Sunday, March 12, 2017

♥ crochet!

Don't leave for vacation this summer without having your suitcase packed with stunning crochet garments!
The runways were filled from amazing dresses, bathing suites, bikinis, cardis and blouzes in bold and happy colors!
Take inspiration from some of the most representative pieces, grab your hooks and make your own masterpieces!
   
Balmain showed impressice long dresses and coats in bold color combinations:




Moschino amazed with dresses, bikinis and hats made from beutiful granny squares in bold and gright color combinations:





Selman designed cool dresses and jackets with colorful striped and granny squares, but also monochrome grannies:






Crochet bikinis and bathing suites are worn under chic costumes or wide knits by Les Copains:





Wonderful chic and feminine dresses and blouzes by Novis:




And if you like boho style, Roberto Cavalli designs will inspire you:




as well as Desigual:





Thursday, February 2, 2017

My new design- Easy cardigan


A fine merino yarn and a baby kid mohair yarn are combined to give a very light yet very warm cardigan.
The body of the cardigan is worked in a variation of the raspberry stitch, which is much easier to work with. The sleeves and the edgings are worked in 2x2 rib pattern.
Very easy to make and super warm without being bulky.



Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cables knitting - my new pattern

Cables are my absolute favorites when it comes to knitting! They are all time classic in knits! This season they are very trendy and as you can see they will be trendy next year also, not only in knitwear, but in home deco also!



 
I designed this sweater last year, but I managed to take pictures and prepare the instructions only last week. It is knit in a wonderful light blue color and is composed by three different textures which make it very interesting. The neck is high and has a cute ruffle edging which adds a playful look. It has has a straight line and asymmetrical length



I was very pleasant to see that the new issue of Vogue Knitting features many designs with wonderful cables and one of then has asymmetrical length like mine!



Take inspiration from these gorgeous knits and make wonderful cabled sweaters, jackets, dresses and accessories:


Friday, December 16, 2016

German Stollen

There cannot be Christmas holidays without the beautiful flavors of home made cookies and cakes! One of my favorites is the German Christmas Stollen: 


Ingredients:
For the dough:
1,2 kg all purpose flour
120 gr. yeast
200 gr. sugar
1 pinch salt
3/8 l milk
3 eggs
1 pack vanilla powder
300 gr. butter
For the filling:
200 gr. whole almonds, blanched, peeled and chopped
500 γρ. raisins blonde
200 γρ. raisins black
100 γρ. candied orange peel
100 γρ. candied lemon peel
Zest & juice of a lemon
1/4 tsp cardamon, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon
100 ml rum
1 bitter almond extract
For the frosting:
250 gr. melted butter
250 gr. icing sugar

Preparation:
The night before baking, mix in a large bow; all the ingredients for the filling and let soak. 
Dough: In a large bowl, sift 1 kg of the flour and make a pothole in the center. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk and a pinch of salt and 1 tbs sugar. Add the yeast to the center of the bowl. Carefully take some flour and mix with the yeast, until you have a liquid porridge.

Spread some sugar and flour over the porridge and cover the bowl and leave it in a warm place, until the yeast has doubled in size. 

Knead well. Mix eggs with sugar and vanilla and add to the dough. Knead again and leave the dough covered to rest in a warm place, until it has doubled in size.

Add the rest of the flour and the sugar and knead again.

 Add the filling to the dough and knead again. From 2 oval shapes and fold each oval piece in half. Carefully lift the dough onto the baking sheet and leave to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until nearly doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas 4. Bake the stollen for 60 minutes, or until golden.Cover with foil if it begins to brown too much. Brush warm loaf with butter and dust thickly with powdered sugar. Cool on ​rack.Wrap tightly in foil.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Handknitted dresses

Winter is coming and lately I flirt with the idea of knitting a dress! It's going to be a big difficult project, because I'm thinking of making it long with turtleneck, but I think it's worth the work! There are fascinating designs for inspiration:


junko shimada
benetton
benetton
lacooletchic.tumblr.com
missoni


urban zen

http://www.spencervladimir.com/fall2015/

www.freepeople.com

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