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November. Adiós.

November is gone.

Knitting blog November KnitsOr it’s better to say has flown by in a blur. I barely noticed it. This month didn’t give me too many opportunities to fully dive into my knitting/crochet joy. At school we’ve already started our preparations for annual Christmas performance, so my days were filled with listening to Christmas songs, reading about Christmas and watching Christmas theatrical plays. It feels like I’ve been having my Christmas for the last couple of weeks and we still have three more weeks to go.

But no matter how busy I am, I just need my crafty time. Who knows how, but I manage to squeeze it into my daily routine. Well, to be honest it sometimes squeezes out my house chores. If to be even more honest, much more often than sometimes. It reminds me of the song from Never Not Knitting podcast: “She won’t even do the dishes… If it isn’t about knitting, she just doesn’t really care…”. Haha! This is SO me 🙂 I hope I am not alone!

Today I took a long last-Sunday-of-November morning walk with my guy.

Knitting blog November Knits

 I was freezing! Mornings are officially chilly. This morning light melts my heart.

Knitting blog November Knits

Knitting blog November Knits

 

I am in love with nature. It clears my mind, inspires me and reminds me of simple little things.

Morning shadows…

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 Here’s my November’s crafty roundup.

November’s finished WIP’s.

1. Crochet motif. Small 20-minute project, but it still counts as a finished object. Right? Right.

Crochet Motif Tutorial

 

2. One crochet tunic for my friend that’s been in WIP’s for 7 (shame on me!!!) months.

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Other November’s crafty bits are moving on to December.

1. Creative Cables restarted pullover. I’ve finished a back piece so far.

Knitting blog November Knits

2. Started a new project on my newly recovered post-hurricane knitting machine. So excited. I missed it. Thank you, Machine Knitting group on Ravelry for helping me with your tips on cleaning it. Love the color of the yarn!

Knitting blog November Knits Knitting blog November Knits3. Small crochet project with colorful cotton yarn. I love this combination.

Knitting blog November Knits

I am addicted to reading knitting blogs. What is more I love reading on knitting blogs what knitting blogs’ hosts are reading on other knitting blogs. (Wow, what a sentence!) I can’t believe it, but I ended up on My Sister’s Knitter November Loves. I am so happy to become a part of this cozy knitting blog, which is a treat for the knitter’s soul. So I decided to share my November blog list as well. But I restrict myself to just 3 posts, because I can go on forever with this list. It was a hard choice!

November’s blog list.

1. I was blown away by Rebecca’s spinning experience on her Needle & Spindle blog. She was spinning yarn using hand carved spinning whorls and a stem (!) and then dyed her newborn yarn with bracken leaves. The result is handspun yarn of marvelous golden color.

2. According to Matt. This guy is a crochet genius. I just love his blog. He always comes up with the most colorful and cheerful crochet ideas ever. Just look at this November’s tutorial. LOVE it!

3. Autumn post by Andi, My Sister’s Knitter. First of all, I was so happy to know that I am not the only knitter who knits in the warm climate. And second of all, the video reminded me of beautiful autumn colors that we don’t get here. It made me think about my motherland. It’s been more than two years since I’ve seen the “real” autumn.  I miss it…

Bye, bye, November… Thank you for everything!

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See you in December! Thank you for being with me.

 

By | 2014-11-30T19:59:20+00:00 November 30th, 2014|Adiós|8 Comments

Friday Inspiration. Knitting in Art.

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THE STORM
Photo www.danielaedburg.com

Artist and photographer Daniela Edburg is famous for her unique and often contradictory work. Daniela has a degree in visual arts and her work has been exhibited all over the world. Daniela works on the edge, some of her works are really exaggerated and shocking.

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PICNIC
Photo www.danielaedburg.com

Daniela creates  “fictional scenarios that are extreme to the point where they become contradictory.”

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THE BRIDE
Photo www.danielaedburg.com

In recent years Daniela started to use knitting and crochet in her art installations. She sees it as “a simple form of handmade fiction”.

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THE FISHERMAN
Photo www.danielaedburg.com

Daniela’s work “analyzes certain aspects that define our human nature, particularly the artificial world we inhabit and the nonsense that it generates.”

You can see more of Daniela Edburg’s work on her website www.danielaedburg.com

Have a nice crafty weekend!

By | 2016-04-10T09:04:57+00:00 November 28th, 2014|Knitting Inspiration|2 Comments

Gratitude

It’s Thanksgiving day! A day of gratitude. Ability to be grateful is the ability to be happy…

Once I came across an exercise of happiness: start every single day with writing down 3 new things that you are grateful for in your life. If you do it consistently, you’ll soon run out of all the big things and you start to recognize these simple little things that are usually taken for granted.

We have a very sweet gratitude activity in our Montessori classroom. Children learn to appreciate their hands. We use our hands every single day, mechanically, automatically, without being aware how precious they are. “The development of the hand goes side by side with the development of the intelligence………The hand is the organ of that immense treasure given to a man.” (Maria Montessori, Absorbent Mind).

During this activity children draw the outline of their hands and write things that they are able to perform thanks to their hands. Try to do it – you’ll find countless small and big things that you are grateful for.

I’ve “drawn” mine with yarn.

Knitting Blog Yarn Outline Knitting Blog Yarn Outline Happy Thanksgiving!

By | 2014-11-27T16:52:51+00:00 November 27th, 2014|Simple little things|0 Comments

Modification Monday at Knitted Bliss

Today my Textured Jacket went for a visit to Julie, from Knitted BlissKnitting Textured Cardigan

Julie’s blog is full of cozy knits, beautiful pictures and tempting recipes (which I guess I will never master – I am a terrible cook). I feel so thrilled to be a part of it. Thank you, Julie, for having me!

As for the jacket it’s been living quiet a busy life down here. The knitwear weather is officially here, so I am wearing the jacket almost every day. I get a whole lot of have-you-really-made-it-s. I am trying my best to convert non-knitters into knitters by it’s-not-that-hard-when-you-get-to-it-s. If crochet is pretty popular in my town, knitting, for some reason, is almost completely abandoned. Personally I don’t know a single hand knitter around here. I am so happy to stay in touch with the knitting/crochet /all-kinds-of-crafts community from all around the world on my blog. Thank you for being with me! It means a lot.

 

By | 2015-07-21T10:35:31+00:00 November 24th, 2014|Knitting|2 Comments

Knitted Striped Marine Dress

Good morning!

machine knitting dress

Dresses… Knitted or crochet, I just love making and wearing them.

machine knitting dress

Usually I come up with the ideas only after making several swatches, figuring out what I can do with the yarn. But this dress has been in my mind for ages. I knew I wanted a simple striped dress of classic silhouette.

machine knitting dress

This dress has been in WIPs for 4 months. I didn’t want to hurry, I wanted to do everything properly. I took my time preparing a swatch, doing all the numbers and choosing colors.

Machine Knitting Dress

I just can’t tell you how comfortable it is. The cotton is so cozy and incredibly soft. A delight to wear.

machine knitting dress

The dress was knit on Silver Reed LK 150 knitting machine. Stitch dial – 4.

The dress features a basic reverse stockinette stitch. I love how white is mixing in with grey.

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Straight below the knee skirt

Machine Knitting Dress

The neckline is trimmed with double crochet.

machine knitting dress

 

Machine Knitting Dress

The armhole openings are trimmed with single crochet.

Machine Knitting Dress

Machine Knitting Dress

The hem facing.

Machine Knitting DressThese pictures were taken by my very talented friend, Elena Letitskaya, at one of the most beautiful places here – a local marina. I just love this place, which is so peaceful and quiet in the morning…

Machine Knitting Dress

It was such a beautiful morning. The air was fresh, even chilly. Knitwear weather.

Feeling grateful…

Machine Knitting Dress

Happy Sunday!

By | 2015-11-25T10:08:21+00:00 November 23rd, 2014|Finished Objects, Machine Knitting|12 Comments

Friday Inspiration. Wedding Dress.

Knitwear haute couture. 

Knitwear Wedding Dress

jemmasykes.co.uk

Wedding dress by knitted textile designer Jemma Sykes. A jewel in Jemma’s knitwear collections.

Knitwear Wedding Dress

jemmasykes.co.uk

Very dramatic.

Knitwear Wedding Dress

jemmasykes.co.uk

The dress is absolutely gorgeous.  I just wonder how heavy it is…  You really need to love knitwear to put on the equivalent of all the stash that you have in your house on your very special day. Would you dare?!

Knitwear Wedding Dress

jemmasykes.co.uk

Jemma lives and works in London, but travels extensively with her lectures on knitwear design. She uses both hand knitting and machine knitting techniques in her collections.  “Her diverse portfolio is fueled by the possibilities of the knitted stitch and aims to challenge the preconceived ideas of the craft to hopefully inspire.” 

You can look up more of Jemma’s designs on her website.

Have a nice crafty weekend!

By | 2016-04-10T09:05:25+00:00 November 21st, 2014|Knitting Inspiration|1 Comment
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