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Moments 27/19

Knitting blog

Happy Sunday! I am happy to keep sharing my Moments collection where knitting and life get entertwined and create memories worth  coming back to.

My usual routine has been interrupted this week – I have some free time from my day job that I used to travel to the mainland, get some work done and take care of other things that I have been postponing for a long time. Though it was definitely a challenge, I am blessed to have been able to experience so many beautiful moments and share them here with you.

I’ve always dreamed of having an apartment with the open city view, made my dream a reality for a week this time by renting a small studio in a quiet and green neighborhoood of Guadalahara. The weather is a bliss – warm and sunny during the day and with thunderstorms and refreshing rain during the night. I just love this feeling of falling asleep while listening to the sound of rain and watching the city.

I spend my days working, knitting, exploring the area and already missing home a little bit. I hope you enjoy the capture of some of these moments.

Knitting blog

Knitting blog

Knitting blog

Have a wonderful Sunday!


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By | 2019-07-07T09:32:16+00:00 July 7th, 2019|Moments|4 Comments

Moments 25/19

Knitting Blog

Moments collection is the pieces of time that I collect during the week to keep and cherish them here. This week was very busy, today is my 7th day at work without a break, but I am hanging there – my weekend is coming so is my vacation, that I am so looking forward to.

My days are quiet and consist mostly of routines, which I am always grateful for. I am reading The Seville Communion, which starts with the hacker breaking in a Vatican computer system. Quiet an engaging detective that makes me want to visit this Spanish town. I am watching one of my recent discoveries – HBO series Chernobyl – that I am so impressed with. Though of course I heard of it back in childhood when living in Russia, nobody told us the story of what actually happened there and the scale of the tragedy… Once I am done with it, I want to research more about this subject.

As always grateful for another week full of beauty and knitting!

Knitting Blog

Knitting Blog

Knitting Blog

Knitting Blog

I hope you’ve had some beautiful moments this week!


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By | 2019-06-22T05:47:18+00:00 June 22nd, 2019|Moments|3 Comments

Coloring

Color Yoke Knitting

Happy Tuesday! I started this sweater randomly, as a no-brainer project to work on after the day in the office. Though monochrome knitting is usually much more appealing to me, these earthy colors are making me think of a cozy autumn – cozy sweater, casual jeans, rainboots and walk in the park. Stripes are wide, so no endless end weaving at the end. As always looking forward to sharing it with you!

Hope you are enjoying your current projects!

Color Yoke Knitting

Color Yoke Knitting

Color Yoke Knitting

Have a wonderful day today!


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By | 2019-06-18T06:24:29+00:00 June 18th, 2019|Knitting|0 Comments

Moments 24/19

Knitting Blog

Happy Saturday! I am continuing my moments collection with sharing my zip line adventures that I was lucky to participate in. When we got an email at work inviting us to try this activity, I said yes immediately – I am not really into extreme sports/activities, but since recently I promised myself to say “yes” to new things and opportunities. I am not backing up. At the end of the day it is always better to do something rather than step away because of the fears holding you.

Though we ended up being absolutely exhausted walking up and down the hills from station to station with all the equipment, the views were so worth it. Looking at these photos right now I still can’t believe I actually crossed these canyons flying in the air attached to the cord – what an experience! So grateful for this opportunity and that all went smoothly.

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Knitting Blog

Knitting Blog

Knitting Blog

As for my knitting, it was mainly happening on my computer screen – putting together the draft and preparing it for the test knitters and my technical editor. So looking forward to sharing it with you!

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Have a wonderful weekend and collect those moments!


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By | 2019-06-18T06:13:29+00:00 June 15th, 2019|Moments|1 Comment

How To Knit Jogless Color Stripes In The Round

How to knit the stripes

Awhile ago when I was writing Reindeer pattern that featured textured stripes on the sleeves, I wrote a step-by-step tutorial on how to avoid that jog that is created when changing the stitch patterns when knitting in the round. Today I want to show you the same method, the only difference would be instead of changing the stitch pattern, we are changing the color, which actually is much easier.

I started this pullover randomly, when craving for just knitting something straightforward and simple. I picked up these squishy yarn balls from DROPS and just cast on. Those are actually leftovers from the projects I knit for my book, Add One Stitch Knitting. DROPS was so kind offering their yarn to work with and I remember all the joy I felt when I received those in the mail. I knew that someday I would love to mix them and make something fun to knit and easy to wear.

So, the pullover is featuring wide stripes and if you have ever knitted stripes in the round, you know there is a jog created when changing colors. You can of course ignore it, as the change usually happens where the side “seam” is supposed to be, it is hardly noticeable, hence it is not usually even mentioned in the patterns. But if you are very detail oriented and it does bother you, here is a quick and easy fix to this problem.

How To Knit Jogless Color Stripes In The Round

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The result – nearly invisible transition between the colors.

How to knit the stripes

I hope you will find this tutorial helpful and use it in your projects.

have a wonderful start of the new week!


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By | 2019-06-10T08:19:32+00:00 June 10th, 2019|Free Patterns and Tutorials|4 Comments

Moments 23/19

Knitting Yoke Sweater Pattern

Knitting is so intertwined into my life that it is hard to imagine one without another. Knitting taught me to enjoy simple joys and small moments and see the world through the filter of colors, textures and appreciation of life in all its diversity. Because of knitting I started paying attention to all the little details and because of this blog I learned how to see the beauty in ordinary routines. I wanted to create a Moments album series for a long time, something that I will come back to years after and remember the place, the taste, the feeling I was savouring at that very moment and of course the current knit that was on my needles at that time. And just like that the first entry is in – Moments of week 23, 2019.

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Knitting Blog

Knitting Yoke Sweater Pattern

Knitting Blog

I hope you will have a wonderful weekend full of moments to remember!


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By | 2019-06-07T08:28:33+00:00 June 7th, 2019|Moments|5 Comments
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