Foreverness

It’s been three months now since Mum passed away.

I have learned to accept it, but it hurts too much living my life without her.

A couple of days ago I noticed I haven’t cooked a single meal ever since. Cooking was her “territory” and even stronger than all the memories in my mind and the physical world around me that still shines her Light, it evoked too much of her sweet laughter and the happy days we spent together, to her last days of illness.

This evening, I made for myself one of her favourite specialties. It’s such joy to recollect all those beautiful things she taught me with immense  patience and endless Love. Her language, her wisdom, her strength, her positivity, her sweetness.

I can feel her presence everywhere.

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Crochet Curio: Parasol Cover

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Graphic chart (1492 x 1200) with a couple of essential notes in English, marked in blue:

rakuten parasol cover.pngby Goshyo, Japan. You can also download the original PDF version  HERE. If you’re unfamiliar with reading graphic charts, please scroll down for graphic chart symbols explained in pictures. Enjoy !

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Of Home-Made Bread, Cheese, Traditions, Love & Appreciation

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homemade bread-rolls – домаће кифлице

I’ve always been very picky with food, basically I  prefer fish and salads to anything else, but recently I’ve also started baking my own bread, as it is virtually impossible to find anything baked without additives these days. I’m also what you’d call moderately intolerant to lactose. I can cope with small quantities of hard cheese and I actually love mozzarella, but when it comes to fresh cheese, I usually give up.  There is one little exception: the light white cheese from Mt. Jastrebac. I love it !

In fact, Serbia is famous for many varieties of cheese, the most famous being the so called cachciavallo kačkavalj, a speciality from the southern small town of Pirot, (where my Dad’s grandfather’s origins are) situated in the vicinity of the famous historical city and the birthplace of Constantine the Great, the city of Naissus (Niš).  And of course, the dairy spread KAJMAK (kuy-mukh) from Šumadija (Dad’s home region, in Central Serbia).

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Serbian light white cheese from Mt.Jastrebac – млади Јастребачки сир

The cute hot-pad in the picture is my most used kitchen item. It’s actually one of my first crochet makes, and the one I created in one go without any written pattern, being a crochet novice, but very enthusiastic about it. I  saw a picture of the little hen hot-pad a couple of years ago when I was just starting to teach myself to crochet. I loved it so much I wanted one, too !  So I made one.

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crochet hot-pad КОКИЦА  (little hen)

Traditionally, women in my part of the world and in all of Balkans possess the inborn talent to improvise in order to”reproduce” (read: knit or crochet) a nearly exact replica of almost anything they see, without written instructions, that’s how I was taught to knit, first by Mum, then by my Dad’s mother grandma Mila and later my mum’s baby sister Jadranka (Adriana in Italian), who never spent a day without needles or those tiny thread crochet hooks in her hands :-).

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I made this crochet heart relatively recently, just for fun, improvising on a circular vest chart I saw in a Japanese magazine. Looks like a nice stitch for a shawl, maybe ?! But with thinner yarn and a smaller hook, don’t you think.

Anyway, I’m sending it to all of you my regular and less regular blog readers including invisible visitors, with Love, wishing you a happy Sunday 🙂

Kids Room Toy Cushions

As you can see from my previous posts, I love animal motif cushions. This time a dog and a cat have decided to join the fun, being jealous of the cute cushion menagerie 🙃

For crocheters here’s the really sweet dog toy cushion free pattern by Sue Penrod

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and here’s his pal Полоскин (Poloskin) the striped knit-cat 🙂

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complete with picture tutorial by Елена Максудова  (Elena Maxudova aka Aneliya), which I came across via Russian blogs.

Crafty parents, please enjoy !

Hippie Summer Tunic

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DIY-ers say the end of winter is just the right time to plan and start working on new summer projects.

Well, this boho style shirt or tunic with crochet flowers insert (and, of course, fringes) is a really cute piece of crochet wear which I’m sure many of us would love to add to our summer wardrobe (I know I would ) 🙂

As far as I can tell, the tunic looks a combination of filet mesh + textured crochet, appears quite light and airy and doesn’t seem to use much cotton yarn. There’s no pattern, only these few graphic tutorials from the Russian magazine Журнал Мод, which look quite similar and nice to combine and  improvise with. Crochet experts, please enjoy ! Continue reading Hippie Summer Tunic