Saturday, May 26, 2012


Project: Elegante crochet cardigan
Yarn: Alize Diva Solids 100% microfiber
Hook: 2.5 mm
Time to crochet: started on July 2nd last summer and
finished on March 10th 2012, finally assembled and photo shot today

This project traveled a lot last summer, I took it even to Greece, but the initial
enthusiasm left me as early as after a few days of crocheting and then it was a real
slog in between knitting projects.
Still, I love it a lot on my daughter and I can only hope she'll wear it at least
once this summer :)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Turquoise Anais

And here it is - my turquoise Anais. No, I'm not color blinded :), it is a bit turquoise, but the camera seems incapable to catch the green tones :( The yarn is made of four blue cotton threads and two dark green rayon threads, that combine in a dark turquoise color. But, never mind the camera, it's real life impressions that matter and I am very pleased with my new summer cardi/sweater:

Pattern: Anais by Kim Hargreaves
Yarn: Nako Breeze 70% cotton 30% rayon
Needle: 2.5 mm rib, 3 mm body
Time to knit: 8 days

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

WIP - Almost Done

My Anais is almost done - just one small sleeve to knit and to join the whole thing and I'll be ready. My hands are itching actually to cast on the second sleeve, but I've got so much more work, money paying work, to do, that my needles will have to wait till tonight. But I just wanted to tell you in how much luck I was yesterday! I was just casting off the neckband, when I decided to weigh my remaining yarn, only to find that I had less than 30 g left - hardly enough for one teeny-tiny sleeve, not two. And I bought the yarn last summer from an obscure small yarn shop - what were the chances?! But yes, I was lucky and the two last skeins from the same batch of my precious yarn were just waiting for me. I took one - because that's all I needed and left the other skein for any other knitter in need :) And then I found just the perfect small buttons - they are so amazingly matching the yarn - better than I could have imagined and ordered!

Should I confess that feeling it was my lucky day then I went into a shopping spree mode :)

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Cheese Pastries

I came up with these yesterday and they vanished in a blink of an eye. So today I made another, improved with yoke and sesame portion. A perfect snack for beer or ayran .

1 packet of leafy pastry 
1 yoke 

Cut the pastry in half and crumble the cheese on one of the halves:

  Cover with the other half of the pastry and cut into straps:

Cover the straps with yoke and sesame:

 Twist and arrange on a baking tin:


I'm writing this post with a stomach, delightfully full with pastries and beer.
Minutes after these pictures were taken the family gathered around the table
and the pastries were gone :)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Grey Joy

Pattern: Joy by Kim Hargreaves, size L, made for my mother
Yarn: YarnArt Jeans 50% cotton 50% acrylic 300 g
Needle: 2.5 mm (edge), 3 mm
Time to knit: 10 days

Definitely a favorite cardigan from a favorite designer. Obviously, it's big on me, because I'm an S size and it's an L, but even big it still looks beautiful on. I enjoyed knitting it a lot, my only modification was the seamless approach to the body and lowering a bit the neckline.
And I've immediately cast on another Kim's design - for me - Anais in turquoise cotton-rayon blend.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012


It's been awhile since I blogged about Vitosha.
I love this mountain. It is so beautiful in spring!
Yesterday we walked along the paths around the mountain village of Zheleznitza.

We found an isolated clearing and had a picnic.
I even squeezed in some precious knitting time :)