Let me introduce you to my world of botanical knits.
Sneak a peek behind the scenes and learn more about me, Ukraine and my design process.
Popping in to share the news about Polina knit-along, introduce a new design with a beautiful inspiring tradition behind it and show my Christmas knit - an improvised raglan sweater I made for my husband. As always, talking a bunch about inspirations and Ukrainian traditions as well as yarns, knitting and creative process.
In this new episode I show you my new knitwear design sample - Polina pullover - talk about the inspiration behind it, test knit process and working the colorwork with long floats. I also take you with me to Denmark to attend a natural dyeing workshop at G-Uld.
Join me in my studio talking about Blath Flower sweater, my contribution to LITLG No.7 magazine, the new inlay colourwork wrap/shawl Nivalis and the variety of its modification options, and a new-old beanie sample on my needles.
Talking about all the knitting tools I use for knitting my samples and designing work. Knitting needles, crochet hooks, stitch markers, yarn winder, sketch books, blockers etc.
Showing off my new design sample Bifurca pullover, the swatch and colour choices. Also sharing footage from Studio Donegal, a small family owned weaving mill on the west coast of Ireland. And talking about my special relationships with Irish yarns.
It's the middle of September, time to gather the harvest. You can see how tomatoes, cucumbers and melons, we planted on my previous visit in spring, are doing. We've got lots of sunflower seeds and good harvest of potatoes this year. Also preparing for winter, moving firewood indoors etc.
Showing off the new design samples, announcing knitting pattern releases and discussing the design process. Featuring the new Bifurca vest with its unusual construction and a new blouse designed in collaboration with Nomadnoos yarn in yak wool.
Talking about the trip to Norway and new knitting projects and designs. Introducing Laneus hat pattern and showing off a new sample of the Floral Kokon blouse.
Visiting my family at grandma's house in May 2023. It was a very long wet spring, then began what looks like a dry summer. Gardening is done later than usual. We were busy planting tomatoes, cucumbers, paprika etc.
My first episode since I'm back in the Netherlands. Cocky me, I'm showing off my souvenirs from Ukraine, sharing a new exciting collaboration with a fellow artist and a new sock design, inspired by Pictus pullover. I also talk about naive Ukrainian art and inspirations from the trip home.
Visiting my family at grandma's house in May 2023. It was a very long wet spring, then began what looks like a dry summer. Gardening is done later than usual. We were busy with home adjustments (removed the doorsteps and wallpaper in the hall) and a big seasonal cleaning.
Catching a breath before my trip to Ukraine and sharing things that I've been working on in April. Announcing new pattern releases and Patreon only yarn giveaway.
Showing up closely designs I've been working on in February and March, sharing plans for the upcoming months and footage of Easter eggs painting tradition with some beautiful folk music. Join me in my studio of a crafty break.
A year of war, the stress has finally caught up with me. Sharing my thoughts and feelings and how they affect my design work. Showing new design wips and exciting new embroidery projects. Featuring Purpurea sweater light.
My first attempt at embroidering and sawing together a traditional Ukrainian embroidered blouse. The sleeves were embroidered by my grandma in cross-stitch with a pattern from the mountain region in the west of Ukraine. It has a modern raglan sleeve.
Showing off the finished Vinber dress sample and introducing new design in Yarnadelic worsted weight yarn - Laneus pullover. The latter makes me very excited and I'm currently working on a second sample!
Talking about my newest design in Baby Yak Lace yarn from Myak called Voloshka pullover, its three previous versions and the creative process behind it. Also showing a sneak peek of a new sample that's on my needles.
In the second episode from my trip to Ukraine in September 2022 I'm sharing with you some of the culinary highlights of this trip. Delicious grandma's cooking with recipes!
In this first episode from my trip to Ukraine in September 2022 I'm taking you with me home, to my grandma's village and share a glimpse into our simple life there. There's a lot of gardening, cat cuddles, misty mornings and foraging.
Talking about the upcoming trip to Ukraine, my progress on the traditional Ukrainian embroidered blouse and showing a bunch of failed/paused cast-ons.
Talking about Ukraine, second hand shopping and two new designs, that are coming soon. Introducing Silín pullover and Javelin shawl.
I invite you on a walk through my roof-top garden, full of fruit and flowers, and share new design inspirations as well as updates on the upcoming new pattern releases.
In the first part of the episode I talk a bit more about the current situation in Ukraine, and then move on to my most recent designs: Ornata blouse, Root and Shoots sweater and freshly blocked summer blouse, which I called Volia.
Sharing tips on how to plan and execute a walking/trekking trip to Kerry with a detailed map, explained stages and accommodation suggestions.
Using a quiet day after King's Day to show you the most exciting projects of the last month. Featuring three new designs and a sewing/embroidery project. If you wonder how to sew a vyshyvanka, I'm learning by doing in this episode.
Talking a little bit about the current situation in Ukraine, newly released collaborations and upcoming designs. A very slow and meditative conversation with myself and the universe. Sometimes showing your vulnerability is the biggest strength, don't you think.
Catching up with you on the most recent designs and sharing a few thought about colourwork, publications and upcoming interview for the magazine.
It's been a while since the last episode, so I have plenty of new exciting things to show you. A new cabled turtleneck pullover and an exciting new colourwork design inspired by snowdrops called Nivalis.
Join me on a short intro to my favourite Christmas traditions. I'm making a straw spider and cooking a traditional Christmas dish - kutia. All while listening to Christmas carols.
For a few days around my birthday I escaped to the forest with a bag full of knits and a small project on my needles. The autumn this year is warm and beautiful, so brace yourself for the golden magic of woods and knitting outside.
In this episode I talk about destashing and the two new designs on my needles. Both in shades of brown — Mama bear pullover and Omela sweater dress.
A very personal and emotional episode, in which I am talking about my trip back to Ukraine and a new yarn collaboration on my needles. Includes unique footage of a natural stream washing machine called "Valylo".
Talking about my new designs Cinnamomum pullover and Glenview sweater, discussing tech editing and test knits, announcing Dark moss pullover pattern update.
Talking about Forest keys vest, Mimungo pullover and a new half-done project. Showing off a new cup and a necklace.
In this episode I'm sharing some new notions I've got for the studio and showing a couple of new wips. As always, we are sitting with Katzie in my little studio and chatting about this and that.
Make yourself a cup of tea and sit down for a nice long break. In this episode I talk about most recent designs, upcoming test knit calls, playing yarn chicken and a recent acquisition of the book by Laine Publishing "52 weeks of shawls".
After the most exciting and stressful month of March I took a little break to recover in April. There is footage from 5 days spent camping in the forest and bits of me rambling about life.
In this episode I talk about two most recent designs of mine: Orchard tales in collaboration with Kokon yarn, which will be released by the end of April, and Irish rover, which we are currently testing. I also show a very exciting sneak peek of the new design, that I'm working on.
Easter is right around the corner and for me it comes with my favourite family tradition of painting eggs. I am originally from Ukraine and this is my heritage, something I treasure and would love to keep no matter where life takes me.
In this episode I am talking about my PhD studies and how I came to knitting. I also show you my new floral yoke design - Between petals pullover and talk about inspirations and my design process.
I am talking about my new design - Spicy Stem pullover and unusually snowy weekend in Haarlem. Coming to you from my living room with little sneak peak of a new design collaboration. All spiced up with footage of Haarlem covered with snow.
It's so rare these days to have snow here in Haarlem. Last time it snowed 3 years ago, in march 2018, when Katzie was 1 year old. She remembered it and we could not keep her inside for more than 5 minutes. Snow filled our day with joy!
In this episode I'm coming to you from the floor in my office and show you the details of my new design - Sediment sweater with all the tricks as to how to adjust the pattern and make it your own.