Today on the YarnThing Podcast with Marly Bird: knitting expert Laura Nelkin, returning designer guest!
Laura Nelkin is not a stranger to the YarnThing podcast, she was on a couple of years ago and is back today to talk about her Mystery KAL. So just to get everyone up to speed on Laura, she is an independent knitwear designer who lives in upstate New York. Laura learned to knit in 2004 when her daughter was a toddler, got obsessed with knitting and then designing her own patterns. Soon after she got a job a Schaefer Yarns as their design director and worked there for 5 years. She has published lots of patterns and several books so check them out on her website an Ravelry. She is also an instructor at workshops and shows around the country and on Craftsy.com.
One of the big things that Laura is known for are her Mystery Knit-a-Longs, which is what she talked about today. She runs several of them per year and they are usually one of three things: a cowl, shawl, or wrap (basically accessories). Her newest way of doing the KALs is her M Club, the Mystery KAL club. With this club, you sign up at the end of the year for the next year’s KALs and then throughout the year you get a kit for the KAL, which includes the yarn and other necessary items(an example of the latest one is below) , and the instructions come on a schedule. No worries if you missed out for this year, you can still by the patterns and participate in the KALs (and you might even be able to get kits for past KALs as well). The next KAL coming out is the Magnify pattern and incorporates one of Laura’s favorite things, beads! Listen in below to hear Marly and Laura talk all about the KALs, Laura’s design process and more!
Important links from today’s show:
- Laura’s website, Nelkin Designs
- Laura’s Ravelry designer page
- Laura’s classes on Lace from the Inside Out and Knitting with Beads
- Laura’s Etsy shop page
- Laura’s Facebook page
- Laura’s Twitter
And we definitly won’t forget the Giveaway for this show! Leave a comment below with Laura’s keyword for your chance to win free entry into her newest Craftsy class due to come out in early April!
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