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Books, Crochet

The Book of Crochet Patterns

This is my first crafty book! And still the most favorite. It’s 14 years old. It was given to me by my Granny when I was 11.

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1000 Crochet Stitch Patterns

  The devotion from my dear Grandma: To Alina, for the good deeds.

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And this book WAS and IS used for the good deeds indeed.

I love the illustrations – they are so cute, funny and arty!

These are my favorite ones.

A stylish hat with a sheep – why not?

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The knitter’s dream – a yarn treecrochet

Take a rest on a skein of yarn, hugging a couple of sheepcrochet

That would be great, no muss, no fuss – who needs spinning if you can crochet right from the sheep!

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This is exactly what we did with my Granny my whole childhood

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The world is the ball of yarn with the sheep on the top of it. Well, I have nothing against it!

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Crochet was the first craft I learned when I was 9 years old. My Grandma was knitting and crocheting all the time, but somehow the movements of “two sticks” didn’t appeal to me. One crochet hook seemed easier and more “doable”.

I remember crocheting all these rugs out of the plastic bags. Yep, out of the plastic bags. We didn’t have the opportunity to buy the good yarn then, so we would spend hours with my Grandma unraveling the old sweaters and cutting the plastic bags into stripes to make the “yarn” out of it. Actually these rugs turned out to be very useful for the wet weather! And they were so colorful and fun to make! Now I think it is a genius idea for recycling.

Thank you, my dear Grandma, for this book, for these memories and all the gifts you have given me!

Knitting Dress
Knitting Inspiration

Friday Inspiration. Knitted Dress

 When I saw this dress for the first time, my heart stopped for a second. Speechless. In awe.

 

Knitting Dress
Designer: Natalia Kulikouskaya, photo from: mslanavi.com

Then my knitter’s mind started to look meticulously for the familiar details that came together to create this piece of art.

Lace, bobbles, fringe…

Knitting Dress
Designer: Natalia Kulikouskaya, photo from: mslanavi.com

…gorgeous cables …

Knitting Dress
Designer: Natalia Kulikouskaya, photo from: mslanavi.com
Knitting Dress
Designer: Natalia Kulikouskaya, photo from: mslanavi.com

… ribbing. You’ll find everything in this dress.

Knitting Dress
Designer: Natalia Kulikouskaya, photo from: mslanavi.com

As far as I know, there is no pattern for this dress, but I think the dress itself is enough to make you pick up your needles and start exploring. Who knows what will come out of it…

I didn’t have too much time for creating this week, so I am looking forward to the weekend to pick up my needles/crochet hook, make the finishing touches to some projects and continue working on the ones in progress.

Have a nice weekend!

 

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Finished Objects, Knitting

Vogue Knitting Pattern. Boat-Neck pullover #tbt

I was casually browsing the Vogueknitting.com when I saw this free pattern. The basic shape, beautiful stitch pattern, very versatile design by Norah Gaughan. This pattern turned out to be the only one that I repeated several times, with different yarn and different size variations. I knitted the last one with the local Trigo yarn, 100% natural, very soft and light cotton. I fell in love with the color. The sweater looks like it’s been dipped into the dark honey.

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 I made some modifications to the pattern. The neckline and the hem seemed a little “messy” to me in the original pattern, so I trimmed them with the basic 2*2 rib.

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The perfect combination of the stitch pattern and the yarn made the sweater so light that I almost don’t feel it on my skin, it’s like a spider web. At the same time it’s incredibly soft and cozy.

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I will definitely knit this pattern again. Thank you, Vogue Knitting!

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Crochet, Knitting, Yarn

How much yarn to buy. Who the heck knows?

Knitting, crochet, yarn

I always wonder how some knitters manage to buy just the right amount of yarn for their projects. They are usually left with a neat little ball that stays as the reminiscent of their hard work. As for me I usually find myself with the leftovers that are enough for one more sweater and a half. And it’s not because I don’t read the recommendations in the patterns, but it seems that I just don’t trust them. If the pattern asks for 6 balls, by the time I get to actual purchase I get 8, no, 10. Wait! Put one more in, just in case.

As a result of this habit, my room can compete with a little yarn store.

Knitting, crochet, yarn

For the Back to basics pullover, I got ten balls of yarn. So what do you think? I used 4 and a half of them. Yes, my leftover is bigger than the yarn used. I am incorrigible.

Despite all of this, my philosophy stays unshakable

 There is never too much yarn

 Knitting, crochet, yarnI hope I am not the only one out there!

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Knitting, Yarn

New Yarn. Bamboo. In love.

As you may have noticed, I am crazy about natural fibers, especially vegetable ones. I live in a warm climate, so for me such properties of the yarn as breathable and absorbing moisture are essential. The cotton will always be my first love, but recently I got a few skeins of 100% bamboo yarn, just to try. It is natural and eco-friendly yarn, and it was about time I bought it. Well, what can I say? I am in love!!!

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The yarn is incredibly soft. It just makes you squeeze it every time you pass by. I know, it’s crazy, but I am being honest. It has the subtle lustre, which, in combination with the neutral color, makes the yarn look very noble. This yarn is finger weight, so I decided to knit a swatch with two strands. The fabric turns out extremely soft (I can’t wait to knit something out of it to put on and never take off!) and drapery which will be perfect for a loose cardigan that “flows” around the body.

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I will let you know what I am going to make with it as soon as I finish my other projects.

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Books, Nature

Wood Houses Book

I love real things. Nature instead of TV; wood instead of plastic; cotton, silk and wool instead of acrylic; books instead of iPad. Real, natural things always inspire me to knit and crochet. There are moments and places which make me reach for my needles and a squashy ball of the cotton yarn.

This architecture book is one of my favorite. And one of the most inspirational for me.

Perfect Place for knitting and crochet

I like to get in the armchair with a cup of tea, get the Wood Houses, read, look at the pictures and think about the house in which I would love to live and knit some day. There definitely should be my knitting place. Wouldn’t you love to knit here?!!

Perfect Place for knitting and crochet

What I know for sure now – I want the tree house!!!

Perfect Place for knitting and crochet

Isn’t it great? It feels adventurous, but at the same time so cozy and warm!

Perfect Place for knitting and crochet

Perfect Place for knitting and crochet

Well, this would be my perfect knitting place!

What places, things and moments inspire you to pick up your needles or the crochet hook?