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Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting

Happy Wednesday! This month I decided to join Ginny’s Yarn Along again to share what I am reading and some knit update. It’s been awhile since I read anything in Russian and I missed it so much – I love the diverse and unique Russian literature. The main reason is that it is not easy to get the book in the original language for the reasonable price when you are on the other side of the world. And though I love the feeling of holding the real book in my hands, my new Kindle definitely has its advantages. I am almost done with Yefremov’s Bull’s Hour – it is a third book in trilogy, a sequel of Andromeda Nebula and The Heart of the Serpent. It is a space fiction tale that portraits the utopia world where people on Earth reached the perfect state of the government, where there were no wars, nations, weather cataclysms, etc, all people had great health and devoted themselves to science and work. Though it does contain lots of communist propaganda, it is still a fascinating read with great ideas and interesting point of view of what it would be like to have the society like that. It is like the opposite of Orwell’s 1984.

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting

As for knitting I am working on a summer sweater in Daisy yarn and using the cutest stitch markers from Creating with Sticks. There is a test knit going on of my cardigan that I designed awhile ago for YOTH yarns and one of the testers were using these markers – I ordered them immediately!

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting

 

The markers come in two sizes – the bigger size can fir the needle up to US 17 needle! And I am even wearing one as a ring right now, because they are just too adorable!

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting

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By | 2018-04-04T05:39:25+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Books, Knitting|7 Comments

Japanese Knitting

A couple of months ago I saw the review of Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible  book at Knitted Bliss. Julie presented it in such an alluring way that I immediately ordered the book! First of all, it is just beautiful to look at. I am so judging it by the cover, because it is stunning – intricate textured stitch pattern in neutral shade just makes you open it and browse for more. The content didn’t disappoint me either – 250+ unique stitch patterns presented in minimalist format.

Hitomi Shida created absolutely magical stitch patterns, from lace to cables – each of them is a small masterpiece. What I also like about them is that each pattern consists of several elements and you can easily “break it down” and use just a part of a pattern if it seems too busy for this or that particular project. I did something similar when designing Journey sweater a couple of years ago – browsing through a huge collection of stitch patterns and “filtering out” the elements that appealed to be and then putting the puzzle together. Now I have a great resource that I am sure I will come back to again and again.

Actually one of the elements in a beautiful stitch pattern caught my attention and I can’t wait to “draw” it on this merino fabric. 

It is worth mentioning that Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible doesn’t provide any step-be-step written instructions – only charts! All the symbols are explained in a detailed and clear way and some techniques are showed in the tutorials at the end of the book. Personally, being a visual knitter and always knitting from a chart, I love this approach – it allows to fit in more information in a less cluttered way, but if you prefer knitting from the written instructions, you might find it challenging at first to use this book.

I hope you are having a great weekend!


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By | 2018-03-11T07:35:53+00:00 March 11th, 2018|Books, Knitting|24 Comments

Vogue Knitting. Review and Giveaway.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

I got my first Vogue Knitting. The Ultimate Knitting Book. more than three years ago, it was a beautiful edition in golden tones and one of my first big knitting reference books. I loved it dearly until a huge hurricane hit the town and half of my library was sinking in water. When I was contacted with the offer to write the review for the brand new edition of this great book, I immediately said yes, because I knew it would be amazing and something that you will also like!

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

300+ pages of completely revised and updated information on all kinds of aspects of knitting – starting from supplies and introduction to basic stitches to designing your own projects. It is jam packed with information in a very easy and comprehensive format both in written and visual forms. And apart from its practical use, it is just a great coffee table book – absolutely in love with the new cover design and its sleek pages with beautiful photos and illustrations.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

I love how universal Vogue Knitting is – both complete beginners and advanced knitters will find it useful. One of the new sections for more advanced crafters are the chapters on hat, glove, sock and shawl design and construction – 100+ pages on knitwear design! This section reveals the logic behind the design, breaks it down for you in a very easy to grasp visual form and walks you through the whole process. So, if you have been dreaming of putting your ideas into shape, but were lost where to start, you will find your answers here.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

The book formatting is very user friendly – each section has its own specific color which makes it very easy to navigate. All the information is in the right place in the right time – photos, illustrations, step-by-step written instructions, schematics, charts – the editors used all the tools possible to present you each concept in the best way.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

I really love this quote from Elizabeth Zimmerman at the end of the book… Yes, we, knitters, are very fortunate.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

GIVEAWAY

And of course, I cannot leave you without a chance to win a copy! Please, leave a comment under this post to enter the giveaway. The giveaway is open to US, Canada and Mexico until 25th of February! Good luck!!

The giveaway is closed! The winner will be announced on Wednesday, 28th of February!

Hope you are having a wonderful week!


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By | 2018-02-25T09:08:58+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Books, Knitting|63 Comments

Add One Stitch Knitting. Structure.

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

As Add One Stitch Knitting is already available for sale, I thought I would tell you a little bit more about the structure of the book and how you can use it.

The book is aimed at beginners. The main goal is to introduce you to the knit textures in a detailed and simple way and to show how learning just knit and purl stitches can open you the realm of diverse kinds of textured fabric. The book starts with techniques that are presented in both written and visual form – you will need them in your further projects.

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

The next section is The Lessons. Each lesson consists of an explanation of a stitch you are about to learn, that is to say the nature of the stitch, how it will behave in different kinds of yarn and for what projects it is more suitable. Then you will find a very detailed, step by step guide of how to knit the stitch. After you get the idea, you can make the practice piece/swatch. And as you get more confident, you can move on to the actual project to put your new skills to action!

There are 15 simple and quick to make patterns for the scarf, pillow cover, hats, leg warmers, headband, cowls, blankets, phone case, pot holders, mitts, a bag and a summer top.

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

You can work through the book either step-by-step, lesson by lesson, which means learning the techniques, then getting to know a new stitch, practicing it and finally making a project, using it. Or you can first find the project that appeals to you the most, something you can’t wait to make and start learning techniques just for this particular project – each pattern includes the list of techniques used with the number of a page indicated, so you can easily find them. And you can move from there – learn the technique that you will need just for this particular project that you want to make, practice the stitch used in the pattern and start the project itself!

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

Though the book has been written for the absolute beginners in mind, those who have been knitting for awhile can also use it for those times when you are craving for some simple, one-page pattern that you can work on while binge watching your favorite show 🙂

I really hope Add One Stitch Knitting will make you fall in love with knit textures over and over again!


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By | 2018-02-07T10:44:14+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Books, Knitting|2 Comments

Book Yarns

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Happy Sunday, dear friends! First of all, I would like to thank you for your wonderful comments and messages and emails sent my way – I read every single one of them and I cannot express how grateful I am for all your support. Before Add One Stitch Knitting is officially released, I will tell you a little bit about the making process. As I mentioned in my previous post, this book is the result of work of many people and each of them made it possible to happen.

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Today I would like to express my gratitude to yarn companies that were so kind and generous to provide me with the materials.

DROPS Yarns, Cascade Yarns, Debbie Bliss – Thank you so much for your support!

You know how much I love the process of getting to know the yarn before starting a projects with it. Though the deadlines were pretty tight, I still made a commitment to create my favorite, as I call them, yarn photo stories to share with you later.

When I got the confirmation from the editor that the publisher gave us a green light for the book, I asked two things – first, that the fibers we use are natural animal and plant fibers and second, that I would love to stay true to myself and choose neutral soft color palette. Thankfully, I got the full freedom in that and I started preparing the list of yarns and colors.

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Cascade. Lana Grande. 100% wool.

Today I would like to share with you this beautiful fiber collection I was so lucky to work with! I mentioned earlier that the diversity of fibers and textures and colors is one of the most fascinating things for me in knitting and the fact that I received a box full of completely different fibers made me ecstatic!

Absolutely gorgeous silky 100% pima cotton and bulky deliciously soft 100% Peruvian wool by Cascade Yarns. This pima cotton creates a great drape and has a beautiful sheen to it. It is pretty slippery, so if you are novice it will be challenging to keep the stitches perfectly even in simple stockinette, but this problem is solved by the use of textured stitch for the summer top pattern provided in Add One Stitch Knitting. As for Peruvian wool, I published a full yarn review of Magnum yarn, so you can appreciate all its gorgeousness!!

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Bulky Peruvian Wool

100% cotton by DROPS – creates great texture and the choice of colors is endless! The thread is spin very loosely, so the fabric created won’t be stiff at all.

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Merino wool by Cascade Yarns and Nepal by Drops. Merino would make a great yarn for baby knits – it is extremely soft and not itchy at all. The spin of the thread gives amazing stitch definition. Nepal, wool and alpaca blend, became one of my favorite yarns to work with! It is just so pretty, soft and easy to knit with – would definitely use it for garment knitting!

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Paloma by Debbie Bliss – magical yarn!!!! I have a big review about it that I published earlier and I also used the leftovers for my Simple Baby Hat free pattern.

Debbie Bliss. Paloma.

One of the most popular Debbie Bliss yarns – Cashmerino. A great budget way to add the touch of cashmere in your handknits!

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Now to my favorite one. It is so so hard to choose that I liked the best – all the yarns are unique and interesting in their own way, but there is something about DROPS Andes that made me gasp – the way the thread is spin, the thickness of it, the amazing color palette, the texture it creates – everything appealed to me.

Wool Yarn

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Looking back, I cannot believe that it’s been already a year since I started working on this project and though it was probably the toughest year workwise, I know it was so so worth it! Every single project and yarn is very special to me and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Just to remind you that the book giveaway is still open and Add One Stitch Knitting is available for pre-order!

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

I hope you will have a wonderful Sunday today!


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By | 2018-01-20T15:23:16+00:00 November 26th, 2017|Books, Knitting|2 Comments

In Search Of The World’s Finest Wool. Review and Giveaway.

In Search Of World's Finest Wools

A few weeks ago I got an email from Firefly Books with the offer to review one of their newest books –  In Search Of The World’s Finest Wools. After reading book’s description I said “yes” immediately, because I knew right away – every crafter would love to have it on the coffee table! And I was definitely not disappointed – I can honestly say this is one of the most inspiring books about fiber I have ever come across!

Dominic Dormeuil is the fifth-generation president of the Dormeuil Cloth Company that creates high-quality fabrics from natural fibers. He travels the world to select the best wools and learn more about techniques and traditions. For this book Dominic joined forces with photographer and writer Jean-Baptiste Rabouan, who specializes in ethnographic reports. Together they created “A Tribute to the growers and artisans of wool”  with stunning photography and touching stories behind each fiber.

In Search Of World's Finest Wools

In Search Of The World’s Finest Wools takes you on a virtual journey to Greenland, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Ladakh, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Peru to discover the stories behind growth and production of qiviut wool, cashmere, Taewit wool, pashmina goat wool, Shetland wool, merino, mohair and vicuña.

In Search Of World's Finest WoolsWhile reading the book I was looking through my own stash and seeing it in a completely new light! All these fibers have sooo much history before turning into the skeins that bring me so much joy!

In Search Of World's Finest Wools

I love how the book talks not only about the fiber itself, but also about the political and geographical conditions of the region; the role of the fiber in the life of the community and, of course, people who are so passionate about their work. The photography is absolutely breathtaking!! It was a true aesthetic joy to look through every page.

In Search Of World's Finest Wools

I must admit I tried to read it as slow as possible, savoring each chapter, studying each photo and imaging this life, so close to animals and fiber… Thank you so much, Firefly Books, for such a great gift!

In Search Of World's Finest Wools

I am also happy to say that Firefly Books are giving you a chance to win one copy of In Search Of The World’s Finest Wools! Please, check my Instagram later today for all the details of the giveaway – @giftofknitting. The giveaway will be open worldwide and I will announce a winner this Thursday!

Have a great day!


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By | 2018-03-11T07:33:18+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Books, Knitting|8 Comments
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