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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Free eBook on Copyright for Crafters and Artists

Interweave press released a new eBook. This is something that many of us talked about and were wondering what exactly is a copyright when it comes to patterns, books, blogs, etc.

When I helped out at the yarn shop I encountered many times this scenario: a customer brings a copy of a pattern (sometimes mine) and asks for help with the project. The fact that this pattern was copied without a permission of a designer who worked very hard to calculate all the sizes and write the pattern for any knitter to understand how to make this project is a copyright violation!  This is just one of the examples how some people neglect to think that it is someone's work and they only can use it for their enjoyment, not to copy and give to a friend. Teaching a class from a pattern is o.k. as long as every student in a class has a legitimate pattern. These and many more issues are explained in this free book.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New Design: Barcelona

If you are wondering about the name, it is the color that gave me this idea. It is such a rich and beautiful red, that I thought of Spain and their love of that color. I wanted to design a long vest or tunic which you can wear almost all year round with different tops underneath.
 It turned out as I hoped - flattering and very urban. I wrote it for 17 sizes from 33" to 65" with about 2" positive ease.


Pattern Information

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Intermediate
Yarn:            Worsted. Shown here: Berroco, Ultra Alpaca (50% alpaca, 50 % wool; 215 yds
                      [196m]/100g) Color: # 6234, Cardinal; 4 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8,                                         8, 8) skeins
Needles:       4 (3.5 mm), 5 (3.75 mm), 6 (4.3 mm), and 7 (4.5 mm): 24-32” circular
Gauge:        19 sts and 26 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in Lace Patt;
                     20 sts and 30 rows =4”(10 cm) in Textured patt

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Should we party? Give away.

Simona and I thought we deserve to celebrate the end of our big project. Since we are on different sides of the country, the only way we can do it right now is over Skype. Since it is a virtual party, we can invite many friends to join us. Any suggestions how to do that?
It is going to be soon, really soon. Do you see me smiling? The taste of the end of this huge project is sweet, if you know what I mean. 
I am going to have some giveaways. Stay tuned.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Two new patterns in the works

My wonderful sample knitter Irina just send me these two projects in the mail. I am loving them both. These are the designs for my own line, so I can show them very soon. Here is the peek that i can offer at this time. I wrote the patterns for many sizes since both are fairly simple designs and can be flattering on many  sizes. The patterns are in the hands of tech editors.  In about two-three  weeks, after I am done with the photo shoot and formatting the pattern in my styled pattern form, it will be available for sale. I can't wait to see the reaction of you, knitters, to these designs. I hope that you will like them as much as I do.
I am still not done with the big project, so back to editing.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Great news for summer

I am so happy today. My friend from my Russian days is planning on coming for a visit. This will be her first time in America and I can't wait to show this beautiful country to her. She has an appointment with an American Embassy for an interview.  After that we will be planning her trip at the end of July. It is a good timing for me since I will be done with this project and can chill a little.

In June, Dora Ohrenstein is coming to visit with me. I am very excited about this one also. We always have wonderful time together, so it will be more of that.  She is amazingly talented and interesting. I can't wait. You know where it is all coming from, right? You guessed it,  I am looking forward to meeting this deadline and move forward.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Counting days

We are on the last leg of working on this big project. Editing is a very tedious work, as you know. It keeps me at my computer constantly and my brain is exploding (or it seems like it is). The only thing is keeping me sane right now is that after I am done, I will have time for my family. They have been so patient throughout this time and I am forever grateful to them for understanding.
I also want to work on so many ideas I have for new designs without any deadlines. So, it is coming soon and I love to see that light at the end of the tunnel. But, back to work for now, so I can actually get to the end of that tunnel :) Talk to you all on my next tiny break.