Life Lately | June News & Updates

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What a busy, exciting and full of surprises month for many reasons!!

Well, we love beginning of every June, because here are al least 4 reasons: our Anniversary, Igor’s parents and my dad Birthdays (my daddy turned 70 this year, oh my – I can’t believe it!!)

In the other news, can you imagine that Kristin graduated middle school?! And sure, MOST exciting news is that yesterday, Igor and Kristin started a-little-trip-around-world-in-23-days (Thailand-Ukraine-Israel) and this morning they landed in Thailand for 5 days! I had many trips with my dad during my childhood, and I bet this one will be unforgettable for our daughter as well as for Igor! I am so happy we did this happened! I did not join because, unfortunately, I am not in good “relationships” with summer and hot weather, but I am looking forward for Europe-trip in late spring or early fall someday ;o)

So, I have 22 more days, which are already scheduled and seems pretty busy. This morning I started another yoga challenge and already took 6:00 am class. I really feel so blessed to afford myself back to work after months of dealing with “golfer’s elbow tendinitis (and I am not a golfer ;)) Not fan at all, but giving my poor hand some rest and treatment, I feel so happy and excited back to work! Plus I got a garden-aka-new-hobby since I can’t just sit and do nothing, and to my surprise, I definitely hooked!

Oh, we also did modeling for my newest hats. Many thanks to Lana Maytak for photo-shoot and her friend for such lovely adorable models!! More photos of another designs coming soon ;o)

 

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Below is another option of Ladybug hat… I really LOVE how playful this design is! Not to mention that testing pattern, I created a Marguerite hat (pretty close to that blue/white hat, but with some unusual details ;o)) The pattern for hats and Marguerite Pin is coming pretty soon!! I’ll keep you updated!

 

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A wonderful and lovely Tuesday anyone!!

Strawberry Delight | Crochet Blanket/Throw & Strawberry Pin Pattern

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Strawberry Delight
Have you ever longed for those deliciously warm summer days, when nothing seems sweeter than that fresh-picked strawberry that just brought a huge grin to your face? Now you can bring that feeling of sunshine, happy babies, family picnics, pretty flowers, and of course—strawberry-induced joy—to every day with the Strawberry Delight Blanket. Lovingly designed with eye-popping 3D flowers and “garnished” with a beautiful strawberry with leaves pin, this blanket would be perfect for a summer-born baby or just anyone who deserves more sunshine in their life!

IMAGINE THIS: Crochet just first 2-3 pattern repeats for a fun and unusual scarf. Crochet it with cotton thread to turn it into eye-catching and delicate choker necklace or skinny scarf.  Opt for wool or mohair yarn to make a neckwarmer, or even a cowl suitable for colder weather.

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SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate

YARN

Sport weight (#2 Fine).
Shown: Omega Sinfonia (100% cotton; 295 yd [270 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]): 5 skeins of #4 yellow (MC) and 2 skeins of #1 white (CC1).
Strawberry Pin: Thread weight (#0 Lace).
Shown: DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss (100% cotton; 8.7 yd [8 m]): 1 skein of #470 lime green (CC2).
DMC Cotton Perle 5 (100% cotton; 27 yd [25 m]/5 g): 2 skeins of #321 red (CC3), 1 skein each of #743 yellow (CC4) and #B5200 white (CC5).

CROCHET HOOK
Size D/3 (3.25 mm); steel hook size 7 (1.65 mm)

NOTIONS

•  40″ (102 cm) of 5/8” (15 mm) wide green satin ribbon (shown: Offray, item #1017)
•  1 size 3/8” (10 mm) ladybug button (shown: handpainted ladybug buttons by JHB)
•  28 size 8/0 E black glass beads (shown: premium Japanese glass beads by TOHO)
•  1 size 2” (50 mm) snap hair clip or 1” (25 mm) back safety catch bar
•  fiberfill
•  4 stitch markers
•  Sewing needle and coordinating thread
•  Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
36” (92 cm) wide x 40″ (102 cm) long

GAUGE
20 dc x 10 rows = 4” (10 cm) after blocking
Gauge is not critical for this design.

* This eBook involves crochet skills only.
22 pages, 4 photos, 10 crochet stitch diagrams, a tutorial, technical pages: Glossary, Conversion charts charts, Yarn Care Symbols, Yarn Substitution Chart.

Strawberry Delight Pages

 

COPYRIGHT: All graphics, template and photos are copyrighted. All rights reserved. Please be respectful of the designer’s rights to this pattern.
No portion of this work may be photocopied or reproduced by any means without written authorization from Alla Koval Designs.
Unauthorized distribution or duplication is a violation of applicable laws.
You are more than welcome to sell items made from AllaKovalDesigns™ patterns. Credit to the designer is greatly appreciated (example: pattern is designed by www.AllaKovalDesigns.com) but not required.

 

This pattern is available in my Patern Shop, Etsy, Raverly, Craftsy and LoveKnitting.

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A lovely and wonderful weekend everyone!!

Imagical Garden | Sneak Peek

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Is there any tips to learn how to post with enough constant frequency? So far I can just dream about it ;o) But I have excuse – I was totally hooked and worked on my newest Imagical Garden™ collection. MANY thanks to Novi for such lovely name suggestion!! So, 10 hats, backpack, flower pins – just to name what already finished. I am so excited about this collection, especially hats!! Not each hat designed in different style, but also features at least two options for totally changing-look. Plus some “secrets” and tips even advanced crocheter may find helpful and innovative: how to make a perfect brim in any shape and sizes, how to make one-size hat to fit several sizes, how to make visor “standing” without insert even if crochet with lace weight yarn and much-much more!!

Above is sneak peek of first 3 hats… Which pattern would you like me to write first? ;o)

The Winner!!

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First of all, I would like to thank you all so much for participation and your sweet comments. I am so glad you like this blanket! I think it’s my favorite so far ;o)

And our winner is…… Robyn Taylor (comment #7). My CONGRATULATIONS Robyn!! I’ll contact you shortly.

 

A lovely and wonderful Wednesday day everyone!!

Strawberry Delight Crochet Pattern (EAP) | Blanket/Throw & Strawberry Pin + GIVEAWAY

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Strawberry Delight
Have you ever longed for those deliciously warm Summer days, when nothing seems sweeter than that fresh-picked strawberry that just brought a huge grin to your face? Now you can bring that feeling of sunshine, happy babies, family picnics, pretty flowers, and of course—strawberry-induced joy—to every day with the Strawberry Delight Blanket. Lovingly designed with eye-popping 3D flowers and “garnished” with a beautiful strawberry with leaves pin, this blanket would be perfect for a Summer-born baby or just anyone who deserves more sunshine in their life!

IMAGINE THIS: Crochet just first 2-3 pattern repeats for a fun and unusual Scarf. Crochet it with cotton thread to turn it into eye-catching and delicate choker necklace or skinny scarf.  Opt for wol or mohair yarn to make a neckwarmer, or even a cowl suitable for colder weather.

 

PLEASE NOTE: This pattern is released under EAP initiative (Early Access Program, see details here)

 

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SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate

YARN

Sport weight (#2 Fine).
Shown: Omega Sinfonia (100% cotton; 295 yd [270 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]): 5 skeins of #4 yellow (MC) and 2 skeins of #1 white (CC1).
Strawberry Pin: Thread weight (#0 Lace).
Shown: DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss (100% cotton; 8.7 yd [8 m]): 1 skein of #470 lime green (CC2).
DMC Cotton Perle 5 (100% cotton; 27 yd [25 m]/5 g): 2 skeins of #321 red (CC3), 1 skein each of #743 yellow (CC4) and #B5200 white (CC5).

CROCHET HOOK
Size D/3 (3.25 mm); steel hook size 7 (1.65 mm)

NOTIONS

•  40″ (102 cm) of 5/8” (15 mm) wide green satin ribbon (shown: Offray, item #1017)
•  1 size 3/8” (10 mm) ladybug button (shown: handpainted ladybug buttons by JHB)
•  28 size 8/0 E black glass beads (shown: premium Japanese glass beads by TOHO)
•  1 size 2” (50 mm) snap hair clip or 1” (25 mm) back safety catch bar
•  fiberfill
•  4 stitch markers
•  Sewing needle and coordinating thread
•  Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
36” (92 cm) wide x 40″ (102 cm) long

GAUGE
20 dc x 10 rows = 4” (10 cm) after blocking
Gauge is not critical for this design.

* This eBook involves crochet skills only.
22 pages, 4 photos, 10 crochet stitch diagrams, 2 tutorails, technical pages: Glossary, Conversion charts charts, Yarn Care Symbols, Yarn Substitution Chart.

Strawberry Delight Pages

 

COPYRIGHT: All graphics, template and photos are copyrighted. All rights reserved. Please be respectful of the designer’s rights to this pattern.
No portion of this work may be photocopied or reproduced by any means without written authorization from Alla Koval Designs.
Unauthorized distribution or duplication is a violation of applicable laws.
You are more than welcome to sell items made from AllaKovalDesigns™ patterns. Credit to the designer is greatly appreciated (example: pattern is designed bywww.AllaKovalDesigns.com) but not required.

 

PLEASE NOTE: This eBook is released under EAP initiative (Early Access Program, see for details here)

This EAP version of Strawberry Delight pattern includes:

  • 10 crochet diagrams (final version) and 2 tutorials (one more tutorial to come)
  • photos (final version)
  • written instructions – not tech edited yet.

Still need to do for official release :

  • tech editing
  • add Front Post Triple Treble Stitch photo-tutorial

This EAP pattern is available at my Patterns Shop, Etsy and Ravelry until official release; then patterns will be added to another pattern stores. Note: Crocheted Strawberry Pin Pattern will be available as individual pattern.

Regular price of eBook: $7.50

EAP version price: $6.38

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AND…… in addition to 15% off, I have a GIVEAWAY for You, Strawberry lovers! I am offering a kit, which includes yarn and everything you will need to make a Strawberry Pin + $25 Visa Gift Card!

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TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

You can enter in 3 ways:

  • Mandatory Entry: Purchase a Strawberry Delight pattern in any stores listed above and leave a comment on this post. 
  • Optional Entry # 2: Blog about this pattern and giveawy, 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).


TERMS

  • This giveaway starts today, May, 10th 2016 and will end on May 17th, 2016 at 11:59pm PST.
  • I’ll select a winner with random.org’s random number generator. Winner will be notified by email on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016.

 

A lovely and delicious day everyone!!! ;o)

Happy Mom’s Day!!

Mother's Day 2016

… Love is blind because our mothers starts loving us before seeing us.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you, awesome and lovely moms out here. You are the best!!

Japanese Tulip Crochet Hooks Source

I always was a big fan of Japanese Tulip crochet hooks and accessories, and I can’t tell you how I was excited to find an amazing source, here in US to buy Tulip Brand stuff. Let me introduce DesigningVashti.com, as an amazing source for crochet hooks, sets and accessories. Vashti’s store, Crochet Hooks & More, is loaded with the stuff you will love.

 

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Searching for an elusive single Etimo cushion grip hook, like the US Size K/10.5 (6.5mm), or the smaller sizes to fill out your set, or steel hooks? You can find them here.

 

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Looking for Mother’s Day last minute gift or thinking about a special gift for a crocheting friend, or more likely, a treat for yourself? Consider this incredible array of hook sets, classic and special edition. DesigningVashti.com offers free domestic shipping of crochet hooks, along with Vashti’s prompt and geeky attention to your needs. 

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11 Cute Tulip Crochet Hook Sets Tulip Etimo Crochet Hooks

 

My absolute favorite (so far ;o)) is Classic 4 Crochet Hook Set!

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Oh, and now Crochet Hooks & More offers a new item from the Tulip Needle Company – Sweet three-color set of 15 stitch markers in its own clear-lidded tin. I am in love with!! Be sure to check back DesigningVashti.com often as they add more cool stuff for your consideration and more than possible purchase!

 

A wonderful and lovely Monday everyone!!

Yes, it’s official…

…. to my surprise, my gardening journey finally started on April, 21th!

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Well, I was always in awe with my dearest friend Annya Uslontseva and just adore her whimsical garden but I just can’t imagined gardening by myself. Even if I designed and did all brick works (terraces) and planting on our front yard 12 years ago, and enjoy caring dozen indoor plants, gardening always sounded a lot responsibility and to-much-time-eater to me… But this year something magically changed (do you think is it age?! ;o)). Plus my partner in crime got “that” fever too and started gardening couple weeks ago… So, seems as we got another “collaboration idea” with Lana Maytak we are already hooked and excited about ;o) If you are not familiar with Lana, she’s beyond-talented-photographer behind my Imagical Season books and some other our projects.

I promise, I’ll not boring you with post about our gardening often but I would like to show you some pictures how it’s started and what is progress so far (read in 4 days ;o)

Before (lot’s of gravel and soil with tons of living roots from our 35-40 years old maple tree in the center of backyard):

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Our first ”strawberry field”:

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Some herbs (and baby lavender) on our deck:

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… and sure, some flowers!! I am so happy with Lily of the valley!! They are my most favorite Spring flowers!! And BTW, they make a wonderful groundcover too. I will plant them somewhere in a shade when finish designing our backyard ;o)

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P.S.: Looks like I am hooked … and working on Strawberry Delight Blanket pattern and Secret Meadow collection, I feel so extremely happy and enjoy every moment!!!

 

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

Marguerite | Crochet Jacket Pattern for Girls 2-12 years

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Think springtime sweetness, think fields and meadows filled with daisies! Capture the soft, girly pink of spring and adorn your little Princess with this delicate and festive jacket! 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.

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SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate

SIZES
2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 12) years

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Finished chest: 23 (24, 26, 29, 31, 33)” (58.5 [61, 66, 74, 79, 84] cm)
Finished length: 11 (12, 13.5, 16.5, 19, 21)” (28 [30.5, 34, 42, 48, 53.5] cm)

YARN
Sport weight (#2 Fine).
Shown: Omega Perle (100% mercerized cotton; 178 yd [163 m]/1.76 oz [50 g]): 4 (4, 5, 6, 7, 8) balls of #522 pink (MC) and 1 ball of #501 white (CC).

CROCHET HOOK
Size C/2 (2.75 mm) or size to obtain correct gauge

NOTIONS
•  5 (5, 6, 7, 8, 8) size 3/8″ (9 mm) pearl buttons (shown: buttons by LaMode, style #4612)
•  Sewing needle and coordinating thread
•  Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

GAUGE
25 sts x 20 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Body pattern.
22 hdc x 17 rows = 4” (10 cm).

* This eBook involves crochet skills only.
34 pages, 5 photos, 18 crochet stitch diagrams, a schematic, technical pages: Glossary, Standard Measurements, Conversion charts charts.

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COPYRIGHT: All graphics, template and photos are copyrighted. All rights reserved. Please be respectful of the designer’s rights to this pattern.
No portion of this work may be photocopied or reproduced by any means without written authorization from Alla Koval Designs.
Unauthorized distribution or duplication is a violation of applicable laws.
You are more than welcome to sell items made from AllaKovalDesigns™ patterns. Credit to the designer is greatly appreciated (example: pattern is designed bywww.AllaKovalDesigns.com) but not required.

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This pattern is available in my Patern Shop, Etsy, Raverly, Craftsy and LoveKnitting.

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Life Lately | April Updates and Specials

Hi my dears,

I cannot believe that April is flying by so quickly and here we are, just days before my birthday. I love April, and we have an amazing one here in Seattle – so warm and sunny! I just want to get outside and breathe in the fresh air! Not to mention that I am considering to plant a little garden (herbs, greens and probably tomatoes ;o) Well, anyways I am back to blogging after a little “Spring break” and have some news for you to share.

 

First, Marguerite Jacket pattern (official version) will be released tomorrow morning. I made a sample in pastel yellow color and I just love how it turned out!

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Next pattern to be released is Strawberry Delight Blanket. I finished instructions and diagrams for blanket, but I still need to write directions for Strawberry pin and blanket finishing edging.

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Another exciting news is that I almost finished my new collection called Secret Meadow – can’t to show you some new designs soon!! ;o)

And, just in time for Spring and Summer crochet garments and accessories for your little ones, I have an April Special for you! For the rest of this month, Imagical Seasons Books is 30% off: $17.47 for paperback format, and 23.07 for both, paperback and PDF formats! No coupon needed.

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To look inside Imagical Seasons™ crochet pattern books, please visit my Amazon store. The books are available at: 

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