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FO :: More Christmas Gifts

Hello, my dear friends!

What to say…? Upseting events are occuring around Europe lately and it seems so stupid writing about crafting in these days but I’m strongly covinced that a way to fight those who are hurting us so badly is to not stop living our every day life! We can sit down and talk about the political situation which had brought us to have terrorism in Europe all day and night long but I do not see a solution in that now!It seems too late to me…Β  Instead, I suggest to respect more ourselves, to love our family and friends, to try to protect them in the best way we are capable of and hope that our politicians will find a way to face and solve the terror threat as soon as possible. God, we are living in the 21st century and still fight each other!! How stupid this is!!!

But, please!!! Let’s go back to craft now!

I have finished off three more Christmas gifts.

I asked my Big man if he would like me to sew a blanket like this for his nephew too but he wasn’t sure if his sister would like it… so I sat down at my computer and find on Ravelry this nice pattern…. I’m not a big owl fan but I liked this one and,after have been given the blessing by my BM, I knitted it…

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I will let you know after the winter holidays if this creature will be appreciated or not. In the meantime, the owl is continuing to sleep in my crafting den πŸ™‚

Another scarf is ready!!! Yippee!!! This one is for my SIL husband πŸ™‚

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Not bad… I like this scarf, the garter stitch is so simple and versatile and so beautiful!! The yarn is a nice washable merino and this dark blue shade is so manly! Even my Big man likes it πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ But my favourite is still this one… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Maybe because it fits so well my companion….

The last thing I’d like to show you is the below one…

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….a detail of an embroidery…. And that’s all for now… I will not talk about embroideries until Cristmas…. because my friends will receive embroideries for Christmas,that’s why… I will just show a detail from time to time ….

So… now it’s time to wish you a nice and peaceful day! There’s one more scarf to knit, as also a pair of socks and another blanket to sew… and more more more… better if I go beck to work!!

Love

xxx

Tajana

Abilmente Vicenza, Craft, Friends, Fun, Wandering around

Abilmente Vicenza

Hello, my dear friends!

Here I am! Abilmente Vicenza is behind me and I can happily tell you that it was great.

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I don’t even know where to start to write about this beautiful fair! As I arrived I was captured by a warm creative stream which led me around and which I can still strongly feel even if two days has already passed. It was beautiful being a part ot that colourful and so inspiring event.

The members of the Magliuomini group are simply amazing.

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I was welcomed with kindness and was put at my ease from the very first moment and even if I was so very thrilled I was never disoriented. Pretending to have winning an Academy Award (….. be patient with me and excuse my emotionalisam…Β  because I feel like that for real….), a special thanks goes to Kate Alinari, known as the Magliuomini’s Godmother, and to Paolo Dalle Piane,Β  known as Magliuomini’s Boss!

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Great experts and yarn lovers, their support was of a great help for me. Thank you, guys!!

This overall sense of well-being helped me during my class which went well and I was so pleased by my pupils’ desire to organize a knit cafΓ© and work on socks again πŸ™‚ . I was so concentrated on explaining (…and on trying to avoid leaving a bad impression…) that I didn’t take photos of my class but there are two of them published on my FB page taken by one of my pupil’s husband so you can see us ‘in action’ πŸ™‚ . But despite my fear and excitement, I had fun indeed!

I saw amazing crochet and knit installation art!

Do you remember or have you heard about the World’s biggest blanket crocheted in Trieste and displayed in Piazza UnitΓ  on June 20th 2015? I have published some photos on my FB page… well, pieces of it were displayed at Abilmente…

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I was overwhelmed by this crochet beauty…. The power of the hook rules!!

There was a yarny tribute to Mondrian…

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Amazing, don’t you think?! And of course, this is only a little part of the whole …. I felt like Alice in Wonderland and I spent more time looking around in awe than taking photos. But I hope that I gave you the idea of what I have seen…

There’s more…

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…. and more and more and more…. I’m sorry that I didn’t have more time to visit the fair. You need at least two days to see everything.

The list of events organized by the Magliuomini Group was rich indeed! I was so lucky because I was able to attend to a meeting with two extraordinary artists, the DAMSS, on Friday afternoon. Trying to summarise the presentation of their art two words come up to my mind, precisely contamination and experimentation! And an invitation to try to do the same by ourselves!!

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(…. I fell in love with her… a deep, visceral love… )

As you can see, the two artists work mostly with fiber exploring the effects if treated with artistic techniques from other fields like those used in furniture restoration… Their work is an union of art and handicraft and highlights the importance of the beauty in everyday’s life. Their enthusiasm was contagious and I came home with a new awareness of which role art should have in my life. Oh, now I know what I want as Christmas gift! Their book!!

I’m so so so so very glad to tell that I had the chance to try some crafts I have never tried before….

…. like doing some spool knitting πŸ™‚

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This is an interesting technique suitable for knitted jewellry and much more and I was thinking about buying a spool… I have to thank Sara Lo Sasso for have shown me how it works πŸ™‚ .

And … I SPUN!!!

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I was invited by Fiberfabry to try to spun, he explained me the basics of spinning and have to admit that I’m tempted to buy a spindle….

All this was crazy!!! What a great experience!!!

I think you can easily imagine that I came home with new goodies…. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

First of all I have to show you the gift I received from Magliuomini πŸ™‚

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Is there anything that I have to say about this photo?? The yarn is amazing as it is the knitting needle gauge!! And it’s ROWAN!!! As the yarn I bought for my hat….

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(Do you like this shade of red, Claire? It is not exactly cherry red but I think that, by adding the Rowan’s kidsilk haze from the previous photo, I will obtain a nice result… πŸ™‚ )

You can also see the result of my very first spinning on the above photo πŸ˜€ .

And as last but not least, I bought a self healing mat and a rotary cutter.

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It’s an A2 cutting mat, 24″x18″, for 18 euros. Well, I liked the price so much that I decided to buy it!! What do you say, was it a bargain? I couldn’t find anything under 30 euros in the stores I was looking for it before so I purchased it at the fair…

At the very end of this long post I’d like to show you my pass ….

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…. and tell once again how great Abilmente was for me!!

I wish you a good beginning of the week!!

Love

xxx

Tajana

Abilmente Vicenza, Clothing, Craft, Fun, Wandering around

The Outfit…

…. for tomorrow is ready….

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…. crocheted shawl, crocheted mittens, sewed skirt and knitted socks….

A close up on my skirt, socks and boots….

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Yes,I’m ready! And so awfully excited!!!

Love

xxx

Tajana

PS:I have a second outfit ready too, only in case I don’t feel at my ease when I dress up tomorrow morning…. yeah, such a womanly paranoia….

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Almost there…

Hello my dear friends!

I’m almost ready for Abilmente….. Oh, I couldn’t be more excited! I have finished off the last pair of socks….

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….that one I’m going to wear and have put aside everything I have to carry with me….

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I wrote a little report about sock knitting (in 10 copies) and made some very rough cards with my blog and email address written on. Just in case…. Tomorrow I will prepare the lesson itself and that is it! Oh, I’m thrilled!!!

I will be honest and tell that I’m a bit tired and I don’t spend much time online but I follow all your gorgeous craft on my WordPress reader!! I feel always so inspired by you and your work! Thank you for being always there! ❀ ❀ ❀

Love

xxx

Tajana

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Abilmente Vicenza :: The Second Pair of Socks Is Ready

Hello, lovely people out there!

As you all well know, a lot of things are happening here in my tiny home lately! There’s a lot of sewing and knitting going on! And lot of home issues too, like a broken washing machine (I’m waiting for the machine doctor…) and some tooth ache (seeing the dentist in a two hours…. ) … For God’s sake, my craft helps me to preserve my mental health (read that in an ironic key, please πŸ™‚ ) and I’m able to show you the photos of the second pair of sock I knitted to bring with me at Abilmente. There’s no need to tell that the final recipient of those socks is my Big man. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ (….. love is in the air….)

I have taken photos from the cast on because I’d like to write a brief report with the basic directions for sock knitting and I’d like to attach some photos to help a better understanding. So here they are…

The tubular cast on

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The removing of the yarn

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The ring closure

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The heel flap

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The heel

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The FO socks

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How excited I am!!!! I don’t know how to thank properly that fantastic crew of MAGLIUOMINI!!! I know their blog is in Italian but it is worth to be Google translated! Have fun and enjoy!

Better to start writing now!! Wish you a great beginning of the week!!

Love

xxx

Tajana

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Exciting Events

Hello, my friends!!

How are you? Wow, it is the first day of Autum today!!! How do you feel about that?? The beginning of a colourful season and it is my brother’s birthday!! This is nice! I’ll call him later to wish him a happy birthday πŸ™‚

Since we are entering a cooler part of the year and since this morning I saw this sky…

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… I thought it is time to slow down a bit and write a post about what has happened and what is happening lately…

I was at home in Croatia last week and came back with a nice goodie….

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A thermic mug!!! Oh, what a big deal indeed! But as I saw it at the supermarket I fell in love with this simple thing and had to buy it! So now I will have hot tea for a longer time than usual! I love those small life pleasures….

I’m thrilled!! Indeed! Like a child! Because I’m going to attend Abilmente! Abilmente is a craft fair held thrice a year here in Italy, twice in Vicenza and once in Rome. There will be a lot of yarn, needles, hooks, fabrics, threads…. and a lot of great creative people! I was invited by a nice group of male knitters called #magliuomini ( find here their FB page and here their blog ) to attend the fair as a sock knitting teacher. I will hold a four hour workshop and anybody interested in socks will get the basic directions to try themself in sock knitting. This is simply exciting!!! This is the first time ever that I’m going to attend an event like that and I’m out of my mind for that! Since there is a lot of excitement to deal with I started to work on my workshop to calm myself down and have finished off my first pair of socksΒ  πŸ™‚

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(… to notice the thermic mug in its natural surrounding….)

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Today I take a day off from knitting but I’m going to start a new pair of socks with the grey yarn from the below photo..

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…. yarn bought in Trieste during my last trip in Croatia in a nice yarn store, LalanalΓ , run by two lovely ladies indeed! It was fun to buy some yarn in a store I read about and liked on Facebook! This store had opened a long time after I left Trieste and I am so glad to have found a pearl like that in a town I love so much!

Will the excitement end…? No, it will not for a quite long time! Because I received Sheila’s parcel!!! We had a gift exchange and look what this lovely lady and expert tailor sent me…. ❀ ❀ ❀

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A bag to bring along my projects…

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…. and the matching card keeper, coin purse and phone case with my name embroidered on! How, for God’s sake, can I avoid to have my heart melted?? And did you see the beautiful card she sent me?

My friends, I’m so overwhelmed by all this excitement! Nice things are happening lately and I have to admit that I’m enjoying it with a lot of joy!!

Now it is time to lend on Earth again (…. Huston is calling, Tajana, answer, please!!!) and get on work! New ideas are in the air and I hope I’ll be able to materialize them!

Have a great day!!

Love

xxx

Tajana

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Back From Holiday

Hello, my friends!

How are you? Is everything ok?? I hope it is and I hope that you are having a great end of this crazy summer! My Big man is back to work and I’m back to my crafting after having spent four days in Croatia. There is a lot of things to talk about and I was wondering which photos share with you first. There are many of them to be shown, in particular those from our holidays are quite interesting, but I decided to start with the craft done before leaving, to put some order in the last week happenings. Both because I’d like to do justice to a great crochet designer and a friend and because I’d like to show you my first Xmas scarf FO yesterday night πŸ™‚

As first, let start with the second bag I sewed for the family girls. I have found a tutorial for a really nice bag. I have simply fell in love with it and decided to try myself with, even if it looked a bit tricky…. well, it wasn’t so difficult to sew but I have had some problems with the union of the top and the bottom since the main fabric and the lining have to be attached in the same time…. oh,my version of it isn’t so bad at all, since I use jute and it looks quite cozy, but if I want to sew an elegant version, like the one from the tutorial, I have to be more careful…. here are the photos of my bag…

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I find it so suitable for my artistic SIL! Very simple, made out from some natural fabric as jute and with one beautiful flower to adorn it. I hope she will like it πŸ™‚ What do you think about my versione of the Canvas Slim Bag? Do you like it and, in particular, do you like the crocheted flower? I’m so very happy to introduce this ornament to you because its pattern was written by my friend Jennifer whose blog, Squirrel Picnic, I simply adore. This lovely lady is writing a crochet book, The Big Acorn Race, and asked me to be a tester for her pattern for this lovely flower named Tall ‘n’ Fast!

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Can you imagine how happy and honoured I was and am to have taken part to her beautiful project!!! I highly recommend you to have a look at her blog,you’ll find there a lot of inspiration, and follow her during the book writing! She’s a genious indeed!! Can’t wait to see the book! Hi, Jennifer, hugs are crossing the ocean!! ❀

The first Xmas scarf is done! YIPPEE!!! I have started it a while ago and since I worked only during evenings I’m happy that it is FO πŸ™‚ Since today it is quite cloudy I was lucky to have caught some sunshine during the photo session πŸ˜€

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A simple seed stitch and some nice soft yarn, a mixture of cotton and merino wool, in a nice dark brown shade. So manly,don’t you think? πŸ˜‰

I’ll be back soon with my holiday photos.

Love

xxx

Tajana