Oct 27, 2018


Long time ago, I was accepted into an English - Creative Writing Program. It has been a long journey, and quite challenging as well. English language is not my native language and I still struggle with certain grammatical rules and everything takes me much longer to write in English than it would take me in my native language. I still speak English with an accent, and I tend to write with an accent as well.  My specialty are run on sentences and putting the "a" and "the" in places where it shouldn't be and not in places where it should be. Whenever I have a hard time with the language I always remember the struggles of Mr. Kaplan in Leo Rosten books.
What seemed like an eternity at times is coming to an end and this semester is my last semester at school and I will finally graduate. I am not sure what I will do next. I need to see the piece of paper in front of me to actually believe that it's true.
An important part of the writing degree is to create a writing portfolio and presented it to the writing department in your last semester. I have spent some time working on the portfolio, and when I met my advisor, we talked about my knitting. I did not consider knitting patterns to be creative writing, but she thought otherwise. I guess she is correct, since there is creativity involved in the process of turning a skein of yarn into a piece of knitted item accompanied by the knitting pattern that is easily reproducible by someone else.
My advisor mentioned that it would be awesome if I could somehow include a piece of my knitting in my writing portfolio. I thought about it and let my imagination create....

Portfolio I
Portfolio II
Portfolio III

Portfolio IV

... the knitted cover for my writing portfolio and a bookmark for the reader.

The bookmark is my Fred, the frog bookmark worked flat in garter stitch instead of in the rounds, using half of the required stitches. The words Portfolio and Read me were knit in stranded colorwork technique. The dot above the letter i in word Portfolio was done in duplicate stitch technique, because I forgot to knit it at first, and if the knitted book cover is going to be viewed by professors of English language and Writing I better present my book cover with correct spelling.

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Oct 5, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Deadline Morning Eyeball Coaster or Dishcloth

We all have those mornings, when we wake up and know that we didn't get enough sleep the night before. The reasons may vary from person to person, even from day to day....
  • Late night drinking and having too much fun with friends
  • Brand new baby in the house
  • Procrastination and leaving to do the homework at the last minute
  • Deadline at work and not enough time to finish during the workday
  • Life
 For the last few weeks I had few of those days myself. Deadline knitting for a third party. A homework for my class to finish. Then one day I decided to address the issue and instead of stressing out about everything I just started to knit for fun and created the red eye/ normal eye coaster. It did not help with my deadline knitting or with finishing my homework, but I had fun knitting the coaster. And now I can pick the side that suits me and have a funky coaster to put down my first, or second, or third cup of coffee and try to deal with whatever needs to be done first.

Deadline Morning Eyeball Coaster

Eyeball Dishcloth and Coaster
Deadline Morning Eyeball 

The pattern is now available in my Ravelry store or you can purchase it by clicking on this button:

And if you wish to knit some of the eyeballs in the jar, my pattern is free on Knitpicks website, link to the pattern is here:
Knitted Eyeballs

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