Friday, July 13, 2018

Watermelon Toddler Summer Dress


I designed this toddler dress a year ago, but I've made some slight changes/improvements to the pattern and had a great team of crocheters to test my pattern! 



I made the dress shown below with Cotton Fair yarn by Premier Yarns, which is 52% cotton and 48% acrylic. 


And this one I made with Dreambaby DK yarn by Plymouth Yarn, which is 50% acrylic and 50% nylon. 



Both dresses turned out lovely! 




When one of my testing team members sent me photos of her dress, I was absolutely stunned at her creativity. 

She turned this dress into a true watermelon one! Isn't it just gorgeous? 

Ravelry (c) Preetha Jeyaram Mohan of Pretty Expressions 



And here are some other variations of this dress pattern. 


Ravelry (c) jovetted



Ravelry (c) Ashita-Husbana 



Ravelry (c) Jonash2004


A huge thank you to all of my wonderful crochet testers! You gals are amazing!

The pattern for my Watermelon Toddler Dress is available in my shops: EtsyCraftsy, and Ravelry!




Sunday, July 1, 2018

My New Website OlgaPoltava.com


I am so excited to share with you that I now have a new website with my own domain name - olgapoltava.com

I feel like it's a big and significant step for me as an independent crochet designer!

I created my website through SquareSpace. They have beautiful and easy to use templates, so one can build a website/blog/online store completely on their own! 
Isn't that awesome?

My new website is easy to navigate! On the main page there is a clickable gallery of my paid crochet designs. Each photo redirects to a Ravelry page, from which my pattern can be purchased!



If you go to the navigation menu, you will see that my website has five pages in total and a list of categories for my paid patterns, as well as free ones.



I started a blog on my new website, but I still plan to continue this blog too. I hope I'll manage them both! 




The other pages on my new website are About Me, a brief narrative of how I started crocheting, blogging, and selling my patterns; Contact Me gives info on how to reach me through email; and Terms lists my website rules and copyright policy.

That's it! 

I like the simple, clear, and easy to navigate look of my new website. 
And I intend to keep olgapoltava.com  free of any advertisement (other than my own paid patterns, of course! :))

So come and take a look around and wish me good luck with my new website! 

Thank you! :) 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Happy Summer and Vintage Doily


It's the first day of summer! Hooray! 

I'm in a very cheerful and high spirited mood! 

Look what I found tucked away in my craft box! A beautiful vintage doily that I made a few years ago!


I did a post about it and shared the free vintage pattern back in 2015. You can see it in this old post!

But I honestly don't like the pictures I took back then. So creepy! They don't do any justice to this beautiful doily!

Thus, I wanted to take new photos, bright and cheerful! And the first day of summer is perfect for it! 


The gladioluses are from my garden! Many years ago I bought five bulbs from a dollar store, and since then I have beautiful, cheerful gladioluses every year! Good investment! 


The apples are not from my garden! I just thought they would fit nicely in the pictures! 

But I do have some golf ball sized apples on the tree in my backyard! I'm so excited and cannot wait for them to grow and ripen! 


Happy First Day of Summer! 

What's going on in your garden? 


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Katrina Doily, New Crochet Pattern


First of all, I want to thank you for your kind comments, advice, suggestions, and virtual hugs in respond to my previous post! 

I read and re-read your comments several times! It helps! Your kindness and support mean a lot to me! Thank you!



And now I want to share my new doily design! 

All those picots were very tedious to make. Then they were even more tedious to block!

But the final result is worth it! I love how airy and light my new doily is!



It's a medium size doily that measures about 15 inches across (after blocking). I used Aunt Lydia's classic cotton thread size ten and a 1.5 mm steel hook. 


The pattern is available in my shops: Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry


I'm linking this post to
Craft Schooling Sunday @ Crative Jewish Mom
Link Your Stuff @ Annamarie's Haakblog

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Coloring to Keep My Mind Calm



When I started this blog back in 2011, I couldn't have imagined that crochet will become such a huge part of my life.
Back then it was simply a relaxing activity, something I did just for fun!

But now it's my job! I am grateful for my blog and my pattern shop, for people who follow me, buy my patterns, encourage and support me! 

Crocheting is still highly enjoyable for me, but it's no longer relaxing. Now there is always some pressure present - to make a new post with a free pattern, to release a new paid pattern, to get back to a customer who needs help as soon as I can, etc. But all of these issues are just a part of having a small online business, so I'm not complaining, not at all. 

But over the past year I've been dealing with a lot of stress and anxiety related to my personal life, which greatly impact my mental and emotional health. 

One of the biggest issues is that I have trouble sleeping at night. There are always so many thoughts racing through my mind, keeping me awake! 

I've been trying to find activities that could help me stay calm. 
I tried meditation, but it's very difficult actually. I do keep trying. 
And now I found one activity that is calming and enjoyable just the way crocheting used to be. 

Coloring! 

I find it very soothing. I do it just for the sake of doing it. No pressure! 


I bought a book of 20 postcards, and I color every day. When I finish a card, I write a short note and send it to a family member or a friend, just wising them a good day or thanking them for being in my life. That too helps to calm myself, just knowing that I am not alone, that I have a lot of people who care about me. 

I gave up drinking coffee, and now I mostly drink tea. A lot of tea! 
But black tea still has caffein, so I should probably switch to green tea.



I hope this post wasn't too depressing. If you have any advice, please do share. 

The doily in the photo above is the Spring Bloom Doily, a free design that I posted earlier this year. You can see my free pattern here.

Stay calm and happy!   



Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Lilacs in Bloom Baby Afghan, Baby Lace Blanket, New Crochet Pattern



I can't believe May is almost over! Where did it go? 

I had one post in the beginning of the month, and now I have another one at the end! 

A few several years ago, there actually was time when I was blogging twice a week. But back then, I was simply crocheting and sharing my projects. Now I design and write my own patterns, which takes way more time and energy. But no, I'm not complaining! Not at all!



I have a new baby blanket design! I named it Lilacs in Bloom! 

A simple lace pattern that works pretty quickly. 


Pattern Details
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner 
Finished Measurements: approximately 37 by 32 inches (can be adjusted to any other size)  
Materials:
US hook size G/6 (4.25 mm) 

Light worsted 100% acrylic yarn, about 1100 yards (I used Snuggly Wuggly by Loops & Threads)



The pattern is available in my Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry shops!



Monday, May 7, 2018

Crochet Lace Flower Coaster





Lace coasters look so delicate and pretty. I made one set back in December, and now I made a few more in a different design. I will mix and match them. 



The coasters measure about 4.5 inches across. I used crochet cotton thread size 10, and a 1.5 mm steel hook. 



The pattern is available in my Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry shops. 
Right now it's only $1.39




Friday, April 27, 2018

Pink Marshmallows Baby Hat to Match the Blanket




Thank you for your kind comments on my latest baby blanket pattern. 

I now have a pattern for a matching hat. 

Unlike most of the baby hats I've created before, this one is worked from bottom up. 


The pattern comes in one size 0-3 months, and the finished hat measures about 12 inches in circumference and 5 inches in height. 

I used a hook size G/6 (4.25 mm) and the same yarn as for the blanket - Snuggly Wuggly Big by Loops & Threads. In fact one skein was enough to make the blanket and the hat. 



The pattern is available in my shops: Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry




Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Pink Marshmallows Baby Blanket, Crochet Afghan Pattern




I'm so excited to announce I have a new baby blanket pattern! 

I named it Pink Marshmallows. The lace and puffs design gives it a very delicate and soft texture. 

I am now working on a matching baby hat pattern.

The blanket looks different on the front and back sides, but both are very pretty!




This year we've been blessed with April showers. My garden looks so green and lush right now. 

I took some pictures of my new baby blanket in my front yard. 

It's amazing how different the color looks in the photos taken outdoors.  












Pattern Details
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner 
Finished Measurements: approximately 36 by 28 inches (can be adjusted to any other size)  
Materials:
US hook size G/6 (4.25 mm) 

Light worsted 100% acrylic yarn, about 1100 yards (I used Snuggly Wuggly by Loops & Threads)

Gauge: not important 


The pattern is available in my Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry shops 




Sunday, April 15, 2018

Valentina Doily, New Crochet Pattern



Growing up back in Ukraine, when I was 15-16 years old, I took machine embroidery classes, making this beautiful cutwork embroidery called Richelieu. 

Unfortunately, I no longer have that skill, but I had an idea to make a crochet doily with a similar look/feel to it. 

I absolutely love the way my doily turned out! 

Coming up with a unique and suitable name for my doilies is always a big challenge. After some thinking, I decided to start naming my doilies after my friends! 

So this one is Valentina! 



The finished doily measures about 17 inches across. I used the steel hook size 1.5 mm and Aunt Lydia's classic cotton thread size 10 (about 320 yards). 

Only basic stitches are used in this pattern: chain, slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet. 




The pattern is available in my Etsy, Craftsy and Ravelry shops. 



Sunday, April 8, 2018

Shells Baby Dress Crochet Pattern, More Sizes



The Shells Baby Dress in one of the most popular patterns in my pattern shop. 

I created it back in 2014, but I've been getting requests to adjust it for more sizes. I finally did it!




The pattern now comes in threes sizes: 

0-3 months, about 15 inches around chest, 11 inches long;

3-6 months, about 16 inches around chest, 12.5 inches long;

6-12 months, about 18 inches around chest, 14 inches long. 




The pattern is available in my Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry shops.