Sunday, July 13, 2014

Failli :: Connecting

I am a dancer. In ballet,  the name 'Failli' refers to a particular ballet movement;  it  is a connecting step, connecting one movement to another.

Ballet is just as much a part of me as knitting and creating. I began taking ballet classes around the same time as when I learned how to knit. I needed something to keep both my hands and my feet occupied. When my grandmother sat me down and gave me scraps of brown and yellow yarn and long, cumbersome needles she was instructing me in a craft that was taught, shared and connected throughout many generations.

Whether through a memory or visual contact, knitting IS connecting.

Those on the home front during WWII knitted for their soldiers and with every stitch felt closer and contributed love and practicality to the war effort.
A handknitted heirloom to wrap up a wee one brings up sweet memories of the loving hands that stitched together such a piece.

We connect through love; passing on art, technique, memories and heirlooms making this a beautiful dance of the generations.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Dinner with the Brotsky's || Fresh Corn Salad

{Fresh Corn Salad}

2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
dash fresh ground pepper
dash basil
dash parsley
1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn
1/4 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tbs sour cream

Mix all ingredients together.
Refrigerate until cold.
Add on top of a plate of fresh greens (I prefer romaine lettuce).
Serve with quesadillas.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

a gift for baby Daniel

My dear friend from California is expecting a baby boy! We are excited for his due date in August; after many health complications and a miscarriage, Daniel will be a joy to his momma and family! I wanted to send a boxful of handmade goodness his way and this is what I came up with!

I had found this idea on Pinterest and decided to copy it. I fell in love with the adorable snap-on bow ties and at first I thought I might try to make my own using this tutorial. However, I am sewing machine-less and figured I'd just order them instead. Much faster and it would support a fellow Etsian! Check out One Young Love.


Here is the pattern for the bibs. Easy as pie.

The vest info can be found on my Ravelry project page. It is knit up in my favorite yarn, Riveting, a recycled denim yarn!

All packed up and ready to send to the West Coast.


Friday, January 11, 2013

{a late Christmas}

A peek into our house at Christmastime!

This was our first Christmas together! We have enjoyed establishing traditions in the Brotsky household, one of which is setting up the tree the day after Thanksgiving!

I also tried my hand at making a wreath for our front door...

We went to the Nutcracker (Matt's first time!)... This is us after the performance.

Our cozy house from the outside.

Merry late Christmas!