Keeping Warm as an Art Form
A week ago, my co-worker and good friend, Sasha, walked into my office. He handed me a cute little sweater for my 1 year and 3 months old daugher. But it was not just any sweater; it was hand-made by his wife, Marina, who makes extraordinary children clothing. The beautiful yarn sweater she gave to my daughter was extremely high-quality. It was quite thick, without being obvious that it was thick. Examine the sweater carefully, I found that Marina produced a warm sweater by thatching two layers of yarn. I had never seen that in a commercial product. A lot of thoughts had gone into the artistic patterns that she weaved into the sweater (see photo below).
When I told my wife that I was going to write this blog entry about Marina's beautiful children sweater, my wife added that our baby daughter loves wearing it. She wouldn't let my wife take it off her until she got too hot in it. After all, it's only autumn in Southern California. The sweater was just slightly bigger than my daughter's size. Marina did it all from guessing the size, because she wanted it to surprise us. I thought it will fit perfectly when winter comes around next month.
Just to give you a little background about Marina, she grew up in Belarus and was Sasha's childhood sweetheart. Just this year, she married Sasha and moved to the United States. I first learned about her artistic talent last year, when she mailed us a Christmas card that she hand-made as well. The Christmas card had rabbits, Christmas tree, ginger man cookie, and other Christmas elements. And everything on the card, including with the card was fabric. The card's amazing design made me want to look at it day in and day out.
Marina has developed a talent and passion for making clothing. But she is far different from just any clothing maker. She has a true artistic sense that are difficult to find in anyone. And that's a good thing, because before she moved to the United States, her clothing sells like hot cakes in her home country.
After telling them how much my daughter loves the yarn sweater, Sasha and Marina has offered to make us more if we just provide the yarn. But I think she definitely deserve far more for her artwork than free. I look forward to the day that she starts selling her artistic works. If you can't wait for that day, send me a message; maybe I can hook you up with Marina's artistic hand-made children's clothing.
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