Bunny Hat fro little bunny. As usual, my first models were the toys... ...and then the "real" bunny :-)) 'Zaichik' Zoey is 10 months young here :-) Yarn: For this bunny hat I used Baby Wool from Alize - bought in Russia/made in Turkey - 50g - 175m, 40% Wool, 40% Acrylic, 20% Bamboo. This blend is natural and healthy for babies.
Bunny Sweater. To complete the Easter outfit, we have this sweater made of the same yarn. Knitting: basic seed stitch.
Cable Bunny. Do you like this adorable little bunny rabbit shape? This sweet bunny pattern is pretty popular in knitting. The twisted cables create the backside of a bunny, complete with bobble tail.
Another Easter Bunny? How many Easter bunnies are there? And how many Easter outfits? For these 'bobble' scarf and 'bobble' skirt for Amelia's bunny I used the gauge for my previous knit - Zoey's blanket. I pretty really make a gauge swatch before knitting - I usually improvise ... and I face the consequences sometimes :-( Same Yarn. For Zoey's blanket, my first idea was to do bobbles. I practiced, I liked it, but then I came up with a different pattern. Bobble Tail. And the idea of the knitted bobbles successfully travelled to the sweater's bunny tail and to this bunny's skirt :-)
Happy Easter. Seriously, have an eggciting Easter :-) And, April, maybe it's time to be gorgeous!
Transformation by Crafts. The craft I want to talk about this time is a costume that my sister made for my husband's Birthday party.
Because it was a costume party.
The theme was his last name which from Russian can be translated (in addition to transfiguration) as transformation, change, transition, update, modification, perfection, improvement, progress, review, change of scenery .... so that was part of temporary transformation!
Thank you, Larisa, for this amazing piece of art!!
The party was based on associations: Preobrazhenskiy Regiment in St. Petersburg - army;
Preobrazhenskaya Square in Moscow - squares in other cities and the place we are from in Russia - Vologda;
Bulgakov's prof.Preobrazhenskiy- studies and job.
Andrey - in Russian Preobrazhenskiy Regiment Uniform.
Other associations were anything that could transform, change, renew - poetry, music, theatre, wine, grandchildren, LOVE!!
So cute! And it looks really cute on Zoey.
Even cuter! This beautiful headband (not made by me) inspired me to knit another one.
Mohair Silk. "The crazy-soft halo of this yarn leaves people a bit speechless. If angels were disguised as yarn, this would be the one. Not much of a disguise... The mohair "fluff" is long and regular giving the resulting fabric loft, warmth and luxurious softness. When knit with large needles, a little of this yarn goes a long way. " (from Sanjo Silk website) My Sweet Valentine. Is looks so cute on this sweetie :-)
Crocheted Heart. It is very easy to make this St.Valentine's knit: all you need is 1/Hook #3; 2/Basic single crochet stitch and 3/one evening :-)
Around the Neck Accessory. It's a neck wrap actually. It is frizzy and fuzzy, and it's really comfy.
Forever My Valentines. Cute sisters - Amelia (4 years) and Zoey (9 months)
February will be forever snowy in Canada,
but it will be forever sweet!
snow hearts smiles chocolates
Winter. Winter is officially here. We had real snow in Toronto only in the middle of January this year. Good timing! I just finished my 'white project' :-)
Last January. I started it last January on the way from Florida - on the road. You can see the yarn I planned to use. I have 8 different yarns in this knit. Almost all of these shades of white are silk blends from SANJOSILK.
Yarn Store. Their shop is located in the Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island in Vancouver where I bought the yarn in 2016.
January 2019. It was on and off knitting during the year, and I finished the cardigan right before the first frost.
Tatiana's Day. January 25th is Tatiana's day in Russia.
Happy "T - Day" to me and other Tatianas :-))
Tussah. The light brown yarn in the picture is Tussah/Noil Fleck. What is it? "Tussah (aka Tassar) is a wild silk. Tussah moths have resisted domestication forever. You have to love that. Tussah is a warm tan colour, and has a bit more texture than Bombyx. Muga is the Empress of Silk. From the Assam region of India, Muga has a beautiful golden colour that defies description. Pedencal Tussah is the tussah from the pedencus (foot) of the cocoon. Rare and naturally brown." (from Sanjosilkwebsite)
Sanjosilk. Sanjosilk yarn is amazing. "We source our silks from Europe, Japan and India, buying the best quality and most beautiful yarns." (from Sanjosilkwebsite
Lace. I always wanted to combine knitting with fabric, and I started with lace. A 10 cm lace strip was inserted in the knitting.
Textures. "These are the pizazz yarns, the ones that get all the attention. They strut and preen and everyone coos over them. They deserve it." (from Sanjosilk website). I used very simple patterns like stocking stitch or garter stitch because the focus was on the texture.
Red? "When the weather turns chilly, our preferences often turn to velvety, warming red .... wines ..." (from Compliments of LCBO, Holiday 2018) So true! Same with knits. We want velvety, warm, red knits ...
White? Made in winter, this cardigan looks like summer's fresh, chilled wine ;-) I have other 'winter whites' - made in winter white knits.
Your Majesty Scarf 2018
Feels like Felt I had three shades of green and a wonderful 'felt-like yarn" to insert in between the green stripes
Decembre bianco 2017
Ivory Yarn The yarn I used for this scarf has a beautiful off-white, ivory colour. It is amazingly soft.
Lellabella This yarn is Soft Cashmere made exclusively for the Venice yarn shop Lellabella.
This yarn is exquisite. It's 100% Cashmere. I used one skein - 50g - 700m
Bella Scarf The scarf is beautiful, very warm and cozy. Bellissimo!
Have a beautiful winter!
M-mm-erry Christmas, dears! 2016
Christmas Hat 2015
Too tight? Too warm? Amelia's 'always' reaction to my knitted hats is to take them off :-)
Thanks, but no thanks Thank you, but No, thank you :-)... Just not her thing...
Dear Deer 2014
Rudolf the Rednosed Reindeer ... do you recall ... the most famous reindeer of all?
Use your leftover yarn to make this small holiday gift. Rudolf is knit in the stocking stitch. The nose and the antlers are crocheted.
Wine Bottle Topper What a wonderful way to add an extra special touch to a bottle of wine you bring to someone as a gift. This Rudolf bottle topper knits up in under an hour. It's a wonderful weekend or (in my case) on the planeproject.
Dress up your bottle or use it to brighten up and add some fun to your holiday decor or dinner party.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows.
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games.
Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say,
Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won't you guide my sleigh tonight.
Then how all the reindeer loved him,
As they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nose Reindeer
You'll go down in history.
Happy Knitting in the New Year!
Knit. Google. Knit. 2013
First Day of Winter December 21st. Winter solstice. Winter is officially here. So is my December headgear. It's a knitted hat and cowl set. Even though I love googling, I very seldom google knit patterns. This one is also my design - nothing special, just simple cables. As usual, you can see this letter as a web page.
Winter Warmth 2012
What better way to keep you warm in winter than with knits!
Knit. Knit. Meaou. What can better keep a kitten busy than a ball of yarn? "Cats find a ball of yarn irresistible. It’s a ball! It’s yarn! When the human starts playing with the yarn our cat’s heart warms up like cooked toffee. Let’s do this together!" ("Cats and Knitting" Blog, google this blog to read more)
Holiday Season 2011
Arts and Crafts Show The show took place at Harbourfront, in the building next door. There were many exhibitors - painters, writers, photographers, jewelry makers, and ... a knitter. My sister and my mom helped me out with putting everything together. We made this terrific display and enjoyed every minute of it.
The Joy of Crafts 2010
Gorgeous Ginger Autumn 2018
Fox Scarf Knitted animal scarves for kids are very popular. This one was made last year.
There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been! Percy Bysshe Shelley
Color Cacophony As usual, Toronto fall turns everything around us into a knitted blanket of bright colors.
Bye-bye, gorgeous! Thank you, ginger-haired autumn.
You were gorgeous!!
Feeling Christmas in November 2017
Nice November Knits 2015
Yarn and the City 2014
Beautiful windows, and what an inspiration to the knitters! Cute woolen white sheep (or lamas :-) are ready to take you on your next knitting journey. Click on the first image to go to Artisaknity Playful Sheep Bijouterie Collection
Cozy in Cashmere The theme of the display was 'Cozy in Cashmere'. Yarn and Knits have always been popular in decorating the store windows. Yarn Stores The actual yarn stores are very welcoming too.
Click on the third image for KUNA yarn stores in South America and Europe in the newsletter Kuna Knits
Click on image to see The Hudson Bay Company Christmas windows
November Elegance 2012
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds - November!
Nevertheless, elegant :-)
Shades of ..... yarn
What makes a nice sweater? Right yarn and simple stitch!
Yarn: Sublime baby cashmere merino silk - 75% extra fine merino, 20% silk, 5% cashmere. It bounces naturally; that's exactly what we need for cable knitting - this springiness makes it elastic.
Colors: Grey brick is a versatile neutral color. It suits almost any style and fits into just about any color scheme choice.(And I am sure you are aware of the Fifty Shades of Grey ;-) This shade of grey pairs perfectly with soft yellow which brings the warmth of the November sun into our grey brick city. This combination gives this sweater extra elegance.
Click on image to see more
"Are you able to cable?" I am :-) I love those crossing layers and twists. Cables in this sweater are simple. Check out my website for other (more sophisticated!) cable designs.
Easy Chic Right yarn, simple stitch - easy chic. You can see more cables on Artisaknity Gallery
Fabulous Fall 2011
"November always seemed to me the Norway of the year."
Mohair Jacket. I wanted my jacket to keep me warm and comfortable. I wanted to literally wrap myself in the layers of green with some yellowish melange yarn. The jacket is loose enough to put more layers undernearth if you want.
Neat November Knits and Crafts 2010
Felt bracelet with wet felted beads - carefully arranged and looking nice, Neat?
Small felt Purse with yellow ornament( can be a key or a card holder, you can put a crochet hook in it) Small and neat!
Felt Flower Brooch Nice and neat! and Felt bracelet with a coconut button. Neat!
Spoons? Spoons ... Spoons! 2018
The idea of a 'Spoons Party' was to thank my friends again for these pretty souvenirs... People travel a lot and bring spoons from all over the world.
The winner became Boris Kats who has brought me more than 20 spoons from more than 15 countries since 1996; and the last one was from Berlin and it was brought to this party !! It was the 505th in my collection!! Thank you!
The most exquisite spoon in my collection is still the Veliky Ustyug (severnaya chern) spoon given to me by Oleg Gordus. Thank you!
Click on image to see more
These earrings are made of the spoon handles, and the pendant on the left and right is made of the spoon bowl. How cool is that ?!!
I bought this jewelry in one of the souvenir shops right on Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia. The company is called HUNTER STREET SILVER.
They make jewelry and home decor items handcrafted from old silverware. Their new website is under construction, but you can google this name, and you will see amazing stuff.
October FOX Scarf 2017
Click on image to see other animal knits on Artisaknity Crafts
Fox Scarf I picked a Fox Scarf. It is very easy to knit - a two-three hour project. The process is described on numerous websites and on Ravelry. Click on the second image to see other kids knits
Yarn: Gray100% Fine Merino Superwash Wool Spun in Peru.
Coral 100% Wool. Soft touch ultra. Made in Canada (bought at Toronto Knitters Guild meeting for $1 !!)
Falling for Fall 2015
New Model For my October creation (!) I needed a new model. My husband's done it once (in Chile). Now it's the time .... again. I made a warm winter scarf, and 'who's going to wear it?' is still being decided. The weather, even at the end of October in Toronto, is not right for this kind of scarf, but in knitting you've got to plan ahead!! :-) So, he's Andrey sweating in alpaca....
Click on image to see Andrey modelling made by local knitters in Atacama Desert alpaca hat
Yarn Skeins become balls. It's 100% Superfine Alpaca. Made in Peru for Estelle Yarns. The yarn is thick, fluffy and soft
There's approx. 33 meters to 100 grams. Click on the second image to learn more about another type of Alpaca yarn.
Fabulous Fibers There are so many beautiful fibers for cool temperatures: mohair is one of them for sure - comforting, soft and warm. Click on image to see fall mohair knits
Fall Colors Every time October gives a party, we are happy to attend the colorful leaves ball ... and we are falling for fall again. Happy falling... :-)
October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came -
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
~George Cooper, "October's Party"
October Color Cacophony 2014
October Colors As usual, Toronto fall turns everything around us into a knitted blanket of bright colors. Some colors really stand out - like this yellow amber. Yellow is a color of a wide range of possibilities: from gold, butter, and ripe lemon to olive yellow and ginger ale. This wrist warmer is like a beam of the last sunny autumn days. It can juzz-up your fall outfits and bring some optimism and pleasure.
October Crafts 2013
Knitters know that Knit the Season is Kate Jacob's third book from the series Friday Night Knitting Club. The novel is about life changes and decision making and, of course, knitting. In this mixed media I included some quotes from this book. One of them is:
"Don't be afraid of messiness in life. The mess isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The world doesn't stop if you take a break."
Yes, yarn and needlework can be messy sometimes :-)
To me, knit the season means to knit the colors you are in now - colors of the beautiful Toronto autumn - a thoughtfully organized "mess" of leaves.
October Party 2012
One of the most popular fall festivals in Toronto Nuit Blanche (first Saturday in October) originated in Paris.
Nuit Blanche: The mother of ‘all-nighters.’ This cultural festival originated in Paris and has been copied in cities throughout the world. Many attractions and the metro are open all night for free to the public, as well as concerts, film festivals, art, photography and multi-media installations and every other conceivable form of entertainment and culture.
This collage is my image of the fall in Paris. Oui.
October Has Arrived 2011
Fall in the city
The poem below is the translation of the famous Alexander Pushkin's "Autumn". It's about the fall in Russia.
Октябрь уж наступил — уж роща отряхает
Последние листы с нагих своих ветвей;
Дохнул осенний хлад — дорога промерзает.
Журча еще бежит за мельницу ручей,
Но пруд уже застыл; сосед мой поспешает
В отъезжие поля с охотою своей,
И страждут озими от бешеной забавы,
И будит лай собак уснувшие дубравы.
October has arrived - the woods have tossed
Their final leaves from naked branches;
A breath of autumn chill - the road begins to freeze,
The stream still murmurs as it passes by the mill,
The pond, however's frozen; and my neighbor hastens
to his far-flung fields with all the members of his hunt.
The winter wheat will suffer from this wild fun,
And baying hounds awake the slumbering groves.
Early October in Toronto is different from the same time in Russia. It is warm and sunny here, it is beautiful in both places though. This year Toronto is still geen. It has just started changing colors.
My fall gift to myself was this crocheted carry-all bag. The leaves were made last year.
Bittersweet October 2010
The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between
the opposing miseries of summer and winter.
~Carol Bishop Hipps
This time I was inspired by the following saying:
Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower! - Albert Camus
This outfit is the flower dance from my September newsletter. Click on the image to see more.
Here, I decided to use the quotes about fall and leaves.
Napkin Ring One of those crocheted leaves made a wonderful napkin ring which can also be used with silver.
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot
Napkin Rings Napkin rings not only take a small amount of yarn to complete, but they are really simple projects and can be completed quickly. They make a nice last minute gift idea.
Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.
I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Robert Frost Gathering Leaves.
No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face. ~John Donne
Oak Leaf Hair-pin This Oak Leaf Hair-pin requires very little yarn and can be completed in no time.
"The sweet calm sunshine of October, now
Warms the low spot; upon its grassy mold
The purple oak-leaf falls; the birchen bough
drops its bright spoil like arrow-heads of gold."
- William Cullen Bryant
Two-Leaf Hair Piece Two crocheted leaves can make a warm and very "autumnal" hair piece.
"You ought to know that October
is the first Spring month."
- Karel Capek
There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been! Percy Bysshe Shelley
Spring and Autumn
Every season hath its pleasures;
Spring may boast her flowery prime,
Yet the vineyard's ruby treasures
Brighten Autumn's sob'rer time.
Thomas Moore Spring and Autumn.
Every leaf speaks
bliss to me,
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
When nature is aglow
"Just before the death of flowers,
And before they are buried in snow,
There comes a festival season
When nature is all aglow."
The leaves fall...
"The leaves fall patiently
Nothing remembers or grieves
The river takes to the sea
The yellow drift of leaves."
- Sara Teasdale
Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile.
William Cullen Bryant
Take a Walk 2018
T for September 2017
T for sweet September September is always beautiful in Toronto, but this year, we are blessed with the summer weather. No colours yet, all is still green.
T for Toronto Beautiful city!!!
T for Knitting One of the best hobbies!
T for Crafts
T for Tea ...T for teaching ...T for TIFF ... T for Tango
T for Nuit Blanche ... T for Party ... and so much more!
Happy September knitting!!!
September Spirit 2016
Nice Idea The hotel owner's mother was making these holders for some charity auction.
Project on the Road The next day I crocheted mine from leftover yarn. Now, at the end of September, it looks like the last 'drop' of sun ...
the nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; the soul. e.g. "we seek a harmony between body and spirit"
September spirit ....
It's not that we need wine for it, but .... Cheers!
a suffix occurring in adjectivesborrowed from Latin, with themeaning“inclined to do, habituallyengaging in” the action specified bythe initial element:
September Shells and Stones 2015
Florida Sun Pendant When you have a beautiful stone, you don't have to come up with a complicated design. The stone speaks for itself. Just add a nice thread ... Stone - Florida. Yarn - silk and cotton.
InSpiration, Sun, Smile, niCe, StoneS, acCeSSorieS, shellS - all these words whisper - Shhh..... September .....
Fabulous Fish Pendant Stone - Chile Yarn - mohair.
Black Pearl Shell Pendant Yarn is always a special ingredient. The background for this stone is soft mohair which adds texture to the whole piece.
Maritime Beauty Pendant Stone - P.E.I. Yarn - Japanese cotton
Florida Sun Bracelet Stone - from one of the beautiful Florida beaches. Yarn - silk and cotton
The Maritime Cold Water Pendant Fabulous Fiber helps this shell shine :-)
The Art of Knitting 2014
Welcome to the 50th issue of Artisaknity newsletter
50 This newsletter is the 50th!
This time, I decided to focus on several shades of this wonderful hobby of mine which have been described and shared with you since 2010.
Cards It looks like I am into mixed-media!! It was a wonderful discovery for me - in 2011 - and I am still learning.
Bijouterie This particular collection has a special name - A Playful Sheep.
Crafts Check out my website for more crafts.
On Artisaknity you'll find reflections about yarns, designs, colors, and also insights on knitting as a hobby and passion. Artisaknity is a game of words. I like words both in my native Russian and in English. Artisan has become one of my favourites. There's art and handicraft, creativity and spirit in it. I blended it withknit and got the name for this site-Artisaknity . In other words the state and quality of being an artisan in knitting. I hope I meet the definition.
September Whisper 2013
September Grapes 2012
Queen of the Fruits Grapes, also known as “Queen of the fruits”are storehouse of so many health promoting nutrients such as poly-phenolic antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and this month they are in, ripe, ready to eat, sweet, delicious and healthy, just what the doctor ordered! (Doctor in the Kitchen Blog) Yes, grapes are great! That's why I put them on my wine bottle cozy. And since it's a summer wrap for a wine, I knitted it in cotton. I actually made this bottle cozy in the winter and am displayng it in September - wine time.
One of a Kind Grapes harvested in September have been hanging on the vine all summer benefitting from the long days of sunshine and warmth. Red and black grapes are large and sweet and the green ones are especially favorable right now. (Doctor in the Kitchen Blog) My knitted grapes are purple. I used the pattern from the Love of Knitting Holiday 2011 Special Issue, or you can find it on Ravelry. Wine is a perfect gift. Just sleeve it! And you have the unique gift for the special people. Click on image to see more crafts.
Anemone carry-all This easy-to-knit carryall with leather straps is made of hand-spun yarn. I like how the purse plays up the rainbow palette of this beautiful hand dyed yarn. Two purple needle-felted anemones are a finishing touch. The flowers are very easy to make. I had fun making them.
School September 2011
Learning and Fun Knitting is not as hard as it might seem... And it's not as easy as it might seem:-) ... like juggle. The clown in the picture represents craft skills. And he is obviously having fun!
The Art of Knitting If you have any doubts that knitting can be art, check out the book The Art of Knitting: Stitches. Colors. Fashion. on Amazon.com
Learning to Balance Vocabulary. You all know what chakra is. But do you know that its name derives from the Sanskrit word for "wheel" ? Chakras are like vortexes of energy which spin (like balls of yarn:-) And of course you know that the art of hand-knitting has been praised for it’s therapeutic and relaxing benefits, and compared to the practices of yoga and meditation.
Click on images to see mores cards
Sweet September 2010
Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into. ~Henry Beecher, Life Thoughts, 1858
Thirty days hath September...Youth is like spring, an over praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits. Samuel Butler
Flowers are quick and easy to make, and you can use them to jazz up your outfit within a minute's time. If my dress is looking a bit tired and I want to update my image without spending money on a new wardrobe, I just add a knitted flower as a simple cute brooch.
You can impart texture and colour to the outfit with flowers. These felt anemonies on a knitted purse are a great way to infuse some colour and light into a black outfit.
Click on images to see more crafts
I just liked the way this flower (seedbox/primrose) looks and the fact that its big petals are very easy to knit. I thought that the dark marking around the centre would look nice too.
A knitted rose is a classic. This is a bee's eye view of the centre of the flower and a crocheted flower in a vase.
August, Go Green 2018
August this year is gorgeous! Not a single sign of summer's end - as green as spring! Look at these beautiful shades of green. This Lime Green goes perfectly with one of the best natural accessories - an ocean shell.
shellS - all these words whisper - Shhh.... August ...
These beautiful flowers - hydrangeas- which have dozens of different colours - go green too! In August!! This shade seems like kiwi green. For my short cardigan, I picked several shades of green, some melange, and a blue one. What did I get? A beautiful combination of colours(Amelia's favourite expression) - various shades of green yarn!
Yarn Store in Vienna
I bought yarn for this project in Austria in 2014. The store is called Filati, and it has a wonderful collection of yarn. I bought Italian Lana Grossa, Cool Wool Print, 50g=160m, 100% Virgin wool. If you are interested, here's the store address: 1220 Wien, Donaustadtstr, 1 Top 760
Yarn and Design
I started combining the colours into the stockinette stitch raws and made the back and the front, but I didn't finish the project, and it was sitting sleeveless (!) in my knitting drawer for the next four years. Design is mine - meaning I just knit and see what comes out :-)) It does not mean I do not 'read' my knitting - I know where it is taking me :-)
Buttons I didn't want the buttons to stand out, so my choice was knitted covered buttons. You can hardly see them, but they are there :-) - green, blue and melange.
Stitches and Crosses After I finished the jacket, I decorated it with stitches and crosses of various colours.
Green as Grass Green goes great with grey, so this August-made cardigan is good for a cool end-of-summer day and for a green spring weekend in the city.
August, Be Awesome They say that August is like the Sunday of the summer. Right - we want it to stay a little longer.
They also say there are Sundays and there are SUN days :-) Dear August, please stay sunny and stay longer ...
Venice Scarf 2017
- airy, stone lace of palazzi on a busy and beautiful Piazza San Marco
- old narrow calles - like wrinkles on fabric
- fading pastel buildings looking like unraveling knitting
- numerous canals and crooked bridges like yarn on the needles
- evening magic of orchestras on St. Mark's Square
All of the above inspired me to make
something vintage and elegant,
airy and kind of transparent,
long and narrow, light,
not cold as marble
but warm and soft,
a bit Vivaldi like ...
Yarn Internationally famous Debbie Bliss Angel
Super Kid Mohair & Silk: 76% Mohair, 24% Silk
200m/25 g - 2 balls
Needles N5,5 Hook N3,5
Design The design for this scarf is taken from the Europe's Top Knitting Magazine Verena - Winter 2008. I very rarely use patterns from magazines, but in this case, I followed almost all the instructions and recommendations. I changed the colour a little: not pure white but faded shade of off-white. The two lace patterns were used. Scarf length size is 10 x 205 sm. I started knitting the scarf on the plane and finished it in Toronto.
Fine Accessory The scarf is not very busy, heavy or too warm, so it can be a great accessory for any summer
or winter outfit.
Like in 2007, I stopped by at a beautiful yarn store on San Marco 3718 (Calle della Mandola)- Lellabella.
"At Lellabella, you won't find just "wool", but the highest quality Italian yarn and unique products from the most sought-after brands. We use our yarns to create a large variety of personalized items made by hand."
Busy Bee Bijouterie 2016
In knitting, planning ahead unfortunately does not often work for me - I prefer to knit in season. This way, time for big projects is never enough :-( So what?! I knit small things - like this Busy Bee Bijouterie set.
Summer Gifts Such small knits make nice small gifts. All pieces are crocheted with the 3,50mm hook.
Simple Circle It didn't take me long to knit this set-just one Amelia's sleep (2 hours :-))) Pattern: basic stitch-single crochet.
SSS stands for September Shells and Stones. It's the name of my last year summer accessories collection.
Perfect Fit This bracelet also works well as a wrist warmer. My new little model Amelia loves it!
Wrist Warmer I have a 'line' of wrist warmers in different colours.
Summer, you were gorgeous!!
Summer and the Sea 2015
Summer and the Sea Crafts My August 2015 knitting was inspired by the Pottery Barn bottle toppers summer collection. I took a picture of them in the store to have it as an idea for my projects in the future. It was not long in coming because my travel destination this summer was The Maritime Provinces. What could be better for crafts on the road than these cute sea motives?!
Maritime Sea Creatures
The model items are knitted (left).
My project is crochet (right).
Bobbles Bobble ... - a fun word to say. The technique to make them is fun too. You have to create 3-dimensional texture on the knitted surface. I wanted 8-10 small bobbles for my sea star. I knew how to knit bobbles, but I never crochetedthem. A crocheted bobble stitch exists, but apparently I invented my own since my bobbles looked different :-)
Sea Star My sea star does not probably look very elegant, but I thought it was okay since my product was supposed to be a kind of rough - like the rough craggy sea shore rocks through which we were passing :-)
From the Shoreline and the Deep I took the crochet-in-process pictures in different sea creatures habitats - by the sea, on the beach, on the boats. I have no idea what fish it is. I didn't have any specific pattern. It was just crocheting the shape of a fish. But when I was putting everything together for the newsletter, I found the link to all crochet sea creatures.
Looks Fishy? Fish? Fish ..... Finished!!!!!! It doesn't look like an ocean sunfish, but it looks pretty much like a lake sunfish (no kidding - you can google the image). Who would have thought these types even existed?! .... And the colour is sunny!
Summer Yarn For the last wine bottle topper, I picked two shades of purple. Purple is a color between red and blue in the color wheel. In my project, it's between
a red fish and a blue star :-)
Purple Lupines Wonderful color! It can represent deep cold ocean water and beautiful lupines in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. where they bloom mostly in their natural color in the wild - purple. Researchers at the University of Prince Edward Island are trying to figure out why purple is the dominant colour amongst the lupines that line P.E.I.'s roadways.
Oh, Octopus This friendly octopus has a spiraling single-crochet light-purple body and several curly dark-purple tentacles.
In the Loop 2014
loop-the-loop [loop-th uh-loop] noun
1.an airplane maneuver in which a plane, startingupward, makes one complete vertical loop.
2. a ride in an amusement park that simulatesthis maneuver.
Loop Knitting Naturally, this maneuver reminded me of
one of my favorite stitches - the loop. This techniques gives projects a nice depth and texture.
The Loop It also reminded me a lovely yarn store in Halifax, Nova Scotia: an amazing shop girl and beautiful local yarn. And, as you can see in the picture, the knitters' creativity. The entire block was under construction, but it didn't spoil the party. The work platform got a nice graffiti knitting touch - the shop used it to colorfully display knitted and crocheted yarn along with the enthusiasm of its visitors. How artsy-craftsy!!
P.S. The name of the shop is The Loop.
Nova Scotia, 2015
Santiago I stopped by at some nice yarn shops in Pueblito Los Dominicos (Los Domonicos Village) - a crafts market in a heritage zone of Santiago. Lana maravillosa! Chile, 2012
Lima KUNA yarn stores are in many cities in South America. I visited two of them and bought yarn in Kuna shops in Chile and Peru. In the picture - KUNA store in Peru, 2012
Wunderbare Wolle! Austria, 2014
P.E.I. Just opened this summer - a lovely shop in Kensington, P.E.I. Wonderful yarn! PE.I. 2015
Kensington The yarn is beautifully displayed. I bought very nice wool there. PE.I. 2015
Meravigliosa lana! Italy, 2008
Provence I forgot what shop it was, but it was a good one. And they've got wonderful yarn - wool in particular.
Merveilleuse laine! France, 2008
New York You can buy beautiful yarn at the knitting workshops and shows - like at Vogue Knitting LIVE. I visited the first one - in 2011. The last one was in January 2015
August. Andean Knits. 2013
Colors in the rocks
Source of inspiration: The Andes in Chile extend thousands of miles through several climate variations, and the scenary in the mountains. In the north, the Atacama, is completely different than in Patagonia in the south. In the north, the rocks look like lifeless brown desert hills, ugly, yet beautiful. Colors in the cities, on the other hand, are lively. They are everywhere: in graffiti, architecture, women clothes, etc.
Chilean sweater My Chilean sweater paleta de colores is a combination of city colors on the earthy background. This project was colorfast :-) - just knitting simple stocking stitch and changing various shades of the yarn rainbow.
Fast and fun!
As you can see, I tried to come up with a kind of a pictorial motif - imitation of the traditional knitting technique. My focus was geometric shapes - the main pattern in ethnic Andean knitting (which looked to me like ancient graffiti).
If you don't make some warm knits in the summer, they won't be ready for you to wear when it's chilly. But this year it works for me: I am in the middle of the Chilean winter, and the warm knit I have just finished is ready for the Canadian winter. Super lógica, no? It was a "buttonfast" project :-) - buttons were made out of yarn. Fast and fun!
Colorful knitting My last August knitting color palette was completely different - aqua - like Chile on this map. Prep-for-chilly-season knitting can be fast, and colorful knitting in Chile is fun. By the way, one of the explanations about the origin of the name "Chile" is derived from the native Aymará word "chilli" meaning "the land where the earth ends."
And my Chilean adventures will end at some point as well, but ...
Sweater season ... there's always time for knitting, and ... they say it's always sweater season. I am gonna make another one! Chao!
Aqua August 2012
Accessorize It The eye-catching greenish-blue pin is a beautiful accessory for the habu airy knits.
Aqua Attic In the aqua assemblage (found in the attic :-)) everything is filled with this fantastic color!
The highest good is like water...
The highest good is like water.
Water gives life to the ten thousand things and does not strive.
It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.
In dwelling, be close to the land.
In meditation, go deep in the heart.
In dealing with others, be gentle and kind.
In speech, be true.
In ruling, be just.
In business, be competent.
In action, watch the timing.
~ Tao Te Ching ~
Online Store 2011
It's nice to have a lot of free time in the summer. So between reading and knitting I actually opened a store... an online store of course - at CafePress. So, sneak peek at Artisaknity design at my online store :-)
Read Knit Love Tote bag This 100% cotton canvas tote bag has plenty of room to carry everything you need when you are on the go. It includes a bottom gusset and extra long handles for easy carrying.
Knit Seasons Thermos Food Jar Perfect for lunch bags or picnics, this durable food jar does an incredible job of keeping your food hot or cold. Although small enough for easy transporting, it’s big on convenience. Soups on!
Late Summer Purse 2010
Late Summer Purse I called the carryall I made last month a Late Summer Purse. It has all the summer colours but they are a little faded. I thought that just a couple of bright blooms of anemone would add a blast of colour to the purse.
This easy-to-knit carryall with leather straps is made of hand-spun yarn.
I like how the purse plays up the rainbow palette of this beautiful hand dyed yarn. Two purple needle-felted anemones are a finishing touch.
This flower comes in vibrant shades of white, pink, purple, magenta and burgundy, and although it is quite showy, it has no scent. Felt flowers are very easy to make. I had fun making them and am planning on adding some more to my website. The meaning for this flower in flower language is "expectation".
William Congreve: Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life.
Anemone inspired quotes:
Claude M. Bristol: We usually get what we anticipate.
Brian Tracy: Your attitude is an expression of your values, beliefs and expectations.
Eli Khamarov: The best things in life are unexpected - because there were no expectations.
Laurence Overmire: Expect nothing and accept everything and you will never be disappointed.
Celia Thaxter: There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.
July Dragonfly 2018
Knitting in the moment Living in the moment ... Not dwelling on the past ... Being in the present ... Wait! It's exactly what you do when you knit. You are staying in the moment creating something. It's meditation, innovation, positive thinking.
Summer and the Sox 2017
Perfect Feel They are so soft. They feel great!
Gift These beautiful socks were made by my sister-in-law and a friend Nina from Russia.
Socks The socks are made of the melange yarn, and it takes Nina a couple of evenings to knit a pair. I like them!
Thanks Like it? Yes!!! Happy knitting!!!
Sea-to-Sky Scarf 2016
called Art of Yarn.
Yarn Shop I try to visit local yarn shops in all places I go. This one impressed me by how organized the yarn and the accessories and other things for knitters were.
Be Sweet The yarn is from Be Sweet boucle baby mohair collection: Made in South Africa. 50 g (200yards) - one ball is enough for a pretty long scarf.
Sky Since the yarn - baby mohair - is soft, the scarf is soft too. It's light and airy, and it feels warm.
July Little Stars 2015
I started with the stars .... and started a while ago. The blue cotton stars were supposed to be for the other project. Now, they are a beautiful embellishment for these summer sandals. Baby shoes make a great gift for a baby :-)
These booties were made for Amelia's 6th month birthday.
Summer Sandals They look adorable on our Amelia's.little feet. I am not sure if she likes them though. The intention is to take them off right after I put them on :-)
Cute Cotton They are easy to knit. You need a hook 5,5 and two colors of yarn. No buttons - just crochet small flowers.
Yarn for these sandals is one of my favorite - cotton. I used this yarn for several other projects
Beautiful Blue The color is great too - like the sky in July.
Cotton Content 2014
Cotton is a fiber we all wear, knit and use in our daily lives.
It is a source of endless variations for clothes and accessories.
Cotton: Habu From the Habu Textiles website. We carry “slow” materials, not flashy, not necessary pretty, not cheap, not easy, but those that will give a soul to the fabrics. Sounds like the description of this top below: not flashy but with a certain character. This azure top is made of Japanese habu. I mixed the aquamarine with yellow and shades of blue. It feels great on a hot summer day.
Cotton Comfort Cotton is the most popular yarn for the summer knits. It's comfortable to wear, pleasant to work with and easy to care for. This top was made more than 30 years ago and is still in pretty good shape!
Going Green Green grass, green yarn... It's a pattern sample. The knit itself is yet to be done ... may be for the next summer... but it already looks like something earth-friendly, doesn't it?!! Russian village(where I spent some of my summer time this year) is a source of infinite inspiration for cotton knitters.
Kuna Knits or winter knitting in Chile in July 2013
Kuna is a Peruvian lifestyle brand with a unique prêt-a-porter collection made of Alpaca, Vicuña and Pima Cotton. Kuna is part of the Inca Group, the pioneer in exporting Alpaca products to the world. My alpaca vest, which I knitted in July, is made of KUNA yarn.
I bought this Alpaca yarn for the jacket in Santiago. Next time I am there, I should get some more and knit the sleeves :-) This yarn is amazing. It can produce knits that are soft, smooth, and comfortable.
Warmth for the Winter Blues You really need something warm in the Andes in the winter. This yarn is super warm! Di no al winter blues!
Alpaca Turunku The yarn is called Alpaca Turunku. It's bulky big stitch yarn. I used 8mm(US size) needles to knit. And it's so-o-o natural: 91% Alpaca, 7.5% Wool, 1.5% Nylon. Loops that spring out of the core yarn make it a bit tricky to knit, but this "curly" textured surface feels good.
Artesanía North of Chile is mining. Copper is gold here. In the local arts and crafts shops - tiendas de artesanía - you can find all kinds of jewelry - all made of copper.
Chilean Blue Sky Saying No to winter blues, yours, Tanya P.
July - Blue Sky 2012
Sun is shinin' in the sky There ain't a cloud in sight It's stopped rainin' ev'rybody's in a play And don't you know It's a beautiful new day hey,hey (Mr. Blue Sky lyrics)
It has all knitted together this summer - warm weather, blue sky, brigantine, and my cotton cable bag (which looks nice on the boat ropes:-))
Canadian Sky carry-all
This blue cotton carry-all has been transformed from the unfinished pull-over which I started many years ago.
I unraveled some of it this summer, stitched the side seams, crocheted around the top, added a fabric lining, attached the handles - and got a new summer purse.
Aruban Sky Purse
This small summer purse is made of Aruban sky blue cotton. The button is a stone found on Eagle Beach.
I crocheted this small key-holder during my trip to Key West, Florida last year. It made a nice summer gift.
Die sommer ist fantastisch! Das blaue meer ist wunderbar! This dress on the cover of German Verena (which comes first, after that European, and then international issues) resembles the cotton dress I made last month. Dieses blaue kleid ist naturlich viel besser!! :-)
Out of the blue we are in the Vogue Knittingmagazine with the jewelry collection for knit lovers. We called it Sisters Knit, and the playfu sheep you see below is the "face" of it :-)
Summer-licious Knits and Cardmaking Craft 2011
Wishing you blue skies
This sheep might look a little blue, but in fact it is quite happy and really enjoys the view of Lake Ontario's beautiful water :-) Every proud Canadian :-) knows that the word "ontario" comes from the Iroquois word "kanadario" meaning "sparkling" water. Happy belated Canada Day!!
Hey there mister blue
We're so pleased to be with you
Look around see what you do
Ev'rybody smiles at you
(Mr. Blue Sky lyrics)
Summer-licious Knits and Cardmaking Craft 2011
Summer knits are light, airy, and water-colour. So is this summer newsletter. Not so much text, just pictures and links. Summer Headband. Yarn: Habu, Cotton, Gima ("fake linen" in Japanese)
This summer pullover is perfect if you want to give your skin a break from the sun for a few hours.
Yarn: Cotton. Pattern: Cables.
Arabesque Aruba 2010
I told you I like words. This time it's Arubesque. The original word is, of course, arabesque, but for us who have just come from Aruba it's with a U. The -esque words here turned out to be a surprisingly close-knit word family that resembles Aruba:-)
Aruba. This picturesque place has become a synonym for paradise. By the way, as I learned from Elizabeth Gilbert's book Eat Pray Love, which I am rereading at the moment, the word paradise comes from the Persian and means literally "a walled garden" (p.236)
Man ice skating on outdoor ice rink doing an arabesque. Some of you might think that it's Andrey doing his free dance Hey, Rulla-te-Rulla-te-Rulla-lala (Russia, 60s) - he is famous for this dance and for portrait similarities:-) but it's not him.
Like a statuesque dancer in a graceful pose, the watapana, or divi-divi tree, is one of Aruba's hallmarks. The divi-divis are always bent toward thewest (where the best beaches are).
"the fluctuating shapes of a cloudscape, the complex arabesque of a camera movement, the blink of a character's eye" (Nigel Andrews).
"the fluctuating shapes of a cloudscape, the complex arabesque of a camera movement, the blink of a character's eye" (Andrew Preobrazhenskiy - my shot).
There are two modes to arabesque art. The first recalls the principles that govern the order of the world. These principles include the bare basics of what makes objects structurally sound and, by extension, beautiful (i.e. the angle and the fixed/static shapes that it creates).
In the first mode, each repeating geometric form has a built-in symbolism ascribed to it. For example, the square, with its four equilateral sides, is symbolic of the equally important elements of nature:earth, air, fire, and water. Without any one of the four, the physical world, represented by a circle that inscribes the square, would collapse upon itself and cease to exist.