakfast, tour of Reykjavik (to get our bearings), visit to Hand Knitter's Guild, check in at hotel and group dinner.

Day 3: Istex Factory Tour and Alafoss Outlet Shop (need I say more? The home of Lopi!!!) Afternoon Tour of the Hellishei├░i Power Plant.

Day 4: "Free Day" in Rekjavik, or Optional Tours: Riding Icelandic Horses or Reykjanes Peninsula Tour, Northern Lights Tour in the evening. (extra fee)

Day 5: Saga Trails, Tour a Local Sheep farm; visit the natural dye studio of fiber artist Gudrun Bjarnadottir

Day 6: Golden Circle Tour: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, Strokur (active Geysir), and ├×ingborg Wool Center (heirloom wool and craft center that is AMAZING!)
Farewell banquet in the evening.

Day 7: Visit to Blue Lagoon (can you say geothermal hot spring resort?), and then home!

Laura visited Iceland with her family in 2012, you can read about her adventures and see photos here and here.

Tour land price is $2550 and includes :
  • Five nights in superior hotel rooms (double occupancy) at the Center Hotel Arnarhvoll (single supplement $450/extra)
  • Private motor coach for group excursions with full time English speaking tour guide/manager
  • Knitting designer and passionate traveler Laura Nelkin will escort the group and provide informal instruction
  • Breakfast daily, welcome dinner and farewell banquet
  • Entrance to all museums and attractions per itinerary
  • Gratuities for guide/driver
  • Extensive pre-departure material (as is Edventures style)
  • Limited group size
VERY Detailed Itinerary available upon request.
Contact Mary at Edventures 1 (607) 387-3322 or goedventures@gmail.com to secure your spot.

(FYI- I've known Mary since before I learned how to knit, when I was in my early 20's we worked together at a local eco-tourism travel agency. She has been organizing and leading tours for a long time, and is a professional. I am SO happy to be joining forces with her on this project!)

Note: there is already a FULL trip to Iceland in September I am SO VERY EXCITED to be started a tradition of traveling to my favorite places with knitters! There are only so many wool-focused activities I can make my family do with me on our adventures! xoxo

7.05.2016

Knit Texture: One Motif at a Time and the Contexta Afghan SWAP!

Finally.... my new Craftsy class Knit Texture: One Motif at a Time launched today. This is my 6th class with Craftsy and one that I have been planning for a while.... it is a technique class and also a project class! So you'll learn and make at the same time!
The class is built around the Contexta pattern and teaches you how to create mitered squares and octagons using a toolkit of textured stitch patterns.
These Octagons and Mitered squares are then combined together into a multitude of ways for different size shawls, afghans, baby blankets and more!
You can play with color if you want, or choose a neutral palette... I don't think any two Contexta's will be exactly alike!

I am extra super excited as we have decided to have a Contexta Octagon SWAP in my Ravelry group! It's been almost a year since our last swap, and the structure we've come up with for this one is going to be a pretty special. I've made sure to leave room in my schedule so I can join in.... in fact, I was the first one to sign up! Go read all the details, hopefully you'll want to sign up to play with us!
I want to tell you about the yarn I used.... Craftsy has a new yarn line, called Cloudborn, and they asked me if I would work with Superwash Merino Worsted Twist for Contexta... after swatching I knew it was the perfect yarn, and was happy to say yes! It has a tight twist which lends itself to great stitch definition, is very smooth, and doesn't pill easily (and I did a fair amount of ripping as I designed the octagons and squares for Contexta... which is the best pilling test there is!) We'll be using it in the swap so everyone's Octagon's are similar. I think you'll be really happy with it, it is quite affordable, the colors are great, and it will create an afghan that will last!

Finally, guess what? Craftsy knows how much you love a giveaway.... so who wants to win a Contexta Kit (12 skeins of Superwash Merino Worsted Twist in Oatmeal Heather) to make the oatmeal colored afghan shown above? Enter below! And congrats to Kelli Mullen who won last week's pre-launch giveaway!

Giveaway!!!

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6.24.2016

Giveaway for my Next Craftsy Class!

YEAH! I just heard that in less than two weeks my new Craftsy class is launching!!!!! I spent the winter and spring designing this class and I cannot wait for you all to watch it!

Craftsy likes to tease almost as much as I do... and they are running a pre-launch class giveaway... want a chance to win my new class for free? Just click here and you'll be entered!

Last month when I was in Denver filming it and shot y'all a live video on my facebook page... did you see it? If not, sit down with your knitting and take a gander... it tells you ALOT about the class, and a little SWAP we are planning around it!


a little sneak peek of the afghan project in the class!
I'll announce the winner here the day the class launches! (Hopefully the first week of July!) I'll also have details about the swap, and most importantly, a link to get my new class for 50% off!!! (FYI, you can always get my Craftsy classes for 50% off here.) 

Oh, and I did hear that Craftsy is having a HUGE yarn sale this weekend in case you were needed to stock up on their new yarn line, Cloudborn. It looks like my Reversible Listado Kit is super discounted too!

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6.21.2016

Migra Mitts Kit!

Migra Mitts were designed as the pattern for the 3rd kit of 2015's M Club and now they are ready to release as a kit!
Migra Mitts are knit with one skein of Gale's Art MYS 622 a stunning blend of merino, yak, and silk. I've kept the original Lola's Red Gale dyed for the club last year... and added 3 new colors! The kit contains 250 yards of MYS, 2 different sizes of Japanese Seed Beads, a dental floss threader, and a download code for a pdf of the pattern.
Migra means Migrates in Spanish, which is a perfect translation for this beaded stitch as it migrates (or travels) from one side of the hand to the other. The pattern is sized, and the Right and Left Mitts are mirrored. 

You’ll get to play with two different beading techniques (beads on yarnovers and slipping beads in between stitches) while working double sided lace in the round... FUN TIMES!!!! The lovely part about this pattern is that the smaller beads (size 8) are the ones that are slipped between sts, and the larger beads (size 6) are worked on yarnovers... this makes it really easy to notice if you have gone off pattern or forgotten a bead!

And of course there is a video! It is 15 minutes long, and teaches you all the tricksy bits!

Kits are available... check them out! Can't wait to see which colors you are drawn too! I for one, am making myself the Silver ones!