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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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My daughter is finally old enough to appreciate ponchos. It was Maya's idea to design one after her class used ponchos at school as a prop for their end of the year show. I was reminded daily for the whole summer, and here it is! Maya is so delighted with her poncho and wears it to school every morning.
The poncho is constructed from 2 rectangular pieces that are easily adjustable to your child's measurements. This design has an endless possibility of color combinations. You can use one color, variegated colors, and several colors. What I liked the most is the fact that I was able to get rid of so much scrap yarn, and so can you. The design can be worked with any yarn and any gauge.
Have fun and enjoy your colors!
19 sts = 10 cm/4 inches on 4.5 mm/US #8 needles in Star Stitch
And any gauge on any appropriate needles!