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Sunday, February 13, 2011


Irina Shabaeva's designs and aesthetics are an inspiration for me and I am also very happy to know that Irina, who is originally from the Republic of Georgia where I spent my honeymoon, and was raised in NY where my family and I spent our first few months of life in America made so big in fashion. I wish her much luck and success in her career.

This is the video from the YouTube.

Saturday, February 12, 2011


Interweave Knits, Spring 2011 is out in the mail!! I did not get mine yet, but I see it online already. Beautiful issue with many very light and ready for Spring designs. I was waiting for this moment for some time now.

I absolutely fell in love with this design as I was working on it. The yarn was perfect. It was Schulana Merino Cotton 135. It had enough drape to it to realize the bubble effect. The silhouette is so flattering that anyone can wear it. You can wear it as a tunic by itself or style it as shown in the magazine photos.

Here is the information about Lara:

Finished Size 31¼ (34¾, 38¾, 42¾, 48¾, 53¼)" bust circumference. Top shown measures 34¾", modeled with about 2" of ease.
Yarn Schulana Merino Cotton 135 (53% merino, 47% cotton; 148 yd [135 m]/50 g): #61 flax, 7 (8, 9, 10, 12, 13) balls. Yarn distributed by Skacel.
Needles Body—size 6 (4 mm): 16" and 32" circulars (cir). Cable border—size 4 (3.5 mm): 16" and 24" cir. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Stitch holders; markers (m); cable needle (cn); tapestry needle.
Gauge 24 sts and 33 rnds = 4" in St st on larger needle; 26 sts and 45 rnds = 4" in cable patt on smaller needle.

Monique was the first to model it, so here is how she is wearing it.

This color is not easy to photograph. It is somewhere in between mine and the magazine's photos. It is more olive gold, I would say.

Sorry about a "skirt" that Monique is wearing. I was in a hurry and just draped her with what I had at the moment. Things like this do not feel wrong unless you see the photo...

Anyway, I hope you like it as much as I do and will make it for you or someone you would like this to wear.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sasha and the Stylish Blogger Award

I have been so busy lately that I forgot to receive this awesome award. It was passed on to me by Karen aka knitalatte. Thank you, Karen. I am honored and pleased. It is nicew to know that people read my blog and even think that it is STYLISH ! How cool is that?! Karen has a nice blog herself, so go and check it out.

Now, what am I doing these days, you ask. I have 5 projects in the works at the same time right now and I started my new semester at work. So, I am a little busy...
I wish I could show you what I am sending out today to Soho Publishing. There are two projects that were so much fun to design and to make. It was hard for me to say goodbye to them, but I know they will be in great hands of professional stylists and I am expecting incredible photographs showing off these two designs.

What I can show today is my Sasha. It is designed for Bijou Basin Ranch using their incredible 100% yak down. I love to work with this yarn. It behaves in the most obedient manner.
The look of this top is casual on the border with dressy. The lace stitch pattern makes it light and breezy. I absolutely fell in love with the buttons. I wish you could touch them. They feel velvety. Yum! If you follow the above link for Bijou Basin, you can purchase this pattern on their website. If you want to see their designs live, check their website for their shows.

Last thing. This top was one of three designs which represented Bijou Basin Ranch (BBR) yarn company at the Fashion show at TNNA in Long Beach CA in January and it was spotted in the booth of BBR in NY during the fabulous Vogue Knitting Live.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Finished Bust Circumference: 33 (35¼, 37½, 42, 46¼, 50¾, 53)‖ [84 (89.5, 95.5, 106.5, 117.5, 129, 134.5) cm] Shown in size (S) 35¼"
Yarn: Bijou Spun “Fingering Weight” (100% yak down; 100 yd/28g): 9 (10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17) skeins. Shown in Teal
Needles: sizes US 2, 3 and 4 (2.75, 3.25 and 3.5 mm) 24" [60 cm] or 32‖ [80 cm] circular or size to obtain correct gauge.
Notions: Stitch holders (or waste yarn); markers (m); sewing needle; 2 buttons 1 1/8" [3 cm] diameter.
29 sts and 38 rnds = 4‖ [10 cm] in Rickrack Lace with medium needle;
28 sts and 37 rnds = 4‖ [10 cm] in Double Seed stitch with smallest needle.

This is the photo taken at TNNA by Marlaina Bird. You can see how Bijou Basin organized their booth and Sasha was one of the samples there.