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Friday, September 18, 2009


One of my new designs for Claudia Hand Painted Yarns is finding its way to the shops that carry this yarn and to the online shops. These are the only venues where this pattern will be available. Check the online shops Knitty Noddy and Fine Points. I love Claudia's yarn. She has the most amazing colors. For this hat I used the yarn called Worsted and I loved to work with it. It is soft, beautiful and it holds the shape of the hat wonderfully. There is another project that I designed for this yarn company, but I have to wait a little bit to show it.
There are so many exciting things happening in the knitting world! I am looking forward to participate in some of the events. I also am working on a very special interview with a very special designer. It should be done soon. I am not telling anything now, but do check back to catch it.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Book signing at Knitique

It just happened that the last weekend was full of events for me. I was joining my husband for a banquet at the math conference at UC Davis. He wanted to be in Davis at 9 am, so he can go to the talks by famous mathematicians and I was supposed to hang around until 7pm (banquet time). So, I frantically started to search yarn shops in that area. After some search online, I have found the website for Knitique. When I looked there, the first thing I saw was a photo of a knitter wearing a Two-Way Beanie, which is one of my designs. I was very flattered and wrote to Danielle Bowen, the owner, that I will be in the area and would love to come over. I also offered her to bring all our projects from "Casual, Elegant Knits" for a one-day trunk show. Danielle thought that it is a great idea and, although it was a very short notice, advertised my book signing and a trunk show. I am so glad that I visited this shop. It is a cute yarn shop in Elk Grove, CA. Danielle and her staff are very friendly, knowledgeable, and excited about knitting.
On this photo you see left to right Beth, who came to show her wonderful cashmere Apr├Ęs Surf Hoodie, by Connie Chang Chinchio that she just finished, Susan who was so great in helping me to set everything up, and Danielle who is always with the big smile helping her customers.
There are so many things going on every day. Classes are taught, projects are made with supervision of Danielle who is knitting since she was a child, friendships are formed, finished garment are shown and praised, photos are taken for blog posting, cakes are served, stories are shared. I loved to see all that. This is Cora who is one of the regulars at the shop. She and other knitters were sitting at the table and were knitting away. Diane is on the left. She wants to make some of the projects from our book and you see her looking at them. I do not have a photo of Jeannie, but she came to see me and said that she loves my beanie pattern and made all kinds of changes to the pattern to come up with a different look of that hat. It sounded like she had a lot of fun with that pattern. I am so glad. Our book had a special spot. Susan and I worked hard to display the garments throughout the shop. Here are the pictures of the trunk show. You can see that it was all over the shop.I was in the company of people who love to knit and know about yarn and newly published books and patterns. Here are some pictures I took there. I had so much fun that it was hard for me to leave. I am sure I will keep in touch with Danielle. As a matter of fact, while we were talking, we understood that we did see each other before at TNNA last January. We were taking a class together from Stefanie Japel. The world is small…

I came back to Davis on time for a banquet and continued to have a good time with friends.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Baby Dress Elinka

I cannot tell you how much fun I had making this dress. I wanted to create something that is cute, soft, not too bright in color. I actually have a particular baby in mind who is going to wear it together with the little shoes I have made some time ago. Since it is a gift to my friend, I did not want to ask her if her little girl will model for me. I was asking everyone around me if they have someone with the baby girl about 12-18 months old. Finally, I was told that I have a model. I came to her house and she was so great. She loved to be photographed and just did her usual things and only once in a while looked at the camera. It was fast and enjoyable. I will be more specific about the yarns and sizes when I will make this pattern available. It should be done the next week or even earlier. So, here is Baby Dress Elinka. The model's name is different.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Knitted Pieces of My History

I promised to explain the idea that came to my head when I was taking photos of Black Sea skirt on Monique. So, here it is. I have some knitted garments from the time I lived in Russia. Since I was 8 years old, I was knitting and crocheting most of my family's warm clothes. When I was leaving Russia, I gave away most of it to my friends and relatives. I brought very little with me due to the fact that there were more important things to take when you are immigrating with your husband and a little kid to another country. I still have some clothes from that time though. So, my idea is that I should at least take photographs of what is left for history of my family. Well, for me mostly right now. My kids do love to see it too.
This is my favorite little cardigan that I made when my son was about 4 years old. It is made out of pure wool of fingering weight that I had to triple to get the DK weight. The crocheted buttons are made with plastic rings. Russian stores were not bursting from abundance of buttons at that time:) Please look closely at the way that button band is attached. It is a very tedious work, but it is worth it. I am going to recreate this cardi and write the pattern for it. I think it is a very classic design and very wearable for many occasions.
So, this is one of the pieces that I have.
Another one is a little sweater for my son. It is very simple and looks like it is made for a kid in Oxford or something like that. For me and for all of us in the family it is a treasure.
Last month I got this shawl from my dear sister -in-law. I always wanted an Orenburg Shawl and she knew about it. Here is a story of these beautiful shawls. You also can see two books written by Galina Khmeleva, designer who lives here in America. She has her own website and she teaches all over the country. So, Monique is wearing Orenburg shawl. Enjoy!