Jun 13, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Mosaico

Mosaico
A while back I had one of my submissions accepted into a book collection. I was working on the sample during the winter months of last year, and the book took a bit longer than anticipated to be published, but finally it is available to purchase.  The collection is just amazing. Check it out and see for yourself.

You may purchase the individual pattern here:

Mosaico

or you can purchase the entire book here:

Malabrigo Heritage

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May 31, 2018

Life....

After storm
Life can bring unexpected twists and turns at a whim. On Tuesday May 15th I went for our regular afternoon hike with the puppy into the woods. I was with a friend and her dogs. Suddenly the weather changed and fast approaching storm caught us in the middle of the woods. We made it back to our cars just in time to avoid the large hail. Then we tried to get back home. Our usual 10 minutes journey turned into a chaotic search for a way out from being trapped on a road between fallen trees. We were not the only one trying to find our way home. There were many other people trapped who were searching for their way home. In the end we parked our cars and walked home. We had to walk around fallen trees, downed wires and sometimes walk around an impassable sections of the roads. It took me about two hours, while my friend had to walk an extra hour to reach her home. I guess our dogs got quite an exercise that evening.  
The storm lasted about seven minutes or something like that, according to the weather channels and news reports, but the destruction it left behind will take months to recover.
For us personally, we were without electricity for a week, without Internet for two weeks, and we are still to this day without phone. We were lucky that our home didn't get damaged, while so many other homes in the area were damaged by fallen trees.
In the time after the storm I have experienced compassion and kindness. People were helping each other, neighbors pitched in and helped those who couldn't do much due to their age or health. It was wonderful to see this kind of collaboration and help among the view of destruction the storm left behind.
Life is slowly returning to normalcy, though there is still a lot of work to be done.
In the quiet moments in the past few weeks I have tried to find a sense of tranquility and peace by taking up the knitting needles and knit. I cannot share the pictures of the knitting projects that kept me calm during those weeks yet. I will do that when the patterns are released by the yarn companies.
In this collage picture I have a sneak peak at one of the projects I was working on, and few of the heart shaped images I saw during those days when I went on the walks with the puppy.
 
May 2018
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May 5, 2018

Work in progress II

Owls

Somehow it seems to me that the past few months just run by without me noticing. One morning I woke up and it was winter, the next day the calendar said it's May 1st. I guess the only way I can see the time slipping by is in the things that I have managed to knit.
A few years ago I picked this one skein of yarn, from our local yarn shop. It's Cascade Yarn Heritage Paints, a fingering weight yarn with 473 yards (400 meters) on a single skein. I didn't know what I wanted to knit from the yarn, I bought it because I liked the color. At some point, I knitted an owl from the yarn.
It was Miranda. When I created another owl pattern, I knit Ollie, the owlet from the same skein of yarn as well. Then in January I had the toy mystery KAL for Otto, and I knitted him in the same yarn as well. In the previous year I had another toy mystery KAL for Helga, and I just had to knit here in the same yarn as well. After I posted a picture of the four owls on my FB page, two of my friends asked if I can knit them two Miranda owls. So I did, and there is still some leftover yarn on this one skein of yarn. Therefore I will try to knit another owl from it. All of the owls posed for a picture with the remnants of the yarn. I am curious if there is enough yarn left to finish another owl.


After receiving a box with this beautiful yarn from Cascade Yarn Company I started to swatch for the new and upcoming pattern for my Voyager sweater. I finished my yarn swatch and started to work on the sample.  I hope to have the sample done for a photoshoot in June. Then it's all about writing the pattern, editing, and test knitting. I hope that the whole process will be finished sometime in late August or early September, so the pattern is available for early fall release.

Yarn
Voyager Sweater WIP I.
Voyager Sweater WIP II.

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Apr 25, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Ralph, the rabbit

Ralph, the rabbit
Ralph, the rabbit was a special request from my local children library. They wanted to have a rabbit as one of the prizes to win in the next fun contest for children. The display is as always eye catching and children are very happy to participate in the contest to win one of these two toys.

Ralph, and Grace

The knitting pattern for Ralph, the rabbit is available now in my Ravelry store or you can purchase the pattern by clicking on this button:



T-Bone and Ralph
Before I gave away Ralph and Grace to the library I snapped a picture of our 15 months old puppy and the rabbit. T-Bone has been a wonderful addition to our family, since we adopted him from animal shelter last year in April. Somehow I did not imagine that the tiny puppy we brought home would grow up so much.....
T-Bone
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Apr 10, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Gaia Wrap

Gaia Wrap
This rectangular Wrap is worked flat, with columns of cables and seed stitch. The pictured sample is done in Knitpicks Color Mist Yarn, 4 skeins of yarn total, in 3 colors.
This wrap can be done in solid colors, or by using self stripping yarn. The options and creativity are endless.

Gaia Wrap
The pattern is available to purchase in my Ravelry store, or by clicking on this button:





Gaia Wrap

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Apr 4, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Ocean Breeze Wrap

photo by Knitpicks
As we are heading into the warmer seasons I cannot wait for the evening strolls along the seashore or just sitting outside by a campfire.
This Ocean Breeze wrap will be a perfect project to knit. A rectangular shape, with some simple stripes and worked in sections of knit and purl stitches in bulky yarn is a fairly easy project for the newbies and a perfect TV watching project for the more experienced knitters.

The pictured sample is done in Knitpicks Billow yarn, a wonderful bulky cotton yarn.
For this pictured sample I have used 2 skeins of Natural color and 1 skein of Cadet color.
The wrap is 42" (107 cm) long and 20" (51 cm) wide.

You can purchase the pattern in my Ravelry store, or by clicking on this button:




Ocean Breeze Wrap

Apr 2, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Bramble Cowl

Bramble Cowl
We all have that one skein of yarn that is squishy and soft and wants to be turned into something special, like a cowl for example.

For this Bramble Cowl I have used one skein of Knitpicks Preciosa yarn, a single ply merino wool.

The pattern is available to purchase in my Ravelry store, on Knitpicks website: Bramble Cowl  where you can buy the yarn as well in your favorite color.

Or you can purchase the pattern by clicking on this button:



Bramble Cowl

Mar 16, 2018

Work in progress I.

WIP 
Since my last blog post I have been busy.

I was overwhelmed by the amount of visitors and kindness of people who left comments, or send me messages. For three days, when the coupon code was active I felt like my blog went viral, in comparison with the normal activity I can see.
Thank you everyone for your kind words, for your visits, and I hope that there will be plenty of knitted projects created from my patterns.

In the real life we had few snowstorms over here and a lot of snow. On our way to skiing resort this past weekend we saw this sign along the road. It was funny. Although I enjoy skiing and winter, the constant snow shoveling wreck havoc on my lower back. I kind of hope for spring to come soon.

Winter fun?
Otto, the owl was my first toy mystery KAL for this year. The two finished samples I have donated to our local library for fun gift away for the children. Here is the picture from the coloring contest gift away.
Otto, the owl coloring contest
 At the moment we have another fun gift away at the children library. This time they can win Celeste the cat.
Celeste, Cat-trick day gift away
Here are the two Celeste, made out of scrap cotton yarn:
Celeste
I had been asked for a rabbit for the next fun contest. Here is my WIP.
Rabbit
And here is a picture of my future big knitting project. I just received the yarn, and will start working on it as soon as my rabbit is finished. In a way I am returning to the beginning of my knitting life. One of my first knitting projects was a sweater for myself, when I was I think 13 or 14 years old. I made it up completely, without using a pattern. I had that sweater for years, and loved it. After I have knitted many more sweaters, mostly created from my sketches and drawn ideas. I think it's about time to create a sweater pattern, something I have not done yet.

Yarn for Voyager Sweater
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Mar 3, 2018

Reflections

Reflections
Reflections on life.....
I started this blog post few weeks ago. Then I stopped and left it unfinished.
I wasn't sure what I would like to include in this post.
There are so many things that keep floating through my mind lately, and I am not sure where to start and where to end.
The first image is of my dog. We went for a hike few weeks ago and I took this photo. I posted it on my personal FB and a friend suggested that I should submit the image as she thought its beautiful. I haven't done anything serious in photography field for years. To be more specific, I haven't done anything since my pregnancy. I guess the whole motherhood somehow kept me occupied enough for years. It still keeps busy, but since the DVT and PE that happened to me last year in March I slowed down and started to reflect more on what I have close to my heart.
The thing about DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and PE (pulmonary embolism) is that it can kill you. Somewhere I read statistics that every 10th person dies from it. I guess I have been lucky twice so far. My first DVT was at the time when I had two weeks old baby, and then the next one was last year in March. Somehow the fact that I have this ticking bomb inside my veins is frightening and can keep me awake at nights. Yet I try to live my life and continue with day to day tasks and chores.
My hikes in the woods with the puppy, which arrived less than a month after my DVT and PE episode keep me busy in a positive way.
I spend about two to three hours a day walking. Most of the time I love it, except when it rains a lot and is windy. The other thing I dislike about these hikes is the higher exposure to the ticks. I have found them even in January!
Also the hikes in the woods take away my knitting time and my social media time. I wish it would take away my house choir time, but somehow that doesn't seem to be happening.
In any case, I try to carry on with my work on designing new and interesting knitting patterns, and I hope to continue for many years to come.
The picture bellow was taken on another hike with my dog and the kid. I have been collecting heart shaped stones for long time and sometimes I see the heart shape image in another places. When I captured this photo I saw only one heart shape, but then I looked at it again and saw another one,  dark and light halves put together creating an almost perfect heart shape. Can you see it too?


Hearts
Seven years ago I wrote first blog post. I must say it has been an interesting journey. Google statistic tells me that almost 750 000 people have visited this corner of the Internet. That is amazing. I hope that those who stopped by were inspired by my work and perhaps will keep returning to see what is new on my adventurous journey through life.
Here are few links I thought to share with you:
The post about Life, DVT, and PE
Photography contest entry

And as always, thank you for visiting.

As a thank you for the blog visitors I have created a discount for my knitting patterns. You can get one free pattern of your choice from my pattern collection by using the coupon code Life in the checkout. The promotion runs until Monday March 5th 2018 midnight Eastern US time.
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Feb 24, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Grace

Grace - WIP
For the past four weeks I have hosted mystery toy knit-a-long for Grace.
The mystery part is over and the final pattern is available now to purchase.
Grace is a special animal, the pattern offers three alternatives to make your own Grace, depending on the tail you decide to knit.

Grace
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Feb 17, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Diamond Cowl and Hat

Diamond Cowl
I needed an instant gratification project. Something that knits up fast and looks great. This Diamond Cowl fits that description. The sample is done in Knitpicks Dapple Yarn but the pattern would look great in any super bulky yarn. The pattern is reversible and it took me less than three hours to make the cowl.
From the leftover yarn I made this Diamond Hat. It is also reversible pattern and is done within few hours.
Diamond Hat
Both patterns are available to purchase in my Ravelry store or by clicking on this button:
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For Diamond Hat click here:



Diamond Cowl and Hat
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Feb 7, 2018

Snowday projects

WIP
We have another snow day.... I must admit I like those unexpected snow days, when it's better to stay at home and enjoy the quiet moments. I had to pick between my two WIP projects and decide which one I should work on.

Last night I made the dough for the bread. This morning I baked it and we had a homemade fresh bread for lunch. I have been making this bread for few years now and everyone loves it.
I have found the recipe at Martha Stewart magazine and tried it and I have been making it ever since. The same bread recipe can be found in NY Times online. I am providing both links for anyone who would be interested in baking the bread.
Martha Stewart magazine link
Pane Integrale in NY Times

Bread, ready to be baked
Bread, fresh from the oven
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Feb 4, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Ella, the elephant

Ella, the elephant
A friend of mine loves elephants. When her first child was born, I gave her Elmer the elephant. For her second child I wanted to give her another elephant, but different than her first child received.
Therefore I have created Ella, the elephant with hearts.

The pattern is available to purchase now in my Ravelry store, or by clicking on this button:



My friend also received Pavo Baby Blanket in matching colors.

The yarn I have used for this two items is Knitpicks Color Mist. I really enjoyed working with the yarn.

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Ella, and Baby blanket

Jan 23, 2018

Grace, toy mystery KAL



Grace
Last week I made some hand sketches of an animal I wanted to create as my next toy. I picked yarn, knitting needles and began to knit. Somehow  the face of Grace didn't resemble the original animal I sketched. So I started to pursue ideas behind this new toy. I thought it would be fun to have another toy mystery KAL.

I just released the first clue, and the next one will be available next week.
More details are on the pattern page:
Grace


Grace - toy mystery KAL


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Jan 19, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Otto, the Owl

Otto, the owl
Otto, was my first toy mystery KAL this year. As always everyone enjoyed it and the variety of cute owls that people made by following the clues is amazing.
The mystery part is over, but you can still knit your own owl.
The pattern is available in my store on Ravelry or you can purchase it by clicking on this button:




Otto, coloring contest
I have donated the two finished samples of Otto to our local library and the children can win the two toys by entering their colored owl pictures  into a coloring contest. The finished work of art will be used to decorate the children section of the library. I think it's a wonderful idea.

Here is a picture of all four owl patterns that I have created over the years, all done in fingering weight yarn. Pictured from left to right HelgaMirandaOllie, and Otto.

Owl family

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