Winners (and THANK YOU!!)

First, thank you so much for all of your thoughtful, well written, constructive, positive comments! I know it was no small feat to take the time to provide the quality feedback that you all did, so it is much appreciated! There were also a few new-to-us blogs mentioned, so I am really excited to add them to my reader!

It is really nice to hear that so many of you love the tips + tricks and polyvore features. As luck would have it, they take me* the most time to produce, but I really love doing both, so it is nice to know they are appreciated.

For those of you who do enjoy the Tips + Tricks, tomorrow we're release a free crochet pattern and then on Wednesday, there will be a detailed tutorial to go along with it.

As promised, below are the randomly selected winners!

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1. Winner of A copy of every Kelbourne Woolens book: Little Things, Weekenders, Tundra: Elements, The Baby Collection, and Volume 1 is:

# 46 Tyna: "I check Fringe Supply every morning. I like Fringe because her blog is updated so often and very 'picture dense'. The blog that holds my interest the longest are those that have sharp clear pictures and give concise useful information on knitting or upcoming events in the world of fiber. I quickly tune out when it becomes a diary of what the writer ate or pictures of baby's last birthday. I also like info on what to wear with all these beautiful knits you design and painstakingly create, sometimes mine just end up in the closet. Thank you! T."

2. Winner of A Crafter's Supply PackKnit Check, and KW Project Bag is:

# 39: Aracelis: "My favorite blog is Joy the Baker. I love her recipes but am in love with the stories she tells from these recipes. Reminds me that everyone is relatable through food and that not everyone's story is how we might imagine to be. I am fairly new to this blog but am loving it. I love the feminitity and ease of the blog. Very lovely!"

3. Winner of 3 skeins of yarn of your choice is: 

# 13: Karen B: "My fav blog is Fringe Association - because it is a blend of fashion inspiration, how to and news about products/yarn from a user (who, granted is a seller). On your blog, I'd love to see how your yarns can be used - both in your patterns and beyond - perhaps a bit more fashion related (how do your patterns work w the trends?) I really enjoy your tutorials and I love reading about the characteristics of yarns. 
Good luck!"

Congrats to the winners! Email is at info@kelbournewoolens.com with your address so we can get your prizes to you! Thanks again to everyone who commented, and we can't wait to share with you all of the wonderful content we have in the works for 2015.

*Kate speaking here - and 99% of the time in all other posts, too.

Happy Valentines Day...SALE!

Last year we had the honor of teaching our own class on Craftsy, New Directions in Lace: Hats, which we were urged to do by our friend and Pathways Collection designer Laura Nelkin.  (Laura has taught several classes on knitting lace and beaded lace, and we encourage you to check them out!)

We couldn't agree more with Laura about the wonderful experience we've had teaching on Craftsy. We've received some wonderful reviews from other bloggers who have taken our class. Maria from Subway Knits has a good overview of the different patterns in the class on her blog, which you can read here

Stefanie knit two of the patterns before writing her review of the class on her blog: Handmade by Stefanie. Above is the Spiral Lace Hat. 

Sarah knit all three of the hats, completed the class, and wrote a very thorough review on her blog Knitting Sarah

This is a great time to try our class, New Directions In Lace: Hats, or any other Craftsy class, as all classes are 50% off through Sunday, February 15th

Pathways Collection Feature: Vesa

As promised, this week we will be focusing in on each individual pattern in the Pathways Collection by Laura Nelkin. For an overview of the collection, you can see the official introductory post here.

Today, we bring you Vesa, a beautiful elongated half-circular shawl that features a unique construction, gorgeous lace pattern, and edging. Laura was kind enough to answer a few questions about this design, and we've also put together an alternate styling option on Polyvore for you!

KW: We decided early on to not include written instructions for the charted portions of the designs. What are a few reasons why this design doesn't lend itself well to the stitch pattern written out line by line?

LN: The charts in Vesa are quite long and complex. There would have been pages and pages of written instructions to accompany the pattern. My gut is that any knitter who would want to knit this would have the skill to learn how to read from charts (if they don’t already know). Conveniently, you also just did an excellent tutorial series on using charts on their blog, so anyone who is wary or wants to build their skills should check that out. Charts are simple once you understand how they operate and relate to your knitting!

KW: Oh, thanks! I'm glad you liked the chart series! For this design, 2 different sizes were provided. Even though it was an accessory, why did you feel that it was important to provide different sizes?

LN: Well, for one thing, we aren’t all the same size! I am short and have SUPER narrow shoulders and larger shawls look ridiculous on me. My best friend, on the other hand, is much taller than I, a bit more “built” and a larger shawl looks SO much better on her frame. It’s lovely when an accessory can be made in only one size, but I really wanted these designs to be versatile and fit a multitude of women! I used this same construction for the Magia MKAL, and was limited by yardage in the skein, I knew I wanted to delve further into this unique shape AND make it bigger which I was able to do with the Road to China Lace and its huge skeins!

To purchase Vesa, click here.
To view the other patterns in the collection, click here.
For a list of our retailers that may carry hard copy patterns of the Pathways Collection and the Road to China Lace, click here

Thanks, Laura!

We hope you enjoyed this series on the designs in the Pathways Collection. Don't forget to tag your projects with #kelbournewoolens and #pathwayscollection so we can se your knitting!

{All images by and © Amanda Stevenson Lupke}

Pathways Collection Feature: Prospect

As promised, this week we will be focusing in on each individual pattern in the Pathways Collection by Laura Nelkin. For an overview of the collection, you can see the official introductory post here.

Today, we bring you Prospect, a lace shrug knit in one piece with a geometric lace pattern featured prominently on the back. Laura was kind enough to answer a few questions about this design, and we've also put together an alternate styling option on Polyvore for you!

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KW: From start to finish, did this design go in the direction you thought it would, or were there some twists and turns along the way?

LN: Prospect Shrug was the last design in this collection… and I designed it on the needles. As I knit, I wasn’t sure how big that center square motif could be before I started to build out the arms and I kept changing my mind. For a while I thought I would add a “skirt” to it making it more of a sweater but I started to run into some major sizing issues and decided to keep it simple.  I’m still intrigued with playing with this concept, though, and might have to try it with something not quite so lacy!

KW: What aspect of this design do you think knitters will learn the most from?

LN: What I LOVE about this piece is the transition from working in the round to working flat. I think knitters will so enjoy seeing how the exact same stitch is worked in both techniques. Also the flow of stitch patterns in this piece is unique; it was designed so they flow seamlessly into each other which I really think helps a knitter to get to know what is happening on their needles in a more intimate way.

To purchase Prospect, click here.
To view the other patterns in the collection, click here.
For a list of our retailers that may carry hard copy patterns of the Pathways Collection and the Road to China Lace, click here

{All images by and © Amanda Stevenson Lupke}

Pathways Collection Feature: Covert

As promised, this week we will be focusing in on each individual pattern in the Pathways Collection by Laura Nelkin. For an overview of the collection, you can see the official introductory post here.

Today, we bring you Covert, a lace cowl featuring a 2-sided panel lace pattern.  Laura was kind enough to answer a few questions about this design, and we've also put together an alternate styling option on Polyvore for you!

KW: This design has lace worked both on right side and wrong side rows. What is your go-to tip for knitters who are wary of working lace on both sides?

LN: I like to highlight my chart and key which really helps separate out the right side from wrong side directions. Just grab your favorite color highlighter and highlight all the even (WS) rows on the chart, and with that same highlighter mark the WS directions on the key. Now it is easy to differentiate between the two sides making it simpler to keep track of whether you are working knit or purl stitches!

KW: What was the main inspiration or starting point for this design?

LN: Oh, this was all about cables and lace…. and the mediation of working a stitch pattern. Also, have you felt this yarn? I knew it had to be a lacey cowl, in fact, if there is one design I am considering knitting for my wardrobe, this is it.  I know I would wear it a ton! 

To purchase Covert, click here.
To view the other patterns in the collection, click here.
For a list of our retailers that may carry hard copy patterns of the Pathways Collection and the Road to China Lace, click here

{All images by and © Amanda Stevenson Lupke}

Pathways Collection Feature: Stillwell

As promised, this week we will be focusing in on each individual pattern in the Pathways Collection by Laura Nelkin. For an overview of the collection, you can see the official introductory post here.

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Today, we bring you Stillwell, a boomerang shawl with a garter stitch body and lace edging.  Laura was kind enough to answer a few questions about this design, and we've also put together an alternate styling option on Polyvore for you!

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KW: Despite being an accomplished designer, I assume you have anxieties/nerves about putting your designs "out there" into the world. What about this design made you the most nervous and why? (And if you don't have any anxieties - what's your secret??)

LN: I do have anxieties…. And with this one I was worried it was too simple… how silly is that?  I love when my designs are complex, I adore having things change through a pattern to keep the knitting interesting and I worried that this would be boring.  I actually think this piece is meditative, first that long strip is worked with a repetition of the lace allowing the knitter to memorize the chart and get into the groove… then once the body shaping is understood it’s onto garter stitch, which we all know is the ultimate in knitting yoga! Not every design needs to be a complex puzzle. As a knitter I certainly balance the skill level of my projects and it makes sense that I did the same in the collection, but I still doubted myself.

KW: The styling for the collection was very feminine - lots of lace, flowing garments, oversized beaded jewelry, etc., because we really wanted to play up the lacy details of both the designs and yarns. As a counterpoint, we created some polyvore sets of more "everyday" styling to show the versatility of the garments. Which style do you see yourself wearing more, and why?

LN: Oh, I’m actually much more of a t-shirt and jeans kind of girl, or simple fitted dress when I “clean” myself up. I always feel like I am playing dress up when I wear long flowing garments and big jewelry. I tend toward more fitted simple shapes. Part of what I adored about your styling of Pathways is that I would not have found the stunning pieces you found.  You lent such romance to the collection! I also love all the looks you put together on Polyvore, I’d wear everything in this Stillwell set… that purse could carry all my knitting!

To purchase Stillwell, click here.
To view the other patterns in the collection, click here.
For a list of our retailers that may carry hard copy patterns of the Pathways Collection and the Road to China Lace, click here

{All images by and © Amanda Stevenson Lupke}