Mar 16, 2018

Work in progress I.

Since my last blog post I have been busy.

I was overwhelmed by the amount of visitors and kindness of people who left comments, or send me messages. For three days, when the coupon code was active I felt like my blog went viral, in comparison with the normal activity I can see.
Thank you everyone for your kind words, for your visits, and I hope that there will be plenty of knitted projects created from my patterns.

In the real life we had few snowstorms over here and a lot of snow. On our way to skiing resort this past weekend we saw this sign along the road. It was funny. Although I enjoy skiing and winter, the constant snow shoveling wreck havoc on my lower back. I kind of hope for spring to come soon.

Winter fun?
Otto, the owl was my first toy mystery KAL for this year. The two finished samples I have donated to our local library for fun gift away for the children. Here is the picture from the coloring contest gift away.
Otto, the owl coloring contest
 At the moment we have another fun gift away at the children library. This time they can win Celeste the cat.
Celeste, Cat-trick day gift away
Here are the two Celeste, made out of scrap cotton yarn:
I had been asked for a rabbit for the next fun contest. Here is my WIP.
And here is a picture of my future big knitting project. I just received the yarn, and will start working on it as soon as my rabbit is finished. In a way I am returning to the beginning of my knitting life. One of my first knitting projects was a sweater for myself, when I was I think 13 or 14 years old. I made it up completely, without using a pattern. I had that sweater for years, and loved it. After I have knitted many more sweaters, mostly created from my sketches and drawn ideas. I think it's about time to create a sweater pattern, something I have not done yet.

Yarn for Voyager Sweater
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Mar 3, 2018


Reflections on life.....
I started this blog post few weeks ago. Then I stopped and left it unfinished.
I wasn't sure what I would like to include in this post.
There are so many things that keep floating through my mind lately, and I am not sure where to start and where to end.
The first image is of my dog. We went for a hike few weeks ago and I took this photo. I posted it on my personal FB and a friend suggested that I should submit the image as she thought its beautiful. I haven't done anything serious in photography field for years. To be more specific, I haven't done anything since my pregnancy. I guess the whole motherhood somehow kept me occupied enough for years. It still keeps busy, but since the DVT and PE that happened to me last year in March I slowed down and started to reflect more on what I have close to my heart.
The thing about DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and PE (pulmonary embolism) is that it can kill you. Somewhere I read statistics that every 10th person dies from it. I guess I have been lucky twice so far. My first DVT was at the time when I had two weeks old baby, and then the next one was last year in March. Somehow the fact that I have this ticking bomb inside my veins is frightening and can keep me awake at nights. Yet I try to live my life and continue with day to day tasks and chores.
My hikes in the woods with the puppy, which arrived less than a month after my DVT and PE episode keep me busy in a positive way.
I spend about two to three hours a day walking. Most of the time I love it, except when it rains a lot and is windy. The other thing I dislike about these hikes is the higher exposure to the ticks. I have found them even in January!
Also the hikes in the woods take away my knitting time and my social media time. I wish it would take away my house choir time, but somehow that doesn't seem to be happening.
In any case, I try to carry on with my work on designing new and interesting knitting patterns, and I hope to continue for many years to come.
The picture bellow was taken on another hike with my dog and the kid. I have been collecting heart shaped stones for long time and sometimes I see the heart shape image in another places. When I captured this photo I saw only one heart shape, but then I looked at it again and saw another one,  dark and light halves put together creating an almost perfect heart shape. Can you see it too?

Seven years ago I wrote first blog post. I must say it has been an interesting journey. Google statistic tells me that almost 750 000 people have visited this corner of the Internet. That is amazing. I hope that those who stopped by were inspired by my work and perhaps will keep returning to see what is new on my adventurous journey through life.
Here are few links I thought to share with you:
The post about Life, DVT, and PE
Photography contest entry

And as always, thank you for visiting.

As a thank you for the blog visitors I have created a discount for my knitting patterns. You can get one free pattern of your choice from my pattern collection by using the coupon code Life in the checkout. The promotion runs until Monday March 5th 2018 midnight Eastern US time.
My patterns

Feb 24, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Grace

Grace - WIP
For the past four weeks I have hosted mystery toy knit-a-long for Grace.
The mystery part is over and the final pattern is available now to purchase.
Grace is a special animal, the pattern offers three alternatives to make your own Grace, depending on the tail you decide to knit.

You can purchase the pattern in my Ravelry store or by clicking on this button:

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Feb 17, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Diamond Cowl and Hat

Diamond Cowl
I needed an instant gratification project. Something that knits up fast and looks great. This Diamond Cowl fits that description. The sample is done in Knitpicks Dapple Yarn but the pattern would look great in any super bulky yarn. The pattern is reversible and it took me less than three hours to make the cowl.
From the leftover yarn I made this Diamond Hat. It is also reversible pattern and is done within few hours.
Diamond Hat
Both patterns are available to purchase in my Ravelry store or by clicking on this button:
For Diamond Cowl click here:

For Diamond Hat click here:

Diamond Cowl and Hat
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Feb 7, 2018

Snowday projects

We have another snow day.... I must admit I like those unexpected snow days, when it's better to stay at home and enjoy the quiet moments. I had to pick between my two WIP projects and decide which one I should work on.

Last night I made the dough for the bread. This morning I baked it and we had a homemade fresh bread for lunch. I have been making this bread for few years now and everyone loves it.
I have found the recipe at Martha Stewart magazine and tried it and I have been making it ever since. The same bread recipe can be found in NY Times online. I am providing both links for anyone who would be interested in baking the bread.
Martha Stewart magazine link
Pane Integrale in NY Times

Bread, ready to be baked
Bread, fresh from the oven
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Feb 4, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Ella, the elephant

Ella, the elephant
A friend of mine loves elephants. When her first child was born, I gave her Elmer the elephant. For her second child I wanted to give her another elephant, but different than her first child received.
Therefore I have created Ella, the elephant with hearts.

The pattern is available to purchase now in my Ravelry store, or by clicking on this button:

My friend also received Pavo Baby Blanket in matching colors.

The yarn I have used for this two items is Knitpicks Color Mist. I really enjoyed working with the yarn.

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Ella, and Baby blanket

Jan 23, 2018

Grace, toy mystery KAL

Last week I made some hand sketches of an animal I wanted to create as my next toy. I picked yarn, knitting needles and began to knit. Somehow  the face of Grace didn't resemble the original animal I sketched. So I started to pursue ideas behind this new toy. I thought it would be fun to have another toy mystery KAL.

I just released the first clue, and the next one will be available next week.
More details are on the pattern page:

Grace - toy mystery KAL

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