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Gold and Chocolate

Knit dress

Lately I was thinking how my attitude to knitting has evolved. When I just picked up the needles in my early twenties, I envisioned all these crazy designs in my head that I would cast on almost instantly. The result – so many disasters and unfinished projects. Now I “brew” my ideas, yes, I do cast on swatches and make the notes, but I do not rush into a project anymore, it takes time, a lot of time, maybe making me one of the least productive knitwear pattern writers out there, but I embraced my way of working and do not push it to make something just for the sake of making/publishing it. As a result I stopped “killing” my ideas, like literally nothing that I cast on lately has been frogged. Yes, I rip back and start all over again, I twitch things here and there, but the core idea doesn’t change.

I am working on a sweater right now that I swatched for back in April, all this time I was coming back to the swatch, looking at it, imagining it in a finished knitwear form; it definitely passed the test – I love how it is coming along, especially in this dark chocolate shade.

I also finished setting up my knitting machine and swatching right now with this “golden” cotton. It is not as easy as I thought it would be – my machine is getting old and it’s been stored away for so much time that its parts are starting failing on me. I hope I can recover it with oiling it, but maybe I would have to face a fact that it is time to let it go… Anyway, not giving up on it yet!

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern

Knit dress

Knit dress

Have a wonderful day today!


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By |2019-07-31T05:42:06-07:00July 31st, 2019|Knitting, Machine Knitting|2 Comments

Moments 30/19

Knitting blog

Happy Sunday! This week to my Moments collection I am adding good food, friends and long talks about everything in the world – I cherish and so appreciate them and only hope that I can be lucky enough to enjoy them many years to come!

My knitting moments this week consisted of working with a wonderful group of test knitters for Fog cardigan, casting on a new sweater – I had idea for it stored in my head for months – and making a space in my tiny apartment for installing a knitting machine – yes, I think I am actually coming back to machine knitting! It’s been awhile since my last project, but the truth is there had been so many changes in my life that the idea of installing a knitting machine just didn’t sparkle much enthusiasm in me. But a few days ago I woke up with this image of a knit dress in my head and I knew it would be a great project for a knitting machine. I hope my hands and brain will remember quickly how to operate it. I will share it here, of course!

Knitting blog

Knitting blog

Knitting blog

I hope you had a wonderful week and looking forward to a new one!


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By |2019-07-28T07:18:01-07:00July 28th, 2019|Moments|0 Comments

Fog Cardigan. Details.

Cardigan knitting pattern

Textured, grey, slightly oversized, woolly – this knitwear formula will never cease to inspire me. Fog cardigan has finally taken its shape both on the needle and on paper. I spent a lot of time redesigning my pattern layout, and I am so happy how it turned out – very minimalistic, clean and detailed. I wanted to look for the graphic designer to do that, but I am such a control freak and it is so hard for me to delegate, this is my biggest problem. I will hire a graphic designer one day, but this time I enjoyed the whole process so much and I am so happy with the result, that it was worth all the time spent. The pattern is already in hands of my amazing test knitters and I am so excited to watch their progress. I will make sure to share it with you here!

I am pleased to show with you the preview of the sweater, I loved taking photos of its lines, details and texture contrasts. Hope you will like it too and I will see it on your needles this Fall.

Cardigan knitting pattern

Cardigan knitting pattern

Cardigan knitting pattern

Have a wonderful day today!


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By |2019-08-14T06:14:46-07:00July 24th, 2019|Finished Objects|6 Comments

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 |2019-07-07T09:32:16-07:00July 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 |2019-06-22T05:47:18-07:00June 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 |2019-06-18T06:24:29-07:00June 18th, 2019|Knitting|0 Comments
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