Laura Nelkin's presentation will focus on how she takes inspiration, technique and function into play as she designs. She will show a progression of her work how she builds, explores, and refines knitting concepts while she designs new patterns. This talk will be fun, fast paced, and contain tips and tricks for designing and learning new techniques. Laura has been knitting for about 8 years, five of which she spent as the Design Director for Schaefer Yarn. Now, as an independent knitwear designer, she loves to work with beads and incorporates them in most of her designs. She loves to travel and teach knitting techniques and when she not designing or knitting, she spends time gardening, and enjoying time with her family.