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I am down with a cold. But instead of getting under the blankets and staying in bed the whole day, I cheered myself up with this superfood smoothie (which is packed with vitamin C), tangerines and colorful yarn.

Just in case you need it someday, there is a recipe for the smoothie:

-water

-pineapple

-apple

-lime juice

-spinach

Crochet

There is no better remedy for my headache than taking the skeins of leftover yarn from the stash and randomly crochet small pieces just for fun.

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The colorful posts from my two favorite blogs also help.

  •  Inspiring One Sheepish Girl and her dream apartment.  I need to start organizing my house after the hurricane!
  • The crafty film review by Kate Davies about stranded colorwork. Though I consider myself an experienced knitter who likes to be challenged by the complicated patterns, I’ve always thought of Fair Isle technique as too time consuming. But after this post I want to try to knit at least a swatch and see what it feels like.

Have a good week!

Knitting Finishing
Knitting, Work in Progress

Finishing WIPs

I am trying to squeeze as much as I can in my weekend – meeting with dear friends, spending time with my family, cleaning and organizing the house, crafting. It has been a finishing-works-in-progress weekend so far.

The Textured Jacket by Shirley Paden from Vogue Knitting 2012/2013 that I started in September is in its final stages. It’s been a long time, but it was worth it! I am seaming the last sleeve.

Knitting Finishing

It still looks messy at this stage, waiting for the last touches.

Knitting Finishing

What a joy it was to get it off the needles and try it on – if fits perfectly and just the way I wanted it! So, my goal is to finish it this Sunday. The mornings are getting chilly enough to put it on.

As usual I am seaming it with the crochet hook – I use the basic slip stitch to put pieces together. If you are going to use this seaming technique, make sure that you use the hook of the appropriate size that won’t make the seams too tight, so the edges won’t pucker. Crochet hook makes the process much faster than a needle, the seam is flat and neat and it doesn’t feel like I am seaming, but crocheting.

Knitting Finishing

I hope to finish one more project this weekend, that’s been in WIPs category for months. I am done with the seams and I am in the trimming the neckline stage now.

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I am also very motivated to finish it, as I love everything about it – the yarn, the colors, the shape, the fit. And most of all – this project was beaten up by Odile, but I managed to recover it later. It’s a survivor! More about it later.

On a non-craft related note. The town is still recovering after Odile. Our house looks much better now, at least we’ve got all our windows installed. Slowly, but steadily life gets back to normal. It feels good.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Simple little things

Butterfly and the Knitter

What does a knitter do when sees a marvelous butterfly?

Knitting and Crochet inspiration

 

Puts a ball of color matching yarn next to it and takes a picture, of course.

Knitting and Crochet inspiration

I found this precious creature on my balcony while reading the book.

Knitting and Crochet inspiration

I started to crawl towards it, holding the breath. It was slowly moving its wings up and down, but not flying away.

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Knitting and Crochet inspiration

Knitting and Crochet inspiration

Can you believe these colors?!

Taking these pictures was THE challenge. I have a new found respect for the professional photographers. Being practically bent in half and squeezed under the table with the camera in hand, as a pilates instructor I thought – “Gosh, I’m glad I’m flexible!”

As a Montessori teacher – “It would be great to have these pictures in our classroom for the observation and investigation activities”.

As a knitter – Such a delightful color pattern for the sweater!

I hope you will have a nice weekend. And don’t forget to look around – there is always something wonderful to be found.

 

Vogue knitting top
Finished Objects, Knitting

Off Shoulder Tank. Vogue Knitting.

Ever since I learned how to knit I wanted to make a marine style sweater or a dress. As soon as I found the cotton yarn in ivory and navy blue shades, I started the hunt for the perfect pattern. I was looking for something as simple as possible in a plain stockinette stitch. Off Shoulder Tank by Cathy Carron from Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2008 was the perfect match.

Vogue knitting top
Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2008. Designer Cathy Carron

I love how simple and feminine it is.  The deep waist ribbing is very flattering. Especially if you knit it very tight – it feels like you are wearing a corset.

Knitting top. Vogue Knitting

 This top was such a quick knit, I finished it in five days. I absolutely loved the idea of the ribbon woven through the eyelets along the neckline. Red and navy blue ribbons were the perfect last touch for my marine top.

Knitting top. Vogue KnittingOverall, it is a gorgeous summer top, that can be worn with jeans, white pants or long white skirts.

Knitting top. Vogue Knitting

Thank you, Vogue Knitting! It was a joy to make.

Knitting and crochet book
Books, Crochet, Knitting

ABC of Knitting

I would like to introduce you something special. The knitting book. Well, it might be not very special right now, but if we consider the time and place this book was written, it is truly unique.

Knitting and crochet book

The book was first published in 1978. 36 years later it is still one of the most popular knitting books in Russia. They say there are no knit courses in Russia that are not based on this book. ABC-book of Knitting doesn’t only contain the techniques, patterns and tips on knitting, but it contains history.

The book was first published in the Soviet Union. My Grandma told me that it was very hard at that time to buy even food, forget about the yarn. This book has the spirit of that time. There are pieces of advice how to work with the old yarn from the unraveled sweaters, how to dye yarn (not for the sake of the “hand dyed” label on it, but because there was not much of a choice of colors) and even how to change the size of your needles by sharpening them!

Knitting and crochet book

I know from the stories of my Grandma how happy and delighted she was if she had the opportunity to buy some yarn, no matter what fiber, color or weight. Just the yarn. Can you imagine living in a country without constant access to the yarn?!!! There was no choice of knitting magazines, no patterns to buy. Sometimes some newspapers would publish one-size instructions for the sweater. This book really makes me appreciate all the privileges we have now – the choice of yarn, knitting magazines, independent designers, online and live workshops, beautiful yarn stores.

No matter what, all these restrictions didn’t stop thousands and thousands of women to create absolutely unique pieces, true artifacts. ABC book was the first one who put all these years of practice into theory and helped a lot of people to learn to knit and crochet. Though some patterns are definitely too old-fashioned to knit,

Knitting and crochet book
I’ve never in my life thought of knitting a pair of tights, how about you?

… the collection of knitting techniques and little crafty secrets is priceless.

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This book is so important to me, that it had to cross the ocean to be on my coffee table.

Knitting Hat
Knitting

Kids Knit

This cute little hat was made by one of my Montessori students.

Knitting Hat

Boy, am I proud! I started to work in this classroom last year and naturally knitting and crochet became an extra activity during the art time. We have a little shelf with yarn, hooks and needles, which makes me so happy.  Now I can say for sure that two of my students are full-time knitters! They don’t care about the recess – they knit! Now looking at this hat I feel like I’ve served my duty of bringing knitting to younger generation. 🙂

Knitting Hat