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Making Things – Netflix for Knitting

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern

This summer I got an email from Megan with the offer to become one of the first designers to use an app that at that time was still a work in progress. We met in Skype, I was in Russia at that time and Megan is from Australia, it is pretty amazing how knitting brings people together from different parts of the world! We talked and she explained me the concept of this new way of working with your knitting patterns that to me seemed to be the future of knitting.

Making Things App is basically a Netflix for knitting, for the monthly subscription of $11.99 (which is basically less than 2 pattern package), you get the unlimited access to 1000+ knitting patterns. Moreover, the app is designed that way that allows you to use very handy tools that are always with you – no need to carry around the pattern printed pages, pencils/markers and all those little things that help you to navigate through the pattern. Highlighters help you to keep track of your progress, editable notes allow you to leave your your comments right in the pattern, counters will be handy for keeping track of rows, stitches, increase, decreases, etc; working with charts is also simplified – highlighter will help you to keep track of where you are in the chart. You will be able to enjoy a live pattern support along with video tutorials for basic techniques used in the patterns. So, basically you won’t have to look for extra information, but have everything in your app.

At the moment I have three of my patterns as a part of an app, little by little I am going to add more into my library, so you can easily interact with each pattern inside the app. Rain, The Edge and Wings patterns are already available in the app’s library.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern

I am excited to be a part of such an amazing project and I hope you will also find it useful!


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By | 2018-11-04T14:32:47+00:00 November 4th, 2018|Knitting|8 Comments

Fog

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Sunday! I hope you all had a wonderful week, thank you so much for stepping by and leaving such warm comments under my latest post. It was a wonderful “welcome back for me”. I am happy to say that I am back to knitting and taking photos of knitting of course. How good it feels to hold wool in my hands again!

I finished the math/construction draft for one design that I had an idea for several months. I love how I “knit” in my head weeks/months before I actually cast on and then see it come to life. This tactile experience is so precious to me. So far it is turning into a cozy and squishy piece of knitwear! I named it Fog for its grey color, softness and a slight halo the wool creates. Looking forward to seeing it grow on my needles and hopefully soon on yours…

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

I have a working Sunday today, so my plan is to make some mint tea with almond milk, have a piece of chocolate, put on a nice music (obsessed with A Star is Born soundtrack right now!!!) and head to work. Life is good. Have a wonderful day today!


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By | 2018-10-28T07:13:25+00:00 October 28th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|8 Comments

New Day

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Sunday! I am sorry for disappearing for two weeks, the truth is this time seemed more like months to me, so many changes in my life that I am still not sure what to do with, so much has to be done and so little time. But it is also time for my growth and a new phase in my life that I believe will never be the way it used to be. I am discovering a new me, who turns out to be much stronger than I ever thought. And I am proud of that, proud that no matter how lost I am, I find the strength to keep going and be grateful. Grateful for just being here, grateful for soft morning light getting through the window, grateful for my busy and often exhausting schedule, grateful for inner peace, and of course for people in my life – I am the luckiest girl in the world to have so many friends who love me and carry for me! I didn’t knit for two weeks and physically feel the lack of it, like my hands are missing something, but in these moments I realize how deep my attachment to knitting and this community is and how fortunate I am to have something that I always want to come back to!

Thank you for being here, I just want to say once again how important it is for me!

Have a wonderful Sunday with your loved ones!

By | 2018-10-21T08:00:27+00:00 October 21st, 2018|Gifts Of Life|12 Comments

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris FW, Spring/Summer 2019

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris, Spring/Summer 2019. The Gift Of Knitting.

Jill Sander

Today I am sharing with you my last knitwear report for spring/summer 2019 season. Milan and Paris designers presented their collections during these past two weeks and I couldn’t resist hunting for knitwear pieces in each of the shows.

Les Copains played with neutral colors, stripes and contrasting materials – if you look closely you will see sparkling golden threads contrasting with white.

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris, Spring/Summer 2019. The Gift Of Knitting.

Tod’s “drew” geometrical patterns with intarsia, whether Jil Sander quiet literally drew on a piece of fabric and attached it to the sweater.

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris, Spring/Summer 2019. The Gift Of Knitting.

Skirt + sweater tendency started in New York/London shows was supported by Christian Dior, Chanel and Atlein in Paris.

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris, Spring/Summer 2019. The Gift Of Knitting.

Missoni created a fabulous knitwear collection – their traditional colorwork patterns are reinterpreted in intarsia, stripes and the use of speckle yarn.

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris, Spring/Summer 2019. The Gift Of Knitting.

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris, Spring/Summer 2019. The Gift Of Knitting.

Loose oversize long cardigans in neutral colors by Agnona and Les Copains.

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris, Spring/Summer 2019. The Gift Of Knitting.

Boho, sporty and casual – variety of dress styles from Etro, Erika Cavallini and Les Copains.

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris, Spring/Summer 2019. The Gift Of Knitting.

Cables in metallic yarn by Ermanno Scervino.

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris, Spring/Summer 2019. The Gift Of Knitting.

Oversize, exaggerated mohair sweaters by Loewe and Balmain.

Knitwear Review. Milan/Paris, Spring/Summer 2019. The Gift Of Knitting.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

P.S. All photos are courtesy of vogue.com


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By | 2018-10-06T20:27:15+00:00 October 7th, 2018|Knitwear Review Fashion Weeks|2 Comments

Amber

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

One more sweater is finished and just some scraps of yarns, swatches and ripped off beginnings are left. I love this feeling so much of holding a finished piece in my hands, but at the same time I miss the process of creating it. The good thing I can “re-live” all of it while putting each step of the process on the paper… Looking forward to sharing with you this cozy, texture rich pullover that I enjoyed working on so much!

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I wish you a wonderful Sunday!


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By | 2018-09-30T08:26:52+00:00 September 30th, 2018|Knitting|1 Comment

Cables and Chocolate

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

My hands were devoted to YOTH yarns for the past several weeks. I will be happy to share with you soon what I have been up to in the knitting department 🙂 Meanwhile I would love to introduce you to Daughter yarn in Chocolate shade. As you can see, the skeins are much smaller that the Natural Vanilla one that I shared with you in July. I love how YOTH offers you the choice – you can get either the standard generous 330 yds size or go with mini, which is 165 yds, depending on what you need for your project.

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

I love this shade so much and it turned out even better in real life than in photos – those tiny white speckles add more “life” to the fabric and make the whole knitting process much more engaging. It is perfect for simple stockinette stitch knits with minimum texture.

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

One more thing that makes my knitter’s heart sing is this amazing book that I have just ordered – Knitted Cable Sourcebook by Norah Gaughan. Being obsessed with cables, I can’t believe I didn’t get it before!! I actually saw its copy for the first time during my trip to St Petersburg, but the idea of adding so much weight to my luggage didn’t really appeal to me, so I waited until I came back home and ordered it right away. I was not disappointed!

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

Apart from amazing cable stitch source, this book is a treat to the eye! Neutral colors, luxurious textures, beautiful layout – it is the perfect coffee table book if you need some inspiration.

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

In Knitted Cable Sourcebook the cables instructions are both charted and written row by row. Each photo of the swatch just makes you want to grab your needles as soon as possible! Apart from the stitches collection, the book breaks down the basics of cable knitting – from how to read the charts to fixing mistakes in your knitting. It also includes 15 projects that you can use to practice your cable knitting skills!

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope you will have a wonderful weekend! I don’t have any major plans this weekend, just working, walking and dinner with friends.


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By | 2018-09-28T07:02:39+00:00 September 28th, 2018|Books, Knitting, Yarn|2 Comments
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