Spring in the Scandinavia - afternoon tea at a lovely cottage garden. Loving my new camera! :)
Spring is finally here! Testing my new Canon EOS M 18.0 MP Mirrorless :)
Q:would it be possible for me to get the pattern for the crochet yoke you put on the blue top?
For you who would like to get my pattern for the crochet yoke, hang on there, I’m working out the details of how to share it with you. Will notify you when it’s ready! :)
Q:Hi, I just want to make sure I am understanding your statement. If I buy your pattern for the Loretta Tote Bag, I cannot give the pattern to anyone else and cannot post your pictures of the tote. If I make the product, am I allowed to sell the product I make? Thank you.
Hi, all of my designs, including pictures are copyrighted. Reproduction of any part of the pattern, including illustrations and diagrams, is not allowed. The designs must not be made for re-sale. So no, you cannot sell the bag if you use my pattern to make it. I hope your respect the rights of the designer, thank you :)
Spring make-over: DIY crochet lace yoke
When I was going though my closet the other day, I found this this dark blue top I got a while ago, it’s really soft and flowy, but the v-neck was a tad too deep for my taste, I always had to layer it with anther top underneath. Then I thought, why not make something permanent?
My solution was simple: make a triangle with a picot edging, sew it to the back of the neckline, and voila - a new top with pretty lacy details!
If you have one hour to spare, this is one of the things you can do to style up your basics. If you’d like to have the pattern for my crochet lace yoke, let me know. :)
Charlotte knit lace cowl
It’s still the middle of the winter out there, but I got a sneak peek of spring when I knitted this pretty lacy cowl, to go with my floral spring dress and a leather jacket.
To achieve the wavy edges on both ends of the cowl, I knitted 2 identical pieces in the round, joined them with the BO edges that are now hidden in the ridge of the garter stitches in the middle. Simple, right? :)
Would you like to knit this? Let me know if you want the pattern. :)
Knit Snowflake writers - a gift for a great friend ♥
Often times people say to me, I love your knitted designs! Can I order them from you? How much do they cost? Well, I usually don’t have an answer to that. Considering the time and effort involved in design and production, the price tag for each item made by me personally would be HUGE. I mean how often do you pay $1500 for a sweater? It seems ridiculously expensive, but it’s merely a reflection of the number of hours required for knitting, not even taking in the originality and uniqueness of my design.
But when a friend of mine asked about the wristers with my Snowflake design, I decided to make them for her as a gift. She is now is my first client in the Gift economy, and it’s up to her what or how she wants to pay for them, but I surely hope she’ll enjoy them in the cold winter days. :)
Circle of Love
In nearly all aspects of our daily lives of jobs and businesses, there is one dominating business model that we all encounter: to make as much profit as possible, for ME, at the lowest cost as possible, again, for Me. The maximizing of profit for one’s self, at the expense of others (other people or the earth, if it’s even a concern), is totally justifiable, according to this model.
A while ago I went through a course of running a business, where all focus was on the numbers, of how much you can sell and earn, or you think you can earn, and how to present the numbers, even imaginary ones, to the investors/customers, in a convincing way. It’s all about selling, convincing customers to buy our products so that we can make a profit for ourselves. One or two sentence was dedicated to the social or moral responsibility of the business, none to my own well being, as if the only way to measure success, thereby fulfillment, is in terms of money. If I make a profit, measurable by numbers and money, then I’m supposed to be happy and fulfilled. And then I should use the money to make even more profits, and on and on it goes, or grows, not entirely unlike a cancer cell.
Albeit a common practice and generally accepted in the modern world, also by myself in the past, this model does not sit well with me any more. Even if I could make tons of money and be wealthy and owns lots of things, there is no connection of that to my sense of purpose, well being, or creativity. There is no connection to the community or humanity as a whole, because it is only focused on the profit of one person – me.
When asked earlier why I wanted to start my own business, I used to say that I wanted to do it because it’s fun, and I wanted to do what I love and be financially independent. I can now see that it’s still all about me, not so much about others. There’s something missing in my motivation, and that’s the reason why I’ve been stalling to get started.
The fact is, no matter how much I’d like to think that I am independent, everyone is dependent on each other. Everything that surrounds us, the air that we breathe in, the earth that we stand on, the nature that nourishes us with is abundance, other people that support us in so many ways, is there as part of a community, a union of all the living forms, the one Life we human beings essentially belong.
There is something fundamental and intrinsic to us all: a connection to one another, to nature and the earth, to Life itself, a connection that is innate to all beings and that we all share. By realizing this, I can no longer live by the traditional business model, which separates us instead of connecting us. The way to well being is not by conquer and possess, but by sharing – the unique gifts that Life has given each of us.
With the inspiration from advocates of the Gift economy, I came up with the Circle of Love. Instead of competing with each other, we give and receive with an open hand and an open heart. Instead of attachment, we are connected to others, with trust, respect, compassion and love. We are connected with Life.