pátek 9. prosince 2016

Meadow Grass // Samhain 2016

Hi, my dear readers ♥

October was a busy knitting month, because I was participating in three Knit Alongs at once =D
                                   ○ "Meadow Grass" shawl - KAL with czech yarn shop Vlněné sestry
                                   ○ "Building Blocks" shawl - secret Westknits KAL
                                   ○ "Big Jim" shawl - Winter Cozy KAL organized by Letesknits

I managed to keep up and finished all of them on time and now I have three new super-pretty shawls ♪
Ready for winter, I would say !

The first one finished was "Meadow Grass", beautiful semi-circle striped shawl with lace edging ♥
As main colour I decided to finally use this cute pumpkin orange yarn which I got from my dear friends from Nürnberg ♥ it's from German shop DyeForYarn
Contrasting colour is cool black&white Shelter yarn from Brooklyn Tweed (I loved the yarn since the first time I saw it in the shop and I was just waiting for an excuse to buy it =D)
As always I ran out of yarn before the end, so I had to finish it with black Drops ...

Also the Shelter yarn was shorter than the recommended yardage for contrasting colour, so I decided to do the striping wider towards the end ♪

I'm super-happy about the result !
I finished it on Halloween/Samhain so we took some witchcraft-themed photos right away ♥

Speaking of Samhain, here are a few photos from the magical evening,
because I haven't posted any altar photos in a while ♪

Have a magical day, everyone ♥

středa 7. prosince 2016

Diwali 2016

Hi, my dear readers ♥

Today it's just a short outfit post ♪
On the last October Saturday we attended Diwali evening in Munich. Diwali is Hindu festival of light. (according to wiki: "One of the major festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed.")
We were invited to the event by Honza's colleague who is from India and goes there every year ♪

The evening was really nice, there was a Bollywood dance performance (I recently started with Bollywood dance classes, so I was paying very close attention to this part of the programm =D ha ha), traditional Bavarian dance performance (to unite Germans and Indians...first time I saw it, to be honest, and it was...interresting), a band who played some famous songs from Bollywood movies, delicious dinner (Indian foooooood ♥) and my absolute highlight - Bollywood disco =D We had so much fun ! I totally loved how everyone was dancing even though there was almost no alcohol and a lot of people were dressed quite formal ! While everyone seemed to know all lyrics and dance moves to all songs, we had absolutely no idea =D ha ha 

Honza's colleagues were dressed in traditional Indian clothes, but I - unfortunatelly - don't own any sari, so I was told to wear just something colourful... and, so I did ♪

Remember how I said that I was inspired by colours of  Indian sarís while choosing palette for this shawl? Of course I  had to  wear it for this occassion !

"Spark of Grey" shawl - knitted by me (pattern by Melanie Berg)
dress - Gudrun Sjodén

Have a beautiful day, everyone ♥

čtvrtek 1. prosince 2016

Autumn Walk in Englischer Garten

Hi, my dear readers ♥

Who doesn't like autumn sunny walks through park, colourful leaves, getting dressed in all kinds of layers of knitwear and shawls which were waiting for you the whole summer ? ♪
I make sure not to miss this kind of walk every year. I always wear something nice and take a lot of photos =D

I did the same on one nice October Sunday ♥
We decided to finally explore Englisher Garten bit more and had a lunch at one of the Bavarian restaurants there. The Hirschau is right in the middle of the huge garden and it was all decorated in autumn colours *o*
After a delicious lunch we went for a walk and took some super-nice photos among the old trees there.

Of course I had to wear mori for such an occassion - I missed wearing mori-kei layers all summer !

I found this cute dress at Pick'n'Weight (again) and I think it will be great for some hama-kei outfit, but I still dodn't make any matching sea-themed accessories from shells and pebbles...so for now I wear it with classical mori-kei =)

We were lucky to catch some last rays of sunshine and took a few beautiful photos ♪
(you probably noticed that I was so happy about them, that one of them made it to new headder of this blog =D)

...and some autumn nature ♥

I already miss autumn by looking at these photos ♥
Now all leaves are gone, everything is grey and it's getting dark soon -_-
Hopefully the winter won't be long ...

Have a beautiful day, everyone ♥

pátek 25. listopadu 2016

Stijl Markt

Hi, my dear readers ♥

At the beginning of October there was a Stijl Markt in Munich - which is a fashion market of young designers of clothing, accessories and also a few illustrators ♪

You probably noticed that I love going to these events, because there is always a lot of inspiration, ideas and - for me most importantly - motivation to not give up on what I'm trying to acomplish in my life =)

The Stijl Mark happened on the Praterinsel again - which is the same place where we were for the Stroke art fair, and I really like this place. It's nice and clean, but at the same time old and rusty...

I was expecting shops like I usually saw at the same events in Prague - handmade accessories with original design, few clothes, stuff with funny quotes printed on it, etc. ...and I was a bit dissapointed, because a lot of shops there were just selling mass produced clothing with "original" prints (which were from 30% stolen ideas from Etsy), geometric jewellery and sometimes... something cool, but EVERYTHING was super-expensive ! As a seller myself I know the price of materials and the amount of work put in the product, but these prices were just too much - not all - but some of the shops were just making money out of the word "young independent design" while their stuff wasn't even ethically made nor organic or anything which would justify the high price... the problem was that I noticed too late, that there wasn't any rule saying that products sold on this market HAS TO be handmade and ethical... like it's quite common on most fashion/design markets =/ what a shame !

Nevertheless, we enjoyed the afternoon and I managed to find some cool shops and Honza bought me a pair of beautiful earrings from a girl who was there with her ethno shop =) There's a funny story connected this shop - I was looking at all these cute things at her table and Honza was waiting with Satan behind me and suddenly the qirl came to me and whispered: "Are these two here with you?" And I said yes and she: "That's SO CUTE they look SO ALIKE ! They even have the same expression on their faces ! aww ♥ "
ha ha =D she was totally right - and not the first one who told Honza that they look same with Satan !
(I always wanted to be that dog owner who looks like their dog and in the end it's Honza... fuu -_- but for that I guess I need to get Irish Setter or Komondor...=D )

(the earrings design reminds me of Kirkwall symbol *o*...or maybe I'm just playing too much DA)

Fashion markets are not only a place full of cool stuff to buy, but also an opportunity to wear something more "fancy" than usual ♥
As a designer myself (hu he hue he...ha ha) I decided to wear my latest creation - Elastic "Hunter" Harness, together with this damn sexy pretty knitted dress I got from dear Striga :3
I think it's a perfect match !

My dream come true and after all these years I finally have my own pair of New Rock shoes T_T
I exchanged them with Striga for my knitting =D can't wait to start working on the cardigan for her ♪

Have a beautiful day, everyone ♥

úterý 22. listopadu 2016

Spark of Rainbow

Hi, my dear readers ♥

In October I finally finished and took photos of a knitting project which was on my needles since May !
I don't know why it took me so long - not sure if the pattern was so time-consuming, or I was so lazy and instead of working on it I started and finished many side projects <_<

I remember that I started knitting it while watching Eurovision song contest, ready for annoying commercials and surprisingly there were none, so I haven't done much work that night =D

The main reason why I started something so crazy colorful, was the release of Malabrigo Anniversario - special colorway released on ...yeah, I don't know how many years...anniversary of Malabrigo company =D ha ha (I tried to search it, but I couldn't find it anywhere)
It's such an amazing combination of pink, blue, yellow, green ... EVERYTHING !
I had to buy one skein and decided to combine it with mustard yellow (Malabrigo Ochre) to create color combination which would remind me of colorful Indian saris ♥

I chose a pattern called "Spark of Grey" from amazing German designer Melanie Berg ♪
At the beginning of June (?) she had a lecture in Die Mercerie - yarn shop in Munich - and unfortunatelly I was in Prague on that weekend -_- I'm still sad that I couldn't attend, hopefully she will come back soon ! I'm a big admirer of her work - not only her designs look so perfectly original and she's releasing new ones very often, but she also gives great part of money from sold patterns to charity ♥

I planned to wear this shawl with my yellow summer dress, but I didn't think it through, because when the weather is warm enought to wear summer dress, it's definitelly too warm for a knitted shawl... and when it's finally knitwear weather - the dress is too light =D

So my plan to take photos with yellow dress was cancelled and instead I wore my favourite bell-bottoms and created autumn hippie outfit !

oh, and I made this Frida brooch a while ago from button which I bought in Prague ♪
I think it goes quite well with this shawl ♥

every stitch has different colour *o*

In the past month I managed to finish quite a lot of projects, so get ready for more knitting posts !

Also I'm so happy to see how many people around me started with knitting (mostly because of me ha ha) and how they're getting better and slowly growing yarn addiction MU HA HA =D

Have a beautiful day, everyone ♥