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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

Gifts Of Life

Knitting group

Happy Sunday! I had a wonderful weekend that started with a great surprise – I discovered a small local knitting group and joined them for a coffee on Friday. It was such a great feeling to be around knitters and chat about tools, patterns and yarns. I brought my Wheat – it is the perfect project to carry around, even though I am almost finished with the body, it is still not too big to carry around and a great mindless stockinette stitch knit, though I can’t wait to get to the cabling on the sleeves.

I was also happy to show my new knitting friends Add One Stitch Knitting and it was amazing to see the reaction in real life. One of the main goals of the book was to show the beginners that all knitting is basically juts two stitches – knit and purl – and by learning those they can create beautiful textures. I saw the genuine interest and excitement about it and I really hope to see some finished projects from the book soon!

Saturday brought more simple joys – the local organic market is in its full bloom and I just love this place for wonderful hardworking people who care about nature and sell delicious produce.

Knitting group

Also today is the last day of Round 1 voting in 2018 MDK March MayhemWheat sweater is nominated in Sweaters category!!! I hope you will take part in this fun tournament of patterns today and vote for your favorite patterns!

Have a wonderful Sunday!


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By | 2018-03-18T09:11:47+00:00 March 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|8 Comments

2017, Thank You!

Knitting Blog

The best meditation for me is the sense of gratitude for every single day that I am blessed to have – good or bad, exiting or exhausting, happy or heartbreaking – all of this is part of life, so complicated, unexpected, but oh so beautiful! This was a year of breaking through my fears, of having a little bit more faith in myself and lots lots of work, both for The Gift Of Knitting and for my new job. Though it was definitely not the easiest twelve months, I wouldn’t change a single thing – I learned so much and met some very special people that I know I will carry in my heart through all my life.

Main projects of 2017

“Add One Stitch Knitting” book for beginners. Available for pre-order!

Vintage collection for Moeke Yarns – Heritage, Ivy and Wheat sweaters.

Rain sweater for We Are Knitters.

California crop top for Wool and The Gang.

I got the chance to work with the most amazing fibers – baby alpaca, pima cotton, organic rustic wool, mohair, merino… I would love to thank all the yarn companies who trusted me with their beautiful products, it was a true pleasure to create yarn photo journals and knitting with them – it really shows how passionate you are about fiber! Thank you for inspiration!

Thank you for your amazing support this year, for your emails, comments and just for being here, inspiring me to work harder and grow!

I would like to wish you to never lose this sense of wonder that makes you look at the world around you a little bit closer and notice these magic moments that each day is full with!

Have a wonderful New Year with your family!

See you in 2018!

Love, Alina.

By | 2017-12-31T09:42:42+00:00 December 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|11 Comments

Silence

Knitting grateful

I am cancelling my scheduled FO post today. I don’t watch TV, so the latest news came as a shock.

I wish all the people who suffered in these horrible attacks strength and peace.

Love, creativity and kindness are still here, in this world, though it’s hard to believe right now for those who have just witnessed the opposite.

I’ll be back on Wednesday with my knitting.

By | 2015-11-15T10:10:47+00:00 November 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|14 Comments