Friday, 16 October 2009
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
(From the description of the Voyager scarf/stole Shui Kuen Kozinski and Benne Ferrell, at Elann.com)
See something strange in the upper right corner of this picture? It's a fish! It jumped out of the sea while I was taking this photo (probably to make sure that it was not a fishing net). A fish! I was lucky! The last time the animals decided to (unexpectedly) show up in my pictures was when I was taking photos of a canyon near my hometown. Then I ended up with a dozen pictures of the canyon with two bugs mating in the bottom right corner (I could have sworn that there was only one!!!!).
I'm not lying!!!!
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Friday, 25 September 2009
Sunday, 16 August 2009
My birthday was on 11th July. Ok, my 30th birthday was on 11th July, thank you very much for asking! :D And my friend Coey, whom I've been exchanging letters with lately, decided to squeeze a lovely hand-knit present into one of her envelopes and surprise me. She sent me a cool cotton dishcloth in lovely summer colours with a hand-made greeting card attached and the dishcloth pattern written on the back of it! It arrived two days after my birthday! All the way from Halifax, Nova Scotia! How 'bout that?!
I really loved it!
But there was a small problem!!! Just a few days before , I realised that my family was A BIT too lazy and so I firmly decided to give up on doing dishes for them! (I'm not sure if they even realised that it was me who had been doing it all the time; they never saw me doing dishes- they're usually on the beach; they never heard me complaining- the water is often too loud; they don't even know what happens to the dishes once they're done eating from them but they do know that they're always clean and shiny when they're hungry so- maybe it happens naturally?!?! ). And just to "seal" my promise, I took a whole set of newly bough kitchen cloths in lovely pastel colours and decided to turn them into even lovelier beach bags! For me! (:Cheeky grin!:)
And then I got the dishcloth! And what does one do in a such situation? Personally, I thought that turning it into a motley pouch would be the best solution. When I saw it folded inside the envelope, I even thought it was a pouch. A person with kitchen cloth beach bags (absolutely) needs a dishcloth beach pouch- it doesn't get any more simple than that!
But first, I had to ask Coey for her opinion! And she told me that I should BY ALL MEANS turn it into a pouch and spend this summer swimming and sunbathing instead of washing dishes (my friend Coey is SO smart!).
And so I did! I know, I know; modifying a hand-made b-day present is rude- and I apologise! I will never do it again! :)
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
As for knitting.....I've been knitting...a little! But I have been knitting and that's what matters! For those who don't believe me, I'm posting a proof; a picture of me knitting taken by my dear friend Zox. (I've always wanted a realistic portrait!)
As you can see- there are two black sheep and a cat in thise drawing! And one left sleeve in progress! :D
Friday, 19 June 2009
...with all sorts of cool things tucked inside! Including two chocolate bars! They're not in the picture- I ate them while waiting for the batteries to be charged. You wouldn't want to see two empty, smudged tin-foil chocolate wraps in a picture anyway, would you?! :)
It's got nothing to do with knitting (it's got a lot to do with frogging, 'tho! :D) - a gorgeous frog-shaped shower gel holder. And the gel smells FANTASTIC!
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Monday, 1 June 2009
Icelandic's Crocheted Felted Slippers (designed by Josephine Woo)
Cinderella slippers, made and designed by Baerbel Born (aka heathergem on Ravelry
Ta-ta for now!
Friday, 8 May 2009
Needless to say- modular knitting is another great option for non sock knitters.
kedama's Square motif slippersby p.24 Square room shoes pattern, designed by Keiko Okamoto. (You can find kedama's blog in Japanese HERE).
See, you don't even have to know how to turn the hell (or toes for that matter!). With crocheted blocks, shaping is as easy as pie!
Yes, CLOGS! Knitters make clogs!!! :))) Another design by Bev Galeskas . The pair from the picture above ("Fuchsia Felted Slippers") were made by a fellow Raveler Topfrog (and a fellow blogger Topfrog ) .Slippers for Lily
And how about this pair?! Filz puschen
made by knitrose (her blog Rosige zeit ). It's a very simple basic felted knit slippers ( at the moment available only in German) by COATS GmbH but with a lovely floral decoration and in adorable colours!
And more lovely slippers for kids!
Tocino & Velocidad
You never thought these can be hand-made, did you?! :)) It's a lovely present for a kid. Well, you can make them for a kid or you could make a pair for me- I love such slippers (I wear tigers!!! :)))
To be honest, I wouldn't mind having these either :)))They're tantej's lovely version of Caroline Dlugy-Hegwer's Petit Chou Slippers pattern.
A blog about tantej's knitting adventures can be found HERE!
And a lovely, furry pair of Baby Ballerina Slippers
a pattern by Debra Paradis aka knitdivad,published on her Yarning for You site and available from Ravelry.
And, I'm almost done. It's been one long list of beautiful patterns and, still- there's at least a zillion of lovely pairs of slippers out there that I haven't mentioned. At least I've managed to convince some of you that making slippers is a very cool thing to do! :)))
I hope you've enjoyed it!
And, since this odyssey has started from the Orient- it's time to take my magic slipper back home! Remember the Turkish slippersfrom the beginning of my first post?
Here they are again!
only, bare in mind- that's how they become Bookworm slippers. By nikkinimble again!
Thanks to the authors for participating and making all these lovely slippers!
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
The other day, while I was searching for some old sock patterns in one of my knitting baskets, I stumbled upon a few lovely traditionally knitted slippers my late grandma had made long time ago. WHY DON’T I KNIT SLIPPERS? Do other knitters make them? I don’t recall ever seeing a pair of slippers on Ravelry. If there were any, I guess I would have spotted them by now (what a mistake!)! But, again- with so many sock knitters out there….
So I typed the word “slippers” into the Ravelry Projects browser and…oh, my! The picture was breathtaking! Ravelers do make slippers! And boots! And clogs! Ballet flats, Cinderella slippers, shoes…They make miracles! In circle, flat, toe-up, upside-down, felted, knitted, crocheted…all kinds of miracles.
And that treasure chest has been in front of my nose all this time.
I had to share that beauty with you, of course, so I picked a “few” projects and made a gallery-like post (well, two posts to be more precise, there’s no reason to reveal all the beauty right away, is there?!) of what bare hands can make (to make bare feet feel warm). All that with help from their authors and designers, of course!
And, no, I won’t get paid for saying how beautiful their works are (recession!!!). :)))
I’ve picked some lovely pictures and I’ll put links to the original patterns wherever it is possible - you can drain the inspiration from them, CO some of the projects yourself, enjoy watching them, buy them or get them for free, faint or bow to the authors if you like…what ever you do, I promise you it’s going to be a jaw dropping set of pictures. (I’m allowed to say that- none of the projects from this post is mine. But, then again, it’s my blog and I’m allowed to say whatever I want, anyway! :)) ).
Only, bare in mind- this is not a top list of THE most beautiful projects; there’s still a sea of outstanding hand-made slippers out there. My main intention was to show you some of the most interesting shapes, designs and ideas. Oh, well, yes, I did add multiple examples of the same pattern here and there but I just liked them so much…Yah, I was a wee bit subjective too, I admit! ;-)
The story of the magic slipper from my imagination begins long time ago somewhere in Persia…
...and that is where this list begins as well...
with a touch of Italy and lovely floral insole made by windspirit...
I just love this pixie look!
Plain or Flowery Slippers by Sarah M. Hughes from Ravelry Patterns Library
Three examples of how different colours and the right choice of small decorations can make all the differenceA warm and feminine version in pastel shades by Kristiinake
You should check out this pattern sometime(the link is in the title)- it's great for non-sock knitters and for all those who are not familiar with short row techniques and working with DPNs or aren't keen on working in that manner as this pair of slippers is knit FLAT!
beautiful Ballerina Slippersmade by another Ravelry member bongomama (here's her bongo-mama blog ) and by Bev Galeskas's Felted Ballerina Slippers pattern.
More lovely green
Julie is the author of cocoknits.com and one of the most imaginative "footwear" knitters out there. I've included two of her designs in this list but I might have just as well added them all. I'll get back to cocoknits near the end of this post but, until then, you might also want to check out her cute knitted loafers on Cocoknits . Adorable!
A pair of vintage, toe-up slippers called "Amy March slippers"made by Pamie and designed by tiny owl knits (even if you don't intend to knit these slippers- read the pattern, it's hilarious :) ).
Now, why would I ever want to buy a pair of open slippers again after seeing those?! :))
And, like I promised, cocoknits and Julia Weisenberger again
and their lovely Prairie boots .
And only one more for now- Ice Age Boots designed by Maggie Pace
and made by imlovinknit (agreed again! )
Didn't I tell you- knitters do make boots! :)))
Enjoy, and I'll be back with some more soon!
TO BE CONTINUED....