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Happy Thursday, everyone! As we get closer and closer to the upcoming (and much needed) 3-day weekend, I wanted to post about this art/craft fest that I’ll be a part of in February.

It’s an arts and crafts festival which will be hosted by the San Francisco Pie Extremist Group. I know you’re probably thinking: What is that? Who are those people? Answers lie within this link.

Anyway, come out on Saturday, February 12th from 5-9pm for some great pie, art and handmade goodies. I’ll be selling special Valentine’s themed slippers and hats! For more info about the event and how to get yo’self to arguably one of the coolest galleries in San Francisco (in my opinion) click here.

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Knitting with Kate

by tatiana on April 27, 2010

Oh, so many things to write about on this somewhat quiet Tuesday evening, but in efforts of trying to update this blog a little more, I’ll break it up into two entries… second half to come tomorrow! But for now, I met up with my good friend and fellow knit-enthusiast Kate earlier to catch up and also so I could absorb some of her knitting wisdom. [click to continue…]

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I Heart Yarn

by tatiana on April 21, 2010

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Oh my goodness. Hats, hats and more hats are being created from my overflowing basket of yarn these days than in past years. I have Ravelry to thank for that, as lately I’ve become inspired by the plethora of quality patterns available there for affordable prices. I really, really recommend that everyone support independent knit and crochet pattern makers by purchasing your patterns on Ravelry or Etsy instead of seeking out free patterns. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love free patterns, but it’s really important for the DIY movement (and the REVOLUTION) to support our community of crafters, artists and creative thinkers. OK! Having said that, I just wanted to share what I have been working on. Nothing too too crazy or exciting, just new. Here we go! [click to continue…]

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High-Five, Ravelry!

by tatiana on March 28, 2010

I’m sure many of my fellow lovers of needle crafts out there in internet-land have noticed that ravelry.com has a new and improved log-in screen. It’s pretty ridiculously adorable and well done. A big improvement over their previous log-in form on the right side of their busy homepage. This change makes the site look a lot more user-friendly and clean… and less intimidating for new knitters and crocheters.

What is ravelry? Well to those of you who are unfamiliar… you need to get with it! Just kidding. Or, half kidding. Ravelry was started a few years ago by a gal with a vision and a guy with great programming abilities. Together, they made Ravelry, a community of knitters and crocheters where you can interact, search for and download patterns, or purchase them. It’s a really great resource that I’m sure many of us would be lost without… or our projects wouldn’t be as awesome. I’ll have to post photos of my latest ravelry pattern purchases once I’ve finished them. I’ve been working on a lot of gifts lately… hopefully I’ll be able to get back to working on items for my shop soon. Anyway, I hope you’re all having a great weekend. Is it Monday tomorrow already?

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This is one of those posts

by tatiana on July 31, 2009

Well, actually, I should say: this is one of those rare posts where I don’t really have much to say. Or, rather, I have things to say, but there may or may not be a point. Comprende? Well, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Haha. It’s Friday, I’m kind of reaching that point of my day where I would normally take a stroll to Coffee Bean and order a nice ice blended drink, but in efforts to save a few bucks I am drinking water. It is fair to say, it is not working.

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Isn’t that freakin cute? Haha. I don’t know if I’d actually wear it, but I thought it was a neat etsy find from Destination Design.

In other non-news, I have been super busy lately, which is cool. I love being busy. But at the same time, I miss my free time. Mostly because I miss FILLING my free time with knitting. Speaking of knitting, I think brooklyntweed is amazing. Always inspiring. I want to make this:

Girasole

Yes that is a lace pattern. And yes that is a mother effing BLANKET. Do I have the patience for this? Probably not. Do I love it enough to try? Yes. We’ll see if I decide to give it a whirl. Or as Justin Bobby likes to say “Truth and time tells all.” Puahaha.

And that concludes this Friday late afternoon post that really didn’t serve a purpose. Off to Coffee Bean after all!

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Hats: Instant Gratification

by tatiana on April 14, 2009

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It’s true. Knitting is not for the impatient. But I (and many others) have found hats to be a great project when you want to accomplish something quickly. Also, with the warmer weather, hats can still be worn without making the wearer look as silly as someone who may sport a chunky scarf in 75 degree weather. Anyway, here are some of the hats I’ve made recently!

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I found the pattern for the hat above on Ravelry, although I can’t seem to find the pattern anymore. Anyway, do sign up for ravelry if you’re down with the “open source” knitting world. It’s a fantastic site with lots and lots of patterns all for free.

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I couldn’t get my sister to stop laughing when I was trying to photograph her in this hat.

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This hat was made during my trip to Chicago. You can say I was a knittin’ fool. I knit in the airport, on the plane, etc. Anytime I had downtime I was knitting. Hey! It was my vacation. Anything goes. I like knitting on trips because then I have those memories associated with my projects.

Speaking of knitting on trips, this past weekend I made a quick visit to San Francisco. Ahhhh, love. I went to the Urban Knitting Studio to check out their selection. What a great shop! The owner was really helpful and friendly. I picked up some white and gray wool and some bamboo double pointed needles. Yes… I am making another hat. :)

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Ode to a 90 Degree November

by tatiana on November 20, 2008

So the other day I felt the need to Spring Clean. Then, another other day I felt the need to go tan outside. My mind and body have been so confused by the wackadoodle weather lately. Why is it still 90 degrees in the afternoon? Why am I still sweaty? Oh me, oh my.

Anyway, like I was saying, I was Spring Cleaning the other day and realized I had a bunch of half-completed projects laying around. I hate it when that happens. I feel guilt for neglecting projects that should be loved. One of which was completed but forgotten about, so here’s that one. (The bag, not the dress).

Now listed over on etsy…

And then one that was half finished and then put aside while I worked on something else. This one was a custom order from my cousin. But good news for her! Her birthday is this Saturday, so her custom order has turned into her birthday present! Voila!

Shot #1

Shot #2

In other news, I’ve been really motivated to make some new clothes. Currently I’m working on a sleeveless variation of this pattern (the blouse on the right):

Built by Wendy Simplicity #4111

…. and a really cool (hopefully) lined vest that I started a year ago. I’ll post photos when finished.

Oh yeah! KUCI is having a Program Design Contest, so I’ll be working out a couple of design ideas in the next week or so to submit. How fun. I’ll be sure to post those as well. OH RAIN! OH COLD WEATHER! Where the heck are you?

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Monday Inspiration

by tatiana on October 27, 2008

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Here’s a really sweet email my fellow knitting pal sent me a week or so ago. It brought a smile to my face, and hopefully it will make your Monday a little brighter.

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Subject: Warm Fuzzy
Hey Tati-
Random Story I thought would make you smile… I was sitting outside at lunch knitting like crazy (I mean I want to get to that uterus before mines out of usage you know) when this total stranger comes up and starts asking me about if I know any knitting clubs on campus or anything. Heheehe… it was this total fun crafters unite moment and I was telling her how I just learned from one of my awesome knitting friends (aka your awesomeness!).
Anyways… just thought you’d like to know that your lessons are bringing the world together… less war more knitting!!! :)
Love,
Traci :)

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World of WarCraft, minus the “War”

by tatiana on May 27, 2008

I’ve been thinking lately about how lucky I am to be friends with such creative and talented people. All in their own magical ways. They never cease to inspire or amaze me.

So, last night I got back into my knitting after trying to think of something to make a friend for her 24th birthday. She too knits and crochets. It’s always a little hard thinking of things to make for someone who can make anything they want themselves. (I feel like that last sentence had a lot of pronouns, sorry). Anyway, after perusing my roommate’s Stich N Bitch Nation book, I decided to make this:
I hope you’re not reading this right now Desi!

So far it’s coming out really well. I’m using a vintage-looking mustard yellow yarn. Homegirl will totally be able to pull this off, whereas I would probably not be able to. :o)

In other news, being in close proximity to yarn and new patterns makes me itch for bigger projects. I REALLY want to make an afghan. I was thinking of going to the library after work to check out some books but then it dawned on me… YOUTUBE. And I found all of my answers! The best video (series) I’ve found so far is this one. And not only does it show you how to switch up the colors… a man is crocheting. Yes, a MAN. I love it.

In other, more dramatic news, check out my friend’s play! Watch the video to get a better idea. The costumes look amazing.

I Gelosi

Where?
3116 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA 90405

When?
Now running through June 14th

How Much?
$20, or $10 with Student ID

I STILL don’t get it.
This may help.
Here’s the synopsis according to the website:
I GELOSI (“The Zealous Ones”), written and directed by David Bridel, tells the story of Italy’s first great traveling theatre troupe. In the late 16th Century the Gelosi company takes the provinces by storm, thanks to the beauty, wit and charm of Isabella Andreini, one of the very first women ever to play on the stage. Invited to perform at the Court of King Henri III of France, the Gelosi become the toast of Europe – until they risk the wrath of the Pope with a virulent theatrical satire. Hounded from the French Court, the company’s fortunes sink, despite the increasing brilliance of Isabella’s talents. Finally the company returns to the poverty from which it came.

Featuring masks, music, and costumes from the period, I GELOSI lovingly recreates the world of the commedia dell’arte and the actors whose life’s work consists of portraying the vivid archetypes Pantalone, Arlecchino, Il Capitano, and others. Yet dwelling beneath the glittering comedy of the play lies a vital question: is the theatre merely an entertainment, or is it a voice for the dispossessed?

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