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Peruvian Week. Lima.

Peru. Lima. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

Peru was always on my must visit list, but I had no idea I will have the opportunity to visit it so soon. I guess some things are just meant to be. I had to do some paperwork for my job outside of the country and I thought it is the perfect opportunity to combine some boring bureaucracy with exciting adventures.This week I am going to devote to Peru and things I was so fortunate to see with my own eyes. First stop was Lima.

Peru. Lima. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

I booked a small boutique hotel in Miraflores – this is the best neighborhood to stay as a tourist – safe, clean and beautiful to walk around. I can recommend this hotel if you are not planning to spend there lots of time, as the rooms are pretty small, but other than that it was perfect for a short stay. I spent in Lima just a couple of days, but they were filled with such numerous beautiful experiences that it seemed much longer. On the first day I decided to explore the city and just walk around without any plan – my favorite kind of tourism, I do feel that this way you get to know a new place much better rather than a planned excursion, at least this is how I feel. Those are my personal notes from what I have seen and how I have interpreted them, my experience might be really different from others. The first thing that really stands out is the nature that is integrated in the city’s landscape.

Peru. Lima. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

Miraflores neighborhood is very urban and quite minimalistic with high apartment buildings mostly built with the use of stone, wood and lots of glass – most of the windows are ceiling high, which is understandable – the views from there must be breathtaking! The city is very green – not only in parks and streets, but the nature is integrated in the architecture and the exterior design of the buildings.

Peru. Lima. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

Peru. Lima. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

Peru. Lima. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

The other thing that I noticed and experienced – is the absolutely crazy traffic, I thought Moscow traffic was bad, but gosh, this city is moving so fast and seemingly hectic (or maybe it just seemed this way because it was new to me), but to be honest I had a lot of trouble crossing the street in the area marked for pedestrians – the cars just would not stop, had to be very careful!

Without an actual plan I walked out to the city’s promenade that stretches along the rocky Pacific ocean coast. Wow, what a feeling. The combination of a megapolice with its stone and glass skyscrapers and its sound of active traffic with the waves crushing against the rocks is so powerful.

Peru. Lima. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

 

I always wonder how local people see the beauty of a place that they call home – do they get used to it and treat it as granted or they stop and wonder at how lucky they are to live surrounded by so much beauty. I think we are all guilty sometimes of digging our head so deep into the everyday routine and forgetting to appreciate what’s around us, this is like air – we do not really notice it while it’s here but as soon as we are cut off from it, we feel the lack of it oh so strongly, I know as it happened to me… Anyway, back to Lima. So, I did notice how local citizens are enjoying and using the beauty of this place – running and cycling along the coast, walking in the park with their families and stopping to stare at the magnificent ocean. Those scenes of simple life always make me peaceful and happy.

Peru. Lima. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

Peru. Lima. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

Peru. Lima. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

Peru. Lima. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

I reached a little shopping mall that seems to be floating over the ocean, there you can find little cafes and restaurants with the breathtaking view. I chose The Sun and had probably the best sushi of my life with the fresh fish and the view.

Peru. Lima. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

Peru. Lima. The Gift Of Knitting blog.

During the second part of the day I took a city bus excursion where we visited the main neighborhoods of Lima and a cathedral, it was beautiful, but to be honest I realized once again that this is not my type of exploring – I love wandering around and stopping at places that catch my attention without a certain plan or guide, I feel like this way I remember them better and some of them will always stay in my memory.

See you tomorrow!

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


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By | 2019-02-14T07:34:50+00:00 February 13th, 2019|Peruvian Week, Travel|4 Comments

S.O.S. Gang

Wool and The Gang. The Gift Of Knitting.

When a couple of weeks ago Wool and The Gang team contacted me to share their new yarn line – New Wave Yarn – I immediately was interested in this project! First of all, I will always support them – WATG was the first company that believed in me and supported me in March, 2015 (wow, I cannot believe it is been almost 4 years!!!), secondly, I absolutely love their style and how they are reinventing the knitting!

WATG team has been working on this line for several years and finally let it out into the world, with the hope to make it better and cleaner. Each 100 g ball of this yarn contains 3… plastic bottles! We all know how much excess of plastic is out there and especially in the ocean, through this project WATG is trying to contribute to minimize the damage being made. On a big scale it might seem like it won’t make that much of a difference, but I do believe that big things always start with smaller ones and with passion that turns into ideas that turn into actions that become changes. The fact is the plastic is already out there and why not to reuse it and put into something wearable and fun to knit with!

Personally I think I am only at the beginning of this whole eco conscious journey, I try to make my best and make the right choices in my everyday life to avoid the excess in everything, to share the things that might be useful for others and not throw them away, I still have a looong way to go, but I am definitely grateful for this time that we are living in right now when we connect better and can share the knowledge and be more aware of what is going on around us.

Wool and The Gang. The Gift Of Knitting.

Wool and The Gang. The Gift Of Knitting.

Wool and The Gang. The Gift Of Knitting.

When I first read the letter from WATG, it was hard for me to imagine what the yarn made with cotton + plastic bottles would actually look and feel like. The whole process is quite fascinating – the bottles are being collected and cleaned, then melted into a liquid plastic, which is squeezed into shape and cut to size and then spun with the cotton to create a thread. Pretty scifi, right?! 🙂 When I got the package I was presently surprised how soft and airy it is! It is amazing how something damaging can be converted into a pleasant tactile experience! The yarn is spun as the ribbon, it knits up super quick and creates beautiful stitch definition.

Wool and The Gang. The Gift Of Knitting.

The color choice is very rich. I went for Space Black shade. I think this is just the second time when I knit with black yarn, but I  after all black is my favorite color, so I thought it would be amazing to create a classic black sweater that will be wearable and environmentally friendly at the same time. And it looks so elegant!

Wool and The Gang. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope you will try this yarn and support WATG team for all their amazing effort! See all the patterns created specially for this yarn line – New Wave Collection.

I hope you are going to have a wonderful weekend! As for me I am heading to work right now and tomorrow I am going to… PERU!!! I am so excited about the trip, it has been on my bucket list for awhile now. Cannot wait to share with you everything that I will see!!!


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By | 2019-01-26T08:41:09+00:00 January 26th, 2019|Yarn|0 Comments

Birthday Sale – Hello, 30s!!!

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My dear friends, I am turning 30 today!!! I am grateful and happy to arrive to such an important life milestone in good health, with beautiful people in my life, with this digital crafty place created from scratch one day, with my job and with love, oh so much love in my heart that I hope I will learn how to share more… I am promising myself that I am going to make my 30s better than 20s – love more, share more, work more, be more grateful and savour each moment of this amazing, unpredictable, sometimes hard and challenging, but always beautiful, LIFE!!

As you can’t share my birthday cake I wanted to share with you my birthday sweater cake and run the BIGGEST SALE of the year in my Ravelry store!

To welcome my 30s I am offering 3 for 10 promotion – 3 any patterns of your choice for $10!!! Just add any three patterns to your cart and use the promotion code HELLO30.

To say goodbye to my 29, I offering 2 for 9 promotion – 2 any patterns of your choice for $9!!! Just add any two patterns to your cart and use the promotion code BYE29.

It is up to you which promotion you would like to choose (or use both of them!) and you can use each one an unlimited amount of times!

Thank you SO much for your support, it means a lot to me!

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The Gift of Knitting Pattern Store

 

The Gift of Knitting Pattern Store

 

 

By | 2019-01-17T06:47:46+00:00 January 17th, 2019|Gifts Of Life|5 Comments

Gifts Of Life. Honey Light.

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Happy Sunday! After some gloomy and chilly January days, I was lucky to catch one of the most amazing, how I call it, honey sunsets. It is my very own place of power, after being there, even for just 10 minutes, I feel like my body relaxes and my head clears up and my heart is filled with gratitude. Cold waters breaking against the majestic rock formations, this roaring sound and the smell of the ocean. It is truly amazing how my body feels like it belongs here, I did not grow up anywhere near the water, but after living on the California coast for 5 years, I physically feel the need to be touch the ocean at least once a week. I would like to take you on a visual walk with me today, hope you will enjoy!

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The Gift Of Knitting blog

The Gift Of Knitting blog

The Gift Of Knitting blog

The Gift Of Knitting blog

Have a beautiful day today!


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By | 2019-01-13T09:23:54+00:00 January 13th, 2019|Gifts Of Life|6 Comments

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
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