Nov 19, 2017

Gift-a-long 2017


In just few days, fifth Gift-a-long is about to start.
A wonderful collaboration of independent knitwear and crochet designer from all over the world share their skills with the worldwide crafting community in a fun filled festivity called Gift-a-long.

The official start day is Tuesday November 21st 2017 at 8PM EST and runs through the end of the year 2017.
The games and prizes are, as always, fantastic. If you are a member of Ravelry, just check it out in here:
Ravelry group, Indie Design Gift-a-long 

Like in the previous years, the festivities start with a discount offers for selected patterns by all of the participating designers:
Sale period runs from Tuesday, November 21nd 8PM (US-EST time) through Tuesday, November 28th 11.59PM (US-EST time).
Discount is 25% off selected patterns.
The code to enter:

giftalong2017

Thank you for visiting, and please join us for some knitting and fun games. 

Nov 9, 2017

Work in Progress - Fall II.

WIP - beginning
Few weeks ago I have received yarn from Knitpicks, Color Mist for two projects.

Comfy Pillow

The first one, Comfy Pillow, is at the technical editing and test knitting stage and the pattern should be available later this month.

The second one, Pavo Baby Blanket is still at the stage when I work on the pattern and the sample to use for photography.
Pavo Baby Blanket - WIP
Somehow, the puppy seems to slow down my knitting time...... he loves to sit in my knitting chair and supervise my work.
Pavo Baby Blanket and the puppy
But even more he loves to go outside and take long walks in the woods. Luckily, there are plenty of nearby parks and nature preserves we can visit. The nature looks amazing this time of year.
Though I am not sure how much I will enjoy those long walks in the middle of winter..... I better start knitting some warm hats, mittens and scarves to keep me warm.

Ginkgo tree
Fall morning by the lake
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Nov 5, 2017

Knitting Pattern for Hexagon Owl Set

A while back I have bought a fabric with hexagon shaped owls for a project. I got inspired by the shape and created knitting pattern for Helga, the hexagon owl.

Helga, the hexagon owl
I liked the toy, and wanted to play with the hexagon shape a bit more, so I created an entire hexagon owl set. The set has a toy, a PJ bag, and a baby blanket.

This time I have used bulky yarn, particularly Knitpicks Billow yarn. By using the bulky yarn the knitting is much faster.

You can purchase the pattern in my Ravelry store or by clicking on this button:




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Oct 22, 2017

Rhinebeck and life....

I have to admit, my Saturday trip to Rhinebeck was not my first one. I went there already twice in the previous years. Each trip was unique and interesting in its own way.

This year I stumbled upon the Ravelry meet on the hill by accident. I saw Jessica, one of the founders of Ravelry and spoke to her very briefly. I saw many fellow knitters and their fabulous knitted projects. I also visited the book store and spoke to some of the authors who were attending and had their books for sale. I bough few things, and returned back home with many pleasant memories.

It was a wonderful trip and the weather couldn't be more pleasant, sunny and warm, with a hint of fabulous peak colors of New England foliage. I will definitively visit the festival again, though it might be few years before my next visit.
Rhinebeck treasure 

Since one of the books I purchased is named Slow Knitting, I have decided to try to live by the words, at least for a day.....
Sunday - knitting
Sunday  - reading about knitting 
Sunday - garden, and the end of slow knitting day.
Just in case if you are wondering, the vegetable on left is kohlrabi, and we usually harvest them in the early days of spring, so it was a nice surprise to find one still hiding in our garden. This year we tried to grow cabbage, but somehow it turned out to be rather a meal for the caterpillars instead for us. This little cabbage head survived and will be served for dinner as a salad.

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Oct 15, 2017

Knitting Pattern for Concentrical Cowl

photo by Knitpicks 
The pattern for this cowl is part of a book named Color Shift, published by Knitpicks.
You can purchase the book on their website, here is the link: Color Shift

You can also buy the individual pattern: link here.


The pattern for this cowl is my 200th published pattern.
I hope to publish many more in the future.

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Oct 7, 2017

Knitting Pattern for...Rectangle

Long Rectangle = Scarf
Short rectangle = Bag
Last week I was teaching a knitting class. The class was aimed at those who wish to learn to knit, or those who wish to refresh their rusty skills. As a project to work on I have created a rectangle.
It is how we all started when we learned to knit.

I think the class was pretty successful and hopefully those who attended will continue and keep on knitting and continue to create one stitch at the time.

The pattern is available for free in my Ravelry store or by clicking on this button:


download now

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Sep 24, 2017

Life.....

Fall colors scarf

This fall I have a class at school named Anthropology: Food and Culture. The two books that are assigned reading are quite interesting. Especially the book titled Earth Knows My Name, written by Patricia Klindients. here is  The link to book on Amazon page.
I have found the book fascinating due to several reasons. I live in a country that is not my birthplace. Also my father's side of my family worked the land as farmers for many generations.
Maybe the book fascinates me due to sentimental reasons, while reading it I think of my past and the way life used to be. I do not want to say that life before was better or worse. There are always two sides of a story and we need to look at them carefully. The convenience of modern life has its advantages and I do not wish to loose them. I love having the opportunity to use Internet and talk with my mom on a daily basis, even though there is an ocean between us. My father never had that when we were growing up. He talked to his mother only when we made that all day trip across the country to visit them.
However, one thing is sure, somehow slowly and at first reluctantly I have decided to continue in that tradition and started a small garden. Though my garden is very small in comparison with what  I have seen and worked on when I was a child it still gives us some vegetables and even fruits. It's awesome to see the plants grow from seeds, and care for them throughout the growing season. And yes, the salad from our garden not only looks delicious, it tastes better than any store bought salad package.

Salad
I also use up the extras from the garden and preserve it for later times. Pickling cucumbers and other vegetables is labor intensive and takes time, but it looks great on our table in the middle of winter.


Pickling
The time I spend in garden takes away time from my knitting, but I do not regret it. When winter comes, I know there will be longer evenings which I can spend by our fireplace with knitting needles in hand.

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