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Yesterday I quietly celebrated my birthday with family and friends. I even managed to do some knitting! Sounds like a perfect birthday to me!

Knitting Blog GiftsI prefer flowers in a pot to bouquets. I think it feels much more special. I am in love with this beauty.

Knitting Blog Gifts

My dear friend knows me so well. Such a lovely necklace.

Knitting Blog Gifts

I received so many kind words from my family, friends, my dear students and fellow teachers. Thank you! My Mexican students sang Happy Birthday to me in Russian, how cute is that?!

I didn’t make any wishes this time, I just said a lot of Thank you for all the blessings that I have in my life.

Knitting Blog Grateful

Feeling grateful… Happy Sunday!

Knitting Blog Grateful

By | 2015-01-18T16:30:08+00:00 January 18th, 2015|Simple little things|6 Comments

Friday Inspiration. A la Russe.

Today I am admiring A la Russe collection (fall 2013) by Anastasia Romantsova.

Knitting dress

Photo: A La Russe

This collection was inspired by Orenburg Shawl, which is one of the most famous symbols of Russia. Orenburg Shawl is a lace shawl knit with a very fine yarn. They are very similar to Shetland Lace Shawls. The handknit Orenburg Shawl can take almost a year to make. These shawls are famous for their very intricate patterns, lightness and ability to preserve the warmth. I loved Anastasia’s interpretation of this handcraft in her collection of airy, almost fairy like dresses.

Knitting dress

Photo: A La Russe

Knitting dress

Photo: A La Russe

Knitting dress

Photo: A La Russe

 The main character of the collection is a fairy aristocratic lady. It reminds me of 19th century Russia and one of my favorite books by Leo Tolstoy – “War and Peace”.

Knitting dress

Photo: A La Russe

 Crochet also found its place in the collection.

Knitting dress

Photo: A La Russe

My favorite look is a lace sweater with a long light airy floral skirt.

Knitting dress

Photo: A la Russe

Tomorrow I have my a little bit more special than usual day…

I hope you’ll have a great crafty weekend!

By | 2016-04-10T09:01:40+00:00 January 16th, 2015|Knitting Inspiration|2 Comments

Knitting and Reading Yarn Along

Knitting and Reading Yarn Along

Today I am joining Ginny from Small Things for Yarn Along. I always enjoy her Yarn Along collections. It’s amazing how many people are creating at the same time from the different parts of the world.

As for me I am still working on swatches for my St. Brigid project. As I plan to do a few modifications, I need to take time to properly check the gauge to avoid knitting disasters. I am starting a new book “Paris to the Moon” by Adam Gopnik, a chronicle of an American writer living in Paris. When I first picked it up, it reminded me of my favorite book – Ernest Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast”.

Knitting and Reading Yarn Along 

Enjoying a rainy afternoon…

By | 2016-04-10T09:01:52+00:00 January 14th, 2015|Knitting, Work in Progress|8 Comments

Sunday’s Splash of Color

This beauty woke up this morning…
Knitting Blog Color FlowerWelcome to the world!

Knitting Blog Color Flower

My Sunday happens to be full of color today.

Our late breakfast.

Knitting Blog Color Food

Yes, I actually cooked today. Nothing is burnt, everybody is alive and even the kitchen is not messy. Happens to me once in a blue moon.

Rice with vegetables, spices, black olives, fresh basil and baby spinach with balsamic vinegar.

Knitting Blog Color FoodWorking on my crochet project…

Knitting Blog Color Yarn

Looking through travel books. Both countries have a special place in my heart…

Knitting Blog Color Books

Feeling grateful…

Happy Sunday!

By | 2015-01-13T19:29:15+00:00 January 11th, 2015|Simple little things|8 Comments

Friday Inspiration. Throws.

Lately I’ve been feeling  homy… Spending quite evenings at home, drinking tea, knitting, reading… Usually I knit/crochet garments, but now I feel the urge to surround myself with some interior knitting. There are so many inspirational throws, afghans and blankets out there that are calling my name.

Handwoven 100% merino wool blanket from Knitting Noodles.

Knitting Crochet Inspiration

100% New Zealand wool throw from Milo and Mitzy.

Knitting Crochet Inspiration

Handspun throw blankets

Knitting Crochet Inspiration

And of course one of my favorite – a crochet throw by Nicky Epstein.

Knitting Crochet Inspiration

Some of these throws have quite a price tag, but I think I have enough yarn in my stash to start something of my own. Feeling inspired and cozy…

Have a nice crafty weekend!


By | 2016-04-10T09:02:14+00:00 January 9th, 2015|Crochet Inspiration, Knitting Inspiration|6 Comments

Stash Down

New Year started with revising my stash. It’s ridiculously enormous. It’s a paradox, but the fact that there are very few yarn shops in my town makes my stash grow every year. As I don’t have a constant access to the yarn goodness, I go crazy every time I travel. I buy bags of yarn and justify it with “I won’t be able to buy anything for months, even for a year”. Running out of yarn is my biggest fear.

If you don’t count a huge bag of acrylic yarn that I donated to my school for craft classes, I have more than 100 (!!!) skeins all over the house. Something needs to be done!

So when I saw My Sister’s Knitter Stash Down KAL/CAL, I jumped right in. It came just in time. The KAL/CAL will last 4 months (January 1 – April 30) and I am determined to bring my stash down by the end of April. Thank you, Andi, for inspiration!

I don’t have any WIPs left from 2014, except for a machine knitting project. So I am starting fresh. Last week I started to work on two projects.

The first stash down victim

Knitting Crochet Yarn

I bought this yarn one year ago in Mexico City. I fell in love with the color – Azul Rey. 100% mercerized cotton of very good quality. It’s perfect for crochet, as it gives a very nice stitch definition. I used this yarn in a different color for my Wildflower Crochet Dress. I am very pleased with the result. Also it has generous 360 mts (394 yd). New crochet project is in progress.

Knitting Crochet YarnThe second project is planned to be a very heavily modified version of St. Brigid. I don’t know exactly what I’ll get at the end, but it’s a part of fun. It’s still in the swatch stage.

Knitting Crochet Yarn  This swatch makes me so happy. Gosh, I love knitwear!

By | 2016-04-10T09:02:27+00:00 January 8th, 2015|Crochet, Knitting, Yarn|2 Comments
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