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Sweater Diary

Textured Sweater Pattern

I am continuing my recently started Sweater Diaries, where I show you the snaps of the process from the very beginning when the idea was just forming into my head. I love coming back to these moments and I hope you will enjoy them as well!

Amber

Sweater Diary

Textured Sweater Pattern

Have a wonderful day today!


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By | 2018-12-05T08:04:44+00:00 December 5th, 2018|Knitting, Sweater Diary, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Amber Sweater

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Amber sweater – textured, slightly oversized, cable sweater. Basically, everything I love in Fall/Winter knitwear. The project idea was born in summer, while I was still in Russia. I remember sitting in my Granny’s countryside cabin and swatching with this delicious wool. It was raining outside and I could smell fresh cottage cheese pancakes in the kitchen… Pure bliss!

I finished the sweater in September and during these last weeks was watching how it was growing on my wonderful test knitters’ needles. I plan to publish the pattern this Sunday and it will make me really happy to see your versions of it this winter. Knit on size 7 needles, it is a pretty quick knit, with the fun textured stitches and generous voluminous cables!

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Daughter yarn was made to knit the texture – each stitch is so clear and crispy. The yarn creates the fabric that also keeps the form really well, so over the time the cables won’t stretch the fabric and the sweater won’t grow.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I love every single detail of this sweater – I poured my heart and soul into it. Happy to add it to The Gift Of Knitting Designs family!

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Thank you for being here! Have a wonderful day today!


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By | 2018-11-14T07:56:56+00:00 November 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|4 Comments

In Progress. B&W.

Knitting Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting.

Moments I cherish – waking up before the sun, candle light, my project bag with a yarn skein peaking out, wool in my hands, driving to work with LP playing, thank you emails from the clients, sound of waves breaking, warmth, coolness, taste of dark chocolate melting in the mouth, Julia Roberts movies, white T-shirt and messy hair, my people ♥

Fog Sweater. In Progress.

Knitting Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting.

Knitting Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting.

Knitting Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting.

I am loving this project so much already and make sure to spend every free minute working on it. I am also excited to say that my latest pattern is already in the hands of a technical editor and I will share it with you later this month!!!

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Knitting Sweater. The Gift Of Knitting.


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By | 2018-11-08T08:05:34+00:00 November 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Grey Edge. Textured Sweater.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Grey Edge sweater was supposed to accompany me on my plane ride across the ocean, but way too many things got into the way and on the day of my big trip, it was still missing one sleeve. Good thing I am not short on neutral knits and Mohair Flor kept me warm during my multiple flights this time.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

As for the Edge, I have finished it here, while sitting in the armchair in my Granny’s apartment where I grew up. It was such a weird and at the same time beautiful feeling to come back to this old place and all the memories.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I took Grey Edge‘s photos on a gloomy windy morning in my Dad’s garden and I love how well this sweater fits the surroundings and how this piece was knit on two different continents, both equally important and dear to me.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

As I mentioned before, Grey Edge is my slightly modified version of the original pattern, because apparently I can never have enough of a sweater design first time around and always crave a little bit more. The main modifications are the neutral color, finer yarn and shorter body length. Though the mods are not significant they make the sweater pretty different from the original and it is always great to have some diversity in the knitwear wardrobe.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!


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By | 2018-07-29T06:56:39+00:00 July 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|6 Comments

Help To Build a Dream

Moeke Funding Campaign. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Sunday! Today I would love to ask you a favor. When several weeks ago Ioana from Moeke Yarns reached out to me with her idea to run a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for further building Moeke’s future, I immediately agreed to be a part of it. And not just because Ioana is a good friend and a person who believed in me and really pushed me through some not of my best times, but also because I believe in Moeke yarn with all my knitter’s heart.

As you might already know Moeke is a unique Romanian organic wool. Born from the dream to preserve local wool business which was basically collapsing more and more each year with shepherds burning the wool because there was just no demand for it, Moeke grew into a yarn brand warmly accepted in knitting and crochet community. As the demand for yarn is growing each year, Ioana and her family just physically cannot keep up with it. Especially with the washing process of the wool, which is very time and work consuming. This year Moeke set up a goal to build their own fiber mill that will handle the washing process, using eco-friendly equipment and creating jobs for local people.

Moeke Funding Campaign. The Gift Of Knitting.

Building a washing station and hiring a person who will be responsible for washing the wool is the first very important step that will allow to make the whole process faster and with less water and energy waste. Ioana and her family have more amazing plans for the future – you can read more about it in her blog post and on the page of the crowdfunding campaign.

Today I would love to ask you to help them. To help to make a difference, to avoid wool waste, to create job opportunities for people, to bring eco-friendly project to life, to grow Moeke, because it deserves it oh so much!

To thank you for your support, Ioana prepared several perks for you for different donations, you can see them all here – Help us equip the Moeke Yarns fiber mill. Among them you will also find my patterns – for your donation you will receive a pattern of your choice – Heritage, Journey or Ivy sweaters.

Moeke Funding Campaign. The Gift Of Knitting.

Thank you so much!!! Let’s make it happen!


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By | 2018-05-13T08:18:01+00:00 May 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|3 Comments

DIY Rules for a WTF World

 

DIY Rules for WTF World Review. The Gift Of Knitting.

“DIY Rules for a WTF World. How To Speak Up, Get Creative, and Change The World” is the book by Krista Suh, a feminist and creator of Pussyhat project movement. A couple of months ago I received the copy for a review and being a huge fan of self-growth and self development books, I immediately dived into it.

The book consists of small chapters that are not necessarily to be read in order – it is basically a collection of ideas and ways how to implement them into your life. Two my favorite chapters that I personally highlighted for myself is “You can skin a Deer”and “Fear and Want”.

Anyone can skin a deer. It just matters how long you take…. You can do anything. Some of the things that you can do might be done awkwardly and ungracefully and messily at first, but you can still do them

How I wish I learned this 10 years ago and not a couple of years ago, I would spare myself lots of criticism and self-doubt… As Krista says women (I personally think it is not just women, but all of us) feel this pressure since the very early age to be the best – whether it is sports or school or good manners. And I can so relate to it – there is little space given for messing things up and for making YOUR mistakes. This constant reach for perfection can bite you hard, when you realize that perfect doesn’t always equal happy.


DIY Rules for WTF World Review. The Gift Of Knitting.

“Fear and Want”. The author suggests drawing two overlapping circles – one is Fear and one is Want. And to list the things in each circle – whatever ends up in the overlapping part, is worth trying.

Going after what we love leads us to great things, and oftentimes, facing our fears also leads us to great things

A simple truth that I personally often forget. But if to look back, it does feel like all the best things that happened in my life were something that I was passionate about, but also had the fear of diving into them.

Almost every chapter in “DIY Rules for a WTF World” has a DIY activity/exercise that can help you implement the ideas expressed in the chapter into your life. It is a great way to use your creativity to lift your spirits. I absolutely loved the design and for formatting of the book – hand-drawn illustrations in every chapter and highlighted exercise text boxes make it really easy to navigate through the book. At the end of the book you will also find the patterns for Pussyhat and Evil Eye Gloveknit.

DIY Rules for WTF World Review. The Gift Of Knitting.

To sum things up, I would love to share with you my opinions. Is “DIY Rules for a WTF World” the best self-growth book I have read? No, I definitely have books on my coffee table that appeal to me more and go deeper into the subject, but if I wanted some quick encouragement and reminder that things are much brighter than they seem right now, I would pick it up.

If you don’t like to mix your creativity with politics, then this book is not for you. The author is clearly expressing her political views throughout the book.

DIY Rules for WTF World Review. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope this review was helpful!! Have a wonderful day today!

P.S. Yes, I did sacrifice a whole bag of marshmallows for this photo story 🙂


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By | 2018-05-09T08:09:53+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|4 Comments
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