Monday, February 17, 2014

Writing in "KNIT MARCHE" the Japanese magazine

I started writing serial columns in "Knit Marche" the Japanese knitting and crocheting magazine. I am going to write about various fun topics about crafting (mainly knitting and crocheting) in the US. My first work is already issued on Valentine's day in Japan. This time I wrote a little about reading knitting and crocheting patterns in English and some of my stories with photos which are taken in my studio.

"Knit Marche" is well known among Japanese knitters as a very informative magazine with cute, quality designs and clear instructions. (most Japanese craft books have good instructions, though.) In this 2014 Spring issue (Vol.17) there are so many pretty projects which I wish to start working right away! There are many beautiful lacy cardigans, shawls. Also attractive small items like bead-crocheted pouches and jewelries. You are able to see the projects in this issue here in their website. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Last minute St.Valentine's day craft

Until a day before yesterday I have never been aware that St.Valentine's day is reaching that close! Nina needs to bring cards to school for all of her classmates (and her teacher). We always take something handmade every year. We do not have to, but you know, I always say "Hey, let's make something by hands! Just for fun!" I didn't have much time so quickly searched fun stuff on You Tube and I found this whimsical Origami Heart with Wings. They are much harder to make than the last ones, but it is not impossibly hard. (Nina made one. So you absolutely can make one!) I made one, then I sorta got addicted to it! Try it! They look awesome. \(^o^)/

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Catching Up. Productive Month!

I had a pretty much productive month. I finished a couple of knitting projects and items for consignment, and it seems I have not gotten exhausted yet (Amazing!) Got more energy to keep going!!

I love the result of this scarf pattern! I used up all of these grey balls in my stash which has been resting for many many many years. I think there were six 50g balls. I am hoping to have a chance sharing this pattern here sometime.

Also finished another pair of leg warmers in ballet pink for Nina. They are very soft and sweet (material is acrylic yarns for babies). Perfectly fit her legs. She loves them and is using them twice a week at her ballet class. I am so glad I finished these before the weather here got insane. School already had seven snow days after the winter recess. Because of extreme low temperature. I am tired of cold weather, but meanwhile, we also are enjoying cross country skiing, building icicle sculpture (I will show the photos of it soon), sledding and so on.

I'm working on my Japan themed items for next month consignment for Junk Evolution. Also planning a sewing class as well. These are mini kiss lock bags made with antique Kimono silk. Perfect when you go out only with your cellphone, credit card and some cosmetics like lipsticks. I've been using one for a few weeks and it is very handy and convenient (and of course, beautiful!).

My new Sashiko project is in progress, too.
There are some other projects going on all at once. Not only sewing. Since it is so cold out, I think this is the time to make stuff!

Hope you have a beautiful productive day. And don't forget to check the new UK embroidery magazine Hoop-La here!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Hoop-La! Magazine

Happy news for stylish embroidery lovers! A very cool new UK embroidery magazine will be coming out soon. Hoop-La! And I am honored to be one of the contributors of this fantastic zine!

I do not have the copy myself yet (cannot wait!) but it seems there are tons of cool, modern projects by super talented designers with beautiful pictures. (Including my modern Sashiko pouches! d;)  You can sneak peek some of those projects here. Don't forget to check page 84! (You'll love it! ha ha ha)

It will be published this Thursday in the UK. If you don't want to wait, you can pre-order it here. Also there are many useful information in Hoop-La face book page! Enjoy!