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My name is Elena Nodel, and I am a mom to a very industrious, busy, ever curious and adventurous little girl. She is my ever present inspiration for all my creative ideas. As she grows, she becomes more and more involved in my creative work, and actually does have a say in a final look of any given project. I have a Girly Girl, thus most of my designs are very feminine. However, lately I have started working on more unisex projects.
I was born and raised in Russia, a place where knitting is a part of the lifestyle. I now live in British Columbia, Canada, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I am a trained microbiologist/immunologist , and have spent years doing scientific research. I am married to a like scientist, and his name is Peter. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful and supportive husband, and Maya is very lucky to have a father who constantly encourages her natural curiosity, and teaches her about the world around her - she has him wrapped very tightly around her little finger!
I love working with natural fibers such as cotton or wool, and always try to use them.One thing I don't like doing is seaming, therefore I knit in the round as much as possible. It is great for me and comfortable for kids. And as a result, I usually design my garments to be worked in the round from the top down.
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We recently moved to the interior of our province, and unlike the west coast of Canada where we lived for many years, the weather in the interior is much harsher. This means hot summers and cold winters. In the past, both my husband and I lived in places where it was cold enough for snow to last for months and months, however for our 5-year old daughter Maya it will be her first experience. This year we are so looking forward to winter, and we cannot wait to show Maya all the wonders the snow brings. She will need her warm hats and scarves here for sure! This is how the "Hugs and Kisses" winter set comprising of a scarf, hat and cowl came to be.
I wanted the set to be bright and cheerful, and most importantly easily spotted in the snow. It gets pretty white here!
I have always loved intarsia, and designing this set was a perfect opportunity to use my favorite technique. The Fair Isle chart I am using throughout is simple enough for a beginner, yet interesting enough for a well-practiced knitter. Each piece is knitted in the round and is completely seamless.
22 sts x 29 rows = 10 cm/4 inches
1318 yards of DK weight