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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…

Crochet Dress


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

Crochet Dress

It features round neckline…

Crochet Dress


… which is trimmed with single crochet.

Crochet Dress

The armhole openings are also trimmed with single crochet stitch.

Crochet Dress

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

Crochet Dress


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

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… fresh berries…

Knitting blog countryside

… 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.

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.

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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!

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

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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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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

Have a nice crafty weekend!

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


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.

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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
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