Amiga Sweater. Yarn.

Amiga Sweater. Yarn.

This weekend was quite… I spent most of it at home cleaning, reading, working on WIPs, planning new projects and yarn baking (that’s how I call yarn winding). Here’s what I played with this sunny Sunday.

Cotton Yarn

It’s been awhile since I’ve made something on my knitting machine, so I’m casting on something new – Amiga Sweater. It will be a basic plain stockinette stitch classic sweater with round neckline. As many of you know amiga means friend in Spanish (feminine gender). This sweater will be a small gift for my dear Elena. You already know Elena, she became a huge part of this blog with her beautiful photography of my FOs. She is the one who makes me climb the rocks and trees, walk in heels in arroyo, climb the mountains with air balloons, wake up at dawn and – oh horror – look in the camera (my biggest fear I guess :))

There is a lot going on, we are both at the threshold of changes that the life is holding for us and we both need to take important decisions in our lives… Most probably we have only several weeks left together (nothing tragic!!!), so we try to enjoy this time as much as possible. Elena is going to travel to Russia this summer, so I thought a handmade custom knit sweater specially for her in soft cotton of teal color will be a perfect Thank you for all that we’ve been through together these several months.

Here are my freshly baked beauties.

Cotton Yarn

Just can’t get enough of them! This color reminds me of ocean – green or blue depending on light. So perfect for Elena’s blue eyes. The yarn is 100% Mexican cotton called Trigo (wheat in Spanish).  Incredibly soft!

Cotton Yarn

I want the sweater warm enough to wear in the plane, I know how cold it can get there. So I winded it double strand.

Cotton Yarn

The swatch was knit on a machine and this time I made sure it was big enough to avoid disasters of “misgauge” that I faced with Pure dress.

Cotton Yarn

I know I am going to enjoy working on this sweater a lot. It will be my 5.30 a.m. companion 🙂 It’s weird, but I just love to knit on my machine the first thing in the morning! I’m going to keep you posted on the progress!! Oh, and one more picture of this yarn – I am sorry, I just can’t get enough of these precious skeins!

Cotton Yarn

I hope you had a wonderful creative weekend!


By | 2015-06-14T21:20:47+00:00 June 14th, 2015|Machine Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|16 Comments


  1. Zeta June 15, 2015 at 1:33 am - Reply

    I knitted a round shawl for a friend that is also leaving and she promised me to send me her gift as soon as she can. Can you guess what’s going to be? A ball winder!!!!! I’m going do some baking also pretty soon!!!!

    This color will look great on Elena!

  2. Rebecca June 15, 2015 at 3:58 am - Reply

    What a beautiful colour! This will be fabulous knitted up. What a treasure to take back to Russia for a visit.

    • Alina June 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Rebecca! It seems like a lot of hand knits will fly to Russia this year 🙂

  3. Carmela Biscuit June 15, 2015 at 5:01 am - Reply

    These yarn cakes look so beautiful, just the perfect color! It’ll be a gorgeous gift!

    • Alina June 15, 2015 at 5:01 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Carmela! At least I know how to bake yarn 🙂 That makes me feel better about being an absolute disaster at the kitchen.

  4. gailg June 15, 2015 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Hi Alina, you did some gorgeous baking this weekend. I love the color.

    I always tell myself, “sometimes some things may be apart so better things can come together”!

    • Alina June 15, 2015 at 5:01 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Gailg! Love your saying!

  5. Carie June 16, 2015 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Oh what a stunning colour! It’s absolutely gorgeous!

    • Alina June 16, 2015 at 5:59 pm - Reply

      I am in love with this color too! Thank you, Carie!

  6. Louise June 18, 2015 at 8:13 am - Reply

    What a beautiful colour of cotton yarn! Looking forward to seeing the sweater work up.

  7. Lauren June 20, 2015 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Such a pretty color!

    • Alina June 21, 2015 at 10:23 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Lauren! I love working with it!

  8. steph June 21, 2015 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    what a great friend you are!!! lovely gift…perfect color! hope the future brings you both great joy!

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