This is my last newsletter in the past 10 years - the first one was issued in June 2010.
Every month during those years I would come up with some knitting or crafts ideas and present them in a newsletter. This time it's a book! Photo book. I 'put' the newsletters of ten years in a photo book and published it.
This is page 100. Thank you for taking a 'passion-crafts-knitting-inspiration-imagination' walk in the past ten years with me. I will keep knitting and posting my work on my website - artisaknity.com
Also, check my website later for the e-version of the photo book.
Feet and Butterflies
Poor blooming flowers and magnolia trees in our roof garden in May were covered in snow, but this butterfly landed on cold damaged tulips to 'comfort' them anyways :-)
Hit of the Season.
Then came the heat ... And the butterfly became the hit of the season ... at least for Amelia. It can be a toy and an accessory. A butterfly is a very popular motif in crafts. This butterfly was crocheted and decorated with natural stones.
Feet Accessory. You can modify it to a foot accessory- not very useful, but beautiful.
Barefoot. It's light, soft, and very 'summery.' The pattern was borrowed from the knitting magazine Sabrina N6 2014.
Fly, Butterfly, Fly newsletter was issued on Artisaknity's 5 years. This year my website turned 10 years old.
In June 2010 I made and published the first newsletter as well.
Next month will be issued the last one! Time for something new!
April is the Ester month, and all the crafts are around this holiday: eggs, bunnies, etc.
This year again I decided to push my knitting art to the eggstreme and eggsibit my crafts as a real eggspert.
I do a lot of Easter crafts, and my favourites are knitted and crocheted eggs.
I usually use wool or mohair. This year it's cotton. Pattern : single crochet. Hook: 3.5 mmJust work in a spiral.
Most of my Easter crafts are 'eggs-oriented', but bunnies is a big part of it too - check out other April newsletters.
My first and favourite crocheted 'egg creation' is the yellow with flowers egg. This Easter I've made a purple and yellow one. These two colours match the first spring flowers. Yarn: cotton. Pattern : single crochet. Hook: 3.5 mm.
What does the future hold?
Anything exciting in April? ...
March is really grey this year ... I haven't done any new knitting this month. The wrap in this newsletter is the one I made last summer - on the way to Toronto from Europe. It is one of those speedy projects that require very little thinking - perfect to knit while you are on the plane!
Baktus is a triangular-shaped scarf or a small shawl. It is a perfect neck wrap for a chilly weather.
"Baktus" is a tooth troll from a Norwegian children's book, and Bactus is a play on words from 'bacteria'. Together with "Karius" they teach children to brush their teeth and are destroyed by the dentist.... With the long thin ends hanging down you can see where the association with a tooth came from.
Clean and Simple Design. I used an easy and quick knitting pattern: Garter Stitch - the most common stitch for a Baktus scarf. If you knit in Stockinette, you'll get a Karius Scarf :-) This scarf will surely compliment anything you wear.
Winter is on and off this year, so is my knitting :-) I am doing small knits this month - hats mostly.
It's lots about loops lol :-) this February:
- zeros and Os
- an interesting Winter Installation on Waterfront called LOOP
- knitting 'loops' and lots of hats
- The Rideau Canal loop :-)
Hats for Dolls
This hat was made for Amelia's doll. The pattern is exactly the same as in the 'real' one. Then this 'girl' got a coat .
February, but no snow again on Harbourfront - fun anyways!
Let it go! Let it go! .....' (Amelia's favourite song from Frozen)
Ice and Colours
February, be fabulous! and sweet! and colourful! like these marshmallows in Ottawa!
January Indulgent Knits
January has arrived, and even though we still don't have any snow by the lake, it's coming.
And on these snow days you need something to snuggle. Snuggle is an affectionate hug.
What can be a better hug than a soft mohair and silk wrap? :-)
This year I made sweaters for these two deer, and now they are ready to be Christmas gifts for Amelia and Zoey :-) Snowflakes Sweater
As usual, the leftover yarn and then knitting - stockinette stitch - and crochet - sleeves and bottom. Plus snowflakes :-)
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
November Neck Wrap
Inspiration. This neck warmer is another short trip knit. When you travel with carry-on only, you don't take much with you. I had some leftover yarn - light, fluffy, cozy, and 100% natural. I didn't have any specific project in mind, but when I saw the magnificent trees of Muir Woods (San Francisco, California), I knew what I wanted to use my yarn for.
Knitting in the Woodland. So the beautiful redwood forest inspired me to knit something trees-related, something to cuddle up with and keep out the cold :-) I started the project in California ...
October Bobble Hat
Animal Scarf. Around this time last year, I made a "fox scarf" for Amelia.
Knitted animal scarves for kids are very popular. I picked a Fox Scarf. It is very easy to knit - a two-three- hour project.
This year - it's a hat. The yarn is the same - two shades of coral for the hat and some grey for bobbles.
Coral:100% Wool. Soft touch ultra. Made in Canada (bought at Toronto Knitters Guild meeting for $1 !!)
Gray: 100% Fine Merino Superwash Wool Spun in Peru.
The yarn is amazing - soft and very easy to knit.
Stitch: basic Stockinette
The hat is seamless. You won't find a seam in this hat - I was knitting in the round using five double pointed needles :-)
Bobbles: Bobbles are really cute. They add some texture, colour and fun to the hat.
Earflaps: Earflaps are also cute and stylish, and keep the ears warm :-) Stitch: Basic Garter
All Orange: In addition to the scarf and hat set, Amelia wears hear another 'fall-coloured' accessory - leg warmers.
"I love my foxie and little bobbles"
September is my favourite month, and I bow to its beauty, colours and weather... and I do it not barehanded :-)
I present to you my new project - multicoloured gloves!
Yarn and Chakra Colours As usual, for my small knits, I used yarn leftovers of different colours. What kind of Chi (life energy) can these rainbow-coloured balls bring? Colourful September So many flowers are still blossoming in September !! My gloves have all the flowers' colours too :-) I also added green bubbles and some ornaments. Namaste.
Green I used a lot of green (the colour of the heart chakra; it is connected with love, integration, compassion. Great for Christmas too! Autumn It is still warm, but fall is around the corner. Flowers It is too early to wear wool gloves of course, but they are so 'flowerly' colourful:-) That is why they are in the September newsletter. Namaste.
Knitvana "Knitting is an education in mindfulness. It teaches focus on breath, taking time, slowing down to reconnect with the present moment." If you want to enter a happier state of mind, find your nirvana in knitting :-) Knew Yoga? Knitting is a source of relaxation, well-being, and self-confidence. Because of its benefits, it's often called the
"new yoga". Namaste
Crochet The rest was crocheted from the previous knits leftover yarn - that is why all fingers are different.
Melange Knitting I made this small shawl - baktus - in the summer. It's good to have all the chakra colours on you in one knit :-) Knitting I knitted the wrist part from what was left after the shawl was finished. I should have used more blue yarn - the main energy of blue is communication, and it is the colour used to soothe the soul. Namaste.
This mellow yellow looks a bit faded, but it is still the colour of sunshine :-) The main energy of yellow is intellect.