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Raglan Pullover from Creative Cables

As soon as I saw the pattern, I wanted to knit it. This cable panel from Creative Cables by Debbie Bliss made my heart skip a beat.


© Sixth&Spring Books

This week I decided I can’t wait any longer and started swatching.


I think this rich red color, which looks almost burgundy red in dark light, suits this pattern perfectly. The soft natural cotton is my choice again. I think I am a cotton addict.


The 2*2 ribbing seems too “busy” to me for this pattern, so I think I am going to stick to the basic stockinette stitch. In my opinion it will make the cable panel stand out more.

Well, I am starting! I’ll post more about the progress.

By | 2016-04-10T09:09:32+00:00 September 6th, 2014|Knitting, Work in Progress|0 Comments

Arabesque Pullover #tbt

Once upon a time I fell in love with the yarn, its color, its texture, its softness… The pattern was found in one of the old French magazines… I knew they were meant for each other…

cables sweater

As I was knitting I decided to make it a little bit longer and bigger than the designer suggested. I guess I just wanted to cover myself with its soft cables as much as possible.

Cable Sweater Knitting

I especially like the shaping of the sleeves. The inserted cable panel really makes a difference.

Cable Sweater Knitting

It was such a pleasure to make and such a pleasure to wear.

Cable Sweater Knitting

The Arabesque pullover pattern can be found in the French knitting magazine Bergere de France #159. Ravelry pattern page can be found here.

By | 2015-07-17T16:23:48+00:00 September 4th, 2014|Finished Objects, Knitting|5 Comments

Back to Basics Sweater

When I go to the yarn store, I usually have no idea what I want to make and what color I want. Yarn is definitely my inspiration. I have to touch it, to look at it for a couple of days, to cast on and knit something randomly before some ideas come up.

My latest purchase is of no exception. As soon as I started to swatch with it, I knew the garter stitch was the one. I wanted something light that I can throw on with jeans and be “effortlessly chic”, or whatever they say in the fashion magazines.

The yarn label recommends to use 3 – 3.5 size needles (US 3 or 4), but I decided to go up and used 4.5 (US 7). This made the fabric light and drapery. One more bonus – it was a super fast knit, just 6-7 evenings.


The shape is super basic – the drop shoulder with V-neck. I trimmed the neckline with 2*2 rib using 3.5 size needles (US 4)


And voilà


I am really happy with the result.

By | 2014-12-29T20:18:09+00:00 September 2nd, 2014|Finished Objects, Knitting|1 Comment


I got this colorful cotton fabric and a cute notebook on the weekend.

Craft. Sewing

The problem is that I have no clear idea what to do with the fabric. I wanted to learn how to sew for a long time now. I even have the Brother sewing machine for more than one year, but somehow I can’t get to it. Whenever I have time for some crafting, my hands automatically get to knitting. So, I’ve decided I’ll start with something very basic and quick. I’ll let you know what will come out of it.

By | 2016-04-10T09:10:12+00:00 August 31st, 2014|Simple little things|0 Comments

Country Life

I spent the last couple of weeks of my vacation in the countryside, with my grannies. No Tv, no Internet. That was exactly what I needed – the quiet time just for myself and for my family. No running around, no driving around; just nature, books, knitting, crochet and good fresh food.

I think we all need it sometimes. Just to remember how big the small things are.

The singing of birds in the morning,

Knitting and Crochet

…the dew in the early morning,

Knitting and Crochet


Knitting and Crochet in the Countryside

 …the vegetables picked in the garden…

Knitting and Crochet

 … washed with the water from the well

Knitting and Crochet in the Countryside

cut and served with sour cream and a good piece of rye bread.

The smell of the wildflowers,

Knitting and Crochet in the Countryside

…the rustle of leaves in the forest,

Knitting and Crochet in the Countryside

…freshly picked berries,

Knitting and Crochet in the CountrysideKnitting and Crochet in the Countryside

Knitting and Crochet in the Countryside

 …a long walk with the dog,

Knitting and Crochet in the Countryside

…creating outside,

Knitting and Crochet in the Countryside

… a good book before sleep.

Knitting and Crochet in the Countryside

Feeling truly grateful.

By | 2016-04-10T09:10:35+00:00 August 30th, 2014|Travel|3 Comments
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