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Textured sweater pattern. The Gift of Knitting

Happy Sunday! As this month is flying by, I wanted to share with you what is on my needles and (finally!) on my crochet hook (it’s been a long time since I started a crochet project!). My new old sweater project is the updated version of La Flor that I have been working on almost a year already, putting it aside when I wasn’t 100% happy about it. For some reason I always saw La Flor as the perfect sweater to experiment with fiber, and when Wool and the Gang sent me their new yarn – Take Care Mohair! – for the review, I knew that was it – the perfect match! It is easy to knit and the gauge can be adjusted to the new yarn weight. But with mohair it is a little bit different – it is definitely not the fiber that you can use for any stitch pattern, but for some reason I was sure that it would work with La Flor one way or another.

Textured sweater pattern. The Gift of Knitting

Just like I thought knitting the pattern as it is didn’t give me the effect I was looking for, so I decided to change some things and in a way simplify the pattern to make it more suitable for more types of yarn. After playing around with stitch placement, I finally found the fabric that I loved – and now new La Flor is growing on the needles pretty steadily. It is the softest and squishiest thing ever!!! I only hope you can feel it through the photos. Take Care Mohair by Wool and the Gang is extremely light, but because of the nature of the thread, it has some volume that allows you to knit it on pretty big needles – I am using 7 mm (which is around 10.5 US size). As soon as I finish the sweater, I will make sure to add these adjustments as the extra pattern material, so you can experiment and knit familiar La Flor, but in different fibers.

Textured sweater pattern. The Gift of Knitting

Textured sweater pattern. The Gift of Knitting


This summer my friends from Wool and the Gang sent me one more package to review one of their most popular yarn lines – Crazy Sexy Wool. Super bulky and extremely soft Peruvian wool. Out of 30+ shades, I chose the neutral Ivory White (I know, I am sooo predictable 🙂 ).

Wool and the Gang, Crazy Sexy Wool . The Gift of Knitting.

For being that thick – you get 2 sts per 1″ – the thread is light, because of the nature of its spun. This spun has its disadvantages though – I know that it will start pilling pretty soon, but I can live with that – I have my sweater brush to put my knits back in order 🙂

Wool and the Gang, Crazy Sexy Wool . The Gift of Knitting.

And great news is that these bulky yarn balls inspired my to pick up my crochet hook and I am extremely happy with my swatches – will show you more as soon it is going to take some more wearable shape!

Wool and the Gang, Crazy Sexy Wool . The Gift of Knitting.

Thank you, WATG, for making me a part of your fiber gang 🙂 We are also going to prepare some great giveaways for you soon, and that always makes me happy!

I hope you will have a wonderful day today with your loved ones!


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By | 2018-02-15T21:22:54+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Knitting, Work in Progress|14 Comments

Sunday Treats

Knitting progress

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

To recharge before a long week I try to fill my day with simple rituals that make me feel like I am really using my time off for something that makes me and other people happy… I happen to love routine, making plans and to-do lists. The perfect weekend should include friends, music, sport, good food, reading, limited time in front of the computer, walking, mint tea with milk, calling my family, organizing the house and yarn in my hands…

Knitting progress

This weekend besides finishing some big projects, I am working on something very quick and mindless – a lovely baby hat for my friend’s nephew who is just a couple of month old! I’m using Baby’s Beanie Hat pattern from “Simple Knits For Cherished Babies” – a very basic and mindless knit that will make a perfect gift. The chainette Paloma yarn is perfect for it – the thread is thick, but very light and the softness of it is beyond words! Hope to finish it today! I would also love to mention that the book itself is so beautifully photographed – each page is inspiring!

Knitting progress

Another mindless and straightforward knit is the crop top with Stone Washed. I have just three skeins, so I think it will be really cropped 🙂 It’s also the first project that I am working on the straight needles – I actually miss it!

Knitting progress

I hope you will have time today for some special rituals that make your weekends relaxing!

Have a wonderful day!


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By | 2017-06-04T07:40:37+00:00 June 4th, 2017|Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|13 Comments

Moeke and Me – 2017 Plans

Moeke Yarns 2017

I would love to thank you for your kind words about my small anniversary last week! Thank you so much! This design year was amazing and I am really looking forward to 2017!

It was a happy mail kind of weekend – I’ve been waiting for a yummy yarn package from Netherlands for almost a month now, and this Saturday I finally got my hands on Elena, Heritage and Romanian Merino skeins by Moeke. Of course, I couldn’t not share it with you! I can’t start working with any yarn until I take a bunch of photos of it. It’s some kind of ritual that every skein has to go through before it ends up on my needles.

Moeke Yarns 2017

After I published Journey and The Choice, Ioana, the owner and founder of Moeke Yarns, was kind enough to offer me to work with their yarns in 2017. I said yes immediately! First of all, I am very grateful for meeting Ioana, a hardworking and beautiful woman, who became my friend; second of all, I love to be a part of this small family company that is so young – I feel like I am at the very beginning of something really really wonderful that will keep growing over the time; and the last, but not least, the yarn itself of course. I am a Moeke addict now 🙂

I will be working with lovely and talented Junko this upcoming year to create Moeke 2017 knitwear collection!

Moeke Yarns 2017

Moeke Yarns 2017

I am infinitely grateful for this opportunity and will try my best to make justice to the yarns. Before I worked only with Elena line, but next year I will have the opportunity to explore Heritage and Romanian Merino. Can’t wait!!

Moeke Yarns 2017

I am trying to finish all my current projects before 2017, so it will be pretty busy couple of weeks! I hope you are enjoying all this holiday frenzy and spending your time with your loved ones!

Moeke Yarns 2017

Have a wonderful week!


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By | 2017-03-04T07:52:18+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Work in Progress, Yarn|12 Comments

Limits and Creativity

Take Care MohairOne of my favorite things about knitting is the diversity of fibers we are so lucky to experience! This week I worked a little bit with rustic organic wool, a little bit with airy and light mohair, a little bit with smooth cotton. My hands and eyes are always so happy to switch between yarns, it gives me the biggest creativity boost – every time I pick up a new skein from my yarn basket I get this rush of excitement imagining all the potential projects that could come out of it!

I also love that each yarn has its own “personality” and its own limits. I remember reading somewhere a phrase – “never try to turn yarn into something it is not”, and that is so true! Whenever I am disappointed in the yarn/stitch combination experiment, I always remember that phrase and start all over again, trying to decipher yarn’s language and looking for a perfect fiber-stitch marriage.

A couple of weeks ago I was reading a book by a very experienced designer, who works in a different, no-fiber related industry. But one of his insights really got me thinking about the creative process in fiber crafts as well. In the capital called “The Virtue of Limitations”, it says: “More than anything else a designer needs limitations… There’s no creativity without limitations. The best design specimens arose as a result of painfully strict requirements…. good design only exists within limitations.”

For some reason I really loved this thought. I used to be scared of the word “creativity” – so inexplicable, so  uncertain and vague. Maybe that’s why I am so drawn to completely different yarns out there and don’t really have the preference. I love the fact that each fiber has its own limits and restrictions. I notice that if I don’t determine some kind of limits for myself, in anything I do, I get lost, don’t work efficiently enough and, ironically, creative unlimited freedom is the worst thing for my creative productivity 🙂 ; but if I, or someone else, build a “frame” for the project, where there are restrictions and certain limits, my mind starts working frantically! Does it make any sense to you? I would love to hear how you look at the limits in your fiber crafts! Are they helpful or, on the contrary, you need to have a complete creative freedom?

Have a wonderful day! I hope to see you at Yarn Along!


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By | 2016-11-16T07:58:47+00:00 November 16th, 2016|Knitting, Work in Progress|21 Comments

Wall Sweater or A Mysterious Case of the Disappeared Yarn

Machine Knitting. Yarn.

Happy Wednesday! If you remember several days ago I shared with you my inspiration for a new machine knitting project that I had in mind – a fun and colorful cotton sweater inspired by the colors of the beautiful wall found in the downtown. The good thing is that I am still inspired by it and can’t wait to get to the project. The weird thing is that the aquamarine yarn that I bought together with the deep dark green one is gone!! I have no idea how it is possible – I looked everywhere (and when I say everywhere, I mean it – even the refrigerator, well, just in case 🙂 ). The yarn has mysteriously disappeared! After days of turning my home upside down, I finally gave up and decided it was not meant to be, until I found this very very old crochet WIP.

Machine Knitting. Yarn.

As far as I remember it was supposed to be a crochet dress, but I overshaped it or something and had to frog it, but what attracted me to it this time is the color of yarn – a deep royal blue that looks so beautiful next to the green!

Machine Knitting. Yarn.

It won’t make a bright, fun and colorful sweater that I initially planned, but I love this subtle and slightly gloomy color combo even more! The shades are so deep and noble, I think they will create a very interesting fabric. After rummaging through my leftovers I found some extra blue skeins – so, this one is definitely meant to be!

Machine Knitting. Yarn.

I am still not sure which way to go and how to combine the colors – I tried classic color blocking, stripes, tried mixing two yarns together… The way I see it in my mind is a fabric that looks like weaving, where there is no visible contrast between color changes, where the colors are blurred together.

Machine Knitting. Yarn.

The green yarn, which is a combed cotton, had such a beautiful slight sheen and creates beautiful contrast with matte deep blue…

Machine Knitting. Yarn.

I am really excited about this small project and happy to be working on my machine again – it’s my first project since Sand Sweater that I finished back in June!

Machine Knitting. Yarn.

I hope you are having a wonderful week and enjoying your projects!

See you at Yarn Along.


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By | 2017-05-23T05:42:25+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Machine Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|31 Comments

The Wall

Cotton yarn

Happy Wednesday! Today I wanted to share with you my little obsession – the wall in the downtown. Yes, one wall. Every time I walk past this wall, I can’t help but think about my colorful cotton skeins I brought from Mexico City several months ago. I had no idea what to make with them, but as soon as I saw this wall I wanted a bright colorful sweater in these colors. It happens so rarely – usually I prefer neutral shades and very rarely inspired by colorful stripes. But here I am, and all of this is happening because of this wall:

Cotton yarn

Isn’t it precious?! Such a perfect shade of blue and the green is mixing in perfectly! So yesterday I decided it was time – I have to make something with this yarn! I haven’t worked on my knitting machine for two months already and thought it was the perfect opportunity to get back to it. I got the green skeins out of the stash and started to look for blue ones. Two hours and a huge mess later I still couldn’t find the package with the blue yarn, just one lonely skein. How is it possible?! I didn’t take the yarn out of the house and didn’t use it yet (I even checked all my previous posts and Instagram images, just in case), the yarn is gone, gone, gone. And my wall obsession is still here….

Cotton yarn

Now I either have to forget about this sweater altogether and never ever pass the wall on my way or I have to hunt for this perfect shade of blue that mysteriously disappeared. Weird things are happening, really 🙂 Oh, and if I make this sweater, I know the perfect name for it. Can you guess? 🙂

Anyway, besides my wall obsession, I still have some other projects on my needles – The Choice Cardigan, sample #2 and some swatches with Heritage yarn that I am loving so much!! By the way, if you are interested in reading a little bit more about my behind-the-scenes design process of Journey sweater, you can find my mini-interview on Moeke Yarns’ blog here – Get to Know Alina.

Moeke Yarn

Do you have some weird inspiration sources in your projects?

I’ll see you at Yarn Along!


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By | 2017-03-04T07:54:40+00:00 September 28th, 2016|Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|22 Comments
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