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Knitting at Dawn

On the weekend I was listening to Woolful podcast’s interview with Jess from www.witchininthekitchen.com. She was telling about her day and how much time she usually spends on her crafts. Jess raised a very important question for me – how do you balance your life and include everything that you love to do without missing your meals and bedtime?

For me it’s always an issue. Afternoons and weekends are full with doubts and questions. Do I want to knit, to crochet, do some machine knitting, read a knitting blog, start learning to sew, read a book, watch Craftsy videos, do a workout, walk with the dog, organize my yarn, etc, etc?..

I have my own kind-of-schedule that kind-of-works for me.

For example I never have too many WIPs going on. I usually have one knitting project, one crochet project and one machine knitting project going on at the same time. If I have more, I get overwhelmed and can’t get things done.

I always wake up at the same time, 5:30 in the morning, whether it’s Sunday or middle of the workweek. Consistency helps me to stay focused. Morning is my favorite time of the day when the world is asleep, still and silent and I can have my blissful extra 40 minutes of knitting/crochet before going to work.

If not for the knitting time, the dawn is so worth to welcome just for this sky…

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No matter how hectic my life gets, I try to stop for a moment to feel grateful…Knitting blog knitting time

 What is your crafty schedule?

By | 2016-04-10T09:04:17+00:00 December 9th, 2014|Crochet, Knitting, Work in Progress|14 Comments

Wildflower Crochet Dress. Wearing.

Photography Elena Letitskaya

Good morning!
Crochet dressCouple of weeks ago I took my Wildflower Crochet Dress for a walk on the beach.

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As I am a completely hopeless seamstress, I asked one of the teachers at school to make a slip dress for me. It’s made of very light cotton of grey shade which doesn’t interfere with the color of the dress, but serves as a great background for lace stitch to stand out.

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The neckline

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I decided to make the dress with the seam, not in the round, because there’s minimum shaping involved and the seam adds more structure to the dress.

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The sand… No wildflowers to be seen… But for me it also has its own magic. Crochet dress

I’ve finished reading “A Briefer History of Time” by Stephen Hawking and I am still under the great impression. No matter how much I read or watch about the universe, each time I can’t help but admire what an amazing and vast world we live in… They say that the number of grains of sand on all beaches of planet Earth is approximately the same as the number of stars in the observable universe. Isn’t it magical?

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“We live in a strange and wonderful universe…” 

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Happy Sunday!

By | 2015-07-17T16:49:26+00:00 December 7th, 2014|Crochet, Finished Objects|6 Comments

Friday Inspiration. Knitting in Interior Design.

Someday I want to have a house that will be full of wooden furniture, textiles and baskets with yarn balls everywhere.

Perfect yarn baskets!

Jacqueline Fink from Little Dandelion is creating breathtaking interior pieces that bring the knitted stitch on a large scale.

 I always loved volume knitting which is so rich in texture. I really want to try it someday.

The process certainly doesn’t look as relaxing knitting time. You can look up videos of the process here. But the result is oh so worth it!

At the moment Jacqueline is working on a collection of her yarn and needles, so more knitters can try this macroknitting technique.

You can look up more of Jacqueline Fink’s work on her website.

Have a nice crafty weekend!

By | 2016-04-10T09:04:34+00:00 December 5th, 2014|Knitting Inspiration|1 Comment

Crochet Dress. Details.

Crochet Dress

This project was such an indulgence for me. I started it in spring. I tried different stitch combinations before coming up with the final stitch pattern. I made a swatch, put it on my night table and waited for a couple of months. I really wanted this project to work out, so I didn’t want to rush. As it sometimes happens you come up with the idea, get excited, put it in action and the result disappoints you. So, I didn’t want to take chances and decided to wait and watch the swatch for several weeks to make sure that this is exactly the way I want my dress to be.

Then my summer vacations came and I went to visit my family and places of my childhood in Russia. You can read more about my trip here and here.

I spent two blissful weeks in the countryside with my grandparents. This place is so dear to me – as a child I used to spend all my summers there. It was a perfect place and time to start crocheting my dress. It was being made outside under apple trees on my Grandpa’s hand carved bench…

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The dress is above the knee length…

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…with minimum shaping involved. The waist shaping was achieved by changing the hook size from 2.5 mm to 1.5 mm.

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It features round neckline…

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… which is trimmed with single crochet.

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The armhole openings are also trimmed with single crochet stitch.

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 It was put together by crochet slip stitch. Here you can see the shoulder seam.

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I finished this dress here, in Mexico, but for me it still carries a smell of northern wildflowers…

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… fresh berries…

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… and my Granny’s pancakes…

By | 2015-07-29T18:05:59+00:00 December 3rd, 2014|Crochet, Finished Objects|10 Comments

On my coffee table…

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On weekend we went book hunting. We walked all around the downtown and visited small antique shops looking for hidden treasures. You never know what you are going to find. Here’s what I put on my coffee table.

I love interior and architecture books. Wooden furniture, gardens and interior textiles are my passion. I’ve found all of these in “Mexican Country Style” by Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr and “In a Mexican Garden” by Gina Hyams and Melba Levick. You’ll find beautiful and inspiring pictures, practical advice where and how to look for wooden furniture, tips on creating your own garden and taking care of wooden pieces.

Knitting blog booksTravel books.

“Behind the Doors of San Miguel de Allende” by Robert De Gast. This town has been on our dream destination list for quite some time. Someday… So far, I am enjoying beautiful photography by Robert De Gast.

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“The Guide to Baja Sea Kayaking” by Dave Eckardt. I’ve never done kayaking in my life. But after I read that one couple has sailed through entire Baja California on a kayak, took beautiful pictures and helpful notes of every single corner of the peninsula, the book became a must-read!  Priceless experience.

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Off to reading…

By | 2014-12-02T20:38:26+00:00 December 2nd, 2014|Books|0 Comments

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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
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