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S.O.S. Gang

Wool and The Gang. The Gift Of Knitting.

When a couple of weeks ago Wool and The Gang team contacted me to share their new yarn line – New Wave Yarn – I immediately was interested in this project! First of all, I will always support them – WATG was the first company that believed in me and supported me in March, 2015 (wow, I cannot believe it is been almost 4 years!!!), secondly, I absolutely love their style and how they are reinventing the knitting!

WATG team has been working on this line for several years and finally let it out into the world, with the hope to make it better and cleaner. Each 100 g ball of this yarn contains 3… plastic bottles! We all know how much excess of plastic is out there and especially in the ocean, through this project WATG is trying to contribute to minimize the damage being made. On a big scale it might seem like it won’t make that much of a difference, but I do believe that big things always start with smaller ones and with passion that turns into ideas that turn into actions that become changes. The fact is the plastic is already out there and why not to reuse it and put into something wearable and fun to knit with!

Personally I think I am only at the beginning of this whole eco conscious journey, I try to make my best and make the right choices in my everyday life to avoid the excess in everything, to share the things that might be useful for others and not throw them away, I still have a looong way to go, but I am definitely grateful for this time that we are living in right now when we connect better and can share the knowledge and be more aware of what is going on around us.

Wool and The Gang. The Gift Of Knitting.

Wool and The Gang. The Gift Of Knitting.

Wool and The Gang. The Gift Of Knitting.

When I first read the letter from WATG, it was hard for me to imagine what the yarn made with cotton + plastic bottles would actually look and feel like. The whole process is quite fascinating – the bottles are being collected and cleaned, then melted into a liquid plastic, which is squeezed into shape and cut to size and then spun with the cotton to create a thread. Pretty scifi, right?! 🙂 When I got the package I was presently surprised how soft and airy it is! It is amazing how something damaging can be converted into a pleasant tactile experience! The yarn is spun as the ribbon, it knits up super quick and creates beautiful stitch definition.

Wool and The Gang. The Gift Of Knitting.

The color choice is very rich. I went for Space Black shade. I think this is just the second time when I knit with black yarn, but I  after all black is my favorite color, so I thought it would be amazing to create a classic black sweater that will be wearable and environmentally friendly at the same time. And it looks so elegant!

Wool and The Gang. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope you will try this yarn and support WATG team for all their amazing effort! See all the patterns created specially for this yarn line – New Wave Collection.

I hope you are going to have a wonderful weekend! As for me I am heading to work right now and tomorrow I am going to… PERU!!! I am so excited about the trip, it has been on my bucket list for awhile now. Cannot wait to share with you everything that I will see!!!


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By | 2019-01-26T08:41:09+00:00 January 26th, 2019|Yarn|0 Comments

Style and Covet

Style Your Brand. Book Review. The Gift Of Knitting

Happy Sunday, friends! I hope the first week of 2019 treated you kindly and you enjoyed some free time! I am starting the year with new projects in mind, new books and yarns. Style Your Brand is the book that I bought by recommendation of one of my favorite editorials – Veter – that always has great articles on how to build the job of your dreams and make it actually work for you.

As for yarn, I am starting to swatch with cloud-like soft alpaca by Knit One Crochet Too. I worked with this company last year and their gorgeous linen/silk/hemp blend that turned into Wings sweater. Covet is a very different from Daisy yarn, perfect for cozy sweaters and cardigans. It comes in the wide range of colors, but I decided to go with my usual neutral color scheme and chose Pewter which is dark grey.

Covet Alpaca Yarn. The Gift Of Knitting

 

Covet Alpaca Yarn. The Gift Of Knitting

What I loved about this yarn immediate, apart from its incredible softness, is that it can be knit in various gauges, depending on what look you want to achieve – airy and lightweight or more dense. The even gauge is achieved better on the wooden/bamboo needles, as the thread is pretty slippery. Covet will work great with classic simple stitch patterns and will create a wonderful drape.

Covet Alpaca Yarn. The Gift Of Knitting

Coming back to the book… Style Your Brand is a book by Fiona Humberstone who has created brand identity for numerous companies. I always wondered how to present your business that will reflect so many aspects – your vision, what you want to bring to the client, your style… Something that after looking at can be immediately associated with your name and work. I have been thinking about this for a long time – how I want to present my website, my patterns and me, as a person, behind it. I do not want it to be polished, but impersonal, I want my clients and readers to “see” me behind the words and images. But before hiring someone to help me with that, I want to understand myself first what the perfect brand style recipe is made of. This book is a great guide to start with in my opinion and its principles can be applied to absolutely any kind of business you are running. Using various brands as an example, Fiona breaks down each company’s identity into parts – logos, colors, typography, materials used, etc. – and explains how each of these parts contribute to the image of the brand. A great bonus is the layout of the book – it is so well done and such a pleasure to flip through its pages!

Style Your Brand. Book Review. The Gift Of Knitting

Have a wonderful Sunday today!


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By | 2019-01-06T06:22:56+00:00 January 6th, 2019|Books, Yarn|2 Comments

Fog

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Sunday! I hope you all had a wonderful week, thank you so much for stepping by and leaving such warm comments under my latest post. It was a wonderful “welcome back for me”. I am happy to say that I am back to knitting and taking photos of knitting of course. How good it feels to hold wool in my hands again!

I finished the math/construction draft for one design that I had an idea for several months. I love how I “knit” in my head weeks/months before I actually cast on and then see it come to life. This tactile experience is so precious to me. So far it is turning into a cozy and squishy piece of knitwear! I named it Fog for its grey color, softness and a slight halo the wool creates. Looking forward to seeing it grow on my needles and hopefully soon on yours…

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

I have a working Sunday today, so my plan is to make some mint tea with almond milk, have a piece of chocolate, put on a nice music (obsessed with A Star is Born soundtrack right now!!!) and head to work. Life is good. Have a wonderful day today!


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By | 2018-10-28T07:13:25+00:00 October 28th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|8 Comments

Cables and Chocolate

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

My hands were devoted to YOTH yarns for the past several weeks. I will be happy to share with you soon what I have been up to in the knitting department 🙂 Meanwhile I would love to introduce you to Daughter yarn in Chocolate shade. As you can see, the skeins are much smaller that the Natural Vanilla one that I shared with you in July. I love how YOTH offers you the choice – you can get either the standard generous 330 yds size or go with mini, which is 165 yds, depending on what you need for your project.

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

I love this shade so much and it turned out even better in real life than in photos – those tiny white speckles add more “life” to the fabric and make the whole knitting process much more engaging. It is perfect for simple stockinette stitch knits with minimum texture.

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

One more thing that makes my knitter’s heart sing is this amazing book that I have just ordered – Knitted Cable Sourcebook by Norah Gaughan. Being obsessed with cables, I can’t believe I didn’t get it before!! I actually saw its copy for the first time during my trip to St Petersburg, but the idea of adding so much weight to my luggage didn’t really appeal to me, so I waited until I came back home and ordered it right away. I was not disappointed!

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

Apart from amazing cable stitch source, this book is a treat to the eye! Neutral colors, luxurious textures, beautiful layout – it is the perfect coffee table book if you need some inspiration.

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

In Knitted Cable Sourcebook the cables instructions are both charted and written row by row. Each photo of the swatch just makes you want to grab your needles as soon as possible! Apart from the stitches collection, the book breaks down the basics of cable knitting – from how to read the charts to fixing mistakes in your knitting. It also includes 15 projects that you can use to practice your cable knitting skills!

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope you will have a wonderful weekend! I don’t have any major plans this weekend, just working, walking and dinner with friends.


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By | 2018-09-28T07:02:39+00:00 September 28th, 2018|Books, Knitting, Yarn|2 Comments

Sea Salt

YOTH Yarns. Father. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Wednesday! First of all I would love to thank you for all your support of Wings sweater and also for your kind wishes on my trip. Just 3 planes, 30+ hours on the road and I am with my family! Everything is still pretty hectic and it is hard to get back into my routine, but I am enjoying every single moment with special people and that is the most important thing right now.I am also happy to say that my knits and yarn traveled with me! I know that each piece I knit here will be filled with dear memories.

Today I would love to share with you the photo story of yarn that you have already seen on my blog – Father by YOTH Yarns. I loved our collaboration with Veronika and her amazing team so much, that I decided to devote my Fall projects to fibers from this amazing company.

YOTH Yarns. Father. The Gift Of Knitting.

This time I’ve chosen Father in Sea Salt shade – lovely silver grey shade that I adore. I am experimenting with the needle sizes trying to achieve the gauge that will fit perfectly my idea of the future garment.

YOTH Yarns. Father. The Gift Of Knitting.

As I told you before Father knits like a butter, the stitches seem to form on their own, easily sliding on needles. True knitting therapy for hands and mind!

YOTH Yarns. Father. The Gift Of Knitting.

I am looking forward to sharing with you the progress of this project and, of course, the final result! I hope you are having a great week!

YOTH Yarns. Father. The Gift Of Knitting.


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By | 2018-07-25T06:32:48+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|2 Comments

Portrait of Yarn and The City

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Sunday! Past week I’ve got two packages that made my heart sing. First is a beautiful rambouillet & merino blend by YOTH yarnsDaughter. I worked with 100% rambouillet and 100% merino before, but never had a chance to try them in a blend. Daughter has a nice spring to it, creates great stitch definition and drape; and this neutral color – Natural Vanilla – got my heart, I see some textured sweater coming – just so inspiring!

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

Along with delicious yarn, I was lucky enough to receive the most wonderful gift from my boss – a coffee table book New York. Portrait of a City. This is an absolute treasure, it is not just a book with pretty photos, but the actual story of the city with rare images from “over 150 celebrated photographers from the mid-19th century to the present day”.

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

This book captures the feeling of the streets, the sidewalks, the chaos, the energy, the ethnic diversity, the culture, the fashion, the architecture, the anger, and the complexity of the mythical, mystical Big Apple.

 

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

As for Daughter, it is coming with me to Russia!! I am so excited to bring it on my trip, get inspired by my home country and, of course, share it with my Grandma and say to her once again – Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking me to this tiny yarn store 9 years ago, it made such a huge difference in my life. 

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope you are going to have a wonderful day today!

 

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.


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By | 2018-07-08T07:24:15+00:00 July 8th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|3 Comments
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