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Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Another gorgeous knitting book from the editors of Vogue Knitting magazine. See this review in full...
This new book by Sixth&Spring Books is full of surprises. The author, Rosemary Drysdale, is knitting editor at Vogue Knitting and Knit Simple magazines. She is also a consultant and a designer in the yarn industry. This review in full...


The new paperback edition of this book is out for your pleasure. Nicky Epstein is offering us the essential collection of 350 different decorative borders that can be used in any way we wish or dare. A great addition to a knitter's library. Read this review in full...


Internationally renowned knitwear designer and the author of Knitwear Design Workshop: The Comprehensive Guide to Handknits Shirley Paden lives and works in New York city. Shirley is the owner of Shirley Paden Custom Knits and she also finds the time to design for such major publications as Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Knitter's as well as other publications. Read this post in full...

Sunday, December 26, 2010


A bestselling author and a prolific knitwear designer, Nicky Epstein is known all around the world for her distinctive and creative style. In her many (more than 20) books and numerous articles and designs in all major publications Nicky is giving us a volume of information about innovative techniques and new ways to use some well-known even traditional stitch patterns. Continue reading this interview in full...

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Just wanted to share my excitement with everybody. I live in a place of no "real winter" as far as I am concerned. Yes, we can drive for about 30 minutes and see the real snow, but not in this town. Do not misunderstand me, it is cold enough for me. We do wear warm jackets and all. There is something very peaceful about white fresh snow. Since I know my chances here to see it through my window, I get excited when I see some frosty roofs and grass in the morning. So, here it is.

I know, I know. Not a big deal for all of you who are shoveling the snow to get out of the house. We do not have beautiful white, fluffy snow waves covering all the bushes and grass...
But then I have these in my yard.

These are seedless, sweet and sour mandarins that are as tasty as they look.
I love winter and my new camera.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


I am in the middle of finals week, so I can't say that I am fully devoting my time to knitting and designing, but I want to taste a little bit how it will be VERY soon. So, today I am at home. To start the day right I had to have some home-made cappuccino with this little device that I bought at Sur La Table. I love it. You can make milk to a great foam in a few seconds right in your cup.

So, here is my wonderful foamy cappuccino in a cup that I got as a gift from my friend Olga Tonjes, the owner of T-Spot Yarn, Gifts and Chocolate . I am not sure you can read what's on a mug. It says "Knitting is Sexy".

The needles I am going to use are these beautiful and very sturdy small needles from company called Blackthorn. They are wonderful and very efficient. The points are great and they are very sturdy even in the smallest sizes. I know I will enjoy using them.

If you are a knitter, I know what you are thinking: "She is into socks these days." Well, yes and no. Yes, I will make some sock design(s) and no, I am not using these needles for socks only.

And here is a little peek at what I am up to lately.

I am playing with different techniques and gauges. Who knows what I will do with these swatches. There are so many possibilities.

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Born and raised in a beautiful and very inspiring Russian city, St.Petersburg, Galina Carroll became a professional designer after getting degree from a prestigious Academy of Arts. Later she moved to America near another inspiring and fashionable city of New York and continued her career by working with fashion houses such as Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Liz Claiborne, Tommy Hilfiger and various companies. READ THIS INTERVIEW IN FULL...