|February 18, 2015||Filled under Creations|
Finally… I am to glad to show you Scarlet tunic, modeled by gorgeous and so lovely Genia! And it’s a 4th pattern in a row on my what-to-do-next-hurry schedule ;o) I’ve just finished the pattern and sent the garment for modeling to Interweave Crochet Scene 2015, and now I work on Snowdrop coat and Pink Marguerite jacket patterns. Looking forward to release them soon! OK, I’ll better hurry back to work ;o)
|February 11, 2015||Filled under Creations|
Blue Poppy Lace Coat
A third design from my Spring 2015 Flower collection …most off-the-cuff one ;o) Well, all garments from this mini collection were totally improvisation, and a kind of a little “escape” from that endless-very-last book’s polishing, patterns routine, the deadlines …
Since Scarlet tunic is still on my schedule, I decided to crochet some swatches for pattern and play a bit with one of my favorite, really gorgeous and versatile lace stitch patterns I used for the tunic… so here is how the two coats and Pink Marguerite jacket were born ;o)
I just crocheted it without thinking about stitches, listened only my feelings. I am very happy you like this mini collection. But you know, writing a pattern is completely different thing. I was unsure if I could make Scarlet tunic once again – but this time – with counting every stitch, with the sure, that I could write in that way, that anybody could make it. And now the tunic got three beautiful sisters… and not alone desperately waiting for the pattern (kidding ;P) I may change some little details I wasn’t satisfied with, and want to try find the yarn which is available worldwide, and I hope you will like it. Wish me luck!
See you next Wednesday! Curious what is next? Below is a sneak peek. I bet you recognized it… and yes, now it’s modeled, finally ;o)
|February 4, 2015||Filled under Creations|
Is there really need any words to introduce anything modeled by absolutely charming and so lovely little Princess Lera? ;o) Marguerite lace crochet jacket is a second design from my Spring 2015 Flower collection. I can’t promise that this pattern will be released this month, but I’ll do my best to make available EAP version as soon as possible.
See you next Wednesday! Can’t wait to share a third design with you all ;o)
P.S.: Oh, an amazing and beyond talented Lena Doubivko just sent to me this fantastic description she created:
Pink Marguerite / Marguerite Daisy
Think springtime sweetness, think fields and meadows filled with daisy flowers! Capture the soft, girly pink of spring and adorn your little Princess with this delicate and festive top! This piece boasts a stylish buttoned front with sweet contrasting trim and darling tiers of ruffles for extra flair. But turn around and add more panache to the already exciting look! A delicate silky ribbon woven in the back of the jacket adds the perfect finishing touch to delight the lucky wearer. Perfect for an Easter egg hunt or for visiting the Easter Bunny, this jacket keeps chilly weather at bay and is sure to become a favorite to be worn again and again.
I LOVE her name suggestions. Hmm, now is dilemma which one is the winner…. I like them both. Pink Marguerite is perfectly “matches” the jacket, and Marguerite Daisy is a great name for search ;o) What is your favorite?
|February 2, 2015||Filled under My Book, Publishing a book|
You know, it’s a pretty hard to describe the feelings of keeping the first pretty own printed book in hands. I’m speechless… and not only because the sample book has two covers and all the pages are shifted so that outer edges go inside ;o) …but because I finally can see the result of true labor of love and one more of my dreams realized… and because it’s a first one…
Well, I need to polish some diagrams and few colors are not bold enough to see on a paper, but anyway it looks solid and even better then I may expected! Now, since we got an idea how the book look on paper, we want to check with couple printers and find the best solution of quality and price (hopefully, less then $15 per book as it is estimated now).
I am looking forward to update you with new status!
Happy and lovely Monday everyone!!
|January 28, 2015||Filled under Creations|
Camellia Trench Lace Crochet Coat and Vest
Enjoy springtime sweetness year-round with this intriguing lace crochet coat—it looks intricate, but is actually easy to make!
One of my new designs of Spring/ Summer 2015 collection based on such lovely lace patterns with accent details on the back/skirt of garments ;o) EAP pattern will be available in a couple weeks.
Its refreshing beauty is sure to delight the lucky wearer, especially when made in her favorite color! Done in fine weight yarn (100% cotton; 164 yd [150 m]/1.76 oz [50 g]), this splendid piece will add a touch of spring to both casual and formal attire.
…. Or just make it without sleeves for summer sunny days and fun (instructions for vest are included in the pattern).
The perfect year round, this coat will be also a great addition to her holiday outfit. And yes, this pattern will be included in Imagical Seasons™ Winter book ;o)
|January 21, 2015||Filled under Featured, Life|
- This award exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers.
- It has German origins – the word “liebster” has several definitions: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.
- It follows similar principles as a chain letter, in the sense that it should be passed forward to a certain number of people.
Well, this is simply a way of getting to know each other. Sounds fun!
It wouldn’t be award without a set of rules, and the blogging world is no exception. In accepting this award, a blogger will follow the following rules. It is a way to “Pay It Forward” to other bloggers.
If you have been nominated below for the Liebster Award and you choose to accept it, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:
- Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link on your blog.
- Display the award on your blog by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a widget.
- Answer 11 questions about yourself, provided to you by the person who nominated you.
- Give 11 random facts about yourself.
- Nominate 5 to 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award; who have less than 1000 followers.
- Create a new list of questions for the nominated bloggers to answer.
- List these rules in your post. (You can copy and paste them from here.)
- Once you have written your post and published it, you then have to inform the bloggers whom you’ve nominated for the Liebster award. Remember to give a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)
Here we go ;o)
My answers to Lin’s Libster Award questions
1. What is your favourite hook?
I just love ebony hooks from Lantern Moon (I wish they have C/2 (2.75 mm) size hook, which is my favorite).
2. Anyone else crocheting in your family?
My mom and niece.
3. How many hours a week do you spend crocheting?
I am extremely lucky because my hobby is my main work. So, if I not working on the patterns, my books, publications, new website, drawing diagrams, typing, reading, learning, socializing, workout, walking, cooking—I bet you will find me with hook or needles… ;o)
4. Will you teach a family member to crochet?
I do not think I’m a good teacher, but I’ll do my best by request.
5. Where do you crochet?
Mainly, in front of my computer, sitting in a comfy chair with our adorable Chihuahua Pixie on my lap, and watching something interesting or reading a book (if knitting). The others places: in the car or airplane (during our trips), sometimes on the beach or during camping time.
6. Do you have a crochet group?
No any at this time.
7. Who inspire you to crochet the first time?
A kindergarten’s teacher. I was 5 years old and crocheted my first flower with very long chain (read stem)!
8. What is the most expensive yarns you ever bought and what did you make with it?
I believe it was Prism Peacock (about $90 per hank). I’ve knitted a wrap for my friend with it.
9. Do you make item for yourself or to sell?
Since 2008, when I started to work on patterns, mostly I do design and make samples for my patterns. Or something for my Kristin by her request, and gifts for her and my friends.
10. What is the coolest thing you have crocheted?
The first hat and booties for my daughter I knitted about a week before Kristin was born.
11. Why do you blog?
When I started blogging almost eight years ago it was for a very simple reason—I wanted my very own little “corner” in the Internet universe to share everything about my passion and things I love to do: my creations, patterns, tips and experience. I was surprised at how quickly I meet many wonderful and talented people online, and how the blogging community is friendly, encouraging, and genuinely cheering for you to succeed. I was hooked. Well… now I blog to express myself and my ideas, to supplement my business, to put my creation out into the world…
Random Facts about me
- My first name reads the same backwards and forwards [aka palindrome].
- About 90% of my wardrobe are black & white. Favorite print (since I was a child) is still a polka dots.
- I am not a fan of chocolate, candies, cakes and any other sweeties at all.
- Graduated from University of Economy, I worked 8 years as computer programmer (go figure) until our moving to US.
- I’m totally crazy on tropical plants, which are successfully adopted in our not too tropical climate ;o) My absolute favorite are Golden bamboo, Japanese forest grass, Maranta (family Marantaceae) …just to name a few.
- Recently I lifted 165 lbs weight bar during the morning workout at Emprowered Recreation.
- I still love and collect cute plush toys. My favorite are: pandas, penguins, hedgehogs and absolutely adorable handmade dolls by Adushka.
- Another my big love are owls, and I have a huge collections of them—plush ones, ornaments, paintings, etc.…
- I always hated to be pictured. To my surprise, I found that out tiny Pixie is on the same page with me. But we did it couple weeks ago for coming Imagical Seasons™ book series. Many thanks to Lana Maytak for the Magic and patience with us!
- My Birthday is a first day of Taurus.
- In 2014 I donated 17 pairs of shoes. Don’t ask how many pairs I have in my closet ;o)
Done! Now it’s time to nominate… I nominate:
My questions to the bloggers nominated are:
- What is your favorite yarn to work with?
- Who inspire you to crochet the first time?
- What project are you currently working on, or want to get started with?
- What is your favorite place to knit/crochet?
- What is the coolest thing you have knitted/crocheted?
- Favorite color combination(s)?
- Coffee or tea?
- What is your favorite season of the year?
- If you could go on vacation anywhere right now where would you go?
- If your friends had to describe you in one word what would it be?
- Did you ever think you would start a blog?
Happy reading, and congrats to all the new nominees! xo!
|January 14, 2015||Filled under Featured, In The News|
What a surprise-email I’ve got from Julia Litz, one of the editor of Fave Crafts, that my project Meringue Cowl pattern was one of the most popular craft tutorial on FaveCrafts.com and was included in The Best of the Best: The Top 100 Projects of 2014. Yay, how exciting!! Thank you so much ladies!
And I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Blog Award by the amazing Lin Wibisono at CrochetRockstar! Thank you so much Lin, it is always an honor to receive an award. The Liebster Blog Awards is about people nominating other people so their name get recognized. And sure, here are rules, which are fun and simple:
- Thank and link back to the blogger who presented you with the award (done).
- List 11 random facts about yourself.
- Answer 11 random questions.
- Create 11 random questions for your nominees.
- Present/nominate a Liebster Blog Award to more bloggers!
I’ll post my answers next Wednesday.
P.S.: BTW, did you notice that I’ve back on my “regular” schedule – a weekly posting?! I chose post every Wednesday this time ;o)
A wonderful and lovely day everyone!
|January 5, 2015||Filled under Featured|
Madrona Fiber Arts was started by fiber enthusiasts who wanted to bring great teachers to the Northwest. “We love the camaraderie, creative energy, and the sharing that is generated among students and teachers by combining incomparable teaching, small classes and informal settings”, – the founders Suzanne Pedersen and Cornie Taley said.
The most exciting news is that my dear friend and beyond talented knitwear designer, author, and a professional teacher Faina Goberstein. She will teach all 4 days plus some mini classes that will announced later. To find Faina’s classes, please go to the Schedule page, and search for “Faina”:
Faina Goberstein learned to knit as a young girl in Russia without the use of patterns. She is the co-author of the bestselling book The Art of Seamless Knitting (Interweave 2013) and the teacher of “Sizing Knitwear Patterns”, one of the most popular classes on Craftsy.com. She collaborates with Interweave Press for a production of teaching webinars and DVDs. Faina loves teaching and took an early retirement from being a math professor to let her long-time passion for knitwear design become her second profession. She is best known for her elegant and well-fitted classic designs showing off textures, cables, brioche and slip stitch techniques. Her designs often appear in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Twist Collective and various books.
If you will not able to visit this event, I would highly recommend you take Faina’s Crafty Classes online.
|January 2, 2015||Filled under Giveaway|
Happy New Year! S nice to see you in new 2015! I hope you had amazing and wonderful holidays!!
We’ve enjoined such lovely Christmas evening and New Year celebration with our friends, had so much fun welcoming our all-times-the-best friend Eugene from CA with visit, and were pretty busy with lots of activities and events. Yesterday we had fantastic sunny winter day here in Seattle, and our adorable tiny Chihuahua Pixie took me for a 2 miles walk. One of our traditional conditions is to carry her inside of my coat ;o) Afternoon, we had great and relaxing time at home, and in a evening, we were invited to a little b-day party. And today morning, we had our first 6:30 am workout at Empowered Recreation. I truly love how busy and exciting 2015 is already, to be continued ;o)
OK, but now it’s time to name the winners of our holidays contest.
I would like to thank you all so much for participation and your kind words. It’s just made my week to read all your wonderful and sweet comments. Thank You from bottom of my heart!
…….. and, our winners are……… Ayesha with comment #55 ($50 Visa Gift Card) and DeAnna with comment #18 (surprise package). Congratulations Ladies!! I’ll contact you shortly.
Many thanks again to each off You!! I’m REALLY happy that you enjoy everything and MUCH appreciate all your support and love!! YOU ARE THE BEST!!
Happy New Year everyone!! I wish you the best year ever!!
With lots of love and see you soon ;o)
|December 25, 2014||Filled under Giveaway, Holidays, Publishing a book|
The snow is falling (somewhere, not in Seattle) and the wonderful season is already here.
I hope that everyone has a very special and awesome holidays!
Been crazy busy last months, I slowly started to realize that one of my dreams is accomplished and I met the goal of 2014 just in a time for holidays! ;o) Yes, you are right—I am talking about my first Imagical Seasons™ crochet books!
I still can’t believe that Spring and Summer books are scheduled for print and the samples should be ready in a middle of January, yay!!!!!! I want to take a moment to thanks once again so many wonderful people for these books, for all your support, inspiration, inestimable advice and encouragement at exact moment when I needed them. I definitely couldn’t have done it without you.
Oh my, I feel already excited for what this new year will bring. Not to mention that I’m on half way with creating my new Spring 2015 collection and a new website for Imagical Seasons™ ;o) More details are coming!
Want a sneak peek of Spring book preview? Below is a “rich” one:
This time of year is the perfect time to reflect and show appreciation. I want to give my love to everyone. I am truly grateful for all of my readers, family, and friends that have and continue to support me in my journey. Honestly, I could never have done it without you all!
And just in time for holidays, I am more than happy to inform you that I have two giveaways for YOU!
1. One lucky one from anywhere in the world will win a Visa Gift Card of $50 value
2. And a second giveaway is for Surprise Gift about of $60-65 value from one of three categories listed below:
- supplies for knitting and crocheting (for example, from amazing Lantern Moon)
- something exciting for home-sweet-home
- beauty and care (from my favorite Moroccan oil for example), makeup products (Bobbi Brown or MAC), or even brushes from fabulous Hakuhodo
TO ENTER THE CONTEST
You can enter the contest in 3 ways:
- Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment on this post. No other action is required otherwise you don’t mind to share which one of this sets you like more ;o)
- Optional Entry # 2: Blog about these giveaways, linking to this post, and leave another comment to this post with a link to your blog post.
- Optional Entry # 3: Share this post on your accounts: at Google+, Facebook, Ravelry, Twitter, Yahoo, etc., leave one more comment on this post (if possible, with your link, but here is no any obligations). You also can just share my original Google+ and Facebook posts. Share on more networks for more entries! (one additional entry per one network).
- This contest starts today, December, 25 2014 and will end on January 1, 2015 at 11:59pm PST.
- I’ll select the winners with random.org’s random number generator. Winners will be notified by email on Friday, January 2, 2015.
May this year of 2015 be
a year of health & happiness
a year of wealth & wisdom
a year of peace & prosperity
And also, a year of love, laughter and joy!
All the best to you and your family,