“Wristers” by Gloria Aida – doing the season in Style!

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For our first post of 2013, we’re pleased to welcome back Master-Crafter Gloria Aida to our Thematic Stitchings site.

For Christmas, she surprised her friends with this stylish collection of “wristers” in a variety of colors and patterns.

Xmas 2012 WristersImagine my surprise on Christmas morning when I opened my gift and found 2 pairs of these lovely “fingerless gloves”, in grey as well as green! Each has a unique pattern, and they fit like a dream! The open fingers allow me to operate my keyboard or iPad, while keeping wrists and knuckles toasty warm!

Gloria Wrister Gift Tag

Gift Tag

Almost as exciting as the gift is the personalized “gift tag” Gloria created. With today’s technology, it’s easy to add this one-of-a-kind feature to your hand-crafted presents.

 

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Gloria Wristers Jan.13 16Friends model 2 white pairs of wristers. Notice the slightly different patterns, making each pair unique! (Yes, Kahaliah’s white manicure was a happy coincidence.)

Gloria wristers group Jan.13

The gang’s all here for a photo shoot, sporting a great selection of grey and green wristers. The only limit is your imagination in choosing colours and textures to suit any style!

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Wristers are also a great gift for youngsters. This lovely matching pink hat and gloves went to a stylish 10-year-old.

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It’s fun to get creative, matching colours and patterns for infinity scarves, hats, and other accessories that will make your wristers the talk of the office!

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Grey is always in style, and this rich tweedy grey pops with a fresh manicure!

Gloria Wristers Jan.13 8Here’s more of this season’s collection, and remember, each pair is unique!

Gloria Wristers Jan.13 10Gloria’s trademark is excellent craftsmanship. You cannot see or feel the seam, which is lovingly worked into each pattern.

Gloria Wristers Jan.13 13Friends Eleanor & Simuoko model their beautiful brown and green wristers at the office Christmas party!

Gloria Wristers Jan.13 12I’m especially crazy about this periwinkle blue pair, modeled here by Gloria Aida herself.

Gloria Wristers Jan.13 11On the other hand, this grey pair is also delightful! You can’t go wrong with grey this season. It goes with everything, and has such a warm, natural look.

That’s all for today, friends!  If, like me, you were lucky enough to be on Gloria’s Holiday list, then I know you’re smiling.

And now it’s time to begin planning for Christmas 2013!  Get into the closet, dig out those old knitting and crocheting needles and let’s get to work.

Every Holiday needs a little MAGIC!

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Blankets Galore — the joy of Crochet

For my first Crafty Post of 2012, I’d like to wish all of my crafty friends a very Happy New Year. May all your creative dreams come true.

As for me, I’ve been busy throughout December and January. My latest stitch-quest: Blankets Galore!

Blankets for the kids, blankets to give for Christmas and finally one delightfully cozy blanket for myself.

All crocheted using a fast and easy lace stitch. These gift-blankets called on a basic “double-crochet” and chain combination to create a simple yet elegant lace that breathes well but stays warm. I chose an extra-chunky Charisma yarn from Michaels for these soft beauties.

For my own “sage and cream” blanket I used a Fanfare crochet stitch from my beloved Vogue Stitchionary “Crochet” pattern book. This one is an extra-large afghan — perfect for a cozy evening of watching the detectives or reading.

Whatever your hands get up to, may you always know the joy of creating.

Wishing all my crafty friends the very best of a brand new season!

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Among the Departed by Vicki Delany

A compelling mystery by a great story-teller.

Once again, Delany hits the mark with Among The Departed, a mystery set in BC’s stunning mountain region. More than just a mystery-writer, Delany has a keen insight into the often strained family ties that are the backdrop for her tales. Realistic characters, straight-forward story-telling and an old-style mystery are the hall-mark of Delany’s work

You won’t be disappointed — this one should be on any mystery-lover’s summer reading list!
Donna Carrick
author of The First Excellence

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BEASTER BUNNY 2011 ~ the competition begins…

The competition is on, folks, and you can be the winner! That’s right, it’s time once again for our annual Carrick Beaster Bunny competition.

To enter, simply leave a comment below with your vote for “Best Beaster Bunny 2011”! One lucky voter will be drawn and will receive ABSOLUTELY FREE his or her choice of Carrick Paperback from our site.

After you cast your vote, be sure to visit Alex’s site for his timely Easter story Revenge of the Beaster Bunny.

Meet this year’s artists: Alex “Paw” Carrick, Donna “Mom”, Ted “The Master”, and Tammy “the Terminator”. It’s a Beasterly line-up indeed! But how to choose the winner from such a selection?

We recommend that you use the time-honoured “checklist & point” system.

Below you will find each work displayed in detail. Simply note key points, and remember, with art, there are no wrong answers. Then leave a comment, letting us know which work most “speaks” to you of beastly hopping!

Contest closes Easter Monday at 6pm EST! At that time, we will put each voter’s name into a hat and announce the winner of a Carrick Paperback!

Have fun… AND HAPPY EASTER TO ALL!

   

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Knitting for charity ~ Scarves by Gloria Aida

For those of you who’ve heard me talk about our office “knitting group” led by the talented Gloria Aida, you have probably also heard me mention the vast collection of scarves she created in 2010 for an orphanage in Armenia. Hope you will enjoy this video collection as much as Gloria Aida and I enjoyed bringing it to you!
Donna Carrick

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Crafty Friends ~ Spotlight on Silva

Crafty friend Silva

Knitter extraordinaire Silva returns to Thematic Stitchings with this exceptional shawl by Vogue Knitting Magazine, Spring/Summer 2010. Featuring an advanced level lace stitch and a classic cut, this shawl is designed to flatter the figure.

Garment sculpts to flatter figure

It’s impossible to find a bad angle from which to admire this piece. A simple rectangle, it forms to the shoulders like a jacket, enhancing the curves rather than hiding them. To add even more detail, close the shawl at the front using a classic styled clip or brooch.

Scalloped lace trim surrounds rectangle

As with most vogue patterns, the eye is treated to intricate trim that carries around the rectangle. It shows as a hem here in the back of the shawl.

Lace collar is perfect detail

The upper trim falls naturally to create a lovely collar for the piece. Thanks to Silva’s masterful and consistent tension, the garment maintains a regularity despite the changing lace-stitch.

Intricate tulip-style lace

Notice the enchanting tulip-like lace throughout the body of the fabric. This garment is as lovely to feel as it is to look at. The weight of the yarn makes it fall rather than bunching up, and keeps its allure as it is worn.

Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2010

Thanks to Vogue Knitting for providing this delightful and challenging pattern. And our special thanks to Silva for returning to share another wonderfully crafted garment, fresh from her own magic needles!

If you have questions about this or any other project, feel free to reach me directly through my contact page.

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However, if you’re more interested in following this crafty bird through the labyrinth of fabric and yarn that we call a life, you can always join me on my Just Knittin’ Twitter site under @DCarrickCrafts . Either way, I’d love to meet you on FaceBook, so be sure to look me up!

Best in knitting and living passionately,
Donna Carrick

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Crafty Friends ~ Spotlight on Gloria Aida

Crafty Friend Gloria Aida

As a girl in The Holy City, Gloria Aida learned to crochet.

Many of you will remember Crafty Friend Gloria Aida from an earlier post. Her main project throughout 2010 was creating a massive collection of hand-made scarves for her favourite charity.

Pieces like this used to decorate most homes.

What you may not know is that my dear friend Gloria Aida is also a talented crochet artist. In fact, last summer I was inspired by her to learn to crochet — an art I’d long admired.

Note the intricate pinwheel stitch!

With Gloria Aida’s help, I was able to acquire a basic skill at the ancient art of crochet.

Layers add dimension to this lovely doilie!

For months now, Gloria Aida has been humoring me by allowing me to photograph some of her lovely crocheted lace pieces. These are works of art she has created over many years — some she uses daily, others she has stored away for her children and future grandchildren.

It is incredible to realise that a few short decades ago our grandmothers used to fill their homes with this intricate lace-fabric art. Through the latter 1900’s, the craft was almost lost to us. Thank goodness, it is now being revived, largely thanks to passionate artists like Gloria Aida!

Vibrant colour creates eye-catching art

I hope these pieces will inspire others to turn their hands to this resurging art form! What a lovely way to spend an afternoon, creating quality pieces that will endure for generations!

I regret I can display only a fragment of Gloria Aida’s collection in this post, but I’m hopeful she will share her work with us again at a future date!

Doilies are a true folk art!

Thank you, Gloria Aida, for both your friendship and for sharing your art with us.

Happy Independence Day to our American neighbors, and a Wonderful Canada Day weekend to our friends here at home…

If you have questions about this or any other project, feel free to reach me directly through my contact page.

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For all of you out there who love to read, please follow my writer account on Twitter @Donna_Carrick .

However, if you’re more interested in following this crafty bird through the labyrinth of fabric and yarn that we call a life, you can always join me on my Just Knittin’ Twitter site under @DCarrickCrafts . Either way, I’d love to meet you on FaceBook, so be sure to look me up!

Best in knitting and living passionately,
Donna Carrick

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