Category: In The News
|July 17, 2019||Filled under In The News|
👋🏻 Hi-hi dear friends!! How is your summer? It looks like summer has not come here yet in Seattle, but it works for me and my challenges and tasks😉
✅ One of my latest 10 days-challenge was 3000 kettlebell swings (300 every morning). We done it yesterday 💪🏻 Both, Igor and I lost 7-8 lbs and feel full of energy! Funny, but most challenge to us was to be in gym at 5:00 am and wake up at 4:15 am…
✅ Another challenge was to complete work on my new kind of patterns called LIM (Less Is More). …And first pattern is done!! YAY!!! I’ll share more details soon!
✅ Next challenge was to create every day a new swatch and note design ideas with it. 30 swatches are done. Two projects are in work now and one done (I work on pattern now).
✅ Also, I wanted to find a perfect bamboo blend yarn for summer projects. And after testing a bunch of them, I finally found yarn I love 😍 See my next post for details.
🤓 And last, but not least coming challenge… is survive a week in Las Vegas – San Diego. Yes, we are going to a little trip in a two days 🥰
Yeah, but I missed blogging again… probably it’s a good idea for new challenge?! 🤔😉
|April 19, 2019||Filled under In The News|
“Regular posting?”- No, I have not heard…🙈
If seriously, spring is always so exciting, creative and busy for me (especially April) that I was really surprised that my last post was March 21st.
This month so far:
✔️ I met 2 deadlines.
✔️ Discovered and fell in love with new crochet technique.
✔️Created on its basis three designs that I think will be the beginning of a new era in my work.
✔️ Designed our garden, decided on plants, even bought our very first columnar apple trees and dwarf pomegranates.
… And most importantly ✔️, I finished à la Koval Petit lace coat pattern, which will be released on April 21!
23 charts, some innovations in pattern-style and a written description of course. But if you prefer diagrams – this pattern is a dream for you to deal with 😉 I think this pattern is my the biggest project after Imagical crochet pattern books, but I am so happy I did it!!
How is yours Spring?
Have a lovely and wonderful day!! 😘😘😘
|February 7, 2019||Filled under Creations, In The News, Instagram|
One more pattern I want to finish before start to work on a secret project for Fall 2019 issue of my lovely Interweave Crochet 🥰
Can you recognize this design?! Oh, yes. It took a long time to get back to this design 🙈 But I am so glad I did it!
Below are back details and a question for you:
Which version of back insert do you like more if any?
1 – like on white coat
2 – like on turquoise one
3 – no any
P. S.: Curious what’s the final one?! 🤓
For more details and progress pictures and more news, please visit my Instagram’s page @allakovaldesigns. You are heartily invited and very welcome to join me! Let’s stay connected: https://www.instagram.com/allakovaldesigns/
|November 22, 2018||Filled under Holidays, In The News|
|March 1, 2018||Filled under In The News|
Yay, are you excited for Spring as much as I do?! ;o)
I work on the pattern of this lace coat shown above, wish me luck please! I also have a two blankets designed – still need to write the patterns too. Seems designing and crocheting are more fasten for me that write patterns last time, ugh! Probably I need just a little break.
Also I have a big project this year – re-do our front and back yards, including removal two of our 7 huge trees, change fence and make a totally new design for our back yard. I am super excited about this project!!
See you tomorrow!
|February 21, 2018||Filled under In The News|
Hi Friends! Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet here … just besides working on four projects and studying, February continues to challenge us.
The month was started with second fly we got this year. We have been sick only once in the last three years.
A couple weeks ago, our lovely Chihuahua got a flux and and her tooth was removed :(
Plus some more unexpected problems…
But most sad thing happened is that our planned trip to China on February 28 was canceled. Because the travel organizer’s house was burglarized and all 6 passports were stolen, as Sergey just got is all our Chinese visas. Sergey studied in China and speaks perfect in Chinese and knows the country well. This trip was planned as a celebration of his anniversary, a meeting with friends and relatives, and tourism of course. We will get our passports tomorrow, but Sergey had a Russian passport and here is about 2 months to get a new one…
On positive note, I have lots of good news to share… stay tuned for the next broadcast!
(Rus) Друзья, привет! Я не пропала… просто помимо работы над четырьмя проектами и учебой, февраль нас продолжает держать в тонусе.
Месяц начался с гриппа – второго за этот год, караул какой-то. Мы за последние три года болели только раз.
Пару недель назад, у нашей чувавки не по-детски опухла щека, естественно мы тут же поехали в ветклинику. Но, к сожалению, нам попалась не опытный врач, и бедная Пиксеныш не отделалась легким испугом. Благо, что фраза “заживает как на собаке” – правда…
Плюс еще пара-тройка неожиданных проблем на ровном месте.
Но, “ягодкой на торте” стала наша запланированная на 28 февраля поездка в Китай, которая не состоится. У нашего замечательного друга, который учился в Китае, и до сих пор шикарно говорит по-китайски и хорошо знает страну, в этом году юбилей. И Сергей, нас, своих российских друзей и родственников решил собрать в Китае. Все было замечательно, он взял на себя все организационные вопросы, сделал всем визы, мы договорились заехать к нему за паспортами …и за день до этого случилось абсолютно невероятное – его дом ограбили, разбив балконную дверь, и утащив все, что было ценного и …все 6 паспортов. Занавес. Мы уже завтра получим новые паспорта, но визы нужно покупать заново. В ообщем-то не проблема, но у Сергея российский паспорт и его восстановление займет до двух месяцев…
Но, все же, хороших новостей больше и о них в следующем эфире.
|June 28, 2016||Filled under Creations, In The News, Life|
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)
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!
A wonderful and lovely Tuesday anyone!!
|April 18, 2016||Filled under Giveaway, In The News, Patterns|
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!
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.
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.
To look inside Imagical Seasons™ crochet pattern books, please visit my Amazon store. The books are available at:
|February 19, 2016||Filled under In The News, Instagram|
I have (finally!) opened Instagram account, YAY!! Let’s give it some love? ;o)
A lovely and wonderful weekends everyone!!!
|January 11, 2016||Filled under FaveCrafts, In The News|
Hello my friends!
So nice to see you in new 2016! I hope you had amazing and wonderful holidays.
After a short break from blogging, I am back!
We’ve enjoined lovely holiday season even were a bit limited with our usual winter activities due of Igor’s broken right hand, Kristin’s cracked thumb bone on right foot and my right wrist boring tendonitis… We are so much better now and I am so glad that 2015 in a past and looking forward for 2016! And I love how busy and exiting this year is already!! ;o) I had plenty time to decide what to learn new and almost finished to work on business plan for this year and I hope you will join me again and we will spend some exiting time together this year too. I love you and much-much appreciate your interest and support!!
In the other news, this morning I got nice email from Kaylee, FaveCraft’s editor, telling that Garden Party Hat Crochet Pattern was one of most popular projects of 2015 and featured in FaveCraft’s Top 100 Collection. YAY, I am so thankful and exited! Could I ask for more?!
Make sure to check their The 100: Craft Project Ideas and Crochet Project Ideas You Loved in 2015 list of free patterns – so many outstanding project you will adore in this list.
Happy and productive Monday everyone! Enjoy your day! See you very soon ;o)