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Crochet Snowman

The last minute gifts, the last minute handmade ornaments… It’s this time of the year.

It is my third Christmas without snow. It still feels weird. As I’ve grown up and lived most of my life in Russia, the winter holidays will always be associated with lots of snow, frost, skiing and making snowmen (in Russia they call it a “Snow Woman”).

Though there is no snow to be seen here, in Mexico, I decided not to break the tradition and still make my own snowman, a crochet one. The free pattern is by Matt from According To Matt. He wrote a guest post for “Skip To My Lou” blog and shared a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your very own crochet snowman. I fell in love with it immediately.

Crochet pieces waiting to be put together.

Crochet Snowman

 

The pattern was easy to follow. After a couple of hours of on-and-off crocheting I got my Snowman.

Crochet Snowman

 

Thank you, Matt! It was a joy to make!

By | 2015-07-27T09:07:20+00:00 December 23rd, 2014|Crochet, Finished Objects|0 Comments

Rowan Yarn

I am back. I took a week off from blogging to finish everything at work before my winter vacations. I am officially off work for 18 days!!! I love my job, but gosh it feels good to devote more time to family, home and crafting! So I am super excited and can’t wait to cast on something new! Usually I am very strict and restrain myself from working on more than 3 projects at the same time. Maybe I have to relax, just for vacation time. Especially now when I have something new and delicious in my stash.

Knitting Blog Rowan Yarn

I have been knitting and crocheting non-stop for almost five years now. But this is the first time I bought Rowan yarn. I fell in love with it without even seeing it  long time ago.

I am certainly NOT disappointed. Savannah. 100% cotton of rich chocolate color with silk threading – can a girl ask for more?

Knitting Blog Rowan Yarn

As usual I have no idea what I want to make out of it. So just randomly knitting with good old stockinette stitch… I love this uneven texture.

Knitting Blog Rowan Yarn

 

I hope you are enjoying this pre-holiday rush. See you soon!

By | 2014-12-21T21:42:02+00:00 December 21st, 2014|Knitting, Yarn|0 Comments

Crochet Tunic

I can’t believe this project took me so long . I started it last spring, but was always interrupted with other WIPs. I finally finished it in November. Do you recognize the stitch? One of my favorite. I completely forgot the name of the Japanese magazine where I saw it for the first time. It always happens to me. I just have to start writing things down.

This project is basically a modification of the top that I made for myself some time ago.

Crochet Top

 

I made it with the same yarn that I used for the top and for my Textured Jacket. I love this 100% cotton of neutral shade. Can’t get enough of it.

Crochet Dress Yarn

After all modifications I got this.

Can I just say that I love it?!!!! It turned out exactly how I planned it to be. The shaping is pretty much non-existent. The waist is accentuated with the simple single crochet tie. I made it around 25 cm longer than a crochet top with side slits and modified the neckline, turning it into V-neck.

This crochet tunic is very versatile. It can be worn as a beach cover up, or worn with white pants and a neutral top underneath, or as a short dress with an underslip. It has this vintage look that I absolutely adore.

I know that I am being very bad at taking notes, while crocheting/knitting my projects. I promise I’ll be more organized and try to share with you more information on the process. So far, I hope you’ll find some inspiration here.

Happy Sunday!

 

By | 2015-07-27T09:06:52+00:00 December 14th, 2014|Crochet, Finished Objects|2 Comments

Friday Inspiration. Giovana Dias.

Crochet Dress

Photo www.giovanadias.com.br

Brazilian designer Giovana Dias has been an inspiration to me for a long time. She started her career as a beachwear designer, but soon turned her passion for crochet into gorgeous collections of dresses.

Crochet Dress

Photo www.giovanadias.com.br

Her latest collection is remarkable for the shaping and structure of dresses…

Crochet Dress

Photo www.giovanadias.com.br

… and the color accents.

Crochet Dress

Photo www.giovanadias.com.br

Crochet Dress

Photo www.giovanadias.com.br

Giovana works with classic and feminine silhouettes, but plays around with different combinations of crochet stitches.

Crochet Dress

This dress from her Bride collection is my favorite. Just breathtaking…

Crochet Dress

Photo www.giovanadias.com.br

Giovana Dias lives and works in Brazil, São Paulo. You can look up more of her work and get inspired on her website

Have a nice crafty weekend!

By | 2016-04-10T09:03:40+00:00 December 12th, 2014|Crochet Inspiration|4 Comments

Gifts from Dear Friends

 I’ve already received my first Christmas presents.

Knitting Blog Handmade Gifts

This cross stitch embroidered throw was given to me by a lovely lady, the one who received my Crochet Cardigan almost one year ago. Such vibrant colors! Though I usually tend to choose much more subtle shades, I absolutely love it! I guess Mexico and its love for color is growing on me…

The backside of the throw

Knitting Blog Handmade Gifts

 

The gift from my co-worker from school. Knitting Blog Handmade GiftsThis lovely two-side piece comes all the way from Oxaca.

Knitting Blog Handmade Gifts

It’s made of clay and it’s handpainted in bright colors.

Knitting Blog Handmade Gifts

Such a sweet little accent to wear with simple handmade sweaters…

I just love to see this splash of color in my house. Thank you, my dear friends!

 

 

By | 2016-04-10T09:03:59+00:00 December 11th, 2014|Simple little things|2 Comments
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