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Sunday Loves

Happy Sunday! As much as I love sharing with you finished, blocked and all pretty knits, I think there is a certain beauty in a WIP’s mess with its uneven stitches, loose threads and open stitches. It shows behind the scenes progress that I personally cherish as much as the final result. My experiment with mixing Heritage and Wheat has moved to the sleeves stage and this is definitely my favorite part of the pattern. New summer knit in Daisy is waiting to be blocked and threads have to be fixed, this is my plan for today. I am looking forward to see how the yarn will open up after a nice bath – so far the fabric feels so smooth.

Another weekend plan is to continue my current fascinating read – The Diary of Anne Frank. I have no idea why I didn’t read it earlier though always had it on my must-read list. I decided to combine a good read and practicing my Spanish grammar, hence the Spanish translation. From my experience, this is the best way to learn the language, even if you don’t understand everything and it takes more time this way while you are looking for a certain word in the dictionary, with the time the language sort of sinks into you and before you know it, you speak it. I also downloaded Quizlet app – a great tool to learn new words and practice them, highly recommended!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!


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By | 2018-05-20T08:47:42+00:00 May 20th, 2018|Knitting|3 Comments

Help To Build a Dream

Moeke Funding Campaign. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Sunday! Today I would love to ask you a favor. When several weeks ago Ioana from Moeke Yarns reached out to me with her idea to run a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for further building Moeke’s future, I immediately agreed to be a part of it. And not just because Ioana is a good friend and a person who believed in me and really pushed me through some not of my best times, but also because I believe in Moeke yarn with all my knitter’s heart.

As you might already know Moeke is a unique Romanian organic wool. Born from the dream to preserve local wool business which was basically collapsing more and more each year with shepherds burning the wool because there was just no demand for it, Moeke grew into a yarn brand warmly accepted in knitting and crochet community. As the demand for yarn is growing each year, Ioana and her family just physically cannot keep up with it. Especially with the washing process of the wool, which is very time and work consuming. This year Moeke set up a goal to build their own fiber mill that will handle the washing process, using eco-friendly equipment and creating jobs for local people.

Moeke Funding Campaign. The Gift Of Knitting.

Building a washing station and hiring a person who will be responsible for washing the wool is the first very important step that will allow to make the whole process faster and with less water and energy waste. Ioana and her family have more amazing plans for the future – you can read more about it in her blog post and on the page of the crowdfunding campaign.

Today I would love to ask you to help them. To help to make a difference, to avoid wool waste, to create job opportunities for people, to bring eco-friendly project to life, to grow Moeke, because it deserves it oh so much!

To thank you for your support, Ioana prepared several perks for you for different donations, you can see them all here – Help us equip the Moeke Yarns fiber mill. Among them you will also find my patterns – for your donation you will receive a pattern of your choice – Heritage, Journey or Ivy sweaters.

Moeke Funding Campaign. The Gift Of Knitting.

Thank you so much!!! Let’s make it happen!


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By | 2018-05-13T08:18:01+00:00 May 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

DIY Rules for a WTF World

 

DIY Rules for WTF World Review. The Gift Of Knitting.

“DIY Rules for a WTF World. How To Speak Up, Get Creative, and Change The World” is the book by Krista Suh, a feminist and creator of Pussyhat project movement. A couple of months ago I received the copy for a review and being a huge fan of self-growth and self development books, I immediately dived into it.

The book consists of small chapters that are not necessarily to be read in order – it is basically a collection of ideas and ways how to implement them into your life. Two my favorite chapters that I personally highlighted for myself is “You can skin a Deer”and “Fear and Want”.

Anyone can skin a deer. It just matters how long you take…. You can do anything. Some of the things that you can do might be done awkwardly and ungracefully and messily at first, but you can still do them

How I wish I learned this 10 years ago and not a couple of years ago, I would spare myself lots of criticism and self-doubt… As Krista says women (I personally think it is not just women, but all of us) feel this pressure since the very early age to be the best – whether it is sports or school or good manners. And I can so relate to it – there is little space given for messing things up and for making YOUR mistakes. This constant reach for perfection can bite you hard, when you realize that perfect doesn’t always equal happy.


DIY Rules for WTF World Review. The Gift Of Knitting.

“Fear and Want”. The author suggests drawing two overlapping circles – one is Fear and one is Want. And to list the things in each circle – whatever ends up in the overlapping part, is worth trying.

Going after what we love leads us to great things, and oftentimes, facing our fears also leads us to great things

A simple truth that I personally often forget. But if to look back, it does feel like all the best things that happened in my life were something that I was passionate about, but also had the fear of diving into them.

Almost every chapter in “DIY Rules for a WTF World” has a DIY activity/exercise that can help you implement the ideas expressed in the chapter into your life. It is a great way to use your creativity to lift your spirits. I absolutely loved the design and for formatting of the book – hand-drawn illustrations in every chapter and highlighted exercise text boxes make it really easy to navigate through the book. At the end of the book you will also find the patterns for Pussyhat and Evil Eye Gloveknit.

DIY Rules for WTF World Review. The Gift Of Knitting.

To sum things up, I would love to share with you my opinions. Is “DIY Rules for a WTF World” the best self-growth book I have read? No, I definitely have books on my coffee table that appeal to me more and go deeper into the subject, but if I wanted some quick encouragement and reminder that things are much brighter than they seem right now, I would pick it up.

If you don’t like to mix your creativity with politics, then this book is not for you. The author is clearly expressing her political views throughout the book.

DIY Rules for WTF World Review. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope this review was helpful!! Have a wonderful day today!

P.S. Yes, I did sacrifice a whole bag of marshmallows for this photo story 🙂


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By | 2018-05-09T08:09:53+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Knitwear Inspiration. Gillian Louise Murphy.

Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting.

My April’s knitwear inspiration is Gillian, a young knitwear designer, whose work with color and textile shapes is captivating. The designer works for one of the high-end British brands and doesn’t have her own label yet, but judging by her work, I am sure someday we will see collections of her own.

Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting.

Gillian’s work looks like a puzzle of geometrical shapes with color playing a big role in creating the final pattern. Those little details – stitch patterns, stripes, layering, fiber contrast – at the end produces the perfect result, where everything is in harmony.

Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting.

I love how the designer takes machine knitting on a completely new level and creates one of a kind textiles. One more reminder that there are no rules or limits in knitting, and that is truly inspiring.

Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting.

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

P.S. All photos are courtesy of www.gulianlouisemurphy.com


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By | 2018-05-03T08:39:30+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Inspiration, Knitting|0 Comments

Summer Knitwear

Summer Knitwear. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Sunday! As the temperatures are rising in my corner of the world, I decided to share with you three knits that I know I will wear this summer a lot. Hot weather never stopped me either from wearing knitwear or making one. I am actually very grateful for the change of seasons which gives us, knitters, the reason to try new fibers and take a break from wool.

Wool and The Gang got me covered with their fun pima cotton and ribbon yarn. If you remember, I finished Riviera skirt more than three years ago and it is still in perfect state. It was my very first collaboration with yarn company and I will always be thankful to WATG family for believing in me since the very beginning. I am pairing it with a simple t-shirt, a great easy look for a summer day off and farmer’s market grocery shopping.

Stone Washed ribbon yarn was turned into crop top last summer and I’ve been wearing it inside the house almost every day, it is just so easy to throw on. For a more conservative look to wear outside, I am pairing it with loose high waisted cotton/linen pants, super comfortable! You can find a FREE pattern for it here – How to Knit a Crop Top.

Summer Knitwear. The Gift Of Knitting.

Rain has been my most worn sweater lately. Easy to pair with absolutely anything – office pants, jeans and shorts. Pima cotton by We Are Knitters is a pure delight next to the skin, feels so fresh and with a nice drape. I will wear it to death! But so far it is holding up very nicely.

Summer Knitwear. The Gift Of Knitting.

I am finishing one more sweater in Daisy that will hopefully share with you soon and I hope it will also become a great addition to my summer knits!

Summer Knitwear. The Gift Of Knitting.

What are your relationships with summer and knitwear? Do you put your knits away until the weather cools down or take out your cotton and linen yarn out of your stash to play with?

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


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By | 2018-04-29T07:43:49+00:00 April 29th, 2018|Knitting|5 Comments

Travel Knitting

Knit Picks Yarn. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Thursday! I have some exciting news – this weekend I booked my flight to Russia! Can’t believe it’s been two years already since I last visited my family and I cannot wait to see everybody in 3 months! I will also be happy to take you along my favorite places and maybe some yarn shopping.

And of course I immediately started thinking about travel knitting. Though I am flying in summer, you can never trust Russian weather, so knitwear is a must! I am thinking of making a light loose sweater to travel in – I definitely need a touch of coziness for over 30 hours of travel. If you remember I finished a Gallery Sweater a couple of years ago, where I mixed Knit Picks baby alpaca/silk and merino to get enough yardage to make the sweater. I have more of these skeins in different shades and thought why not to repeat the experiment, changing the shaping a little bit. It will also give me excuse to clean the dust off my poor abandoned knitting machine – I wish I had more time to work on it regularly!!

Knit Picks Yarn. The Gift Of Knitting.

Another project I am thinking to take with me is my The Edge sweater, but in classic grey shade! As I told you before, after finishing this design, I knew someday I will cast in on in grey too, I am just so curious to see how it will turn out in this neutral shade! Plus, I am so craving to come back to its squishy 3D cabling!

Knit Picks Yarn. The Gift Of Knitting.

I wish I could take the needles in my carry on, but with all these new flight rules, I wouldn’t risk my favorite ADDI clicks. What about you? Do you associate travelling and knitting in some way?


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By | 2018-04-19T08:33:57+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|16 Comments
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