Happy Valentine's Day! Yay! I hope you're as excited as I am. Do you have any special plans? Alex and I are going to have a romantic evening at home and make ourselves lemon fettuccine alfredo. For dessert I'm going to make banana bread, stir up some fresh whipped cream to top it with, and then sprinkle it with blueberries. There are nice things about going out for Valentine's Day, but there are also nice things about having a quiet evening at home. :)
I'm really excited about today's Friday Focus. I saw Vendula Maderska's work months ago and loved it so much that I knew I had to save it for Valentine's Day. I'm so happy she said yes and made my vision come true! Her work is so bright, detailed, and whimsical. Whimsical is a word that's a little overused, but gosh darn if Vendula's work isn't the very definition of whimsy! Playful, quaint, and fanciful indeed. I just love it! And so, on this day of love, let us delight in the cuteness of Vendula's wonderful patterns.
My mom :-) My mom is a very creative and
talented lady. She knit and crocheted for all her life. She
wasn't a professional seamstress, she worked in health care, but she
created professional fashion for me and my sister. And you know,
every little girl wishes to be like her mom. I have been knitting since my
childhood. I remember that I knitted my first sweater with black
beads, using a Norwegian pattern and lot of colors when I was 12 years
old. I didn't crochet, I only knew the basics. But I found the beauty of
crochet 6 years ago. And I am absolutely hooked :-) I inherited an obsession with details and colors from my grandfather who was a painter.
Why do you crochet?
I love crochet because of its
freedom. You could crochet everywhere and there is huge space for
your own creativity, using colors and embellishment... When I
am crocheting it is like time stops. The yarn is dancing
around my hook and I feel all that energy, you can feel when
something is arising. The silence of the night, or the bright
day full of colors and different sounds – myself, colorful yarns
around me and my hook ...I really love these moments :-) And I cannot forget my greatest inspiration, my two amazing
My personal star is a yarn called Kacenka
by Nitarna Ceska Trebova – it is mixture of cotton and acrylic. I
love its beautiful colors and it is such a pleasant material. Because I crochet a lot I am using ergonomic hooks by Clover. I have no
special books. When I was younger, I collected the Verena knitting
magazine, because I did knitting almost all of the time. I am a self-learner in crochet. Crocheting is like every other skill - you have to
practice, practice, and practice.. I still remembered the basics that my
mom and grandmom taught me when I was a child – and I am
very grateful for that. I am very happy that my crocheting became
recognizable in this huge world, which is not easy. I am so moved
when I read nice messages from all the world with compliments of my
work. I am very glad for that.
A few finished objects...
Hearts Purse in progress
Crazy Rainbow Bag
You just have to check out Vendula's other patterns. Looking at her whole collection together really takes you to another world. I love them all, but a few of my faves are her Lighthouse Ruffles Hat and Wall Pocket Organizer. A big thank you goes out to Vendula for sharing her work with us. What a delightful way to spend Valentine's Day! You can find her on Ravelry, her blog, Etsy, Facebook, and Pinterest.