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September 7, 2015

Christmas Stocking Hand Knit Santa Claus

My new Santa stocking!
The stocking is about 7 inches across and 21 inches from top to toe to hold lots of goodies on Christmas morning!


If you want to knit this stocking, I have a pattern here

May 29, 2015


Hello, my friends

I am holding an annual Birthday Sale that will let you save 42% on all* jewelry at AlbinasJewelry shop. Use coupon code BDAY42. The sale starts now and ends on Sunday, May 31st. 

 *minimum order amount is $20

May 4, 2015

Crochet Wash Cloth

Add charm to your kitchen or bath with these super fun crochet dishcloths!
If you ever plan to give a gift of pretty soaps, lotions, shower gels or other body care products, the handmade washcloths would be a lovely addition to the gift package. 
They are a great take-along project and work up quickly.

You wil need:
size H/8-5.00 mm crochet hook 
Cotton worsted yarn

Make 30 chain stitches (cs)
Yarn over. Skip first 2 cs 
Insert hook in the center of the 3rd chain from the hook.
Yarn over...
Draw through 3 loops on hook
(one half double crochet complete)
Repeat across to end of foundation chain.
You need to turn your work to start Row 2. 
Chain 2 (ch 2) and yarn over the hook (yo). 
Skipping the first stitch of the row directly below the turning chain, insert your hook in the next stitch. 

 Buy these wash cloth here

March 1, 2015

Honey-Lemon-Ginger in a Jar

You can make this immunity boosting, body soothing concoction ahead of time and store in the fridge. Keeps for months when refrigerated.
You will need:
3 lemons
1 ginger root
3 tb.spoons of honey
Peel the lemons. I even remove the side "skin" of the lemon segments (and seeds)
Peel ginger root, slice it. Add lemons, ginger and honey into the food processor (blender)
Keep the mixture in a jar refrigerated.

Take 1 teaspoon in the morning and before bad. Also, you can add this honey lemon ginger mixture to your tea.

November 24, 2014

Striped Knit Hats

If you love to knit, you probably, have the same problem. Well, it's not a problem I'd say:)
I had several little yarn balls that I wanted to use for something. Why not to use all of them together in one project?
So...I knitted one hat first with light green and brown yarns.
This hat is seamless for total comfort. Every row with a new yarn/color I knitted in purl stitch. With some yarn left, I made a little pom pom. It is cute, I think. 
  Second hat has  a little different color palette (and no pom pom)

Both this hats will look good either  on girls or boys, or even adults. These hats will fit teens and average adults.

 Buy these hats here

October 11, 2014

Cable Fingerless Mittens Gloves

These wonderful fingerless mittens hand knitted by me, they are super soft and warm.
Fingerless mitts are very practical but also make great fashion statement. These mittens will keep your hands warm all winter.

If you want to knit these fingerless mittens, I have a pattern!
Buy Pattern HERE
Buy Mittens HERE

October 10, 2014

More Hats

I am on vacation now, so I am spending my time knitting.
Three hats were knitted (more to come).
This fun striped hand knit hat with cables has a pom pom. This hat is seamless for total comfort, hand knitted from acrylic yarn feels soft, warm and cozy. 
The most difficult part was...to take the pictures - my model makes faces all the time:)
The similar beanie in different, oatmeal color :)
 The next hat, Owlet hat, has two "versions" - with beads (so they make owl's eyes) and without them. so you will have just cabled beanie.
To buy these hat and another warm gifts, go to HERE

October 2, 2014

Knitted Sport Hat

I knitted this hat...13 years ago (or so) in Russia but never used in here, in Arizona. 
My daughter loves it (I love it too). So, I wrote a pattern for this cool hat with three color ornament.
The pattern contains detailed written instructions for shaping, the color work pattern is charted only.

Gauge: 23 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Size: youth/adult.
Skills used: knit in the round, decrease, stranded color-work.
Yarn requirements: Any sport weight yarn in three colors

Buy this pattern HERE

October 1, 2014

Knitted Sneaker Slippers

Finally, I finished them :) I started knitting these cool sneakers about 4 month ago, almost finished and "stuck" only on the laces :) Today, I crocheted theses strings, wrote a pattern/ tutorial, photographed, and posted! Yay!
Size: woman 7 1/2 - 9 (9 ½ - 10 ½)
Skill Level: Beginner

Materials needed: Double pointed needles size 4.5 mm/US7, crochet hook size E /3.5mm, yarn in two colors- medium weight/worsted
Prerequisites: Knitting in the round, increasing, decreasing

Buy this pattern HERE 
If you do not want to knit but want to wear them, buy them HERE

September 15, 2014

Peacock Chandelier Earrings

Make this pair of chandelier earrings using seed beads (size 8/00), head pins, eye pins, and chain.
1. Slide a 3mm metal bead and 4 seed beads on a head pin. Make a simple loop. Make 8 of these end links.
 2. Using eye pins and seed beads, make short links:
8 links with 5 beads, 16 links with 6 beads, 6 links with 7 beads, 4 links with 8 beads, 2 links with 9 beads.
3. Make long links:
Link A: end link + 6 bead link + 5bead link - make 8
Link B: end link + 7bead link + 6beads link - make 4
Link C: end link + 8beads link + 6bead link - make 4
Link D: end link + 9bead link + 7 bead link - make 2
4. Assemble: on a eye pin slide 1 seed bead (SB), link A, SB, link A, SB, link B, SB , link C, SB, link D, SB, link C, SB, link B, SB, link A, SB. Make a simple loop on the end as shown below.
5. Fold a 2" (5cm)  chain in half (to find a center link) and attach an ear wire to this link. Attach the  chain to the loops. Attach the first and the last links of the chain to the loops.
Changing the amount of beads for the links and the lenght of the chain, you can change the size of your earrings.

You can buy these earrings here