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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Marguerite

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.

Marguerite 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.

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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.

ImagicalSeasons Spring & Summer

 

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Happy Easter!!

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Have a fabulous day with your family and friends!

Imagical Seasons™ | You Made This!

I am so grateful for your interest in my work! You are welcome to leave your reviews and comments here or on ImagicalSeasons.com.

Please share pictures of your completed creations – you are my boundless inspiration!!!

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Thank you so much!! You are awesome!!

 

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A lovely and wonderful day everyone!!

Marguerite (EAP) | Crochet Jacket Pattern for Girls 2-12

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Looking for a weekend project to crochet?! I am so excited to letting you know that after another labor intensive and scrupulous week of work, Marguerite jacket pattern was born, YAY – what a lovely end of week!!! I can’t believe this pattern took me almost 5 weeks to be written, tested, charted, tested again, etc. Well, it’s really pretty easy and fast jacket to crochet and I hope you will enjoy it! But due to lace patterns used and according gauge-thing, it was a challenge to manage all 6 sizes matches YarnStandards.com plus some unexpected technical “surprises” while re-sizing. I ended up with NUMBER of stitch diagrams and tested almost all sizes to make sure math is work. So, let me introduce…

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Marguerite

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 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.

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

 

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SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate

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

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)

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.
32 pages, 5 photos, 16 crochet stitch diagrams, schematic, technical pages: Glossary, Standard Measurements, Conversion charts charts.

Marguerite 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 Marguerite Jacket pattern includes:

  • 16 crochet diagram (final version) and 1 schematic (draft version)
  • photos (final version)
  • written instructions – not tech edited yet.

Still need to do for official release :

  • tech editing
  • finish schematic diagram.

This EAP pattern is available at Etsy and my PatternsShop only until official release.

Regular price of eBook: $9.95

EAP version price: $8.46

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Have a lovely and fantastic weekend!! I’m definitely going to enjoy mine!! So much activities planned, can’t wait! ;o))

YCMT | Spring $5.00 Deals

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It’s time again for the big $5.00 Deals sale at YouCanMakeThis.com!

And, it’s on RIGHT NOW!

A huge selection of great patterns and projects are on sale for only $5, giving you savings of up to 75% on some! Plus, get 15% off all purchase over $20.

This sale runs now through March 21, 2016.

“So, how do I find these deals?” you may be asking…
It’s easy! All of the patterns and projects that are part of the $5 Sale added to the Featured Products category.

There are several pages of deals to look through! You might also want to try using the sorting options at the top of the page and increase the Items per Page – there is a lot to see! I was invited to join and gladly offering you my Magnolia Lace Coat Pattern for this such great event!

 

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Parfait Bolero | Crochet Pattern for Kids 2-12 years

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I received number of emails with question if is possible to release Parfait bolero from my Imagical Season Crochet patterns book as an individual pattern. Well, here everything is possible ;o) So let me introduce …

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Give your special girl the perfect gift with this ruffled bolero in a delicious blend of dessert colors! The bolero is a lovely confection of ruffles, frosted with picot edging rounds worked in contrasting colors to refresh the eye. Three sleeve length options to choose from! Netted sleeves trimmed with ruffled cuffs create a whole different look! Perfect for any little girl!
IMAGINE THIS: Use turquoise, lime, white, yellow and candy pink, as shown here, or make up your own color combinations for extra fun! Chose from three different sleeve lengths, and trim the sleeves with ruffled cuffs for your twirly little Princess. For cooler spring days, crochet it in wool or create a lovely layered look.  

 

Parfait Bolero Details

 

LEVEL: Intermediate

SIZES
2-4 (6-8, 10-12) years
Samples shown are sizes: 6-8, 10-12.
Finished Measurements
Finished chest: 24 (26, 32)” (61 [66, 81] cm)
Finished length: 14 (15, 16.5)” (36 [38, 42] cm)

YARN
Sport weight (#2 Fine).
Option 1: Omega Perle (100% mercerized cotton; 178 yd [163 m]/1.76 oz [50 g]): 3 (3, 4) balls of #522 pink (MC), 1 ball each of #501 white (CC1), #514 light turquoise (CC2) and #519 canary (CC3).
Option 2: Omega Perle (100% mercerized cotton; 178 yd [163 m]/1.76 oz [50 g]): 4 (4, 5) balls of #518 light yellow (MC), 1 ball each of #501 white (CC1) and #528 light green (CC2).
Option 3: Omega Perle (100% mercerized cotton; 178 yd [163 m]/1.76 oz [50 g]): 3 (4, 4)  balls of #514 light turquoise (MC), 1 ball each of #501 white (CC1), #522 pink (CC2) and #520 light pink (CC3).

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

GAUGE

2 shells x 14 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in Body pattern.
Take time to check gauge.

NOTIONS
•  Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

 

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* This pattern involves crochet skills only.

24 pages, 5 photos, 9 diagrams, 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 by www.AllaKovalDesigns.com) but not required.

 

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

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Oh, and don’t forget that to celebrate National Crochet Month, I have a ♥ SPECIAL DEAL FOR YOU: get 30% off on all my patterns and crochet pattern books* for the entire month!! Use promo code MARCHLOVE at checkout. This coupon is applicable to my Patterns Shop, Etsy, Ravelry and ImagicalSeasons.com.

This offer last through March 31th 2016 at 11:59 pm PST time.

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Happy Spring!!

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Spotted last year in one of our local parks – Lily of the Valley are still my most favorite spring flowers. Can’t wait them to bloom soon (and hopefully in our garden too)!

Happy Spring and International Women’s Day!!

National Craft Month & Special Promotion for You!

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Spring is Nature’s way of saying “Let’s party!”
—Robin Williams

Spring in the air and I am very ready for spring to come. I can’t wait for the sun to shine, the flowers to bloom, and to put away my boots and rain coats. It’s a time of rebirth, a time of enjoying the great outdoors and breathe in that clean spring air. And it’s March, which in case you didn’t know, is National Craft Month!

Created by the Craft & Hobby Association in 1994, it was designed to help people learn about and re-discover the joy of crafting and all its many benefits. It’s the perfect excuse to indulge in all things crafty.

What can you do to celebrate?

  • One of the best ways is to teach someone to knit or crochet—everyone can benefit from taking up knitting and crocheting.
  • Finish one of those knit or crochet projects you have hiding in the closet. You’ll really feel like celebrating when it’s done.
  • Wear your handmade creations. Make a gifts for your friends.
  • Learn to do a new stitch or try a new yarn and post it on your blog.
  • Enjoy seeing and sharing with other knitters and crocheters. Join an on-line group with people who enjoy yarn.
  • Throw a National Craft Month Party.
  • Share with your crochet and knitting friends My Little CityGirl blog and the deal, I’m offering.

 

To celebrate National Crochet Month, I have a ♥ SPECIAL DEAL FOR YOU: get 30% off on all my patterns and crochet pattern books* for the entire month!! Use promo code MARCHLOVE at checkout. This coupon is applicable to my Patterns Shop, Etsy, Ravelry and ImagicalSeasons.com.

This offer last through March 31th 2016 at 11:59 pm PST time.

* To look inside my crochet pattern books, please visit my Amazon store.

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