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My First Sheep and Wool

May 7, 2012

My first Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival was a blast.

The day started with witnessing 55 knitting ladies (sisters?) on the bus. The trip was organized by Knitting Sisters LYS. Thank you for a fun smooth ride.

There was plenty of entertainment for kids. Petting sheep and alpacas, watching shearing, listening to story tellers (they were great!), eating hot dogs and ice cream, rolling down the hill and running. In fact, we spent about four hours doing just kids stuff. After 3 pm it cooled down and crowd went home. Shopping became really enjoyable – we had full access to booths, could ask vendors our questions, and didn’t have to wait a line. Some wonderful ladies let my daughter try to spin, and put the yarn around her wrist as a bracelet. She got to touch all kinds of soft pretty fiber, look in every mirror, and has been treated with a lollipop twice.

We can’t wait for the next year to go there again!

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Featured in Knit Picks Catalog

November 15, 2011

One of the largest US yarn companies Knit Picks featured my Inside Out vest in their printed version of November catalog. Free catalog subscribers received it earlier this month. Very excited to see my design in print!

Thank You!

October 16, 2011

I was working on submitting a few new designs to different venues, and stumbled upon this page -

I have to admit that it feels great to be on the top of bestselling Knit Picks IDP designs. And there are pages and pages of wonderful designs on their site. Thank you to all knitters who purchased my patterns, it is huge for me to know that my work is appreciated. Please let me know if you have any questions, or need any help with the pattern. I hope you enjoyed knitting this hat as well as you are enjoying the hat itself.

It is actually not too late to jump in and make a pumpkin hat for Halloween. The hat will last for a few years if you are making it for a child, and an adult hat will last for the rest of his/her life…

Released with Cherry on Top

August 1, 2011

Yeah! My new pattern is finally ready! Very excited about it. My newest Cherry on Top cardigan pattern is available in sizes 2T – 8. August is the best time to start a project for fall/winter and for many of us – for a new school year. I am finishing a second one now, for my other daughter. She is at the age now when she patiently lets me try it on.

The name for the design was actually inspired by the cute little ball buttons that I bought for the cardigan. They looked just like cherries.

Cherry on Top is a girls’ cardigan that is worked from the bottom up as one piece. The sleeves are worked from the picked up along the body stitches and worked in rounds. This type of construction allows to avoid seaming (the only seams are shoulder seams) and to adjust sleeve length as the child grows. This is a classic cardigan with 1×1 ribbed neck, bottom and sleeve bands. The closure is worked in garter stitch.  Buttons should be in a contrasting color.

Skills required: cabling, knitting in rounds with dpns, ability to maintain established pattern.

This pattern is currently in works for Knit Picks Independent Designer Program and might be a part of the program shortly.

Cherry on Top Cardigan. $4.

Oops, or No One is Perfect

July 2, 2011

I have an error in my Pumpkin Hat reported – a yarn-over was missing on page 5. Here is the correct version:

                 

                  INSTRUCTIONS for KNITTING in ROUNDS

                 Round 3: *k10(11, 12, 13, 14, 15), yo, p4(5, 6, 7, 8, 9), yo; repeat from * 4 times more.

Baby L Needs Home and Love!

June 20, 2011

My fr[DSC04616.JPG]iends in Ohio are adopting a baby from Russia. The baby has health problems and does not get enough attention from their current caregivers. Trust me, a good half of my classmates at school were from a Russian orphanage, and I know what it is like to be there, not a fun place at all. Understaffed, underpaid, and all other possible unders. The adopting family is raising funds to make it possible for baby L to find his loving family and home as soon as possible.

I am donating entire amount of my pattern sales via Ravelry to the family until June 30, 2011. Please consider purchasing a pattern to help them. See my $4 patterns on the right.

They also have other options how you can help – just purchase Rapunzel braid for little princesses and/or Blessed cards on their blog. If you would like to donate a greater amount of money than these items are being offered for, please press DONATE button on the left side of their blog.

Baby L and his adopting family will appreciate your help.

Cherry on Top Preview

June 14, 2011

I have been working hard on my new design – Cherry on Top cardigan. I am planning to release the pattern in July or August, 2011 (you have time to pick your colors of worsted weight yarn). Great and fun knitting, I promise. The only seams are shoulder seams.  The cardigan will work for a boy as well, just use appropriate colors and buttons.

My daughter loved the cardigan. I had a hard time taking it off after photo shooting.

Other major things that happened in my life since my last post.

1. My parents have been visiting us for three months. They helped us with yard, garden and kitchen work and spent a lot of time with our girls. We did a few fun trips all together. It was sad to see them leaving.

2. I’ve been working a lot as a cello and piano teacher, had several recitals and played a few times myself. Very excited and happy.

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