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2013 February

As you may or may not know Olga Buraya-Kefelian is an incredible designer and I am lucky to say she is also a dear friend. This month her beautiful collection with Quince & Co., Circles + Dots was released.  If you aren’t familiar with Olga’s work or this collection you don’t even know what you are missing! The Circles + Dots collection is composed of five pieces, including two garments and three accessories.  Olga has a real talent for designing pieces that are not just unusual but also very wearable.  The patterns are available for individual purchase or as a collection from Quince & Co. and Ravlery.

The collection definitely speaks for itself, but below there is a Q&A with Olga.  I’ll let her tell you all about the collection in her own words. P.S. There is a little treat at the very bottom, so make sure to read all the way through!!!

   

From left to right: Effervescence Cardigan, Compass Pullover, Gyre Scarf.

GA: What was your inspiration for the Circles + Dots collection from Quince & Co.?

OBK: I think main inspiration was the yarn itself. We know that wool is such a universal fiber to work with not only in knitting, but other forms of arts as well. I was trying to create something that would sort of delve into a little of different directions, that’s why I chose the circles and its versions through negative and positive spacing and play on dimensionality. At the time of actual development of the collection I was very influenced by polka dots and how one can get its look in knitwear. Besides designing a polka dot looking shawl using lace technique, this collection helped me explore more of those possibilities and techniques.

GA: Which of these five fabulous designs is your favorite and why?

OBK: That’s a very tricky questions, because some details of each of the design are my favorite. If I had to pick, it probably would be the Effervescence Cardigan because I designed the stitch used  just for that pattern!  But all of the stitches I utilized throughout the collection were carefully picked and then customized by me, so it makes it all unique. That’s the entire process that makes designer “a designer” where all puzzle pieces are carefully picked and then created in something beautiful.

GA: Which pattern from this collection did you have the most fun knitting and designing and why?

OBK: Cowry Hat, because you get to drop stitches and see the “bubbles” pop all over for this cool textured look.

GA: Did you come across any unforeseen challenges, difficulties or surprises (good or bad) while working on this collection?

OBK: When creating a collection there are always challenges, but most often I create them myself when it comes to the finished result and I am not satisfied with the particular design detail or certain look. I wouldn’t mind ripping my work and redoing it, but that unfortunately cuts into deadline. Being a perfectionist sometime works against you and against time, but in the end I am always happier with the result.

GA: How long did this collection take you to put together from conception to completion?

OBK: I normally knit all the design samples myself and Circles + Dots is a collection of rather fine knits took about 6-7 months from sketching stage to last finished knit. But when working on a collection I do not like to rush, some stages of the process have to be done organically. If there are doubts about certain details in a designs, it needs to simply simmer for a bit and the solution for any problem that I might have been having will arrive. But I always knit on other smaller things in between, that way I keep my mind distracted and keeps everything in perspective. And when I come back to the collection – I re-evaluate it with a fresh pair of eyes.

GA: Were there any project that you intended to be a part of the Circles + Dots collection, but just did make the cut?

OBK: Surprisingly, no. I am very humbled by this, but this collection didn’t have no rejected sketches or designs that just didn’t work out.

GA: What’s in the works or what’s next for you design wise? Anything exciting on the horizon?

OBK: There is always something in the works. I am currently working on a sweater for a collection and planning several other collections. It is quite hard to juggle the volume of ideas at times. But when I am in a knitting stage for a collection, my mind is already racing towards new exciting future designs. And although I can’t start working on those right away I am always sketching the ideas down and collecting them, then reworking them. It’s all a continuous process. And when the timing is right those new designs will certainly make their debut!

 

From left to right: Cowry Hat and Flotilla Mitts.

Surprise! The wonderful people of Quice & Co. have decided to sponsor a giveaway! One very lucky winner will receive one of the two patterns Cowry Hat or Flotilla Mitts and the yarn to accompany the pattern.  How awesome is that?! All you have to do to enter to win this prize is become a Facebook and/or Twitter follower.  One lucky follower will be announced on Sunday, March 2, 2013.  Make sure you enter to win and check back on this blog next Sunday to see if you won.  The winner will have one week to claim his/her prize otherwise it will be forfeited. Good luck to everyone!!!  You can also follow Olga on Facebook & Twitter!

For the past month or so we have been discussing starting an Olana KAL in my Ravelry Group! We have decided to get this KAL started in mid-February.  It seems like mid-February has crept up on us and its almost here.  Now it’s time to get started on choosing some yarns.  Join us and make either the Olana Shawl or the Olana Slouch… or both!  I personally have decided to just to the Slouch, although I made decide to do the shawl again later on.  Wont you knit along with us?  I’ll be available for Q&A on the group as well as email, and here of course!

 

I have been thinking long and hard about which yarn to use for this KAL…. I think I might use Koigu, but I might change my mind at the last minute.  Which pattern will you make and which yarn are you thinking of using?

And of course let us not forget a special congratulations to Facebook follower Robin Elaine Andrade, winner of the 12 skeins of Noro Kureyon and the Knit Noro book.  Please make sure to claim your prize via email by Saturday, February 16th, 2013.  Make sure you send over an email with your mailing address and I will get your prize out to you ASAP!

P.S. There is another really awesome giveaway coming up in the next couple of months, so make sue you stay in the loop and keep reading!

So it’s that time of year again, TNNA.  It seems like I always do a giveaway during this event.  This time I had an extra copy of Knit Noro lying around. So I contacted the good people over at Knitting Fever Inc. and they agreed to sponsor the yarn for the giveaway.  How awesome is that?! One very lucky winner will receive a copy of the Knit Noro and 12 skeins of Noro Kureyon in color #263 so that he/she can knit the Chevron Throw.

     

To enter all you have to do is make sure you follow me on Twitter or Like me on Facebook or both to increases your chances.  I will choose one lucky winner from either Facebook or Twitter to receive this very awesome prize!  I will announce the winner on Feb, 9th 2013 on this blog.  Make sure you come back to see if you won! – it could be you, but you won’t know until you come back to check and see. Good luck to all!