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Happy 31 to me and the Biggest Birthday Sell of the Year

Textured Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Dear friends, I am flying into 31 today! You know, I used to think that birthdays are not worth celebrating and just a quiet day would be fine with me. But the older I get, the more special it feels to me, time flies so fast, it is important to celebrate milestones, birthdays and simple little things. I am so grateful to be here, not all people have this privilege, so I AM celebrating! I am making this day special purposefully – having a delicious breakfast, going to the gym (I know it sounds weird, but actually this is my relax space haha), grabbing fresh juice, booking a spa, because my body and mind deserve that, meeting with dear people, calling my parents and grandparents to tell them that I am OK and all is well. I would like to thank you again for being a part of this little journal of mine that will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you for everything, life, you treat me well and I do not take it for granted!

I will continue our small tradition and run the BIGGEST SALE of the year in my Ravelry storeMy knitting will always be a huge part of my life and I feel so honored having the opportunity to share it with you.

To welcome my 31 I am offering:

2 for 8 promotion – 2 any patterns of your choice for $8!!! Just add any two patterns to your cart and use the promotion code 2FOR8.

3 for 9 promotion – 3 any patterns of your choice for $9!!! Just add any three patterns to your cart and use the promotion code 3FOR9.

10 for 20 promotion – 10 any patterns of your choice for $20!!! Just add any ten patterns to your cart and use the promotion code 10FOR20.

It is up to you which promotion you would like to choose (or use combination of them!)

The promotion is valid until Jan 19th, 4 pm, mountain time.

Thank you SO much for your support, it means a lot to me!

By |2020-01-19T14:56:06-07:00January 17th, 2020|Knitting, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Moments 50/19

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Happy December! I hope you are enjoying this cozy pre-holiday season with your friends and family. During these weeks of absence here, I did some knitting, thinking, planning and trying to see the beauty in details around me. It was not that easy for some reason, though I am always eternally grateful for all the wonderful things that surround me. I guess it is just me.

I am happy to find back this urge to share my Moments with you and keep creating this journal of memories. My new pattern that I love so much is coming out later this month. I am absolutely in love with the test knitters’ projects and photos, so excited to share it with you – I hope you will pick it up for your holiday knitting!

I will share the preview of the sweater this upcoming week, meanwhile let me show you the cutest coffee place I’ve found downtown – I just love when small businesses pay such attention to details. It shows how much they love what they are doing and I will always support that.

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Have a wonderful weekend!


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By |2019-12-15T12:17:52-07:00December 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Moments 44/19

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Happy Sunday, friends! This week was full of moments of light, work and routines. Always grateful for the days like that.

I am head and toes in “digital” knitting – that’s what I call when I put away the yarn and needles and sit down at my computer to put my notes in order and shape them in a proper pattern that you can follow. It is always a lot of back and forth, each pattern is unique and the challenge is always to explain something that is so easily done on the needles in words and numbers that would be clear and concise.

But finally test knitting has begun which always makes me happy and nervous at the same time.

I also had a chance to see some interesting interior design solutions this week that I am happy to share with you below – textures, light and craftwork always inspire me.

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I hope you had some wonderful moments to share this week as well!

Have a great day!


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By |2019-11-03T09:29:22-07:00November 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Knitwear Review. Paris FW, Spring/Summer 2020

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The last knitwear review of the season is coming from Parisian runways. This time I’ve found classic interpretations of knitwear, theatrical costumes and mix of styles.

Miu Miu paired off shoulder cardigans with skirts. Looks like they used alpaca or some mohair in their knits – they look so soft and comfy.

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It is very rear to see knitwear, especially crochet in the business attire. Altuzarra is breaking the tradition and mixes crochet tops with suits and crochet/knit skirts with blazers.

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A little bit of costume theater from Thom Browne. Just looks at those knits – I do not why but it feels like a scene from Alice in Wonderland movie.

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Altuzarra presented eclectic dresses and classic cardigans that are so easy to wear.

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Nanushka is keeping it classy and natural – neutral colors, simple shapes and natural materials can be found in their latest collection.

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Courreges, Givenchy and Zadig&Voltaire have created eyelet knits that are easy to pair with skirts, shorts and pants.

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This simple stripe sweater from Zadig&Voltaire is one of my favorite from Paris fashion week – loose shape, wide stripes and simple colors. It also looks so great with the summer tiered skirt.

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Sacai featured knit dresses and paired them with one shoulder trench coats/shirt dresses. Such an unusual styling!

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Christian Dior and Mame Kurogouchi use their cozy loose sweaters as the canvas and created a beautiful print.

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This is it for this season knitwear reviews from the fashion weeks, I really hope you found something interesting for yourself in them. You can see all my reviews here – Knitwear Review Fashion Weeks. My favorite from this season was New York, so many classy shapes and beautiful designer decisions.

Hope you are having a great week! I will see you soon!


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By |2019-10-10T08:49:40-07:00October 10th, 2019|Knitwear Review Fashion Weeks, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Birthday Sell! Happy 5th Anniversary, The Gift Of Knitting!

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5 years ago, on August 14th, 2014, I published my first blog post – Thank you. And each year I come back to these words to thank my close ones who support me, myself for starting this space and giving myself one of the best gifts ever and you, for being here, reading it, commenting and knitting my patterns. The Gift Of Knitting has been with me through highs and lows, and no matter how hectic my life was, I’d always come back to it, sooner or later. It got me through some tough times, when I had a chance to just get lost in knitting, taking photos and writing.

I am running a traditional anniversary sale in my Ravelry store right now – all patterns are 5 usd (or 29% off), one for each year 🙂 No code needed – the price will go down to 5 usd automatically when you add the pattern to the cart.

As always, I will be happy to see my patterns on your needles!

Thank you for your support!

By |2019-08-14T05:57:44-07:00August 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Just a Sweater

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This new sweater that came off my needles last month was an absolute selfish project. I was burning out at work and wanted to just feel the stitches forming in my hands, without planning, without following any instructions, plain straightforward knitting. You know that I am not a big color knitter, but these earthly shades have been fascinating me since March 2017 – you can read the yarn review here – Earthly Shades. If you remember those are leftovers from projects for my book – Add One Stitch Knitting, and I knew I wanted to put them to use, they are just too good not to be turned into something wearable. Yarn was so easy and fast to work with, exactly what I needed.

Stripe Sweater Knitting

The only plan I had before casting on is to create wide stripes, I love how they look, it is easier to switch between the stripes and there are not that many threads to be weaved in after you are done. Plus it gave me a better idea how much yarn each stripe was consuming, so I wouldn’t have to play the yarn chicken game at the end.

Stripe Sweater Knitting

The sweater has an oversize fit, and is knit using a simple top down yoke construction. I absolutely love this green shade, so I moved it closer to my face, because I know this color works great with my eyes, the rest was just improvisation. The idea to throw in a blue shade was out of necessity as I realized I wouldn’t make it with the pink yarn. I LOVE how it turned out.

Stripe Sweater Knitting

My favorite detail that only knitters will notice is the contrasting chain running along the neckline that mirrors the color of the sleeves and the hem ribbing. I killed two birds here – trimmed the neckline and added a contrast. You can find a step-by-step tutorial of this technique here – How To Trim a Neckline In Sweaters. After trimming I finished it with a 2 st i-cord.

Stripe Sweater Knitting

That was a great therapy knitting project that reminded me how much I love what I do and how important it is to me to keep doing that no matter how busy my life gets. Amazing what “just a sweater” can do.

Have a wonderful day today! And keep doing what you love and love what you are doing!


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By |2019-08-08T07:10:23-07:00August 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|10 Comments
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