Archive for August, 2013
This year at TNNA, we had a chance to stop by Laura Nelkin’s booth. Laura is a prolific designer who is well-known for her jewelry designs, use of beads and lace. She also sell many of her jewelry patterns in these wonderful little kits with nearly everything you need to make the pattern. So we decided to stock three of her kits.
I got a Pioneer Cuff kit from Laura to blog about at TNNA. One rainy Friday afternoon in late July, I just had to cast on a new project. But I have some pretty sizable projects going and I needed something more instant. The Pioneer Cuff kit was perfect, plus we had just received our order from TNNA. Perfect afternoon project!
I have never knit with beads before, but Laura makes that easy. First she includes tools that help you place the beads in the kits and she has made videos to show you how to use those tools. These videos are found at Laura’s site and YouTube, the links are noted in the pattern with the kit. So I watched those videos. I took pictures as I worked so you can see what I did. The kit has everything I needed except needles, I used two US 3 double pointed needles.
I gave the cuff a little bath in warm water and Euclane and squeezed out excess water.
I am so in love with using this cuff and knitting with beads. I thought I would find it to be too tedious but the results are so beautiful that any tedium might be mitigated.I am considering one of Laura’s shawl with beads patterns now.
I knit the Pioneer Cuff in one afternoon. It took awhile to get it washed, blocked and clasps sewn on. But truthfully, I could have done it all in one day easy peasy.
I have decided that I need another Pioneer Cuff in a different color. Also I think keeping a couple of kits in the stash for those times that I want a new project and the satisfaction of a finished project. The kits are packaged so nicely too. They would be a great gift to any knitter or you could make up the project and give the finished jewelry as a gift. Even after you have finished the kit, you will still have the pattern and the little tools that are included. You will just need to find some yarn with matching beads. These patterns are perfect for those little bits of fingering weight yarn left over for making socks or shawls.
A couple of side notes:
- The color of my color is called Violet. It is a bit more grape purple in real life. My pictures are a bit more blue.
- My sewing job on the clasps is not my best and I just eyeballed the placement of them.
- The cuff all pinned out to block totally reminded me of doing dissections in biology labs.
Get your own kit today and make yourself a very fun item! They are a great way to try something new.
I so thoroughly enjoyed making my Pioneer Cuff. I hope you will give one of these kits a try.
Remember our current KAL, Crown Jewel Hat, ends this coming Saturday, August 17th. I am working on the next few KALs so keep your eyes open for information on them. New fall yarns continue to arrive. Plus fall is coming and let’s face it, knitters love autumn.