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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”:



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 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!


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A wonderful day everyone!!

My New Baby ;)



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!!

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All on Summer Day

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“..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.

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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!



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.

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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



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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


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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!!

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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!



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



It’s time again for the big $5 Deals sale at!

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


It’s time again for the big $5 Deals sale at!

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


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.


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A Wonderful weekend everyone!!

Alla Koval Designs

My Favorite Urban Style


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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!


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


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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.



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!!


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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

Style Sheet for Patterns

Style Sheet

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Even if I have published my patterns since 2008, I am happy and proud owner of Style sheet for knitting and crochet patterns … finally :)


How To Say It

If you are looking for polishing your pattern-style or plan to start write patterns, I would highly recommend Edie Eckman’s How to Say It class. I learned what I was looking for I can’t be more happy with quite detailed and information filled lessons! Thank you so much Edie!!


Alla Koval Designs

My interview for Hey Kids! magazine

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I was very delighted to receive a proposal from Alireza Rezaei, executive editor of Hey Kids! magazine and work on the interview for such a cool and fun magazine!


Alla Koval’s Happy Fashion
interview by Alireza Rezaei

It can be said that fashion is fashion and there’s not too much difference when a designer works for ladies, gentlemen or kids. The essence of this job or art is almost the same for all, but when you look at Alla Koval’s designs, you will find it obvious that there is something special for kids in them. Something makes us smile when we see children wearing them. Something in the colours, textures and the way she combines materials is happy and makes her designs unique, fabulous and enticing. That’s why I asked her to have an interview with Hey Kids. As I expected there is something unique in her point of view about fashion for children: Happiness!


The first eye catching thing in your designs is the colours and the way you choose and use them. Please tell us about your view and sense of colours.

One of a brightest memories from my childhood was my very first set of 48 colour markers. I was super excited to experiment with the colours, and my mom paid attention to how I used them. Later she told me that when she asked why I combined the colours that way, I explained, “They felt happy together.” Well, I still have that excitement about colours and love to make them feel happy.

What got you started working in children’s clothing design?

My daughter Kristin. I have been knitting and crocheting since I was a child, but rarely created any children’s items – just did not have much motivation. But when I had my own daughter, I started imagining all the cute things she could wear and this is how I started designing children’s clothes. And then I realized that it was exactly what I wanted to do in my life.

Your work is all highly detailed and imaginative. Where does that inspiration come from?

From everything I see, from nature to graphic designs to eighteenth-century costumes. But most of my inspiration comes from little wonders with their such precious personality and amazing vision!

Some of them are like paintings for kids and they remind us of kids’ books. How do you imagine them before starting the design?

It varies. Usually I just visualize them clearly and then somehow make the mental images into something real. I call it “design as you go”, when having the rough idea is enough to get started. But other times, when I see it’s going to be complicated, I start with math and draw stitch diagrams first.

Knitting is the main part of your designs. It should be more difficult to design some knitting and mix it with other textures than using just textures. You really love knitting, don’t you?

I do love both equally, knitting and crochet, because they’re so different. I tend to use crochet more for lace on summer and spring garments and knitting when I want something more fluid or use textured yarn. And my absolutely favourite part is to combine knit and crochet in one garment – a more fresh and enticing look.

Are your designs knitted by hand? If yes, their prices should be high. Would you give me a rough idea about the prices?

Yes, all my creations are hand knitted and crocheted by me with high quality yarn. Unfortunately it all makes the prices really high, but still, I have sold hundreds of custom-made (mostly one of a kind) items online. However, one day I realized that I have too much on my plate and couldn’t keep up with all orders anymore. I thought if I started writing patterns, I could make something just once and let other knitters and crocheters make the garments by
themselves, and even sell finished projects made from my patterns. I really feel that it was the right thing to do, and I’ve been so blessed by this experience. Somebody else making something out of what I’ve created — that’s what makes me happiest!

Have you published your patterns?

I have published my patterns since 2008. I have my designs published in Interweave Crochet and Crochet! magazines. I have also been designing my own line of knitwear and crochet for Kids Designs and Women Accessories, and I sell my patterns in my own on-line store, My Little Citygirl and in shops on,,, and With more than a 100 published patterns, I have now started working on my very first crochet book Imagical Seasons: Crochet Couture for Kids 2-12 years and have exciting plans for the future.

Is it possible for you to go to mass production?

Mass production is not for me. But to design something for a child’s brand to be mass produced, would be a pretty exciting and interesting experience.

What do you think about the role of geography and culture in fashion?

I think there are no strict logical lines between geography and culture in fashion these days.

What’s your favourite piece from your current line? Any all time favourite?

I love them all! But I really like my latest Silverlace and Tropicana Blankets. My all-time favourites are the Ladybug top, Christmas and Steampunk jackets.

Alla Koval Designs

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