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January Progress

Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Thursday! My January projects for Moeke yarns and for YOTH are starting to take shape not only on my needles, but also on the paper. Those two pieces are so different in construction, texture, yarn and overall look that it can be overwhelming to keep all the details in the head, but I actually enjoy switching between each of them when I get stuck with the wording or the number or the logic. Moeke project is very rich in texture and full of little construction details. I stopped in the middle of the sweater to block it to check the gauge and the overall look. So far it is working out exactly as my initial idea.

Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Fog is a relaxing knit with small texture details. It is so addicting to knit that it took me all my will power to stop and actually write down the steps. I push myself to finish the first draft for test knitters for next week, so if you are interested in a test knit, let me know in the comments or check my IG page for the updates!

Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

At the moment Fog is moving on to the blocking stage, excited to see how the Father yarn will open up, I had a great experience working with it!

Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Hope you are all having a wonderful week! I’ll see you on Sunday!


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By | 2019-01-10T08:12:03+00:00 January 10th, 2019|Knitting|0 Comments

Style and Covet

Style Your Brand. Book Review. The Gift Of Knitting

Happy Sunday, friends! I hope the first week of 2019 treated you kindly and you enjoyed some free time! I am starting the year with new projects in mind, new books and yarns. Style Your Brand is the book that I bought by recommendation of one of my favorite editorials – Veter – that always has great articles on how to build the job of your dreams and make it actually work for you.

As for yarn, I am starting to swatch with cloud-like soft alpaca by Knit One Crochet Too. I worked with this company last year and their gorgeous linen/silk/hemp blend that turned into Wings sweater. Covet is a very different from Daisy yarn, perfect for cozy sweaters and cardigans. It comes in the wide range of colors, but I decided to go with my usual neutral color scheme and chose Pewter which is dark grey.

Covet Alpaca Yarn. The Gift Of Knitting

 

Covet Alpaca Yarn. The Gift Of Knitting

What I loved about this yarn immediate, apart from its incredible softness, is that it can be knit in various gauges, depending on what look you want to achieve – airy and lightweight or more dense. The even gauge is achieved better on the wooden/bamboo needles, as the thread is pretty slippery. Covet will work great with classic simple stitch patterns and will create a wonderful drape.

Covet Alpaca Yarn. The Gift Of Knitting

Coming back to the book… Style Your Brand is a book by Fiona Humberstone who has created brand identity for numerous companies. I always wondered how to present your business that will reflect so many aspects – your vision, what you want to bring to the client, your style… Something that after looking at can be immediately associated with your name and work. I have been thinking about this for a long time – how I want to present my website, my patterns and me, as a person, behind it. I do not want it to be polished, but impersonal, I want my clients and readers to “see” me behind the words and images. But before hiring someone to help me with that, I want to understand myself first what the perfect brand style recipe is made of. This book is a great guide to start with in my opinion and its principles can be applied to absolutely any kind of business you are running. Using various brands as an example, Fiona breaks down each company’s identity into parts – logos, colors, typography, materials used, etc. – and explains how each of these parts contribute to the image of the brand. A great bonus is the layout of the book – it is so well done and such a pleasure to flip through its pages!

Style Your Brand. Book Review. The Gift Of Knitting

Have a wonderful Sunday today!


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By | 2019-01-06T06:22:56+00:00 January 6th, 2019|Books, Yarn|2 Comments

2018, Thank You!

This photo that I took on one of the gloomy days is the perfect presentation of my year – dark and beautiful at the same time with the darkness bordering with light. 2018 was the year when my life has changed drastically, I really feel like I am learning to live all over again. This was a year of great losses that were hard to live through but that helped me to become stronger and discover myself better. I lost dear to me people, both physically and emotionally, I lost the sense of a place for me in this world. But no matter what I am deeply grateful to 2018 for how kind and generous it was to me, for all the beauty I was lucky to see, for all the amazing people by my side, for the ability to work, for my health and strength, for this place here and for knitting, of course, that helped me to stay grounded through many things.

I have designed, knit and published some very special to me pieces:

La Flor sweater is the additional pattern to the original design that took a completely different shape in airy mohair.

The Edge sweater became one of my favorite pieces with 3D volume cables and rich texture.

I mixed Wheat and Heritage sweaters in one project knit in beautiful alpaca yarn in perfect green shade.

Wings sweater is a simple with a twist (literally!) project – the twisted ribbing creates the wings effect on your shoulders!

The interpretation of The Edge in lighter yarn in neutral color – was my perfect travel companion!

Polar Bear – one of the favorites of all time! Combining chunky wool with the light mohair was such a delicious tactile experience!

Amber Sweater – my newest pattern that features dramatic travelling cables against a rich textured background.

Alina Cardigan for YOTH yarns was finally published this year and I couldn’t be happier with it!

I wanted to thank you for this year of support, for being here and for always being my biggest inspiration behind this project!

Sending lots of love to you and your families! Happy New Year! 2019 is going to be magical!


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By | 2018-12-31T08:08:24+00:00 December 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|6 Comments

Moeke Love

Moeke Yarns. the Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Sunday, friends! Hope you are enjoying the holiday frenzy! A quick update from me 🙂 While I am working non-stop-no-days-off at my day job, trying to get everything done by the end of the year, there is one project that I am so enjoying working at when I crush at my couch at the end of the day 🙂 Ioana from Moeke Yarns were kind enough to offer me a very interesting design challenge to show off Elena yarn at its best. After working with Moeke on so quiet a few projects, I seem to “know” the yarn well enough to get the best of it, hopefully, in the wearable form.

Moeke Yarns. the Gift Of Knitting.

I missed its rustic feel, natural smell and muted undyed natural shade. The sweater is growing steadily and I am trying an unusual construction that will be both wearable and fun to knit. Looking forward to showing you more in 2019!

Moeke Yarns. the Gift Of Knitting.

Moeke Yarns. the Gift Of Knitting.

Have a very happy Christmas with your dear ones!


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By | 2018-12-23T09:21:57+00:00 December 23rd, 2018|Knitting|1 Comment

In Fog

Textured Cardigan Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Wednesday! Have you already been taken over by the holiday frenzy? I still haven’t done my proper Christmas planning, but some lights, candles and chocolate are definitely on my list. It is almost two weeks to Christmas, but I am so looking forward to it! I have just one day off at work, but I decided to make the best of it! Walk in the morning, get my matcha latte in a favorite cafe, read, knit and have dinner with friends.

Textured Cardigan Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I have so much knitting going on behind the scenes, I haven’t been sharing much of it as often I have to choose between taking photos and knitting; and as much as I love creating my mini yarn photostories, I have been craving for just knitting at this point.

I am looking forward to sharing some beautiful projects and collaborations with wonderful women in the year to come!

Textured Cardigan Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Have a wonderful day today!


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By | 2018-12-12T06:07:34+00:00 December 12th, 2018|Knitting|2 Comments

Sweater Diary

Textured Sweater Pattern

I am continuing my recently started Sweater Diaries, where I show you the snaps of the process from the very beginning when the idea was just forming into my head. I love coming back to these moments and I hope you will enjoy them as well!

Amber

Sweater Diary

Textured Sweater Pattern

Have a wonderful day today!


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By | 2018-12-05T08:04:44+00:00 December 5th, 2018|Knitting, Sweater Diary, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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