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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.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/206570692/white-cream-cable-fingerless-mittens?ref=shop_home_active_14
https://www.etsy.com/listing/205785858/beige-cable-fingerless-mittens-gloves?ref=shop_home_active_2
If you want to knit these fingerless mittens, I have a pattern!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/206658059/pattern-knitted-cable-fingerless-mittens?ref=listing-shop-header-0
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:)
https://www.etsy.com/listing/206574952/striped-hand-knit-hat-beanie-with-pompon?ref=listing-shop-header-3
The similar beanie in different, oatmeal color :)
https://www.etsy.com/listing/206591399/cream-beige-hand-knit-hat-beanie?ref=listing-shop-header-2
 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.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/206592787/brown-beige-hand-knit-hat-owl-beanie?ref=listing-shop-header-1
https://www.etsy.com/listing/206592787/brown-beige-hand-knit-hat-owl-beanie?ref=listing-shop-header-1
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!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/205602872/pattern-knitted-sneaker-slippers
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

September 1, 2014

Double Baked Potato Boats with Bacon

Last night I  made twice baked potato with bacon, cheese and herbs for dinner.
That was yummy!
 You will need: 3 large potatoes, 6 slices of bacon, 1/4 cup of warm milk, 3/4 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, green onion chopped, 2 tbs. of fresh chopped parsley, 1/2 tsp. salt, and pepper.

* Preheat the oven to 375 F
* Place washed potatoes in microwave and bake for about 12 minutes. Set aside to cool enough to handle.
* While cooking potatoes, cook the bacon until crisp. Chop 4 1/2 slices, leave 1 1/2 slices aside.
* Cut off the top 1/2" of the potatoes lengthwise, scoop the flesh leaving the 1/4" thick "boat".
* Mash the potato flesh. add cheese, green onion, parsley, chopped bacon, salt, pepper.
* Fill the skins with the filling 
* Brush the outside of the skins with the bacon drippings. Place the potato "boats" onto the baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
* Season the salt and pepper, top with onion and the halved bacon strips.
 See another good potato recipe at my daughter's blog here

August 16, 2014

Cello sale

My daughter Anya wants to play the cello. Beautiful instrument! I want to buy her one.
So, there is a cello sale at my jewelry shop. Use coupon code CELLO to get 15% off!

July 22, 2014

Beaded Choker Necklace Tutorial

This choker is appropriate for nearly all levels of beaders; beginners may find it a little challenging. This tutorial has 11 pages with 33 steps and step-by step photos.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/197330222/beaded-choker-necklace-tutorial-beading
Materials you will need:
Rondelle beads 6x4mm, rondelle beads 4x3 mm, seed beads 11/0, seed beads 6/0, clasp, beading thread and 2 beading needles, extension chain 2" (optional).
https://www.etsy.com/listing/197330222/beaded-choker-necklace-tutorial-beading
 Click photos to buy this tutorial.

See more tutorials here

July 4, 2014

Cabbage Salad

I just love this cabbage salad. It's so fresh, crunchy and has about 20 kcal in 100g!
You will need:
1 green cabbage
2 carrots
1 tsp of dill seeds 
15-20 peppercorns
2-3 bay leaves
2 Tbsp of salt
3 Tbsp of vinegar (I use white rice vinegar, but regular vinegar will work too)

Prepare a pickle. Boil 1 liter of water, add bay leaves, peppercorns, and salt. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it cool. When the liquid is cool (or at least warm), add 3 Tbsp of vinegar. 

June 29, 2014

Green Beaded Necklace with Tassel

Last time when I was crocheting with beads was long ago. Looking at small boxes with Matsuno Japanese seed beads, I took leftover green beads and a small amount of brown beads - just enough to make a necklace. Checking for some matching beads to make a focal piece, I found 4 leaf-shaped Czech beads.
So, sitting in front of my computer, I watched a movie and crocheted :) 
I used all the beads. I was surprised that I had exactly enough beads to make this neckalce, no more no less, not even a tiny pinch of beads left :)
Tassel is made of a large dragon jasper bead, unakite and Czech faceted and leaf-shaped glass beads. S-hook clasp that attached to the large jump-ring by the tassel.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/194723291/green-beaded-necklace-with-tassel
 You can buy this truly one-of-a-kind necklace here