Thursday, February 23, 2023

Granny Square Bolero

Another thing I made for myself this winter is this granny square bolero. It had been on my list for ages, and I am glad I had this crossed off. 
It is one giant square, sewed at the sides. I envisioned it with the ribbing pattern for the sleeves, which was a spectacular idea, because they complement the granny stripe pattern fantastically. When put on, they give the upper part of the bolero a bit of a puff. I wish I could have taken a picture of me with it on, but if you read my last post, this place is still in a state of utter and complete mayhem.
Along with the poncho, this is my second best worn piece this winter. 

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Elbows Deep in Yarn

I've been in yarn heaven for the past two weeks and still cannot come to my senses! 
However, yarn heavens sometimes have overhanging fluffy clouds, especially if they are messy. I received a large shipment of yarn and must admit, sorting, cataloguing and taking photos of it has been a little bit overwhelming, but I am not complaining. 
My place is horrific - with skeins lying over / scattered about and over almost everything, but my family has been extremely supportive and do lend a hand whenever necessary.
I am working round the clock to sort my new shop/studio out and hopefully I'll be able to show more of it here.

Monday, February 6, 2023

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Sunday, February 5, 2023

Yarn Heaven in Istanbul - Kurkchu Han

Hello crafty friends!
Long time no write, but here am I, ending my radio silence.
Recently, we've been on a trip to Istanbul (Turkey) and one absolutely unmissable spot for every crafter, especially crocheters and knitters, is a place in the heart of the Grand Bazaar called Kürkçü Han.
This is our fourth visit to Istanbul and every time I set foot into the han, I fell like Alice in Wonderland. The han is filled with mind blowing number of little shops selling everything a crafter would need, from haberdashery and all sorts of accessories, to yarn of all types and quality. While there are several big yarn shops on the ground floor, the second floor of it is exclusively reserved for yarn, and every shop will blow your mind. Literally. The incredible offer ranges from the thinnest (cotton, silk, acrylic) threads to wool and cashmere yarn. 

Due to the recent inflation Turkey is facing, the yarn is way pricier than it was on our last visit. The good thing is the sellers often have discounts on different brands, so you might find some real gems and steals on those deals.