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Eugenia Sweater Project for Moeke Yarns

Cable Textured Sweater Pattern. Moeke Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting

When Ioana from Moeke Yarns contacted me back in Fall if I would be willing to be a part of a new knitwear collection for Edingburgh Yarn Festival 2019, I said yes immediately – you know how much I love this yarn company and am proud to be a part of their story since 2016. We discussed the concept of the sweater with Ioana – she had in mind a texture rich knitwear piece with the vintage feel and with the variety of stitches to show off the beauty of Elena yarn. Texture and mix of stitches? I am always in!

Cable Textured Sweater Pattern. Moeke Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting

I started with creating the moodboards in Pinterest and with swatching. Though my goal was to really get out of the standard logic of the pattern, I still wanted the knitters to enjoy an easy, not overly complicated knit. Something that will look like a puzzle, but where each piece of the puzzle is easy to put together.

Cable Textured Sweater Pattern. Moeke Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting

So I had the idea to cover the lower part of the sweater in cables with the use of the short rows to create an asymmetric cut and then throw in a mix of ribbing stitches. The sweater is broken down in half with the cable bind off.

Cable Textured Sweater Pattern. Moeke Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting

Ioana organized an amazing photoshoot for the collection. Check Moeke Yarns IG to see the amazing work by Josh and Valentina – it is an honor to be a part of such an incredible team! Also make sure to enter the giveaway on Moeke Yarns instagram page – it is open until Monday!

Cable Textured Sweater Pattern. Moeke Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting

I hope you will pick up your yarn kits at EYF next week and I will see Eugenia on many needles! The sweater pattern will be available online March, 21st.

Cable Textured Sweater Pattern. Moeke Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting

Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!


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By | 2019-03-17T08:07:00+00:00 March 17th, 2019|Knitting, Pattern|1 Comment

Knitwear Review. New York/London FW, Fall/Winter 2019

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Sunday! Today I continue my knitwear review series that have already become a tradition here – every season the designers are showing their collections in the course of the main 4 fashion weeks – New York, London, Milan and Paris. I try to look at knitwear from the different points of view and the fashion weeks are a great chance to browse through the tendencies and techniques.

New York and London have presented the mix of classic, innovative and exaggerated knitwear ideas.

Pringle Of Scotland, known for its knitwear, showed monochrome neutral total knitwear looks and presented variations of their signature classic print.

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Colorwork was presented in different variations – Victoria Beckham, Fashion East and Eckhaus Latta used intarsia technique to draw patterns and even pictures on their pieces.

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Margaret Howell took the conservative road and used classic patterns for her colowork. Love the gradient effect of the white sweater!

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Ulla Johnson played with stripes in their golden beige sweater – the stripes are changing direction, angle, the width and the pattern. Pejina Pyo used the contrasting colors – different for each sleeve (because why not?!), I love the effect it created – a simple classic pullover automatically turns into a statement piece! Fashion East integrated the color into shape and structure of the cropped cardigan.

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Colorwork was also presented with patchwork – ALEXACHUNG, Moddy Goddard and Eckhaus Latta created the color ¨puzzles¨.

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Cables are always in vogue. The tendency of mixing yarn with other materials that was really big last year continues this season as well. Cables could be spotted in the collections of Badgley Mischka, Area, Emilia Wickstead and Christopher Kane.

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

One more unusual trend that I spotted is knitwear layering – it could be done for the runway show effect or who knows maybe we will see variations of this styling in mass fashion as well.

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Simplicity in Victoria Beckham and Eudon Choi collections:

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Here is one of my favorite looks from London FW by ALEXACHUNG – a simple knit dress layered over a floating light summer dress, such a great look for the transitional season!

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Sleeves, obviously ¨a thing¨ rigth now, – oversized and exaggerative – could be spotted on runways of Adeam, Brandon Maxwell and Ulla Johnson.

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Hope you enjoyed this review and found something interesting for you! Next week I am going to present you the project that I have been working at for the last several months – it was one of the most challenging patterns I have written, but I am so glad I ventured on this road – love how it turned out!

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


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By | 2019-03-10T11:01:36+00:00 March 10th, 2019|Knitting Inspiration, Knitwear Review Fashion Weeks|2 Comments

Peruvian Week. Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

I was trying to find the words to describe my trip to Machu Picchu, but every word seemed not good enough to describe how I felt there – awe, wonder, happiness and sadness at the same time, hope, faith in goodness in myself and others, infinite gratitude and love. This place will stay with me forever, I just know that. Machu Picchu, I’ve left a piece of my heart with you!

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

We started our excursion at 7 a.m. It was cloudy and foggy and then it started to rain. January is not really the season for visiting Machu Picchu, most of people come here in August, when the weather is clear, but the downside to that is that there are thousands of people coming to the mountain. I actually felt that the rain, fog and darkness made the whole experience even more dramatic. There was something magical about climbing up those magnificent hills, going along the paths that date several centuries back.

 

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

I am not going to try to retell you the story of Machu Pichhu, I am sure there are much better resources where you can read about this fascinating place, what I really strive achieve is to share with you this atmosphere, just a little bit, so you can relate, even just for the moment, to all the spectrum of emotions I felt there.

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

As time was passing by and we were walking around the town of ancient incas, the fog started to rise up and we saw majestic mountains surrounding us.

 

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Absolutely breathtaking experience, you feel like you are floating in the air.

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog. Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Then we had some free time where you can wander around and be on your own for awhile. I walked through ancient houses, met lama and just sat there for awhile, on the verge of the cliff, asking questions and just hoping and knowing at the same time that everything is going to be OK.

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

My farewell words to Machu Picchu were ¨Thank you, just thank you¨.

Machu Picchu. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

With this I am finishing my Peruvian adventures entries. Thank you for following along my Peruvian journey – I am so lucky to have this space to hold my memories here and to share them with you! I am back home, to work and to my usual routine. It feels good.

Have a wonderful day today!

P.S. See all the articles on the Peruvian Week.


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By | 2019-02-17T15:31:11+00:00 February 17th, 2019|Peruvian Week, Travel|4 Comments

Peruvian Week. Sol Alpaca.

Sol Alpaca. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Today I wanted to tell you about a Peruvian alpaca brand that I accidentally discovered while wandering around Lima – Sol Alpaca. As it turned out later, it is one of the most famous brands in Peru and it is earning the recognition way beyond the Peruvian borders. The store is the explosion of color and textures, you can only imagine how excited I was to find it! First of all I was lucky to see the sweater knit in vicuña yarn, as you might know the fleece of this beautiful animal is considered to be the finest in the world and, as a very friendly and helpful shop assistant told me, it used to be reserved exclusively for ancient Inca royalty. The sweater knit in vicuna is sold at over $5,000 usd, a 100 g yarn ball is around $1,000 usd. Quiet a pricey pleasure, as you can see…

Most of the store was featuring alpaca, of course. Historically alpacas were of a great importance to Peruvian people, providing food, clothing and means of transport. Until the present day they are considered by the indigenous communities to be the property of the mountain gods that they have been generously loaned for this life and that caring for and preserving them are divine commandments.

Sol Alpaca. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Sol Alpaca. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Sol Alpaca. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Sol Alpaca is selling not only ready-to-wear knitwear, but also beautiful yarns. They are so soft to touch and of a very high quality. I highly recommend checking their small yarn selection on the website – they ship worldwide! The profits from the sales are also used for Mirasol project, committed to improve the living conditions of the impoverished children of alpaca herdsmen and provide the access to proper education and health.

Sol Alpaca. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

Sol Alpaca. The Gift Of Knitting Blog.

It was such a great experience that I am infinitely grateful for! Tomorrow I will post the last article about my trip to Peru, which was one of the most emotional and beautiful experiences of my life – see you then!! Thank you for following along!

P.S. See all the articles on the Peruvian Week.


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By | 2019-02-16T10:30:42+00:00 February 16th, 2019|Peruvian Week, Travel|1 Comment

Peruvian Week. Cusco.

Peru. Cusco. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

After I was done with the paperwork in Lima, I decided to escape the city and treat myself to one of the most memorable adventures of my life – my birthday gift to myself 🙂 I had to see famous Machu Picchu with my own eyes! To get to Machu Picchu, you first fly to Cusco – a small town high up in the mountains. When we were approaching the airport, I could not believe my eyes – those mountains are so breathtakingly beautiful! You do feel like in a completely different country. If Lima was humid, sunny and hot (it is summer in Peru right now), Cusco met us with chilly wind, grey skies and drizzle. My heart was racing and breathing was hard – the change of altitude really hit me, I felt nauseous and weak in legs. And I consider myself pretty healthy and I do not skip my cardio, so be prepared if you ever go there – it might take you awhile to catch your breath. It is recommended to spend one night in Cusco before heading to Machu Picchu, so your body can get used to the altitude and you do not faint up in the mountains. But I didn’t have any extra time to stay in Cusco. I had a couple of hours in town before I was heading to Machu Picchu, I walked around the main square, had breakfast and felt much better, the air was so fresh and crispy.

Peru. Cusco. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

Peru. Cusco. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

 

To get to my hotel at Machu Picchu, I had to drive an hour and a half in a car and then take a train. I did not expect to see so much beauty along the way, wow – the adventure really starts with this road – it was just so incredibly powerful, I wanted to cry.

Peru. Cusco. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

Peru. Cusco. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

Peru. Cusco. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

As we were getting closer to the train station, it started to rain and there was something so magical about this  – mountain road, the rain drops running down the windows, fresh air and the sound of mountain river.

Peru. Cusco. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

We got to the train station right in time and I felt like I was a part of Harry Potter movie – those trains are so adorable! The roofs have the glass windows, so you can enjoy the view to the fullest from all the angles. You are running along a mountain river through majestic mountains, covered in lush green vegetation, see the waterfalls, birds and feel something inside, such an inexplicable feeling of gratefulness and the sense of wonder that is filling up your whole body. It was the best train ride of my life!

Peru. Cusco. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

Two hours later (that flew by in a moment with so much beauty around), we arrived to Machu Picchu. It was pouring! This little village along the train station is basically the collection of hostels, hotels, restaurants and gift shops. It is safe to walk around and you will hear so many languages!!! Love, love this kind of places when the borders do not exist and people from all over the world come together to wonder at the beauty of our planet. Peru. Cusco. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

I checked into my hotel that was right on the edge of the river roaring through the mountains. Was an absolutely amazing feeling to go down to the restaurant, open the window, feel the fresh wind and water on your face, while drinking hot chocolate.

Peru. Cusco. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

I had all afternoon to myself, I just walked around, smiled to people and could not stop repeating inside of myself “Thank you”!

Peru. Cusco. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

To be continued… See you tomorrow!!

P.S. See all the articles on the Peruvian Week.


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By | 2019-02-15T08:28:17+00:00 February 15th, 2019|Peruvian Week, Travel|2 Comments

Peruvian Week. MATE.

MATE Museum. Peru, Lima. The Gift of Knitting Blog.

I am continuing my Peruvian week with the entry about MATE museum.

While riding in the taxi from the airport, I asked a driver if he could recommend a museum to his taste. He mentioned Mate, a museum by Mario Testino. I didn’t even think about it!!! I absolutely love this photographer who revolutionized the fashion and portrait photography.

MATE Museum. Peru, Lima. The Gift of Knitting Blog.

Originally from Peru, Mario Testino is a man of a world right now, creating his magic with the camera for major publications. Princess Diana, Prince William and Kate, numerous celebrities and models posed for him. His works have been published in the leading editorials and he created numerous campaigns for the beauty and fashion houses.

The museum can be found in Barranco, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of the town. It turned out to be a small blue house with several exhibition rooms each of them showcasing Testino’s work.

MATE Museum. Peru, Lima. The Gift of Knitting Blog.

It was such a different feeling to see his photos in real life, rather than in the magazines or internet. They are really powerful – bold, edgy, sexy. What a vision! I love how he sees people and brings life to the photo, even if it is just a commercial campaign.

I try to make the image perfect- and then I break down that perfection. I have to find the way to destroy the image because I always need to find that unique moment, not the perfect one” – Mario Testino

 

 

MATE Museum. Peru, Lima. The Gift of Knitting Blog.

In the middle room was a video installation with Testino’s interview and kaleidoscope of changing images, I stayed there for awhile; taking it all in. I absolutely loved this experience and recommend to visit it if you are into photography.

MATE Museum. Peru, Lima. The Gift of Knitting Blog.

The only thing – it was just not enough for me, there were just 5 rooms I believe. I hoped to see and read more about his work process. But it definitely inspired me to explore more about his work.

MATE Museum. Peru, Lima. The Gift of Knitting Blog.

I will see you tomorrow with the part III of my Peruvian adventures!


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By | 2019-02-14T07:38:21+00:00 February 14th, 2019|Peruvian Week, Travel|0 Comments
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