Earthly Shades

Wool Yarn

Though spring weather is in its full bloom, the sun is shining and the temperatures heated up, I am still in the sweater weather mood, being drawn to earthly shades and cozy wool. I even created a special Pinterest board to virtually give me the taste of warm fires, misty mornings and rainy nights. I know that in a couple of weeks, I’ll be happy knitting with my cotton and linen skeins again, but for now it is all about woolly fibers.

This weekend was a little bit rough for me, so I needed to escape into my yarn wonderland. Between busy knitting Moeke sweaters for September and working on other dozens of projects, I’ve been playing with my stash yarn and some leftovers.

Wool Yarn

Having DROPS in my yarn basket again brings so many memories. It is one of the most popular yarn brand in Europe and I loved working with it when I go home. Andes line is one of my favorite – beautiful color palette, interesting texture of the thread and delicious mixture of wool and alpaca. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have already seen it in my insta stories last week.

Wool Yarn

I also finished a big project with Magnum that I can’t share with you now, unfortunately, but the good news is I have two skeins left. I decided to play around with the crochet hook. I don’t think I ever used 10 mm hook for any of my crochet projects; all my crochet dresses and cardigans were made with tiny hooks to create a very subtle fabric. Volume created by roving yarn is so unusual and inspiring…

Wool Yarn

I hope you are inspired to pick your yarn today 🙂

Have a great day!


By |2017-05-23T05:40:52-07:00March 29th, 2017|Crochet, Knitting, Yarn|13 Comments

Crochet Valentine

Crochet Hearts

I am not a big Valentine’s Day girl and I don’t think I’ve ever made anything Valentine’s related, except for the obligatory paper cards we had to make at school :), but this year I decided to join Meredith (who is such a big inspiration for me!!!) from One Social Girl for her #TheSocialHeartProject. Her idea is to crochet/knit/sew/etc a little heart, attach a sweet and encouraging note to it and put out there, in the world. It doesn’t have to be romantic, it’s just a note of kindness that might brighten a day of someone… I also had an idea to attach notes of gratitude and put them everywhere in the house and every time you find one of them, you’ll be reminded of the good things you already have in your life.

I knew exactly what yarn I am going to use for the crochet hearts – my December KnitCrate had the perfect yarn surprise for me! I can finally show it to you – I am being very careful of not revealing the monthly package content too early so I don’t spoil the surprise for any other KnitCraters 🙂


December package brought two very generous skeins of Baa Baa Bulky Merino by Ewe Ewe Yarns, two hat patterns (for beginner’s – Shaggy Beanie; for more advanced knitters – Pineapple Expressions) and delicious dark cocoa. What a treat!


I tried the yarn right away, because this is what happens when I get something new – I just have to get familiar with it before it can join my yarn basket. Baa Baa Bulky Merino has a great bounce, knits like butter and creates a great stitch definition. It will be perfect for baby knits, as it’s washable and isn’t itchy. Though if you are strongly against superwash yarns, it is not for you. I also tried it with the basic single crochet stitch and it worked really nice – afghans are definitely a great project for this yarn.


If this is the first time you hear about this monthly surprise yarn project, you can read my full review with all the pros and cons here – Monthly Knitting Santa. KnitCrate Review. And don’t forget that you can always use my special 20% discount code for your first KnitCrateGOK20.

So, back to the crochet hearts. They are so addictive to make. You think of making 8, maybe 10, but end up with 20 of them! I used the pattern that Meredith shared on her Facebook page along with the step-by-step video tutorial – you will see how easy it is. I actually timed myself and one heart took me approximately 1 min 45 sec to make. It will also be a great project for all the scrap yarns that we all have and that are too good to throw away.

Crochet Hearts

If you prefer knitting, then there are tons of patterns out there – simple garter stitch heart or a lace heart, for example. You can also share your photos on social media with #TheSocialHeartProject hashtag. Spread the love! Thank you, for a great idea, Meredith!

Happy Sunday!


By |2017-02-12T08:00:29-07:00February 12th, 2017|Crochet, Yarn|15 Comments

How Sweaters Behave After Long-term Wear


Today I would like to come back to some of my old knits that I finished during the last 2-3 years. The reason for this little flashback is to talk about how these pieces of knitwear “behave” after a certain amount of time. Surely they all look fresh and crisp once fresh off the needles, but I think it is important to see them after they have been through lots of wear in “real” life. It will allow us to make some decisions about yarn/stitch pattern/shape for our next project. Sweaters are a big investment of time and money, so it is definitely worth analyzing the end result.

La Flor.

Yarn – Wool of the Andes (100% Peruvian Highland wool) by Knit Picks.

I can say that I’ve been wearing La Flor a lot – dog walks, road trips, running errands in town, cozying up in it during chilly mornings at home… It is been a year since I finished it, so it’s been enough time to see how it behaves.

The stitch pattern is still crisp and stands out against the stockinette stitch background; the shape hasn’t changed at all – it fits just the way it used to. Yarn started pilling a little bit on the hem and ribbing of the sleeves, but nothing drastic. Overall I am very happy with how it looks like after a year of wear.

Mineral Heather sweater.

Yarn – Wool of the Andes (100% Peruvian Highland wool) by Knit Picks.

I finished it in December, 2015 and have been wearing it a lot as well. The weird thing is that though the yarn is absolutely identical to the one I used for La Flor, pilling is so so much worse. Right now it is not so bad, but after the first month of wear the sweater was just covered in numerous tiny wool speckles. I had to use the razor every single time I wanted to wear it. Other than that the sweater is perfect after a long time of wear – holds its shape, the color didn’t fade at all, the ribbing is also in its place. So, I would definitely recommend Wool of the Andes, it is a great wool!


Yarn – The Baby Wool (100% Baby Alpaca) by We Are Knitters.

The yarn was so lush to work with – incredible soft and silky. The sweater also turned super soft and cozy. I’ve worn it a lot in the house, during walks and was basically living in it during my trip to Saint Petersburg. Finished in July, the sweater is 6 months old. Well, I can say for sure that there is a price to pay for its wonderful softness – it pills like crazy! If I wear it next to a back t-shirt, I have an alpaca t-shirt after that 🙂 Other than that it holds its shape and color  very well and I am still very happy to wear it, even with all the pilling.


Yarn – Elena (100% organic wool) by Moeke Yarns.

Probably my most worn sweater since I finished it. I wear it on its own or under a jacket, over the past 6-7 months it’s been everywhere with me. I am super happy about how it looks and fits after all this time of use. The cables look exactly the same way – they didn’t stretch at all! And the yarn doesn’t pill at all – it literally looks like new! It is not the softest yarn in the world, that’s for sure, but what a sturdy and durable wool!


Yarn – Gloss DK (70% wool and 30% silk) by Knit Picks.

My Reindeer cardigan is more than one year old and it holds its cables and shape beautifully, though the yarn starts to look a little bit fuzzy will pills, so I will have to take care of it. But overall it is in beautiful shape and makes a great wardrobe staple!

Now let’s take a look at some of the pieces I made from plant fibers and see how they hold up! Plant fibers usually don’t pill, so if you take a good care of them they will always look like new. They do have their own drawbacks though…

Wildflower dress.

Yarn – Eulali (100% cotton) by Omega.

One of my first projects and my favorite crochet dress. I wear it quiet a lot during the summer; it’s 2,5 years old and it is perfect! The shape is exactly the same as it was when I just finished it – didn’t stretch at all and the color is not fading. I do take a very good care of it though – I wash it by hand and let it dry flat in the shade, so the sun doesn’t destroy its color. The yarn is pretty stiff, but it softens up after a few washes. The fact that I used a very small crochet hook also helped to keep the dress structured and not lose its shape.

Bamboo drape sweater.

Yarn – 100% bamboo (I don’t remember the company name unfortunately).

My two favorite things about this project are the drape and the color, both of them are in perfect condition. The only thing that might be bothering me is that it is very easy to get the pull/run in this fabric. And it will be really visible as the fabric is so sleek and smooth.

Soho Dress. Yarn – Lino (cotton/linen blend) by BBB filati.

One of my favorite projects. I must admit though that I haven’t been wearing it a lot for some reason, but from a few wears the fabric didn’t change, except for a little stretch in the underarm area. But I left it raw and didn’t trim it at all, so that might be the reason. I will have to come back and do that so it doesn’t grow more. But overall a great look after 1,5 years. This yarn is definitely a great investment!

I hope this little overview helped you in some way and now you know what to expect more or less from the knitwear pieces you create from the similar yarns!

I hope you are having a great week!

See you at Yarn Along!


By |2017-02-01T09:22:21-07:00February 1st, 2017|Crochet, Knitting|24 Comments

Craft Goals


Happy 2017, friends! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and had some time to relax. Honestly I barely felt the holiday spirit this year – was way too busy with too many things. But I am definitely not complaining, I love everything that I do and every day I feel grateful for the opportunity to work – it is my best form of meditation.

As you might have noticed The Gift Of Knitting looks slightly different now. I hope you like it and find it easier to navigate, there are still some changes I want to make. I am working on it!

This past weekend I looked back at the goals that I set for myself last year, including the craft goals that I shared with you in December 2015:

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  • Improve my machine knitting skills
  • Crochet more
  • Take careful notes of my projects


I definitely feel much more confident with my LK-150, though I didn’t finish as many projects as I planned. One thing I know for sure is that the best and maybe the only way to get better at anything is to practice. Theory is great, but until you put it into use, you won’t see major changes.

Crochet… Absolute fail!!! I was working on a couple of crochet projects, but they were both frogged. But the good thing is that both of the unfinished pieces gave me a new idea for something fun to try, hopefully it will work out.

The last goal was definitely achieved – yay! I learned how to discipline myself in knitting and keep track of my experiments. Doesn’t sound like too much fun, as just knitting away without breaking my head how to put it into words in the clearest way possible is way more time and effort consuming, but it pays off when I receive “Thank you” notes from you!

And that leads me to my main craft goal for 2017 – sharing as much as I can here! I am really short of time these days, but I have numerous plans and ideas that hopefully will come to life during next 12 months. I really want you to find here inspiration to create, because it makes life so much brighter!

Here is to inspiring 2017!

Do you have any craft goals for new year?


By |2017-03-04T07:17:26-07:00January 4th, 2017|Crochet, Knitting, Machine Knitting|26 Comments

Textures and Textiles

Textures and Textiles

Happy Sunday, dear friends! As you probably know from my World Crafters series, I believe that our surroundings influence our creativity in so many ways. This weekend I was sorting through the photos of San Miguel de Allende and so many of them reminded me of my knits in some way. Today I would like to take you on this visual journey and hopefully inspire in some way to look around you and find inspiration in simple little things that surround you…

Reindeer cables

Textures and Textiles

Deep hues of silky bamboo sweater

Textures and Textiles

Crisp texture of Sand sweater

Textures and Textiles

Textured “nubs” of La Flor

Textures and Textiles

Intricate pattern of Journey made in perfectly imperfect Moeke

Textures and Textiles

Juicy color of Ocean

Textures and Textiles

Squishy cable against a simple textured background of The Choice

Textures and Textiles

Simple crochet stitches that form a beautiful harmonious pattern of Wildflower dress made in lovely cotton

Textures and Textiles

Lush mix of alpaca, merino and silk in Gallery sweater

Textures and Textiles

It is so nice to come back to my old knit pieces and just enjoy the diversity of colors, textures, fibers and textiles.

I hope you’ve found some inspiration in this post and will pick up your yarn today…

Have a beautiful day!


By |2017-04-07T07:00:11-07:00December 4th, 2016|Crochet, Knitting, Simple little things|22 Comments

The Gift Of Knitting Ravelry Group

Hello dear friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week! Guess what?! I finally started my Ravelry group dedicated to The Gift Of Knitting Designs, where we can chat, discuss our knitting/crochet/machine knitting projects, share WIPs and FOs, help each other and just have fun!

Gift Of Knitting

I would LOVE to see you there – The Gift Of Knitting Ravelry Group! I am planning to host KALs/CALs, yarn-delicious giveaways and other fun fiber goodness. But for a start, let’s find out more about each other! Head over to Hello, I am… thread and, please, share something about yourself! I would love to know more about you!!

Thank you so much for joining!

By |2016-10-26T07:59:55-07:00October 26th, 2016|Crochet, Knitting, Machine Knitting|12 Comments
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