One designer I've held in high esteem for some time is Elena Nodel. Her designs are fresh, colorful yet classic and not at all derivative. For the past year thiswonderful, creative, bright light in our Fiber Arts world has been afflicted with cancer and as of April 28 was released from the hospital after a very serious emergency surgery to protect her kidneys from failing as a result of that cancer. I'm here today to highlight some of Elena Nodel's patterns, encourage you to buy her patterns, but also to ask you to take an interest in the fight that her family has made public. There is a "Go Fund Me" drive to help Elena Nodel pay her medical bills. I'd like you to take a look with me at some of my favorite children's clothing, clothing for adults, and finally accessories designed by Elena Nodel.
Elena Nodel has been a member of Ravelry since 2008. This is where I first found her patterns. She created the prettiest and yet most unique style dresses for girls I'd seen on Ravelry. I loved that the patterns looked stylish, and fun but also allowed the freedom of movement. I was pretty much smitten. I commented on a couple of the designs and Elena Nodel was kind enough to comment in return. She's not only a fabulous designer living in Sicamous, BC, Canada but also a lovely person. The fiber arts community loves to give, especially to one of our own. I hope this blog will do Colour Adventures and Knitting Adventures some credit.
First an admission. Elena Nodel has created some pattern pieces that are beyond my skill set. However as a HUGE fan of her work I will knit what I can :). Elena Nodel writes "I like my designs to be easy to wear and to knit, thus most my designs are seamless and well explained, with all the relevant links to the tutorials when needed..
I am a very creative person and like exploring various techniques and stitches while creating my garments. Thus you will always find a bit of a challenge in my patterns that will keep you interested and engaged." of her own work.
This is exactly what the knitter finds in the designs at "Knitting Adventures" . Having watched the designs evolve (way past my own skill) from her earliest work to the amazing pieces Elena Nodel has designed more recently I can honestly say, a knitter would never be bored. Children's designs, especially, should not be boring! Some of the first pieces she designed were beautiful , easy to knit, lovely little pieces for her daughter Maya. The "Pink Lacy Spring Dress" was the first piece I had seen of Anadiomena's available on Ravelry. As Elena and Peter's daughter Maya grew so did the number of patterns available for children. There are patterns for both boys and girls (and some that are unisex)
Let us take a look at a selected few of my favorites (just a few of those available)
The accessories found at the Anadiomena's Designs are STUNNING. Many of them heavily cabled in a way that catches the eye. I am a huge fan of cable work even though it takes me extra time, the look is really stunning. I could write all day about the accessories but I'll spare you that :)
Elena Nodel's family needs our help right now. While many of us give to charity outside the Fiber arts community, when it's one of our own we take it a little personally. Elena Nodel's husband Pete has set up a "Go Fund Me " and it's "Trending" right now. There are more than a couple of us who couldn't give to the fund at the moment but maybe we could buy a pattern! ? The shawl patterns linked above cost $6.00 . You get a pattern and Elena Nodel's family has a little more money in their pocket to help with expenses.
Elena Nodel has a Facebook page "Anadiomena's Designs" where people can keep up to date with new patterns, events, fundraisers, and news about Elena's treatment . Even if you can't donate or you don't knit we can certainly all send best wishes her way. I know you are fighting Elena Nodel and I am praying for the very best for you and your family !
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