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2018, Thank You!

This photo that I took on one of the gloomy days is the perfect presentation of my year – dark and beautiful at the same time with the darkness bordering with light. 2018 was the year when my life has changed drastically, I really feel like I am learning to live all over again. This was a year of great losses that were hard to live through but that helped me to become stronger and discover myself better. I lost dear to me people, both physically and emotionally, I lost the sense of a place for me in this world. But no matter what I am deeply grateful to 2018 for how kind and generous it was to me, for all the beauty I was lucky to see, for all the amazing people by my side, for the ability to work, for my health and strength, for this place here and for knitting, of course, that helped me to stay grounded through many things.

I have designed, knit and published some very special to me pieces:

La Flor sweater is the additional pattern to the original design that took a completely different shape in airy mohair.

The Edge sweater became one of my favorite pieces with 3D volume cables and rich texture.

I mixed Wheat and Heritage sweaters in one project knit in beautiful alpaca yarn in perfect green shade.

Wings sweater is a simple with a twist (literally!) project – the twisted ribbing creates the wings effect on your shoulders!

The interpretation of The Edge in lighter yarn in neutral color – was my perfect travel companion!

Polar Bear – one of the favorites of all time! Combining chunky wool with the light mohair was such a delicious tactile experience!

Amber Sweater – my newest pattern that features dramatic travelling cables against a rich textured background.

Alina Cardigan for YOTH yarns was finally published this year and I couldn’t be happier with it!

I wanted to thank you for this year of support, for being here and for always being my biggest inspiration behind this project!

Sending lots of love to you and your families! Happy New Year! 2019 is going to be magical!


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By | 2018-12-31T08:08:24+00:00 December 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|6 Comments

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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