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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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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2017, Thank You!

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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.

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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.

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