Category: Featured

Liebster Blog Award

Liebster Award[7]

 

I was recently nominated by sweet Lin Wibisono at CrochetRockstar to participate in the Liebster Award. After spending some time with Google, I learned [kinda] that:

  • 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.

The Rules

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:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a widget.
  3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 5 to 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award; who have less than 1000 followers.
  6. Create a new list of questions for the nominated bloggers to answer.
  7. List these rules in your post. (You can copy and paste them from here.)
  8. 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.

Monitor

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.

PrismPeacock

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.

106-0659_IMG 105-0551_IMG

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

  1. My first name reads the same backwards and forwards [aka palindrome].
  2. About 90% of my wardrobe are black & white. Favorite print (since I was a child) is still a polka dots.
  3. I am not a fan of chocolate, candies, cakes and any other sweeties at all.
  4. Graduated from University of Economy, I worked 8 years as computer programmer (go figure) until our moving to US.
  5. 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.

    landscaping21 maranta

  6. Recently I lifted 165 lbs weight bar during the morning workout at Emprowered Recreation.
  7. I still love and collect cute plush toys. My favorite are: pandas, penguins, hedgehogs and absolutely adorable handmade dolls by Adushka.
  8. Another my big love are owls, and I have a huge collections of them—plush ones, ornaments, paintings, etc.…
  9. 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!

    Abatar_900 

  10. My Birthday is a first day of Taurus.
  11. 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:

  1. Faina’s Knitting Mode
  2. Adushka
  3. Positively Crochet
  4. Stylish Knits
  5. Tiny Teddies Boutique
  6. Sugar Hiccups

 

My questions to the bloggers nominated are:

  1. What is your favorite yarn to work with?
  2. Who inspire you to crochet the first time?
  3. What project are you currently working on, or want to get started with?
  4. What is your favorite place to knit/crochet?
  5. What is the coolest thing you have knitted/crocheted?
  6. Favorite color combination(s)?
  7. Coffee or tea?
  8. What is your favorite season of the year?
  9. If you could go on vacation anywhere right now where would you go?
  10. If your friends had to describe you in one word what would it be?
  11. Did you ever think you would start a blog?

 

Happy reading, and congrats to all the new nominees! xo!

 

Liebster award

I Won an Award? Two Awards? I accept! :)

Top-Blogger-Button-FC             Liebster Award

 

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!

 

Meringue Logo

 

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:

 
  1. Thank and link back to the blogger who presented you with the award (done).
  2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer 11 random questions.
  4. Create 11 random questions for your nominees.
  5. 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!

2015 Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat| Tacoma, WA

Madrona Fiber Arts

 

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.

2015 Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat scheduled February 12-15. Go to the Retreat Class Schedule and Information page and FAQs.

 

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”:

 

FainaClasses

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.

Crochet! Magazine | Fluffy Clouds Blanket

Fluffy Clouds

 

What a nice surprise! My Fluffy Clouds Blanket pattern was featured yesterday at Crochet! Magazine. More than 4738 likes, 853 shares and 71 such sweet and lovely comments – could I ask for more?! ;o)

Thank you SO MUCH everyone!! This blanket is my very first I’ve even made, and was designed for our friend’s baby girl couple years ago!

 

Crochet! Magazine FluffyClouds3

 

A wonderful day everyone!!

My New Baby ;)

Doll2

 

I’m so excited to call this such cute baby ~mine, and just can’t wait to hug her in person!! Made by BEYOUND TALENTED Ada Gurevich, my most LOVELY and FAVORITE online friend (in case, here is her Etsy shop).

….I’m just dying to meet Ada in person in some of days!

Oh, and here is another cutie of her, which is in my book already ;o)

Aduschka, you are AMAZING!!! I just ADORE YOU!!

Kristal Motif-1

All on Summer Day

vintage21 copy  vintage3 copy

“..blessings for Monday and the week ahead” says Margaret – an curator of this lovely and full of sunshine Etsy treasury! Many thanks for including my Vintage Rose Top pattern in All on Sumer Day!

 

All On Summer Day

 

 

Fluffy Clouds Blanket

Another absolutely gorgeous and lovely treasury is Potpourri For You and Me! by Elisa and Awilda. Wonderful finds!

Thank you so much for including the Fluffy Clouds Blanket pattern! Also this pattern was featured in wonderful Soft Place to Fall collection by Maureen, which “inspired by mothers who are their childrens’ soft place to fal, comes this collection of soft, fluffy things that make you feel good. Just like Mom.

Potpouuri For You and Me Soft Place to Fall

 

 

DandelionTunicF1

I just love this plant!!!!” says Sabine, a curator of Dandelion treasury and I must admit that we are definitely on the same page ;o)

Many thanks for including my Dandelion Tunic pattern Sabine!

Dandelion

 

Magnolia Coat

Sweet things for a little one dear to your heart!” it’s all about such darling and charming Sweet Pea collection by Darlene! Thanks for including the Magnolia Lace Coat pattern in this treasury.

Sweet Pea 

 

Daysy Pin6

Many Thanks to Schatzinsel for including the Daisy Pin pattern in so pretty and colorful Spring Time Happy Time treasury! My most favorite time of year!!

Spring Time Happy Time

 

 

minnie_jacket1  minnie_jacket2 

One of my favorite design and my most lovely Black and Red Mod treasury created by beyond talented girl and my dear friend Ada Gurevich!! “Sometimes I’ve been thinking that I have like dark mood, but then I thought it’s not so bad because this dark colors they are just beautiful, and even babies see those colors first, the Valentine day is all over this colors.”  Thank you so much Aduska for including my Minnie Jacket pattern.

If you not familiar with Ada’s work, make sure to check her shop, which is about Ada’s art work and jewelry. You will LOVE it for sure!!

Black and Red Mod

 

Polar Bear10

And just in case – a couple more jackets for cold days ;o) My both: knit and crochet versions of Polar Bear jackets pattern was featured in Blue Color treasury by Olga and in Ice Ice Baby by Fulya. Thank you so much ladies!!

Ice Ice Baby  Blue Color

 

 

 

flower_bolero_main   flower_bolero1

 

And last treasure I would like to share is Needles are clicking away “All over the World” by Margaret.

…needles not my old bones lol ” says Margaret ;o))) Thanks a lot for adding my Flower Power Bolero pattern!

Needles..

 

A wonderful and lovely Monday everyone!! :0) I have something to share with you late this week. See you then!!

Alla Koval Designs

YCMT | $5 Deals for Summer

YCMTDeals2013

 

It’s time again for the big $5 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! This sale runs through June25, 2013.

 

"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 Petalline Dress & Poncho Pattern for this such great event!

 

Petalline Dress Poncho

YCMT | $5 Deals are Back

YCMT2013

It’s time again for the big $5 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! This sale runs through March 12, 2013.

Plus, you will get TWO free patterns, including a brand-new Kimberbell pattern, with your purchase of $25 or more!

"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 one of best selling Fluffy Clouds Baby Blanket for this such great event!

 

Fluffy Clouds Blanket

 

In the other news.. I have 2 new designs (a top and dress) to share. Stay tuned!! ;o)

My Interview for Hey Kids! Magazine

HeyKids!

What a nice surprise! Thanks a lot to Alireza for sending a paper copy of Hey Kids! magazine with my interview in and the latest issue. It’s such fun and interesting magazine!! To read the interview click pictures below to enlarge, or check it here.

 

Hey Kids01

Hey Kids02 Hey Kids03

 

A Wonderful weekend everyone!!

Alla Koval Designs

My Favorite Urban Style

UrbanCouture1

Urbanouture6 My Favorite Urban Style

Just spotted latest Etsy’s treasures and can’t resist to share some, especially My favorite urban ‘style’ by Margaret. Thank you so much for including the Urban Couture Jacket pattern, my all time favorite!

 

Elf Princess02

Elf Princess09 When All The World is Young

The Elf Princess was featured in such a joyful When all the world is young… by Margaret collection! Thanks a lot, dear Margaret!

 

Gardenia 01

Gardenia 05 Up With Crochet

Crochet should NOT be the underdog in the world of needlework! Crochet is beautiful. Here’s a treasury to support some of my favorite fellow crochet designers!”, says hookedvintagecrochet – a curator of such beautiful Up with Crochet!: Gorgeous Crochet Scarf Patterns collection. I am honored to be a part of such a beautiful collection of scarves! Thanks for adding my latest Gardenia Scarf pattern.

 

424106_345643445466429_252401878_n

Grape Scarf Garden Delight

Such cute collection and “at least it’s all calorie-free!” as says Pam ;o) Many thanks Pam Nuss for adding the Grape Scarf pattern to fun Garden Delights… the non-edible variety treasury.

 

Double Fun in the Sun Hat

Hot Heads.. Crocheted Poppy

 Double Fun in the Sun hat pattern was featured in two such cool looking collections: Hot heads…pretty girls by Margaret and Crocheted Poppy by Luba Davies. Thank you so much ladies!!

 

Whimsical Forest4

Whimsical Forest Peek-a-boo Coat6 Colors Of The Fall

Oh, and I can’t believe I almost missed such lovely Colors of the fall treasury, created by my dear and beyond talented friend Adushka. Thank you so much Sweets for including the Whimsical Forest mini collection!! My absolute favorite fall collection of 2010, and mainly because of such lovely collaboration with my amazing friends and such passionate souls: French designer Francoise Lama-Solet and gorgeous  Alex Koloskov and Genia Larionova,  and sure their lovely twins!!

 

In the other news… I’ve almost finished winter collection for my book (yay!!) and will blog about a book progress, what happened with Dryad collection, etc. as soon as possible!

Have a lovely and productive day!

Alla Koval Designs