Urban Beach Bracelet
Chairs. Actually, these outdoor chairs are called Muskoka chairs mostly in Ontario, Canada. In the US they are called Adirondackchairs. The first such chair was designed by Thomas Lee while vacationing in the United States, NY, in the Adirondack Mountains.
Bracelet Base. The base is old leather bracelet. All I needed to do was to weave into it colourful bits of yarn.
Yarn. At the end, the bracelet got a trim :-) and went for a walk :-) ... to Waterfront!
Happy end of summer knitting!!
Railaxed Knitting in July
Knitting on the road: What is a better way to relax on the road? For me, it's knitting of course. You listen to the book and knit, knit, ... This summer, I travelled a lot by train, so I had a lot of time on my hands. I also had yarn in my hands!
The railway magazine fully supported my ideas of relaxation on the railroad :-) Budapest-Prague: Two hours of knitting from Budapest to Vienna and then to Prague. Halfway through the trip, this small shawl - baktus - was finished. Prague-Moscow: ... and started a new shawl at the airport and continued on the plane and then on the train to Vologda. Vologda: This baktus was finished in Russia, and I even had a chance to wear it in July (!) - the temperature dropped from 25 to 10. Moscow-Toronto: Again, I bought new yarn (in Russia) to keep myself busy on the way back. This shawl is still work in progress. Yarn: Liza (Moscow) 100g 303 m wool 15%, mohair 35%, acrylic 50%. All the three shawls are of the same design: same size and pattern - stockinette stitch.
Summer Stripes and Circles
Summer at last!! This knit is all stripes and circles. It looks like a table runner, but it is actually a scarf.
Yarn: used all the leftovers from my last summer cardigan - same Italian Lana Grossa, Cool Wool Print 50g=160m 100% Virgin wool. Circles: My circles are the single crochet - nothing special, just the combination of colours is good.
This time it's several shades of green, some melange, and a blue one. Inspiration: I've seen a shawl with circles in some knitting magazine. Circle are really good to balance the boring stripes :-)
My "garden knits" are either green like grass or colourful like flowers.
Unicorn Drink Cozy for Zoey
Zoey's Birthday. Our adorable Zoey turned 1 year old on May 9th 2019. The theme of the Birthday party was Unicorn. All the decorations you see (like the spoon holders above and others) were hand-made by Anastasia
Rainbow Yarn. Unicorns, rainbows, ... you know. So beautiful!! And of course all the rainbow colours were used.
My rainbow was in these yarn leftovers.
Unicorn Tiara. These beautiful flowers in the unicorn tiara were handmade by Anastasia.
Quick Knit. I didn't knit much for the occasion. I just had time for something small, so I made a drink cozy.
Centre Piece. Glass vases were coloured with acrylic paint to match the rest of the decorations.
The base of the cozy can be any pattern. The focus is on this cute little mane of yarn tassels of any colours you like.
You need to be really artsy-craftsy to so beautifully decorate the place for this little unicorn :-)
Z for Zoey. Even cookies were in rainbow colours.
Gifts for Guests. These colourful bath bombs were nicely "unicorn- decorated' as small gifts for guests.
'My cupcake was yummy!'
This Unicorn drink cozy fits many kinds of beverage containers: a water bottle or a coffee cup or a drinking glass.
'Thank you for this unicorn, Tanya ... I have no idea how to play with it ... yet :-)'
Thank you for the best party in my life':-)
Happy Birthday, dear Zoey!
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.
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"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!