So, finally the pattern for Buttoned Jacket published in Inside Crochet magazine (September issue) is available in my online shops.
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A while ago (this Spring to be precise), I met one very talented lady here in Trieste. I was very eager to tell you about this new friendship and finally I have a good reason. We prepared something exciting for you, but more on that later.
Let me present you – Marija. It was one of those meetings when you instantly become a friend with someone and there were a few reasons for this to happen. First of all Marija is a very nice and charming person, secondly – she’s a very talented and creative lady, and lastly – she is also from Latvia. When you live abroad and you meet someone from your country (especially when it is such small country as Latvia), you get connected instantly. We share so many similar experiences from our past, we can understand things others would never understand… well, if you ever lived abroad I am sure you understand what I mean.
Apart of being wonderful friend Marija is a designer, hand weaver and she running a beautiful artisan shop here in Trieste – La Tessoria.Her handmade jackets are to die for, her scarves are so beautiful and cozy that you would want them all at once, not to mention all other accessories, like belts and bags… oh that bag… I fell in love with it from the first sight…We spent one morning in Marija’s laboratory (and shop) where she let me sneak into her creative process and told me a little more about her work:
Marija, tell us a little bit about how all this started? How did you discover your passion about hand weaving and how you decided to open your own shop?
My big dream was to open a special place in the heart of Trieste. The place like a meeting point of different creative experiences and Art. In December 2010 after a very long hesitation period the decision to set up the Laboratory of Handweaving was finally taken. This place was mentioned to be something more than an artisan shop – a container of workshops, the quality place for craft within the city, the center of common interests…What part of the process makes you the most passionate?
I’m particularly interested in the structure of the weaves and the selection of the fibres and yarns most suitable for my style. Usually it is a flax – the most natural fiber. But lately I’m getting a lot of inspiration from new innovative and unconventional materials… like metal yarn, fiber optic, silicone, plastic and special fabric treatments …
There are a lot of dreams and big ambitions, of course. I hope that experience I got until now will help me to rise from the weaver of accessories and traditional home textile into the contemporary hand weaving artist. I have already got some proposals of important and interesting collaborations for 2014.Whenever we meet with Marija I leave with full pockets of inspiration, ideas and future projects. Next week I will share a tutorial we prepared with Marija, so stay tuned! In the meantime visit her Etsy shop and follow her on facebook. I hope many more exciting projects are in our future and hope you will enjoy them!
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This fall I see foxes everywhere and I love them! Someone said – fox is a new owl! Somehow I wasn’t really into the owl trend, though I made an Owl hat recently as well, as my little girl saw one (while watching Pinterest with me ) and absolutely wanted one for herself. She was reminding me every five minutes about it, and next morning first thing she asked me was “where is my owl?”. At that point I knew there is no way I could escape and here is a result:
It is a knit look owl hat. Though I am not sure if I will write a pattern for it…
But back to fox – wolf story… it is a really easy pattern and you can play around with it using different colors, skipping the ears or adding something different. I think it will be great for Christmas as well – someone on Facebook page suggested that it would look cute in red with white trim. I am sure it would!
Thank you and happy crocheting!
This week I released new pattern for baby boots.
When I saw the ones below on www.yoox.com I thought they were just too cute not to try to reproduce them.
I made other color combinations as well.
But the pink ones are my favorite.
You can also make them as Christmas boots – using red and white yarn.
The pattern is really easy and is made for two sizes: 0-6 and 6-12 months.
This month I released five new patterns, and as you can see three of them were for cowls. It is what I love most about fall – wearing scarves and cowls and I couldn’t resist to add some new to my collection!
Thank you so much for your support and happy crocheting!
I can’t believe it is the last day of October already… Time is flying much faster than I would like. BUT… I am also very glad that Holiday season is getting closer and closer… Around this time of the year I am usually crocheting like crazy, there is a whirlwind of ideas in my head and I am always so excited to start (and to finish) new project…. So, the last two new patterns I released in October were Mint Cowl with a bow and Buttoned Hat and scarf set.
I had this beautiful King Cole yarn for a while and had a few options how to use it. It is so extremely soft that I thought it would be really nice to make a scarf. This pattern works up really quickly and the texture is very nice. For a bulkier look you can use worsted weight yarn instead – I will post more photos when I finish mine.
Second pattern is for Buttoned Hat and scarf set. My little girl doesn’t like hats so I am always trying to make something interesting for her hoping she will like it. Well, this hat worked! The pattern I used for this hat makes very very soft texture and the buttons are very functional – you can wear them on the side for a modern twist, or you can turn them on the back and pass through the space between buttons ponytail or a bun! My girl quite often wears a ponytail and in cold weather it is an issue as no hat would fit her. Well, this hat solves it!
Oh, and let me present you my new cute little model – Kate, she is my friend Marija’s daughter. Marija is an extremely talented lady and you will hear more about her very soon. In the mean time you can visit her shop on Etsy. The coat Kate is wearing on these photos is handmade by her mom! Sophie wanted to pose as well, but without hat…
So finally today I got some decent photos of my daughter wearing tweed jacket I made for her. See this post for more info about the pattern!
And here are some other notes from our life lately…
1. Sophie is 3 now, and oh my – how stubborn she is! She doesn’t know what is compromise, and what is even worse – she knows very well when I try to distract here and switch her attention to something else, and she tries as hard as she can not to make it work!
2. For the past week we are fighting with colds and flu… someone told me not to write here about my sick kids – sorry, I did it again!
3. Other day I was reading a story to my son – Adventures of Pinocchio. I was reading the original version of this book in Italian, and after some time he asked me: “is this story in Spanish?”. I think it means I still have to work hard on my Italian… After I said that maybe we should call papa then, he explained that it wasn’t that bad, just one word confused him, but anyway…
4. I can’t stop listening to this song! Tough the Christmas time is still quite far, I absolutely love this album of Mary J. Blige!
5. Last week and this week as well I am following a hard journey of one mom – Jessie from SomeStuffadboutStuff What she has gone through and what she is still going through is incredible. I probably would be already dead, I was crying reading her posts on her blog, and watching here instagram feed. Her 3 years old daughter just had her 3rd open heart surgery. She was in ICU for almost 7 days and now finally slowly she is getting better. Thanks God! Her daughter – Sparrow is the sweetest little girl who steals your heart in a few seconds. Please, take a moment and read her post here, and help if you can. There is also fundraising site if you would like to help financially. We are so many here, if any of us would donate just 5 – 10 $ it would probably change their life and would make it so much easier to go through this tough time.
Thank you so much!
P.S. Scarf pattern and hat (not pictured) coming soon!
A couple of years ago on Christmas market I bought some tweed yarn. I absolutely wanted to make a coat or jacket with it for my little daughter. And only now I had an idea and some time to make it happen.
Below you can see this jacket made with tweed yarn. Let me tell you – in person it looks so much better! I can’t wait to make some photos with Sophie wearing it. I had to make it without collar because I didn’t have enough yarn, but I think it looks great anyway. It is actually an option to make two different jackets – one with collar, another without it.
The pattern includes three sizes: 6-12 months , 18-24 months and 3-4 years. You can make it smaller or larger playing with the gauge – using lighter yarn for smaller size or thicker yarn for bigger size.
The skill level is easy/intermediate just because you have to work FP dc and BP dc (front and back post double crochet) stitches. I do explain how to make them in the pattern as well. Otherwise it is a really easy pattern and it works up quickly.
P.S. As you probably know last week we had big fight with some fraudulent websites who were reselling my and many other designer’s patterns. So please note, that I sell my patterns only in my official shops mentioned above. If you see them on any other website – do not buy, because very often they are simply using our photos to attract people and don’t actually have the patterns. And if you see such website, please, let me know. Thank you so much!
Here is another new pattern of this week. The cold weather arrived to us as well, and though I am a Summer lover, I really enjoy cold season… until Christmas! Yes, when Christmas is over, I want back Summer like… immediately. And I am not joking here!
With cold season arrival I love to wrap myself in all coziest things, and wrap in them my loved ones as well. I think with cowls and scarves in general you can’t go wrong as gifts (yes, I mean Christmas gifts, as it is never too early to think about them). With this particular design it is great as it really fits everyone! It will beautifully cover your shoulders and will keep you warm and cozy during the day.