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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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Paprika is a part of my "Spice Girls" series of cardigans designed for everyday wear, and as a part of the spice collection, Paprika brings a little unique spice all of its own.
This vest features some simple cables that look intricate but very easy to execute, hood, and interesting closures.
"Paprika" is completely seamless; it is knit from top down and requires very minimal finishing.
I have used an amazing technique developed by Susie Myers, "contiguous set-in sleeves", that allows shoulder shaping and creating set-in sleeves without using short rows. Sleeves are worked at the same time as the rest of the vest.
Paprika is worked flat apart from 2 rows to finish the sleeves.
20 sts and 26 rows = 10 cm/4 inches in stockinette stitch with larger needles.