Just finished a few for my friends at work.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Friday, October 01, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
This one was a pure joy to knit: very fast and relaxing. The pattern was easy to follow, and I like the yarn color. Conclusion: a very satisfying project. The irony of it: I am learning to knit Orenburg style shawls, and one such shawl supposedly takes at least a month to complete (I know, it will take more). At the same time, this Rowan top took only a couple of weeks... Almost instant gratification!
Friday, July 23, 2010
This summer we traveled to various Greek islands including Crete. We were fortunate to visit a small Folk Crafts museum in Agios Georgios village in Lassithi Plateau. These images reminded me of Russian or even Scandinavian traditional embroidery. The figure of a woman represents life-giving forces of the Earth.
The rug comes from Agios Konstantinos village in Lassithi. The rich imagery includes animals and plants familiar to weavers.
Here is a small collection of various rugs in a local textile shop.
We also stopped at Lasinthos Eco Park in Lassithi, where visitors can see various craft demonstrations.
Cyprus has its own tradition of embroidery and lace making: Lefkara lace. It comes from Lefkara village, and has a very distinct look. We saw these samples in Larnaca airport on our way back home. There are plenty of machine-made imitations, but once you saw the original hand-made lace, there is now substitute. It is amazing!
In one of the villages near Akamas on Cyprus we saw some interesting examples of local weaving. Some of the motifs resemble designs from Northern Russia and even Scandinavia.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Monday, April 05, 2010
The idea of this top came from one of the Rowan magazines. I decided to make ribs in black to create some contrast.
It worked well with the yarns I had: some hand-painted wools.
Easter this year gave us some beautiful weather! Once again, we dyed our eggs using some flowers and leaves, and onion skins for color.