Category: In The News
|July 14, 2014||Filled under In The News, Life, Writing a book|
I can’t believe how lovely and exciting summer time we have this year!
Igor and I always worked so hard, last couple years up to 14-16 hours a day, so we decided to take a little break and afford some rest.
Our daughter Kristin also got some “unusual” experience – she’s (with her friend) now at rhythmic gymnastic summer camp (Los Angeles, CA) for 2 weeks. It’s first time when we are separated with her for such long time, and we so glad that she looks so excited and happy!! Not to mention that after camp they do enjoy the ocean ;o)
Since Kristin was never excited for long car trips, we decided to realize one of our dreams of long travel, and yesterday Igor and I drove around Olympic Peninsula – visited Ocean Shores (-20F from Bellevue, but I’ve just LOVED it – I’m not a big fan of 85-90F), Hoh Rain Forest (really big trees, everything else you can see in any park in WA), Forks (vampires stores, High School looks different from what you see in the movie :)), Port Angeles (too many cops for small city), ferry to Seattle (we were lucky to wait only 2 minutes!) …. Tough day… 450+ miles, but with lots of fun ;o)
In two days (on Wednesday), we will fly to LA, CA to pick up Kristin and her friend, and will be back Saturday evening.
AND on Sunday, I’ll off for 3 days trip with Klondike travel to the lavender festival, with a visit to Olympic National Park (Arina, my friend and the owner of Klondike travel, assured me that we missed lots of thing we must see that area), and then, – Portland, Oregon. How exciting!!
Oh, and just after my return, I’ll post the details of my first four (yes, 4!!! ;) books I’ve almost finished (approx. 75-98 pages each): one of them still need photos (we will work on them just in next couple weeks), some patterns need descriptions and tech editing, books needed introductions, bio, indexes, etc. parts… Oh, but we have covers!!! Here is a sneak peek of Spring book cover (well, even in pretty draft version so far):
P.S.: If I would ever knew how MUCH time would it take to design, learn (and then learn again!), write, draw stitch diagrams and schematic, edit, page making and so on … I would still take that journey again and again! :p)
|October 8, 2013||Filled under In The News|
… from a break with blogging, and sure I have lots to share with you! ;o) Many thanks for your patience and all of your support!!
First, 90% of my very first crochet book is done! I’ll write about my experience in a week or so, – here are really some great tips to share and many mistakes to avoid, but the most important thing is that I’m still pretty excited about this book venture, and will finish this book with no doubts ;o) Even if the last 10% takes 90% of the time…
The other news
I was invited by a book publisher based in London to join their new exciting crochet craft book, and just can’t resist. Pattern and garment were mailed couple weeks ago and should be published in near future. Also, possible this year, should be published two books, including another my 6 designs. Can’t wait!!
Oh, and next week we will take the photos for my book!! How exciting!
And last, but not least, I’m almost finished ~ Design Your Own Hat ~ pattern for You, which will be released October, 10 (yes, 2013! ;o), and available for download for FREE. Stay tuned!!
|August 4, 2013||Filled under Announcements, In The News, Update|
Recently I had multiple issues with Ravelry customers not receiving their instant downloads. I am so glad to letting you know that this issue is fixed!
Also, I’ve been contacted by several people having a problem with instant download patterns in my Shop. I’ve double checked the process and found it also a bit not straightforward or clear but this is how eCommerce plugin is designed … So I want to explain it here.
There are two ways you can download your pattern.
1. After PayPal transaction is completed, you will be forwarded back to my Shop and you will see a “Transaction Results” page – please note lime Download hyperlink – this is the link to the PDF file. Please click it (or right-click it) and your browser will open/save/display PDF, as it is configured in your Windows/Mac/Unix/Chromium and your browser.
2. A few seconds after PayPal finished transaction, you will receive an email with download link.
Anyways, please let me know if you did not receive it or may have any questions.
|February 8, 2013||Filled under Featured, In The News|
|October 17, 2012||Filled under Featured, In The News|
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 Etsy.com, Raverly.com, YCMT.com, Anniesattic.com and DaWanda.com. 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?
Alla Koval Designs
|October 3, 2012||Filled under In The News, Life|
We are so ready and just can’t wait for our escape to Waikiki, Oahu this afternoon. Will be back on Sunday, October, 14th.
See you soon!!
Alla Koval Designs
|September 30, 2012||Filled under Announcements, In The News|
EAP stands for “Early Access Program” and servers a purpose to make all my future patterns available as soon as it is possible.
Every patterns goes through number of phases: design, modeling, creating charts, writing instructions, testing, technical editing, corrections and, finally, release. Each pattern happens to be different and it is hard to predict how long will take each step. I have dual wish every time: release my work as soon as possible and release my work as best as possible, most of the time it results in delayed releases and I think I found a way to deal with it and I want to try it out: Early Access Program (EAP).
There will be an area on my site where you may see one or two patterns in “fresh baked” state. “Fresh baked” means that pattern is real but I still do not count it as finished. It will come with chart, written instructions and pictures, etc. And, sure, tested. The “final-final” pattern will include technical editing, may have more professional pictures, may even have newer title or description – all that stuff what makes me fill that pattern is ready.
And patterns will show up in that EAP area not only earlier but with lower price (15% off of regular price). I’ll point out what area(s) I will try to improve precisely and it will be up to you – to buy it now or wait for official release. Any way I will send updated version to everyone who participated in EAP deal.
So what you’ll get from this program:
- You’ll get pattern as soon as it exists
- Pattern will be 15% less of regular price until release time
- You always will get released version of pattern too with no additional charge at the same day when pattern will be officially released
EAP Pattern will include:
- All Charts and diagrams
- Written instructions
- Details pictures
- List of materials
- … Actually all what you used to see in any my patterns
Because of technical limitations, I can run this Early Access Program only on my site and on the Etsy.
These patterns will be listed as usual with “EAP” stamp on picture and additional short explanation in the description area with link to the page with all details about EAP.
Final pattern will be listed as usual and “EAP” version will disappear from the stores and EAP Patterns page.
Come back tomorrow, September, 30th to see my first EAP eBook (sneak peek below ;) and please let me know what do you think about this program!
Alla Koval Designs
|September 20, 2012||Filled under In The News, Life|
We just booked our vacation to somewhere in paradise!!
Only 13 days left… desperately trying bring myself back into a working mood – no luck so far ;o)
|August 27, 2012||Filled under Creations, In The News, My Book, Writing a book|
First of all, many thanks for your patience and sorry for being away from my blog. Work on first book seems endless, but I’m pretty excited to see how it turned out and hope back to normal schedule somewhere in near future …or so ;o)
I’m so glad to letting you know that I’ve just got back edited Kristal collection, which is a part of my book, but we agreed that I’ll make it available as soon as possible ;o) Not to mention that you will see a sneak peek of book layout and find a book name on these pattern’s pages!
Kristal collection includes 5 designs, based on an idea to use same square motif in so many different ways—watch this lovely motif transform magically from a simple circle of stitches into an eight-petaled flower, then into a diamond, and finally into a gorgeous lace square! Work it in a single color for a pristine effect, or in combinations of different colors to highlight the changes in the pattern. Use different yarn weight and hook sizes to change the finished motif’s size. Even better, join it to other motifs as you go, and keep sewing to a minimum. As versatile as it is beautiful, the motif lends itself to several of the projects scheduled to be released this week:
1. Tropicana Blanket
2. Silverlace Blanket
3. Petalline Dress & Beach Cover
…. and hopefully the Dryad Scarf too—let me see.
Wish me luck and see you pretty soon ;o)
|August 17, 2012||Filled under In The News, Over a Cup|
My all time favorite animal. What a cutie :0)
Wonder what is new with your book and my schedule? By the moment I feel exhausted a bit, but happy – two projects for publication are done (and third, last one is on my schedule in the middle of September). On Monday I’ll start to work on next book collection, yay!! I bet – it will be your favorite one! ;o)
But first – a little break and on my schedule for next two days… well, whatever ;o)
A Wonderful and Lovely weekend everyone!!
Alla Koval Designs