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Stitch Maynia Day 29

Day 29 was actually a knit with me day instead of a stitch with me day. Laura Nelkin was releasing a new club pattern, and I needed to swatch the yarn and choose bead. So join me for a knit with me day!

Since I had made kumihimo jewelry in the past, I had built up quite a stash of size 8/0 and 6/0 seed beads. There is a n0-bead option with Laura’s N Club kits, so that’s what I’m getting, which means I had to choose from my stash for beads for this design.

I decided to rope my viewers in to help me choose beads. The best way to choose beads for a project is to see them on the yarn, and since we have to (really, we do have to) knit a swatch anyway, I incorporated the beads in to the swatch.

I love how all of the beads look, so I really was having a hard time deciding. Most of my viewers and commenters on Instagram liked the second one from the top the best. I still couldn’t decide, so decided to wait for Laura’s live Facebook reveal for Club members that evening. I knew once I saw how the beads were actually used, I would know which beads were best.

The design is called Caramelized Cowl, and it uses Kettle Yarn Co.’s Beyul Singles in an exclusive colorway called Praline. The yarn is a yak/silk/merino blend, and it is luscious! The design will do it justice. The pattern is exclusive for N Club members for the first year.

Caramelized Cowl with Laura Nelkin of Nelkin Designs for The N Club

The beads are just lightly sprinkled through the design, so I’ve decided to go with the one that most people liked. They are the ones that stand out the best, and to be honest, those were the first beads I thought of when I first saw the yarn.

Next step, I need to block my gauge swatch, measure it to see if I got gauge, and then cast on!

In the meantime, check in tomorrow when I’ll be returning to another WIP!

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Is this enough?

We have a week to go before we leave on our trip. Today was the day I had earmarked for packing my knitting projects. I had decided a while ago that I am going to dedicate my knitting on this trip to getting more WIPs done, so the majority of what I have packed is just that. (Hmm, now that I look at the picture, maybe th majority isn’t that! LOL). But I am almost as excited about the knitting that I’ve packed as I am about just getting on the road! So here’s what I’ve packed.


1. Las Cruces Sweater – this should be a fast knit with a fun construction. I’m thinking I can get this done in a week.
2. Boxy – I have barely begun this, so lots of knitting left to do! I am using the Sphinx Moth colorway that JulieSpins dyed for me.
3. Persian Dreams Afghan – yeah, this isn’t anywhere near being done! Lol
4. Laura Nelkin’s next KAL is starting on June 15. I have her kit for that all ready to go. Oh, that reminds me – I need to pack the needles!
5. Cashmere Love Cowl – I got the yarn for this a week ago, but have been restraining myself from starting this until we’re on the road. I can’t wait!
6. Synthesis – another Laura Nelkin MKAL. I’m about 3/4 of the way through Clue 4. Clue 5 is the edging with placed beads. I understand this takes a while, but I’m hoping to have it done within a week.
7. A brioche cowl I’m making for a friend. About halfway done with this. This will get finished fairly quickly as well.
8, 9 and 10 – as you can see these are all new projects – ones that have been on my mind for a while. I here we have the Novus Jacket in Berocco Espresso, a mesh top Berocco Versa, and Sea Foam in Anzula Cricket. Sea Foam is going to be my knit along at the store when I get back, so I won’t start on that one until we’re heading home. I promise I won’t work on the other ones, either, until I get some of the first ones finished. Hmm, I think there’s something else in the bag, too, but I can’t remember what. Lol.

The little bag I didn’t number holds all of my notions and cables for my needles.

So, wish me luck on getting these WIPs finished! Stay tuned!