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I missed you!


Hi all,

Yes, I know, I have been kind of absent, but for a good reason. I was really busy designing some cool useful stuff for you, my dear reader. You can find my designs in my new page called “N2L Designs“.

I like it, I love it, I enjoy it, so you can be sure that all my designs are made with love and with you in mid. But let’s have a look!

n2lpatternsYou can now find my patterns on Ravelry, Etsy and Cfratsy.

I hope you will enjoy knitting them as much as I enjoyed creating them!

Swedish Family Bootie Pattern

Swedish Family Bootie Pattern

Yarn, Books & Roses

Wow. This week I was definitely stuck in the baby bootie knitting rut. I went ahead and made two more pairs for friends of my original customer; kind of a ripple out effect. While I was making them I realized that while the pattern is pretty simple and straight forward, it is hard to visualize what is happening. So here is the pattern, exactly the way that it was taught to me, with picture support. The booties in the picture are being made on 2.25mm double pointed needles with Broncos Football colored fingering yarn that I bought at my local yarn store. In case you haven’t guessed, this is Broncos Country since I live in Colorado.

Cast on 10 stitches. Knit each row (this is garter stitch) until you have 18 ridges on each side.

This little rectangle of garter stitch will become the sole of the bootie. Like those Bronco colors? This little rectangle of garter stitch will become the sole of the bootie. Like those…

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Today’s inspiration… from a Vampire!


I do not like vampires. Of course I don’t, I am from Romania!  I grew up with them… and… I might actually be one 😀

I didn’t use to read vampires stories and I used to change channel every time a nasty one would stare at me from the other side of my TV.

My BFF, Alina Popescu started writing this Bad Blood type of thinghy book of vampires and we started talking about it two years ago.  I was stuck with her in a car, on a loooong journey from Scotland to Romania, so I had no way avoid the subject. She tried to convince me to give it a try, but fantasy books are not my type of thing… and a vampires one, is a definite no, no, no!

Today she is finally releasing The Age of Hope, first book of a trilogy and I have an announcement to make: “Alina, for you and for you only, I did it! I watched Vampires Diaries! It’s my first step to a vampiresque world and you were right, there is more about this stories than blood sucking! And cherry on top, I am dying to read your book!” Now, sst, do not tell anyone!

So, dear all, allow me to introduce The Age of Hope:

Last but not least, Happy Birthday, Alina!


africa, where the colors don’t fade

africa, where the colors don’t fade

In A Search of Balance

You know how they say you leave your heart in Africa? How this wildly contrasting place gets to you and you keep revisiting your steps, toying with the idea of going back? How you find yourself looking around your home afterwards and wondering how people take so many things for granted, forgetting to enjoy the little things that make their day? Well, they were right.

It’s very hard to put in words what this place does to you (and I’m not the best of writers anyway), but you can’t just ease back effortlessly into your old life and habits. It changes you a bit, as cliche as it may sound, especially if you give into the experience and life instead of gliding on the surface. It’s enough to see the genuine smiles on the little kids’ faces who are eager to talk to you or the richness of colors and…

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A short history of tipping waiters in New York


Ephemeral New York

Any current city guidebook gives the same advice: the proper tip to a server in New York stands at 20 percent of the total bill. It wasn’t always so.


“The waiter who hands you the check . . . should get 15 per cent (as should a waitress in a tearoom); in a night club, 20 percent,” wrote Lawton Mackall in his 1949 New York dining guide Knife and Fork in New York.

ChurchillsNYPL1914Fifteen percent 65 years ago was pretty good, considering that decades earlier, the question was whether to tip at all.

“In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when the professional middle class, the public restaurant, and the tip were relatively new, the debate was not over how much to tip, but whether tipping itself was so destructive to democracy that it could not be allowed to continue,” wrote Andrew P. Halley in Turning the Tables.

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