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Travel Knitting

Knit Picks Yarn. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Thursday! I have some exciting news – this weekend I booked my flight to Russia! Can’t believe it’s been two years already since I last visited my family and I cannot wait to see everybody in 3 months! I will also be happy to take you along my favorite places and maybe some yarn shopping.

And of course I immediately started thinking about travel knitting. Though I am flying in summer, you can never trust Russian weather, so knitwear is a must! I am thinking of making a light loose sweater to travel in – I definitely need a touch of coziness for over 30 hours of travel. If you remember I finished a Gallery Sweater a couple of years ago, where I mixed Knit Picks baby alpaca/silk and merino to get enough yardage to make the sweater. I have more of these skeins in different shades and thought why not to repeat the experiment, changing the shaping a little bit. It will also give me excuse to clean the dust off my poor abandoned knitting machine – I wish I had more time to work on it regularly!!

Knit Picks Yarn. The Gift Of Knitting.

Another project I am thinking to take with me is my The Edge sweater, but in classic grey shade! As I told you before, after finishing this design, I knew someday I will cast in on in grey too, I am just so curious to see how it will turn out in this neutral shade! Plus, I am so craving to come back to its squishy 3D cabling!

Knit Picks Yarn. The Gift Of Knitting.

I wish I could take the needles in my carry on, but with all these new flight rules, I wouldn’t risk my favorite ADDI clicks. What about you? Do you associate travelling and knitting in some way?


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By | 2018-04-19T08:33:57+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|16 Comments

Daisy

Knit One Crochet Too Daisy. The Gift Of Knitting.

Some time ago Jesse, the owner of Knit One Crochet Too, contacted me with the offer to try their brand new yarn and create a summer pattern for it. As soon as I read the fiber content, I knew I would love it even before touching it – linen, silk and hemp blend. I have a weak spot for plant fibers, especially when they are mixed in one skein – it makes it even more enticing. I also had a chance to chat with Jesse and talked about the company in general and Daisy. I am happy to share this mini interview with you here.

The company exists since 1996, it is more than 20 years old, how do you think it has changed over the years?

The company has been around for over 20 years and is now on it’s 3rd owner, me! Susan Levin and Gloria Tracy were the first owners, they had started the company in California by developing their own knitting products and patterns. Then in 1999 they brought yarn into the company, they had a very successful run but realized they wanted to stick to developing products instead of yarn. In 2004 Helene Rush purchased the company and moved it to Windham Maine. There she was able to grow the yarn collection  and show off her amazing pattern writing skills.  When Helene was ready to retire ( she was designing about 50-60 designs a year on top of running the company) she reached out to me and I was more than excited to step up and bring it into a new era. I am hoping to inspire knitters with our yarns, designs and passion for the art.

Knit One Crochet Too Daisy. The Gift Of Knitting.

 

You’ve taken up the company from a different owner – was it hard? How did you keep the balance of keeping the essence of the company and still add your own personal touch to it?

Yes, it was no easy task taking over this company. Mostly because I didn’t work for Knit One Crochet Too before, and I wanted the transition to be smooth for shops and slowly change the company into what I want it to be. Honestly,  I was still deciding which way I wanted to take the company when I bought it. But over the first couple months I was able to really dive in and figure out where I wanted to take it.  I feel that I have been doing a pretty good job keeping the identity of the yarns strong and just adding a new look to the designs. Helene Rush ( the previous owner) is such an amazing designer that most of her designs are timeless. This has helped me when I was too over whelmed at times to come up with a new design for a season, I could just rephotograph one of her gorgeous garment and give it new life. This Spring/Summer  it has all come together, The Copenhagen Collection, really shows where we want to take the company. With fresh looking designs in inspiring locations.
Knit One Crochet Too Daisy. The Gift Of Knitting.
 
Would you tell us a little bit about Daisy – your new summer yarn. How did you come up with this blend of fibers?
When I was thinking about what I wanted for my first spring/summer yarn as the new owner I knew I wanted it to be a hemp/linen yarn. I love the feeling of linen knits once they have been washed and blocked and being based in Florida that was a blend we would be able wear all year round. After, talking with our Mill in Italy we were able to create this gorgeous yarn that combines the typical feel of linen/hemp with the soft feel of silk. Daisy is a 3 ply blend yarn (38% Linen, 32% Silk, 30% Hemp) where each ply is one of the fiber contents, when the fiber is dyed each content takes the dye differently. This create a lovely depth to the yarn. Since we were planning on doing our photoshoot in Copenhagen we decided a cute name for the yarn would be Daisy, it is Denmark’s national flower. Also, because  when I met my husband the first present he ever got me was a Georg Jensen Daisy necklace ( it is a cute enameled daisy, that I never take off).

I have been swatching a lot with Daisy these past weeks. It is slowly being turned into a light sweater that I hope I will share with you this spring. The yarn really got the best qualities from all fibers – the thread is strong, durable and creates great stitch definition. The fabric created is lightweight and drapes beautifully with a delicate sheen. Made from plant fibers the sweater won’t pill and will be great to wear next to the skin on a hot day – linen/silk/hem are breathable and have a very good absorbency. And the great thing is when the temperatures cool down, you will still enjoy wearing it – this blend will also help to lock in the warmth of your body! Blocking is essential, hemp just has to be washed to bloom – the fabric will soften with each bath, without any fiber degradation. This is the beauty of the good quality plant fibers!

Knit One Crochet Too Daisy. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope you enjoyed this little yarn photostory and inspired to pick up your summer WIPs!


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By | 2018-03-28T07:42:54+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|4 Comments

Spring Knitting

Spring Knitting

Happy Sunday! As spring is heading towards us with the speed of light and deadlines are growing and getting closer, I am trying to fit 10 minutes of selfish mindless knitting into my days, just because it feels good. This lush forest green baby alpaca is like the massage for the hands – feels incredible soft and silky. When I saw Wheat sweater in green color on @galt_houseofyarn account, I just wanted to recreate it in this color so badly. If you remember, I gave the original sweater to my friend, so this one is going to hug me 🙂

Spring Knitting

I also thought that it would be great to take some design details from the Heritage sweater and make something slightly different – so the shaping, sleeve cable and the body shaping are from Wheat and the central slip stitch chain and slip stitch raglan lines are from Heritage. So, basically I have two my designs on the needles 🙂 It is perfect for this yarn – lots of stockinette stitch knitting to enjoy these delicious skeins.

Spring Knitting

Apart from this project, I am playing with swatches in hand dyed sunny merino silk and brand new yarn by Knit One Crochet TooDaisy – a very interesting linen, silk and hemp blend, as soon as I get to know it better, I will tell you more about it.

Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday and will have time today to pick up your needles! Thank you for being behind the screen!!

P.S. I am sorry I didn’t have a chance to write the post during the week and announce the winner for Vogue Knitting. The Ultimate Knitting Book. The random number generator picked Gigi! Congratulations, Gigi, you will receive your copy soon – I will contact you shortly for more information!


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By | 2018-03-04T09:10:31+00:00 March 4th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|5 Comments

Dusty Pink – The Petite Wool

Petite Wool. We Are Knitters. The Gift of Knitting.

While the new cozy textured sweater is in the hands of my amazing test knitters, I would love to show you the yarn photo story I created for Petite Wool that I used for this new design. I have been a fan of We Are Knitters for a long time and was lucky to try one of their kits one day. I was thrilled when the team offered me their yarns for the review this summer and gave me the full freedom of creating something original with it. As you might remember the first project was Rain sweater in their beautiful Pima Cotton. This time I worked with The Petite Wool – 100% Peruvian highland wool.

Petite Wool. We Are Knitters. The Gift of Knitting.

The yarn is something between worsted and aran weight and knits up very quickly. The spun is pretty loose which makes the fabric light and doesn’t make it bulky.

Petite Wool. We Are Knitters. The Gift of Knitting.

Petite Wool. We Are Knitters. The Gift of Knitting.

The Petite Wool comes in 100 gr balls, the yardage is generous and for accessories, like a beanie or a snood, you will need 1-2 balls. I used 6 skeins for a textured sweater with a very generous ease.

Petite Wool. We Are Knitters. The Gift of Knitting.

The wool is so soft and doesn’t feel itchy at all, I can easily wear it next to the bare skin – though my skin isn’t sensitive to the wool in general, so I cannot speak for everybody.

Petite Wool. We Are Knitters. The Gift of Knitting.

As always I started the new design with dozens of swatches, trying different combinations and finding the right way to marry the fiber and stitches. The Petite Wool creates a great stitch definition and knits like butter – even in the pre-blocking state the stitches looked even and nicely defined.

Petite Wool. We Are Knitters. The Gift of Knitting.

Though the swatch process can be really time consuming, I truly believe it is worth all the effort – you get to know the yarn so well and dive into the project without any unpleasant surprises waiting.

Petite Wool. We Are Knitters. The Gift of Knitting.

I can’t wait to share this sweater with you, hopefully next week I’ll publish FO post! And of course, lovely WAK team is preparing a great giveaway for you!!! Always so amazing to get your happy messages when you win some yarn goodness here!

Petite Wool. We Are Knitters. The Gift of Knitting.

Have a wonderful Sunday! Thank you for reading!

Petite Wool. We Are Knitters. The Gift of Knitting.


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By | 2018-02-11T09:08:39+00:00 February 11th, 2018|Yarn|12 Comments

Mohair Flor Sweater and Giveaway

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

Today I can finally share with you the sweater I have been working on for quiet awhile. When I first got Take Care Mohair skeins in my hands, I was overwhelmed with ideas and made countless swatches, trying to show off this beautiful fiber at its best. But they never “clicked” enough for me to turn them into a sweater, so I put them away for some time. Once I was wearing my La Flor sweater for a walk in town and this idea came to me – what this stitch pattern would look like in mohair? As I said before, I consider La Flor as one of my most versatile designs – you can play around with ease and many kinds of fiber to get a completely unique look. My first swatch made me really happy – I knew immediate that this is what I was looking for! I imagined a super cozy oversize mohair sweater covered in textured “flowers”.

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

But I knew I wanted to change some things in the existing design to fit new yarn. Mohair is fuzzy and it takes away the crisp stitch definition, which means it won’t work for every stitch pattern out there. So, I slightly changed the main stitch pattern of La Flor to fit new gauge and also opted for a more simple 1×1 rib for the hem, instead of a more “texture heavy” moss rib used in the original sweater.

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

This way the pattern just bloomed – I love how the texture is slightly “blurred” by mohair, but it is still there and creates beautiful visual effect.

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

One of the biggest changes made was the gauge obviously. The original La Flor was knit on much smaller needles and textured “flowers” look tiny compared to this version. Though I was knitting it on 7 mm needles, which is probably the highest number I went with for the sweater, the nature of this yarn doesn’t make it look bulky at all. In fact, it is probably the lightest sweater I own – you don’t feel the weight of it on your body at all. It is more like a big soft fluffy cloud surrounding your skin – amazing feeling! And with all that, it is very warm!

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

Among new details, you will also notice an added side split on the hem, raw sleeve edges and simple boat neck that is wide enough to wear off the shoulder. The modified drop shoulder sleeve is constructed in the same manner as the original one, the only thing that changed is the stitch count, obviously. Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

Mohair Textured Sweater Pattern

La Flor update will be published this Sunday!

GIVEAWAY

Yarn Kit

Wool and the Gang team is offering you a bag full of the delicious Take Care Mohair skeins to make your own version of Mohair Flor. And the best part – you can choose your color! Take Care Mohair comes in 7 beautiful shades – you can stick to the original neutral grey or go bright! My advice – don’t choose too dark colors, so you don’t lose the texture effect of the stitch pattern. The winner will also receive the pattern copy! The yarn giveaway is open worldwide, except for Russia.

For yarn and one pattern copy giveaway, please, check my Instagram page today!

Wool And The Gang. Take Care Mohair | The Gift Of Knitting

Pattern

And here I would love to giveaway 3 copies of the pattern, either for you or for your dear knitting friends. Just leave a comment under this post with your (or your friend’s) Ravelry ID and I will randomly choose the winner this Sunday!

Good luck and thank you for being with me!


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By | 2018-02-15T21:00:00+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Knitting, Pattern, Yarn|38 Comments

Magliamania. Precious Fibers.

Switzerland Magliamania Yarn

Happy Sunday! When a friend comes all the away across the ocean and asks what to bring, you say “Yarn, please!”, right? Switzerland always fascinated me with its grand nature and trying some of their local yarns was my little knitting dream. As my own trip there is not happening any time soon, you can only imagine how excited and grateful I was to our dear friend and his wife, who took time out of her busy schedule and chose the most beautiful skeins for me!

The yarn comes from Magliamania Yarns shop, located in Bern. The shop carries handdyed skeins in dreamy fibers – silk, baby camel, merino, baby alpaca, cashmere… Most of the yarns are produced in Switzerland and each skein is dyed individually with the utmost care in shop’s studio; the result – unique deep colors and beautiful shine.

My little treasures:

  • Handdyed Silk/Baby Camel. I’ve never put my hands on Baby Camel fiber and what can I say… It’s so so so dreamy; if you are a knitter, you just have to treat yourself to this magical fiber at least once! Its soft golden color enhanced by silk’s natural sheen reflects light beautifully.

Switzerland Magliamania Yarn

  • Premium Merino/Silk blend is one more handdyed golden beauty. Love subtle variations of color – they will give such a depth to the fabric.
  • White Cashmere/Silk blend in my favorite silver grey shade. This is the first time for me to work with this fiber blend and I cannot express how much I love its softness – it feels like I am holding a cloud in my hands; soft and weightless.
  • Royal alpaca in forest green shade. Unbelievably soft and light. Just holding it in my hands seems good enough – I can only imagine how wonderful it will be to knit with it.

Switzerland Magliamania Yarn

I put the skeins in a special place and I end up touching them every single day. I am postponing a moment of winding them up and casting on – they are so precious, that even just looking at them is enough to be inspired!

If you live in Switzerland or will be traveling there, you should definitely visit this shop – those yarns are meant to join your collection. I wish I could go there myself!

Address:

Magliamania Yarns
Babette Eymann
Länggassstrasse 28
3012 Bern

Switzerland Magliamania Yarn

Dear Rudolf and Klara, thank you for this amazing gift! I so so appreciate it!


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By | 2017-07-30T07:41:31+00:00 July 30th, 2017|Yarn|17 Comments
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