Blog tour: Interview with Alla Koval and Imagical Seasons giveaway

Today, I’m sharing an interview with Alla Koval along with a giveaway as part of the blog tour for her new books. Read on for details!

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Alla is a crochet and knitting designer specializing in children’s clothing. Her patterns have appeared in Crochet! magazine and Crochetscene. She also self-published patterns as My Little City Girl. Her first books, part of the Imagical Seasons crochet pattern book series, can be found on the Imagical Seasons website, as well as on Amazon, Craftsy, Etsy, and Ravelry.

Alla can be found online at My Little City Girl or Alla Koval Designs, as well as on Facebook, Ravelry, and Twitter.

Interview

Interview with #crochet & #knitting designer Alla Koval about her crochet pattern books of children's couture, Imagical Seaons, on @ucrafterUnderground Crafter (UC): How did you first learn to crochet and knit?

Alla: The actual learning part happened in the early years of school, mostly during afterschool day care hours – but you can imaging complexities of these “projects” :). Му very first garment I designed and made by myself was a sweater for my daddy which I knitted when I was about 11 years old. I was so proud from the fact that my dad loved it and wore that sweater until it practically started to break apart. Since then I enjoined knitting and crocheting garments and accessories for gifts or by request from my friends and family.

UC: What inspired you to start designing?

Alla: I was designing as far as I remember myself. From early childhood I was involved into the joy of creating my own garments. My mom is a professional seamstress and amazing knitter and crocheter and she preferred to hand make most of dresses for me and my sister. As far as we all remember, I participated every single time – as a trouble maker when I was too small and as artist and designer once I got older. 

Interview with #crochet & #knitting designer Alla Koval about her crochet pattern books of children's couture, Imagical Seaons, on @ucrafter. Giveaway for Imagical Seasons Volume 1 & 2; enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on August 27, 2015 for your chance to win!

Millefiori Apron Top, crochet pattern by Alla Koval from Imagical Seasons: Summer, vol. 02.

UC: You have a lot of variety in your patterns, but you definitely have a lot of patterns for children’s garments. What do you enjoy about designing these projects?

Alla: Yes, you are perfectly right and for now most of my designs are for children, actually for girls, 2-12 years old.  I definitely would love to design more for boys and creating a boy’s line is one of the exciting projects I have in mind! It’s just a matter of timing, but first blanket for boys is done already and the pattern will be available August, 24th if not earlier!

I also enjoy creating accessories for ladies—scarves, hats, wraps, necklaces, pins, etc., which appeared in several magazines, including Crochet!, Interweave Crochet, and Crochetscene. Also, my accessories patterns can be found at My Little City Girl and in the Imagical Seasons book series.

Interweave StoreUC: Your new books, Imagical Seasons Spring and Imagical Seasons Summer, were self-published a few weeks ago. What was the development process like for these books?

Alla: I like to quote Guy Kawasaki here:

If you thought starting a book was hard, wait until you try to finish one. As I said, writing a book is a marathon, not a sprint, and it’s a marathon without people handing you cold water and cheering you on.  – Guy Kawasaki, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur: How to Publish a Book.

Sure everyone’s experience will be different and there are multiple ways to publish. From my own experience I would share what I am proud about:

  • I had to learn Adobe Illustrator to realize one of my biggest dreams in pattern development – to be able to draw stitch diagram of any level of complexity and size for any pattern;
  • I learned how to manage large books in Adobe InDesign;
  • I watched hours of video lessons and collected a library of books related to photography;
  • I conquered half of the house and converted that to photo studio and storage 🙂

I can continue this list at any time, just ask!

UC: You have over 3,600 sales in your Etsy shop. What tips do you have for new Etsy sellers?

Alla: First, I would recommend to offer the best customers service you can: prompt responses to questions customers may have. Nice presentations and clear product descriptions also help… And don’t forget to add some time and patience to be noticed and get first customers!

Also, Etsy’s treasuries – it’s such a great marketing tool to promote your own listings and  help to promote listings of another sellers.

Interview with #crochet & #knitting designer Alla Koval about her crochet pattern books of children's couture, Imagical Seaons, on @ucrafter. Giveaway for Imagical Seasons Volume 1 & 2; enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on August 27, 2015 for your chance to win!

Sakura Top, crochet pattern by Alla Koval from Imagical Seasons: Spring, vol. 01.

UC: What are your favorite crochet and knitting books – besides yours! – in your collection?

Alla: I love most Interweave magazines for their inventive, stylish projects and styling;  Japanese books for their neat and fantastic stitch charts, schematic and presentation. I love stitch dictionaries, of course! I also really enjoy books that focus on specific techniques.

UC: Do you have any crafty blogs or websites you visit regularly for inspiration or community?

Alla: There are a lot of talented  knit and crochet designers I admire! Some of many favorite blogs I follow are Magic with hook and needles, FGDesignsStitch StoryStyled by Kristin… just to name a few.

Thanks for stopping by, Alla! We look forward to seeing the rest of the books in this series.

Giveaway

I’m hope you enjoyed the interview with Alla! If you like crocheting for girls, you will definitely want to check out her new books.

Interview with #crochet & #knitting designer Alla Koval about her crochet pattern books of children's couture, Imagical Seaons, on @ucrafter. Giveaway for Imagical Seasons Volume 1 & 2; enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on August 27, 2015 for your chance to win!You can preview all the designs in the books on Ravelry. Imagical Seasons Volume 1 (Spring) is here, and Imagical Seasons Volume 2 (Summer) is here. My favorite patterns are the Sakura Top and Millefiori Aprgon Top, both shown above. What are yours?

Alla has been kind enough to offer up a copy of each book in a giveaway. Enter through Thursday, August 77, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern using the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win. Two winners will be chosen at random from the entries submitted via the Rafflecopter widget, and each will win one Imagical Seasons book. Winners in U.S. or Canada will receive a print copy. International winners will receive a digital copy. Good luck!

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17 Comments

  1. Darlene P.
    August 20, 2015 / 8:00 am

    These designs are so delicate looking! The two designs I’d want to try first are the Zakura Top in the Spring edition and the Azure Wrap in the summer one.

  2. Esther
    August 20, 2015 / 8:24 am

    OMG! I think she is so incredibly talented!
    I love the Petalline dress and poncho!

  3. Sarah
    August 20, 2015 / 1:27 pm

    I would try the Hugs of Love Blanket first.

  4. August 20, 2015 / 2:30 pm

    Thank you for doing the interview with me on the book and hosting giveaway, Marie! I very much appreciate you being part of the blog tour!!

  5. Heather
    August 20, 2015 / 3:41 pm

    I think I would try the Sakura top 1st as it would look adorable on my nieces and granddaughter. This top is very pretty and perfect for late Spring here, not to mention passing my brother’s strict coverage dress code for his girls.
    For the Summer collection my 1st choice is harder as your designs are so beautiful. I have narrowed it down to a choice between the Daisy Beanie & Pin or the Petalline Dress & Poncho. Either would look good on the girls, as well as my teenage daughter.
    I’m always on the lookout for clothing patterns and your designs are not only beautiful but stylish and timeless. I would love to be able to make them all! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with the word. I for one am greatly appreciative (and a little in awe). 🙂 🙂

  6. Helen King
    August 20, 2015 / 6:22 pm

    I love them all but I would do the Hugs of Love first!

  7. Heather Rigney
    August 20, 2015 / 6:33 pm

    I’m loving the Jardin Cowl!

  8. Adrienne
    August 20, 2015 / 7:57 pm

    My 8-yaer-old daughter LOVES wearing things I knit or crochet for her. But I would have to make the ice cream amigurumi first, in three flavors, one for each of my three children 🙂

  9. ~RG
    August 20, 2015 / 11:27 pm

    These are such beautiful designs. Great job & congratulations!!

  10. leslie
    August 22, 2015 / 7:27 am

    really pretty designs

  11. Tatiana
    August 22, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    Pretty designs are all!
    I would start with Petalline Dress&Poncho, Azure Wrap from Summer vol. and Tutti Frutti Blanket from Spring!

  12. Karol Beaufore
    August 22, 2015 / 8:14 pm

    I would try The Millifori Apron first. I have a great niece that it would look adorable on.

  13. Susan Broughton
    August 23, 2015 / 1:33 pm

    If I won I would first try the design Silverlace & Tropicana Blanket

  14. Sara S
    August 26, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    I would start with the Petalline dress first. The lines are not often used for girls clothing. All of the designs are so pretty.

  15. Marie
    August 27, 2015 / 3:04 am

    Azure Wrap. So many stunning designs, so a challenge to choose!

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