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Friday Inspiration. A la Russe.

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

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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”.

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Photo: A La Russe

 Crochet also found its place in the collection.

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Photo: A La Russe

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

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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

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.

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100% New Zealand wool throw from Milo and Mitzy.

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Handspun throw blankets

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

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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

Friday Inspiration. Red Valentino Knit Dress.

This dress from Spring 2014 collection by RED Valentino is just precious.

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RED Valentino Spring 2014

I love everything about it: the silhouette, the neutral color, the stitch pattern. These lovely cables are so tempting to knit. And the wheat ear cables… A knitter’s dream. I love how they are gently tied together with a knitted I-cord.

If you ever fancy to make this dress, here is the link to the YouTube tutorial How To Knit The Wheat Ear Cable Stitch.

Have a nice crafty weekend!

By | 2016-04-10T09:03:16+00:00 December 26th, 2014|Knitting Inspiration|1 Comment

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

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

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

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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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