Finally a few years later…

I just received my new program Intwined Studio and imediately started to practice using my few years old project Audrey. I can’t say I love everything about it, but overall it is a great tool for making charts and writing pattern. Almost five years ago I posted a pictures of Knitting dress Audrey on my website, FB, Twitter and my book I received more than 100 emails with request of the pattern for this project. Finally, after two nights of playing with Intwined studio I finished my Audrey. Now the pattern is available on Ravelry or my website

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If you are interested to see the transformation of my beautiful model Julia, go to my YouTube channel at


You will see a great work of my friend who is a makeup artist (she worked in St. Petersburg theater and was teaching makeup in the collage).

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Rowan Magazine 56

Just received my copy of the new Rowan Magazine 56. It is so beautiful as always! The magazine and the new yarn will arrive in stores at the end of July. I have one of my designs in the Craftwork story –Franziska turtleneck sweater knitted in Felted Tweed Yarn.  Magazine 56 is showcasing three stories to reflect these major trends for the Autumn/Winter 2014/2015. Wilderness is inspired by Scottish influence, Craftwork is an artisan approach o traditional craft influenced by Bauhaus and Art & Craft movement. Essentials... a collection of the key shapes of the season.

When I closed last page of the magazine-what a surprise, my sweater was on the back of the cover!

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Creating Knitting Magazine, Spring


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The e-vesion of Spring issue of Creative Knitting Magazine will go on sale on 12/17/2013. I have attached photos of two of my projects in this issue.  The print edition will go on sale 1/7 – available on the Creative Knitting … Continue reading

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Review from Rowan

What a pleasant surprise I just received – a Rowan Newsletter for January 2013 with a review of my book “Sketch and Stitch”in it. 2013 is the year of the Black Water Snake which begins on February 10th. This 2013 year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to details. Focus and discipline will be necessary to achieve what you set out to create. Snake years are considered favorable, so 2013 should be a positive year for business and personal fortunes. So far I have a very positive beginning of this year of Snake. I was born in the year of Snake.

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“Sketch and Stitch”

Sketch and Stitch is my first self-published book. It could be bought at,

in Barnes and Noble at , in the store of the website of Xlibris at and signed copy on my website for $15.99 at

In the last issue of winter 2012/2013 Vogue Knitting small ad created a magical sale of my book. It is so popular, that we are shipping every day. Thank you, VK!

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Working with Rowan

Many of my friends asked me about my working experience with Rowan.

In a few words – great business etiquette, quick replays, fantastic yarn, wonderful photography. Needless to say, if you have a positive experience it elevates the energy level so you want to give more.  It is a magazine with a beautiful cover, impeccable style, nicely written. It leaves you wanting more. Their simple patterns are always a mix of classic and new, trendy and basic. It is a big honor to be among the designers whose work I greatly admire.

Here is a link to one of my two designs in Rowan 53 “Beehive Wrap” at . Those who sign up for the free Rowan club online will have access to download this pattern.

I greatly appreciate Marie Wallin, head designer and all the associates for their help and the opportunity to work with Rowan Magazine.


Creative Knitting Magazine

One of my new designs is featured in the Spring issue of Creative Knitting. Intarsia Cape is made from Berroco Vintage Yarn (50% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 10% Nylon) 217yd/200m 100g each skein. It is easy to knit and to carry in your bag.

Measurements: Width – 30(34)”, Length – 22 (26)”. Sample size S/M (L/XL)



Is was very long eleven days since we lost power and all connections with the world. Although I had a crank radio, but my hand was too tired to wind it. Landscape behind my window was looking dramatic. Just yesterday tall strong oaks were rustling their leafs high in the blue sky. Today they were down, broken, leaning on houses, wires or crossing the roads. I didn’t see the pictures of the devastation of Sandy on TV, just horror stories on my radio. My house was among the lucky ones that survived during the storm. There was very small but warm area in the house around the wood stove and we were able to cook on top of it. I loved my hot soups more than ever. Within a couple of days we cooked and consumed 60% of the contents of our freezer. Like wild animals we were trying to store as much as we could fit in our guts before winter. During the day time I was knitting my project. About six o’clock it was dark already and eyes were adapting to night time vision. How much one could read or do anything with a candle light, not much. Eight o’clock was a bed time for us. We were not sleeping, just talking about our memories under down comforters. How often do we do it? Thank god, our children’s families were warm and save. All these long lasting evening I was thinking of my mother. She was seventeen when she survived 900 days in the siege of Leningrad. It was very cold and long Russian winter. A little piece of bread that city provided for each person was the only meal during one sometimes a few days. She burned all furniture and books in her apartment to stay warm, sold all valuables for extra food to feed her sister. Her baby sister was in the hospital with swollen limbs and bleeding gums from starvation. She ate glue, grass, leather belt just to survive (compare to my hot soup every day). I was so cold but It helped to think that could be worse.

Still no power, but there is a power on my computer, I feel it is necessary for me to empty my mind and post it on my blog. 

Did Sandy change your way of thinking about life?



It was very nice to meet Pam MacKenzie at Stitches East. I have to thank her for the interview and promotion of my book “Sketch and Stitch” at her blog. Here is a link

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Well, fall is g…


 Well, fall is generally not associated with gardening but there are many beautiful flowers that bloom in fall and make you really fall for them! They are a great inspiration for every artist. I keep pictures of flowers, insects, shells, stones and other creations of nature in my library.