I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been hinting for a little while about something special that I’ve been cooking up with Laura Nelkin. She’s a Craftsy instructor and the designer behind some of the most beautiful beaded lacework patterns out there (as well as the lovely Mythos). And a few months ago, she rang me up with an idea for a little collaboration…
I was over the moon when she asked me to dye the yarn for Juego, her newest Mystery KAL. What fun! Lacework, beads, and beautiful kits of SpaceCadet Celeste yarn in three coordinating colour combinations — Translucence & Plume, Diaphanous & Honey, and Five Rings & Feather — all hand-selected by Laura for a design that only she had seen… I could not wait for this to go live!
Laura and I discussed how many kits we thought would sell, and agreed to have about half already dyed, with the other half prepped and ready to go as soon as they were needed. She went live with the KAL yesterday, and I planned to let you all know about it in my blog post today.
And then… then… it just went NUTS! Within a couple of hours, she had pages of sign-ups on her Ravelry thread. Juego was flying up the ‘Hot Right Now’ pattern list. And the orders started coming in…
Every. single. one. of the dyed kits sold out by mid-day. I couldn’t believe it! I released kits for pre-order… They sold out within hours. As I was having dinner, people were emailing to ask if there were more, actually jostling for reserve kits. I released still more pre-orders… and they flew! By the end of the first day, we’d sold more kits than we had expected to sell for the entire run up to the KAL. Laura and I were both stunned!
So, I had planned on announcing this to all of you this morning, and hoped a few of you would go grab a kit and join in the KAL fun. And I still hope you will but, crickey, it’s going to be a lot harder to nab one of those kits than I’d thought! There are a few kits left at the moment, if you run over there quick.
And then I’m going to get to dyeing, and Laura and I are going to regroup, and we’ll release more pre-orders as we assess how much can be dyed and delivered before the KAL starts.
But there is one thing that this has shown me beyond any shadow of a doubt: that knitters and crocheters are an amazing force when they they know what they want, and that is an awesome thing to witness. Yesterday was just so wild… so exciting… absolutely mind-blowing!
Thank you all for giving me this job — honestly, I can’t imagine any job I could love more.
8 thoughts on “Laura Nelkin’s Juego Mystery KAL”
I am checking everyday for possible kits with beads preferably that may be available. Any colors would be fine with me. The combinations are all beautiful. Notify me and I will paypal you immediatly. Thank you, Peggy
Please notify me if you have any extra kits ready for the Guego mystery KAL starting April 12. I would love any of the combinations of colors and the beads. Thank you. Margaret Hill
Fantastic! So happy for you……..!
I took a class with Laura at Vogue Knitting in NYC this January and have been looking forward to this KAL. I looked last night with the hope of ordering today! I will think positively and get the pattern on Ravelry with the hope you offer more kits! Please do!
There are some more pre-orders up now — get over there quick and grab one! 😀
Oops forgot to mention colors – diaphanous and plume- and beads too
Plume is a purple color isn’t it? And diaphanous has purple in it too? The reason I’m asking is I ordered some yarn recently and it was not the color I was expecting.(it was from another company.)
Thanks for your help.
Hi, I was looking at the kits last night and was so surprised to find out they had already sold out! Will.you be offering any more?
Margaret, I’m so glad you like them. I’ve just released another set of pre-orders, so get in there fast. After this, we’ll have to assess whether there’s time enough to do any more.