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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

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

Eugenia Sweater Project for Moeke Yarns

Cable Textured Sweater Pattern. Moeke Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting

When Ioana from Moeke Yarns contacted me back in Fall if I would be willing to be a part of a new knitwear collection for Edingburgh Yarn Festival 2019, I said yes immediately – you know how much I love this yarn company and am proud to be a part of their story since 2016. We discussed the concept of the sweater with Ioana – she had in mind a texture rich knitwear piece with the vintage feel and with the variety of stitches to show off the beauty of Elena yarn. Texture and mix of stitches? I am always in!

Cable Textured Sweater Pattern. Moeke Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting

I started with creating the moodboards in Pinterest and with swatching. Though my goal was to really get out of the standard logic of the pattern, I still wanted the knitters to enjoy an easy, not overly complicated knit. Something that will look like a puzzle, but where each piece of the puzzle is easy to put together.

Cable Textured Sweater Pattern. Moeke Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting

So I had the idea to cover the lower part of the sweater in cables with the use of the short rows to create an asymmetric cut and then throw in a mix of ribbing stitches. The sweater is broken down in half with the cable bind off.

Cable Textured Sweater Pattern. Moeke Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting

Ioana organized an amazing photoshoot for the collection. Check Moeke Yarns IG to see the amazing work by Josh and Valentina – it is an honor to be a part of such an incredible team! Also make sure to enter the giveaway on Moeke Yarns instagram page – it is open until Monday!

Cable Textured Sweater Pattern. Moeke Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting

I hope you will pick up your yarn kits at EYF next week and I will see Eugenia on many needles! The sweater pattern will be available online March, 21st.

Cable Textured Sweater Pattern. Moeke Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting

Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!


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By |2019-03-17T08:07:00-07:00March 17th, 2019|Knitting, Pattern|1 Comment

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 |2019-01-10T08:12:03-07:00January 10th, 2019|Knitting|0 Comments

Moeke Love

Moeke Yarns. the Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Sunday, friends! Hope you are enjoying the holiday frenzy! A quick update from me 🙂 While I am working non-stop-no-days-off at my day job, trying to get everything done by the end of the year, there is one project that I am so enjoying working at when I crush at my couch at the end of the day 🙂 Ioana from Moeke Yarns were kind enough to offer me a very interesting design challenge to show off Elena yarn at its best. After working with Moeke on so quiet a few projects, I seem to “know” the yarn well enough to get the best of it, hopefully, in the wearable form.

Moeke Yarns. the Gift Of Knitting.

I missed its rustic feel, natural smell and muted undyed natural shade. The sweater is growing steadily and I am trying an unusual construction that will be both wearable and fun to knit. Looking forward to showing you more in 2019!

Moeke Yarns. the Gift Of Knitting.

Moeke Yarns. the Gift Of Knitting.

Have a very happy Christmas with your dear ones!


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By |2018-12-23T09:21:57-07:00December 23rd, 2018|Knitting|1 Comment

In Fog

Textured Cardigan Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Wednesday! Have you already been taken over by the holiday frenzy? I still haven’t done my proper Christmas planning, but some lights, candles and chocolate are definitely on my list. It is almost two weeks to Christmas, but I am so looking forward to it! I have just one day off at work, but I decided to make the best of it! Walk in the morning, get my matcha latte in a favorite cafe, read, knit and have dinner with friends.

Textured Cardigan Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I have so much knitting going on behind the scenes, I haven’t been sharing much of it as often I have to choose between taking photos and knitting; and as much as I love creating my mini yarn photostories, I have been craving for just knitting at this point.

I am looking forward to sharing some beautiful projects and collaborations with wonderful women in the year to come!

Textured Cardigan Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Have a wonderful day today!


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By |2018-12-12T06:07:34-07:00December 12th, 2018|Knitting|2 Comments
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