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Nicky Knits by Nicky Epstein http://nickyepstein.com My world of knitting Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:12:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5 BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTO SHOOT http://nickyepstein.com/behind-the-scenes-photo-shoot/ http://nickyepstein.com/behind-the-scenes-photo-shoot/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 19:44:30 +0000 Nicky http://nickyepstein.com/?p=5788 Late lenchanted cover not finalLast year I decided to do a costume knit book based on mystical, magical, fairy tale characters and decided upon the title “Enchanted Knits”. After months on making design sketches, finding dolls (mostly Madame Alexander available at Walmart, KMart or online),choosing characters, selecting yarn, knitting the outfits, endless meetings about concepts backgrounds, layouts, props etc,… we were ready to shoot. My wonderful art director Joe Vior gave us many wonderful background choices that made this look like no other knit doll book–Then into the creative Jack Deutsch’s studio for five days, of stressful, hardworking, but incredibly joyous photography…Lighting was done for each doll, props were selected, dolls were posed to give the life(making Peter Pan fly…having the Forest Bride hug her beautiful horse etc) and always keeping in mind the backgrounds that would be done in post production. It all came together beautifully! The book that will be released Septemer 1, 2015. Following are some of the behind the scenes shots of the shoot that I hope you will enjoy seeing. I’m sharing a little insight because I get asked so often about how my books are produced.. The book was sent to the printer May 30th,  andwe will get a few pre-press copies soon and then three months later the book will be ready!

 

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KNITTING IN PARADISE http://nickyepstein.com/knitting-in-paradise-2/ http://nickyepstein.com/knitting-in-paradise-2/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:35:46 +0000 Nicky http://nickyepstein.com/?p=5681 Come with me to my Tropical Knitting Adventure in Hawaii (3 islands) Feb 26-Mar 8–there are a few spots open on what will be a fantastic trip—Special knitting classes…visits to unique knitting shops and venues…wonderful food and drink…amazing weather…fantastic shopping…beautiful hotels and lots of fun.  To see the amazing detailed schedule go to travelingtogether.net for full details…But hurry, the call of the islands is irresistible and reservations are going fast.  I’ll be designing a unique exclusive pattern especially for our group…Some “significant others” have also signed up for the trip–this one is going to be great! Aloha, Nicky

 

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Knitting In Paradise http://nickyepstein.com/knitting-in-paradise/ http://nickyepstein.com/knitting-in-paradise/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:23:29 +0000 Nicky http://nickyepstein.com/?p=5639 hawaai breezeHurry…Reservations are going fast for my 11 day Tropical Knitting Adventure in Hawaii starting on Feb 26 2015–We have an amazing schedule of knitting fun  planned in paradise–Go to travelingtogether.net and click on Nicky Epstein for full details–Aloha, Nicky

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SPAIN MY BIRTHDAY HELLO DALI HELLO HORSES HELLO TOYS http://nickyepstein.com/spain-my-birthday-hello-dali-hello-horses-hello-toys/ http://nickyepstein.com/spain-my-birthday-hello-dali-hello-horses-hello-toys/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:40:31 +0000 Nicky http://nickyepstein.com/?p=5547 94270145_3052011103252birthday cakedalihorse 4toy2This trip was one of  the best knitting adventures that I have ever hosted–That opinion was shared by the 25 knitters that made the trip so much fun, and who loved visiting the Spanish yarn shops –I’ll give you a brief description of some of the highlights(everything was a highlight) and show many  photos-

 

Started in Barcelona–Olivia Plaza Hotel, beautiful hotel, room, location right on the Plaza de Catalunya–Welcome dinner at hotel–Lots of good food and wine–Got to know each other and had a fashion show of pieces from Knitting Reimaged with our girls modeling.

Great buffet breakfast—Wonderful bus tour of beautiful Barcelona–Gaudi Cathedral amazing–Grt tapas dinner’

All day workshop in lovely room on roof of hotel–Knitting piece that I exclusively designed for tour group–Everyone went to dinner and Flamenco Show-

On our way to Parador de Aiguablava stopped in Girona for shopping , lunch and visited fabulous toy museum–Fantastic modern hotel with luxurious rooms overlooking Mediterranean–Knitting classes at hotel–My birthday dinner with lovely cake and great paella–some of the gilrs spotted Sean Penn who was staying at the hotel

Trip to Figueres and the amazing Salvador Dali Museum–Back at hotel for non stop knitting.

Off to Parador Duques De Cardona a breathtaking second century castle converted into a hotel–Magical–Dinner in beautiful vaulted ceiling medieval dining room–I had ordered tiras for everyone to wear in the castle , but they never arrived, so I wound up getting paper crown from a local Burger King and we wore them at dinner, no matter how silly it was–Great fun

All day outdoor knitting on the gorgeous terrace of the castle–We all knitted birds nests that I had designed and the group showed off their talent, versatility, and imagination by adding their own personal touches–Great fun day–

Back to Barcelona with a stop at breathtaking Montserrat, the town and monestary built right into thee mountain–Saw the famous Black Madonna statue and heard the boyschoir sing in the cathedral–Farewell dinner back in Barcelona–Great time went too quickly–

Stayed an extra day to rest up and got to see the famous Gaudi “Skull” building only 3 blocks from hotel and then stumbled upon the annual horse parade–Horses of all kinds, everything from farm horses pulling hay wagons toe equistrians on thoroughbreds—It was extraordinary and went on for over an hour through the streets of Barcelona–

This was truly a memorable trip FIT FOR QUEENS!

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HAPPY KNITTING–HOPE TO SEE YOU IN HAWAII–NICKY

 

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 STITCHES http://nickyepstein.com/around-the-world-in-80-stitches/ http://nickyepstein.com/around-the-world-in-80-stitches/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:57:57 +0000 Nicky http://nickyepstein.com/?p=5477 Throughout my career I have been lucky enough to host knitting trips and teach classes to many places around the globe, and I thought I would share some photos of just a few of the places I’ve been to, knitting, meeting new people and having fun!

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PARIS

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PUERTO RICO

 

MEXICO

MEXICO

CARRIBEAN CRUISE

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MILAN…what?…what?

                                                                                    

ITALY

ITALY

                                                                                   

ITALY

ITALY

                                                                       

SIENNA

SIENNA

                                                                                     

ROMA

ROMA

                                                                                

ARGENTINA

ARGENTINA

                                                                      

LONDON TELEVISION

LONDON TELEVISION

                                                                        

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AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA

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SEATTLE MARINERS STADIUM__FIRST PITCH!

SEATTLE MARINERS STADIUM__FIRST PITCH!

                                                                        

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LOS ANGELES__MY TEACING CLASS

                                                                     

LONDON__ALLY PALLY SHOW

LONDON__ALLY PALLY SHOW

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KNITTING IN PARIS

KNITTING IN PARIS

                                                                                   

PARIS--MY BOOK IN FRENCH!

PARIS–MY BOOK IN FRENCH!

                                                                     

CANADA--JASPER NATIONAL PARK

CANADA–JASPER NATIONAL PARK

                                                                     

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JASPER KNITTING GROUP

                                                                       

NEW MEXICO

NEW MEXICO

                                                                       

DUBLIN

DUBLIN

                                                                           

MONTREAL

MONTREAL

                                                                       

SCOTLAND

SCOTLAND

                                                                    

AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA

                                                                        

NEW ZEALAND

NEW ZEALAND

                                                                     

NEXT KNITTING TOUR--BARCELONA AND THE COSTA BRAVA, SPAIN IN MAY--

NEXT KNITTING TOUR–BARCELONA AND THE COSTA BRAVA, SPAIN IN MAY–

THANKS FOR TRAVELING WITH ME!–NICKY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW BOOK SHOOT…NASHVILLE…BIRD…BEAR…DOLLS…BAGPIPES…SPAIN http://nickyepstein.com/new-book-shoot-nashville-bird-bear-dolls-bagpipes-spain/ http://nickyepstein.com/new-book-shoot-nashville-bird-bear-dolls-bagpipes-spain/#comments Sun, 18 Aug 2013 23:45:04 +0000 Nicky http://nickyepstein.com/?p=5116  

We shot the photos for my new book (Spring 2014–Potter Craft. Penguin/Random House) at the lovely Grey Gardens in Mlford,Pa…We shot for 3 days in 90 plus degree weather, but with amazing photographer Rose Callahan and her fantastic crew, a great support team from the publisher, two uncomplaining models, we got beautiful and fufilling results. The gracious people at Grey Towers were wonderful and my friend Diane helped while she was amazed at how much work went into photographing a book….Howie barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers for us all at our log house in Milford, and we even managed to include our 1937 Jaguar replica in some of the shots (more about that later).It was hard work but lots of fun.

 

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Last weekend I had a great time in Nashville as guest teacher at my pal Debbie Macomber’s Fan Retreat.

Over 400 of her adoring fans had a wonderful weekend and I was very gratified at the large turnout for my class and book signings. I had lots of fun and ate lots of good southern cooking.I even got a hug from an Elvis lookalike. The Opryland Hotel was amazing–Thanks for inviting me Deb!

 

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I am gratfully happy to report that my new book Nicky Epstein Knits For Dolls is selling very well and am getting lovely comments from old and young. In September my Crochet For Dolls book, with all new original outfits will be released by Sixth & Spring Publishers

 

 

 

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A mother robin gave birth to 3 babies on our front porch in Milford, but just down the road at our friends Ann & George’s house, a “different bird” wound up in the tree next to their porch.

 

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Leaving next week to host the Vogue Knitting Tour of  Scotland & Iceland and I’m very excited..I’ve been to Scotland before and love it, but I’ve never been to Iceland but have heard nothing but great things about it…both great knitting destinations–Carla Scott of VK will be co-hosting and we’ve got two secret celebities(my lips are sealed), who are coming along–My personal Scotch Whiskey taster Howie MacEpstein will also be joining us.

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Reservations are coming in for my own Knitting Trip to Barcelona and the Costa Brava in Spain, next May—It’s going to be an amazing trip, but there are only a few openings still available–If you’re interested, go to TravelingTogether.net and click on Nicky Epstein for details

 

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  Talk to you in a couple of weeks…Keep in touch…Happy Knitting! NICKY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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