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Guest Post: Laura Nelkin Makes It A Handmade Holiday

Greetings Craftsy Community!

I am so thrilled to be chatting with you today!  I cannot even begin to express how much fun I have been having teaching Knit This! Mastering Lace Shawls on Craftsy.  My students and I have developed a fabulous rapport and they are knitting the most AMAZING lace shawls... to say I am proud would be an understatement.  You can even see some of the Skywalker shawls knit by Craftsy members.  If you have thought about wanting to learn how to knit lace, think about joining us!  Do you want to learn more about my class?  Caroline at Juniper Moon Farm wrote a great review and Creative Knitting just posted a really supportive article.


Let's make it a handmade holiday this year!

I'm sure you've noticed that the holidays are right around the corner!  I don't know about you... but I try to make as many presents as I possibly can.  For me this isn't about spending less money, but the process of truly gifting an act of love.  Handmade gifts are extraordinarily cherished in my family and they have come to be expected!  Do you have this tradition in your family?  Perhaps you want to knit a shawl for a beloved family member or friend?  You still have time... many students completed their first shawl in less than two weeks!

When I'm not developing new lace designs and teaching my students, I have been working on a super inspiring jewelry project called Adorn that is PERFECT for holiday present making as well. Most of my knitted jewelry projects take a night to make and turn out to be quite addictive to knit, so it is easy to churn out multiple necklaces/earrings/bracelets in a week's time.  The patterns in Adorn can be purchased separately or in an e-book that contains 10 patterns (with 1 more on the way in December.)

After I started Adorn I quickly discovered that not everyone has access to a bead store... so for some of my designs I made kits!  These have proven to be a fabulous way for knitters to jump into beaded knitting without having to invest too much to try it out!  Have you ever knit with beads?  If you are thinking about special gifts for teachers, family members, friends or colleagues now might be the time!

As a special treat to the Craftsy community I have decided to release my next kit first through an exclusive deal as part of my way of saying thank you!  Are you ready?

Introducing The Ribband Kit:

This 32 inch long beaded strand can be worn as both a multi-looped bracelet or a necklace. Made with a lace weight Alpaca/Silk yarn and over 450 beads (both glass and Czech Crystal), this fantastic work of art is fabulous for any occasion. The 4 stitch pattern is repeated over four rows... making Ribband great "take along" knitting during this busy season!

I'd love to hear what you are planning on making for the holidays this year... I am always looking for new ideas!!!!!

Warmly,  Laura


Hand Made Knitwear by Creative Design

LOVE those bracelets! Colors are beautiful and it’s a well put together kit!



Hot images of you…live your designs. You make me want to be an amazing knitter…on my short list!


Every holiday I make my gifts. Over the years this has taken the form of knitting afghans, scarves, wraps, cloth dolls, creweled ornaments, needlepoint stockings etc. This year, I am giving reader’s wraps (a shawl with a big ol’ pocket for glasses and paperback or Kindle), Nelkin Adorn bracelets, Nelkin Adorn necklaces, Nelkin Adorn neck fluffiness, knit socks, baked goods. Do you see a certain pattern in the previous sentence??? Thank you Ms. Nelkin. Love the new design.

Laura Nelkin

Thanks so much Sheila! Kimm- I will get you knitting jewelry if it kills me! We need a crafting date! And Maureen- I LOVE the theme of your holiday gifting… I am honored : )!


This is a beautiful piece. What level of knitter should you be to able to complete this?


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