2015, Adiós. A Year in Making.

//2015, Adiós. A Year in Making.

2015, Adiós. A Year in Making.

This is the last post of 2015 and I want to share with you the best moments that I had on the blog this year.

2015

March

Hyberballad Cowl was my first test knit ever! I was so happy to be a part of creating a pattern. Dear Julie, thank you so much for the opportunity!

Riviera Skirt was my first collaboration with the yarn company. I was so honored to try Wool and the Gang knit kit. I tried pima cotton for the first time and it won my heart! Knitting a skirt was also an absolutely new and such a fun experience! And of course, our absolutely crazy photo shoot with my dear friend Elena, who makes the best photos ever!!!

April

The Violet Gift was a huge “thank you” to my dear friend and all this fun we had together!

May

St. Brigid cardigan opened my Modification Series – a challenging and such an inspiring project! It will always be very special to me!

Pure is one of my favorite projects of 2015! It was a gift for a dear friend and it was made in a record short time! It was the first time I made a garment for the recipient without any measurements given and it fit her perfectly!!!

June

Deep End. It became my second shawl that I’ve ever made! I enjoyed the simplicity and beautiful architecture of the design. Deep End was a gift for my dear Mom.

Soho Dress. My absolute favorite project of 2015. From the first glimpse of inspiration to the last stitch, this dress was such a joy to make! I loved sharing every single step of it here and was infinitely grateful to my dear Elena for capturing such beautiful photos!

July

Exploration Autumn. You won’t believe it, but it was my first time working with 100% wool! I was so drawn to cotton and linen that wool was never in my stash! It was one of the most colorful projects that I’ve ever done and it flew away to my Granny. Exploration Autumn was the last project I finished in Baja, right before the move.

August

Textured Chevron Crochet Blanket. My first crochet FO of 2015 and the first one in San Miguel de Allende. The blanket traveled with me through half of the country and will always remind me of all the beauty we saw on our way. It also became the first crochet pattern I published here.

October

Flax. My first top-down pullover. I don’t know why I was avoiding this construction for so long – it turned out very logical and simple! It was reknit two times from the scratch and it became the first sweater for my husband. He wears it every single day now!.

Crochet Gift. Simple vest for a very special guy. I’ve never made children’s clothes and was surprised how fast it actually was!

November

Fall Raglan. The first sweater for My Sister’s Knitter My Fall KAL. The first time working with variegated yarn and the first time modifying top-down raglan.

December

Mineral Heather sweater. The first machine knitting FO since May! I didn’t realize how much I missed it! At the end I got the most comfortable and warm sweater I’ve ever had and introduced you to the basics of machine knitting.

Reindeer Cable Cardigan. The most challenging project of 2015! From the picture in my head that appeared in July to a published pattern in December. I am so infinitely grateful for all the support that I got from you these weeks! Reindeer is very special to me and I am happy I gained enough knowledge to share it with you!

10 World Crafters

This year wouldn’t be complete without amazing, talented and stunning women that shared their stories with us here. World Crafters series were opened in March and became one of my favorite parts of the blog. It is about my two favorite things – travel and crafting! Talking with so many talented people and seeing their corners of the world was such an inspiration. Thank you, Zhanna, Alisa, Tatyana, Apollinariya, Tessa, Samantha, Nataly, Olga, Nicole and Anna for making this year so special!

Looking back at 2015, I realize how bright and colorful it was! And I also realize that it wouldn’t be so if not for this place and for you! You inspire, support and encourage me, make me smile and laugh… I started this place just for myself to keep track of my projects, but now I realize that it means so much more to me than just my knitting/crochet journal. I found new friends that share my passion and love for this wonderful craft. This year wasn’t the easiest one, but I learned and am learning so much about who I am.

I am joining last Yarn Along of 2015.

I wish you and your families all the best in 2016!

Thank you for being with me in 2015! It means a lot! I’ll see you in 2016!!!

Love, Alina.


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  1. Sarah December 30, 2015 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Wow! That is some incredible knitting! Beautiful projects and happy New Year to you too!

    • Alina December 30, 2015 at 11:16 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Sarah! I hope you will enjoy your New Year Eve!

  2. Zeta December 30, 2015 at 10:56 am - Reply

    This year was demanding, wonderful, creative, unexpected and magical on its own way. I’m grateful for every little or big thing that happened this year. This year also I made a new friend that I know I can count on! We are saying adios to a good 2015 and welcoming a even better 2016!

    • Alina December 30, 2015 at 11:17 am - Reply

      I am so happy to call you a friend, dear Zeta! Wish incredible 2016!!!

  3. Becki December 30, 2015 at 10:57 am - Reply

    I love this post! It makes me realize I discovered you with you posted about your crocheted blanket back in August. You are such a beautiful knitter and crocheter, Alina. I look forward to seeing what you create in 2016!

    • Alina December 30, 2015 at 11:18 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Becki! I also love following your projects and always looking forward to your FOs! I am also determined to devote much more time to crochet in 2016!

  4. Tracey December 30, 2015 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Beautiful knitting, beautiful post, beautiful soul!
    Happy new year, happy knitting!

    • Alina December 30, 2015 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      Thank you. dear Tracey! Happy knitting to you too! Hope 2016 will bring you many simple joys!

  5. Corinne December 30, 2015 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    I enjoyed reading about your knitting and your thoughts on your blog very much. I am very grateful for your comments and I feel that I got to know you quite a bit. Funny how this internet knitting thingy works, people get friends just like that.
    Have a wonderful start in 2016!

    • Alina December 30, 2015 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      I know, Corinne! It’s such a wonderful community! Thank you for all your support!!! Have a great 2016!

  6. Tahnee December 30, 2015 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    That is one hell of an impressive year! 🙂 Happy new year!

    • Alina December 30, 2015 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Tahnee! Looking back made me realize how crazy and exciting it was!

  7. Annie December 30, 2015 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    What a productive, beautiful year you’ve had! Cabling is always impressive, but of all the things you’ve summed up here, I think what I like best are Deep End and Exploration Autumn.

    • Alina December 30, 2015 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Annie! I just got into shawl knitting just recently and these two projects really inspire me to try more! Happy New Year!

  8. Alisa December 30, 2015 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Wow such amazing and beautiful projects….I m in love with your reindeer sweater…….those cables!!!!! Happy New Year!!

    • Alina December 30, 2015 at 3:54 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Alisa! I am obsessed with cables 🙂 Have a great 2016!

  9. steph December 30, 2015 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    this has been one of the most creative spaces i visited last year…i can’t wait to see all the wonderful things in store for 2016!!!! Each and every 2015 project was perfect!!!! What a talent you are!

    • Alina December 30, 2015 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      Oh, Steph, thank you so much for these words! They put a huge smile on my face 🙂

  10. Pat December 30, 2015 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Happy new year to you! You have inspired me and encouraged me throughout the year. I can’t wait to take the Craftsy class you suggested so I can knit your reindeer.

    • Alina December 30, 2015 at 10:38 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Pat, for all your amazing support! You will have so much fun in this class and please, don’t hesitate to write me any questions! I will be happy to help you with all the mods! Have a great New Year Eve!

  11. Tien December 30, 2015 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    It has been such a pleasure to connect with you and your creative space this year! The projects are beyond beautiful but it is your kindness and thoughtful personality that inspires me the most. I love how you shine a light and bring together crafters from all over the world with the World Crafters series. Happy New Year Alina!

    • Alina December 30, 2015 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Tien, for these wonderful words of support! I am so grateful for being able to connect with so many amazing people! Looking forward to your always beautiful and inspiring FOs!!

  12. Elise December 31, 2015 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Ooh you did loads! World Crafters sounds interesting, I’m off to read them now! 🙂

    • Alina December 31, 2015 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      Oh, you will enjoy the stories of these women – truly fascinating!

  13. Katrine Birkenwasseranhöhe December 31, 2015 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the round up! I joined in while you were making Pure, so it’s nice to see a summary of your works – feels like I know the projects from far 🙂 Happy new year!

    • Alina January 4, 2016 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Katrine! I hope you had a great New Year Eve!

  14. sustainablemum January 1, 2016 at 6:24 am - Reply

    Your projects are all so beautiful. I am so glad I have found your blog and look forward to reading along with you in 2016. I have found the yarn I want to use for the Reindeer and will cast it on as soon as I finished up my nearly completed projects from 2015! A Happy New Year to you 🙂

    • Alina January 4, 2016 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! I can’t wait to see how it will knit up!

  15. Chris January 1, 2016 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful year it has been. All the best for the New Year and may your needles/machine never be empty!

    • Alina January 4, 2016 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Chris! 2015 was challenging, but so interesting!

  16. karen January 2, 2016 at 9:03 am - Reply

    lovely knitting may 2016 bring you lots more in knitting, yarn and excellent health!!

    • Alina January 4, 2016 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Karen! I hope you will have all these things yourself in 2016!

  17. Akiba January 2, 2016 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Dearest Alina – I am so impressed with all of your new friends and their love for you and what you are doing. I see 2016 as an important year and successful year for you with many challenges. I am so happy to have you in my life. Love, Akiba

    • Alina January 4, 2016 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, my dear Akiba! Hope to see you in 2016!

  18. Julie January 2, 2016 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    You’ve had such a remarkable year, with your big move, and so many beautiful, amazing projects- plus your gorgeous design! I was so thrilled with your test knit, thank YOU. here’s to more wonderful things in 2016!

    • Alina January 4, 2016 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Julie! Wish you and your family all the best!

  19. Andrea @ This Knitted Life January 2, 2016 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    What a year, Alina! Beautiful post. Too many beautiful images. I hope you add them all to Pinterest! VERY impressed. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with this year! Whoo hoo 2016!

    • Alina January 4, 2016 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! I adore knitwear photography and happy to contribute to this field 🙂 I’ve just started Pinterest several weeks ago, I am still figuring it out!

  20. Lisa January 4, 2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Wow. What a lovely year. You really are a talented knitter (and those photos man…).
    When I have more time I will definitely return to read those world knitters stories, such a cleaver idea.
    Happy 2016
    ~Lisa

    • Alina January 4, 2016 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Lisa! Happy 2016 to you too! I sure you will fall in love with these women – so much talent!

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