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Hyperballad Cowl, Non-Violent Communication and Healthy Snacks

Knitting and Reading Yarn Along.

Knitting. My first test knit is off the needles! Hyperballad cowl by Julie was a fun and fast knit! This cowl is all about texture! I think local Otoño cotton shows it beautifully, loved working with it. I want a sweater in this shade (oxido) now!

Knitting Cowl

Ravelry project Hyperballad Cowl

Hyperballad will be a small gift for my friend. Also it is my first FO for Andi’s Stash Down KAL/CAL. The cowl “ate” around 315 m/345 yd of my stash, which is approximately one and a half skein! Not a bad start for 100+ skeins stash 🙂 I loved the whole process of test knitting, it is an amazing feeling to play a little part in the final design. Thank you, Julie, for this opportunity, I really enjoyed making it!

Knitting Cowl

Reading. “Living Nonviolent Communication” by Marshall B. Rosenberg. Unfortunately I don’t have enough time right now to devote to reading, so fiction books have to wait. It’s the second book I read from Nonviolent Communication series be Marshall B. Rosenberg. It’s enough to open it for 20-30 minutes every day to remind yourself of simple truths. This book is about compassionate and conscious communication that brings people together. As a teacher, wife, daughter, granddaughter, friend and a human being I find it very valuable.

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Clean Eating. My favorite combination – apples with pecans.

Knitting Cowl

I love snacking on them while watching something, reading or knitting/crocheting. We have a rule in our small family to keep only healthy snacks in the house. Though sometimes we still “cheat” when going out, in the house we  keep only “clean” unprocessed food. It makes a huge difference! The cravings go away really fast, in a matter of a couple of weeks. So, if you are consistent, it won’t be hard anymore. It’s really all about the habit.

Happy knitting and stay healthy!


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By | 2015-06-01T15:45:29+00:00 March 25th, 2015|Books, Finished Objects, Knitting|16 Comments

Riviera Skirt. Details.

First FO of 2015 – Riviera Skirt!

Knitting Wool and The GangIt was a pretty fast project that took me only a couple of weeks of afternoon knitting time. Not bad! To be honest I feel kind of sad to cast it off… Pima cotton is so delicious to work with. I didn’t want to let it go…

So, let’s get to the details.

Texture. Combination of classic basic stitches creates interesting fabric and keeps you engaged while knitting. I know a lot of knitters love the look of the seed stitch, but are not particularly fond of knitting it. This pattern offers you 2 in 1 – you get the texture of the seed stitch, which is interrupted my good old all time favorite stockinette stitch.

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Color. I was literally “chasing” these pink stripes on my knitting way. They are so addictive – you just want to keep knitting and knitting to see how they bloom on the fabric. And, again, the seed stitch central panel creates beautifully blurred effect.

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Modifications. As I have mentioned before, I went down with the needles size – from 5mm to 3.5mm. The waist band was knit on 3mm needles to give the skirt more fitted look.

Knitting Wool and The Gang

Overall I am very happy with the result and can’t wait to put on my very first knitted skirt! I feel like I’ll be wearing it a lot this spring and summer. My friend and I snapped some pictures of me wearing a skirt this weekend. Gosh, it was quiet an experience! We walked for an hour in a desert carrying along all these crazy stuff you need for a photoshoot, were interrogated by a property guard and almost got lost on the way back, as it was getting really dark. Anyway, more about it later 🙂

Knitting Wool and The Gang

Thank you, Wool and The Gang, for this wonderful knitting experience!

I hope you had a lovely weekend!

Zeta, Happy Birthday again!


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By | 2015-05-23T09:07:50+00:00 March 22nd, 2015|Finished Objects, Knitting|11 Comments

Test Knitting

Does it happen when you diligently work on your projects, making a progress step-by-step on each of them, but a couple of new projects come along and you just can’t resist casting them on and before you realize you finish these newbies faster than all your carefully planned and scheduled WIPs? Well, that’s my case right now. My St. Brigid and crochet lace project (I should at least give it a proper name already!) are looking at me with reproach from the corner while I am casting off my skirt and working on a new exciting project.

Lovely Julie, from Knitted Bliss, asked me to test knit her new upcoming cowl design – Hyperballad. I find it absolutely delicious – such a rich texture of the background stitch and knotty cables in the middle. I already know who will put it on!

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I take the first test knit in my life very seriously! I know how much time and effort goes into writing the pattern, so I am happy to help as much as I can. I try to take careful notes and read recommendations from experienced test knitters, Andi’s post came just in time!

I am trying it in a different yarn, local Mexican cotton – Otoño (autumn in Spanish). You know me, I love plant fibers. I’ve made numerous cable projects in cotton yarn and they hold the shape perfectly! Plus in our part of the world, there are very few weeks when you have to wrap yourself in wool (sigh…), hence the cotton 🙂 Julie’s original cowl is made in similar shade and I loved it so much that decided not to change it.

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As a very loose knitter, I never skip a swatch part. As usual, going down with needles size…

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Will keep you posted on the progress!

I hope you are having a wonderful week!


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By | 2015-04-14T15:53:15+00:00 March 17th, 2015|Knitting, Work in Progress|6 Comments

Sea Lions and Knitting

Yep, sometimes they go together…

Yesterday was magical…

I’ve been working in the Montessori method almost two years now and I still feel like I’m rediscovering the world around me. Sometimes it seems I’ve been just daydreaming before. One of the most amazing things I have learned during these two years is to wonder. Wonder at the world around me, wonder at the beauty and simplicity of life…

I’ve always been a quiet kind of gal, preferring to spend time at home reading, knitting, exercising. But once in a blue moon I feel adventurous!

It happens so that right now is the high season for marvelous creatures that come to our region just for a couple months a year – whales and sea lions. Our students are doing research and find fascinating facts about these marvels of nature. The principle of my school advised me to go to the nearby town, just 3 hour drive from us, where you can rent a tiny old boat and, if you are lucky, see some marine animals in their natural habitat.

I actually talked my husband into it. We woke up at dawn, 3:30 a.m., packed lunch and knitting, of course, and got on one of the most amazing one-day trips I’ve ever had! We arrived early and found a guy with a tiny old boat, which didn’t look very safe, but this was the only option we had. Two lovely American couples that also felt adventurous decided to join us! And off we go…

Knitting and Travel

Knitting and Travel

I am sorry for the quality of pictures in this post. I got my old camera with me and most of the photos were taken while riding on an old boat and jumping on waves. 🙂

It surely wasn’t a relaxing type of a ride! Though the sun was generous, the wind was cold and extremely strong. All six of us got on the floor of the boat, as it didn’t seem perfectly safe to jump on the waves while sitting on old wooden benches of a boat. I was holding tight a bag with my knitting! 🙂

Knitting and Travel

But it was so worth it! One hour and a half later we saw a rocky desert island. I felt butterflies in my stomach…

Knitting and Travel

So calm, serene, where only the laws of nature reign…

Knitting and Travel

Our guide was slowly cruising along the shore while we were speechless and in awe. And all of a sudden…

Knitting and Travel

At first I didn’t understand why we stopped, but then I saw them..

Knitting and Travel

Sea lions! Everywhere. It seemed like they covered every single rock… Sunbathing, relaxing, playing in the water. They are so friendly! Coming close to us, playing with us, so hospitable! We felt like very long-expected guests! The truth is I wanted to cry… I felt like a child, inexplicably happy…

Knitting and Travel

What surprised me is how loud they are! It seemed like you were at a huge market where everybody is talking, shouting and singing at the same time.

Knitting and Travel

Sea lions are so adorable! As clumsy and lazy on the shore, as fast and agile in the water. I managed to catch one on camera in the water! Hello, lovely!

Knitting and Travel

Though sea lions didn’t mind us at all, we didn’t want to disturb them, so after 30 minutes, we got on our way back. Our boat stopped on a lonely shore, which took my heart away…

Knitting and Travel

…where we had our lunch and had some rest before our way back. Guess, what I was doing 🙂

The way back was lovely… The wind has dropped a little bit.

Knitting and Travel

Everybody was calm and silent. It seemed like each of us needed his time and space to live through this experience in his own head and heart all over again…

It is nice to wonder… And feel adventurous… Feeling grateful…

P.S. Mexico, I love you! Thank you for everything!


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By | 2015-03-15T09:18:20+00:00 March 15th, 2015|Knitting, Simple little things, Travel|24 Comments

Knitting. Reading. Clean Eating.

Small Things Yarn Along.

Knitting. Reading. Clean eating. My three favorite things.

Knitting. Reading. Clean eating.

Knitting. Making quite a progress on my Riviera Skirt. Didn’t expect this one go so fast!

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The pattern is really clear and straightforward which makes it #1 WIP for laid-back knitting. I love the texture of the seed stitch and how it “breaks” the color pattern.

Knitting Wool and The Gang

Reading. “Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson. I started this book by recommendation of my husband and I am so impressed. This is the second time I am coming back to it. Though the book is mostly being promoted as the guide to financial success, it is so much more. It’s about every aspect of your life – health, finance, personal development, time management, your relationships, happiness… And the list goes on. I am sure all these principles can be applied to knitting and crochet as well! Jeff Olson puts you in front of the fact – simple choices and disciplines of your everyday life always work either for you or against you. What seems small and insignificant today, if repeated regularly, will have a huge influence on your life in the future. And it’s never too late to change your life and start making choices that are right for you. It seems so obvious, but we tend to forget it sometimes. It’s a great reminder.

The knitting is very much like the life itself – we build the final  product stitch by stitch, but if we keep dropping these stitches, we’ll run into risk of ruining it… or we can always unravel and start all over again…

Knitting and Reading

Clean eating. Speaking about the right choices… I stopped drinking soda 7 years ago!!! Seems like such a long time ago…  And I must say, I don’t miss it at all! A glass of freshly squeezed carrot/apple juice is so much more delicious! I know my kidneys are grateful for this!

Knitting. Reading. Clean eating.

 

Happy knitting and stay healthy!


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By | 2016-04-10T08:56:24+00:00 March 11th, 2015|Books, Knitting, Work in Progress|14 Comments

Joined the Gang

Last week I got a package from Wool and The Gang.

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It brought a lot of new crafty experience for me. There are a lot of “firsts” in there for me. It’s the first knitting kit in my life! I finally have the yarn that is recommended in the pattern, which means I don’t have to recalculate all the numbers. The kit includes 4 balls of Shiny Happy Cotton (100% pima cotton) yarn, 5 mm needles, booklet with pattern instructions, sewing needle and stretchy ribbon.

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This is the first time I am making a skirt! It’s a completely new territory for me and I am excited to explore it. The pattern looks pretty easy, but with an interesting touch of moss stitch panel which spices up the background stockinette stitch. I love how the colors are slightly blurred in the moss stitch part. Such a small detail, but it makes a difference! I fell in love with Riviera Skirt design. Simple, modern and so perfect for spring/summer season.

 

The colors just scream – It’s spring!

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This bunch of yarn balls makes me ridiculously happy. I couldn’t stop taking pictures!

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This is the first time I am working with pima cotton. What a joy it is! So incredibly soft against the skin. I am savoring every single stitch.

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The pattern recommends to use 5 mm (US 8) needles…

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… but I know my hands – I am a very loose knitter. Got all the way down to 3.5 mm (US 4) and got the perfectly matching gauge!

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I feel like this project will become my faithful companion in early morning hours of before work knitting time and during long road trips. Will keep you posted on the progress!

My Ravelry Riviera Skirt project page can be found here.

I hope you are having a wonderful week!


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By | 2017-05-23T05:41:36+00:00 March 4th, 2015|Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|16 Comments
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