Joined the Gang

Last week I got a package from Wool and The Gang.

Knitting blog monthly


It brought a lot of new crafty experience for me. There are a lot of “firsts” in there for me. It’s the first knitting kit in my life! I finally have the yarn that is recommended in the pattern, which means I don’t have to recalculate all the numbers. The kit includes 4 balls of Shiny Happy Cotton (100% pima cotton) yarn, 5 mm needles, booklet with pattern instructions, sewing needle and stretchy ribbon.


This is the first time I am making a skirt! It’s a completely new territory for me and I am excited to explore it. The pattern looks pretty easy, but with an interesting touch of moss stitch panel which spices up the background stockinette stitch. I love how the colors are slightly blurred in the moss stitch part. Such a small detail, but it makes a difference! I fell in love with Riviera Skirt design. Simple, modern and so perfect for spring/summer season.


The colors just scream – It’s spring!


This bunch of yarn balls makes me ridiculously happy. I couldn’t stop taking pictures!


This is the first time I am working with pima cotton. What a joy it is! So incredibly soft against the skin. I am savoring every single stitch.


The pattern recommends to use 5 mm (US 8) needles…


… but I know my hands – I am a very loose knitter. Got all the way down to 3.5 mm (US 4) and got the perfectly matching gauge!



I feel like this project will become my faithful companion in early morning hours of before work knitting time and during long road trips. Will keep you posted on the progress!

My Ravelry Riviera Skirt project page can be found here.

I hope you are having a wonderful week!


By | 2017-05-23T05:41:36+00:00 March 4th, 2015|Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|16 Comments

Lost in Color

Out of two beautiful patterns I chose “Deep End” to start with.

Shawl Knitting

Deep End by Heidi Kirrmaier

As I am a faithful garment knitter/crocheter, this will become only my second shawl. The pattern got me instantly. Simple, but with an interesting twist. I know it’s meant to be knit and fly to Russia to fall on my Mom’s shoulders. Such an elegant and versatile design! I am sure she will love it!

I definitely don’t possess the natural talent of combining the colors, that’s why I very rarely choose multicolored patterns. I am at my wit’s end what to choose, completely lost.

Digging into the depths of my stash.

Knitting yarn

And that is just a fraction of what I have. It looks like I am going to spend more time choosing the colors than actually knitting the shawl!

By | 2015-02-19T17:32:11+00:00 February 19th, 2015|Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|2 Comments

Stash Down

New Year started with revising my stash. It’s ridiculously enormous. It’s a paradox, but the fact that there are very few yarn shops in my town makes my stash grow every year. As I don’t have a constant access to the yarn goodness, I go crazy every time I travel. I buy bags of yarn and justify it with “I won’t be able to buy anything for months, even for a year”. Running out of yarn is my biggest fear.

If you don’t count a huge bag of acrylic yarn that I donated to my school for craft classes, I have more than 100 (!!!) skeins all over the house. Something needs to be done!

So when I saw My Sister’s Knitter Stash Down KAL/CAL, I jumped right in. It came just in time. The KAL/CAL will last 4 months (January 1 – April 30) and I am determined to bring my stash down by the end of April. Thank you, Andi, for inspiration!

I don’t have any WIPs left from 2014, except for a machine knitting project. So I am starting fresh. Last week I started to work on two projects.

The first stash down victim

Knitting Crochet Yarn

I bought this yarn one year ago in Mexico City. I fell in love with the color – Azul Rey. 100% mercerized cotton of very good quality. It’s perfect for crochet, as it gives a very nice stitch definition. I used this yarn in a different color for my Wildflower Crochet Dress. I am very pleased with the result. Also it has generous 360 mts (394 yd). New crochet project is in progress.

Knitting Crochet YarnThe second project is planned to be a very heavily modified version of St. Brigid. I don’t know exactly what I’ll get at the end, but it’s a part of fun. It’s still in the swatch stage.

Knitting Crochet Yarn  This swatch makes me so happy. Gosh, I love knitwear!

By | 2016-04-10T09:02:27+00:00 January 8th, 2015|Crochet, Knitting, Yarn|2 Comments

Rowan Yarn

I am back. I took a week off from blogging to finish everything at work before my winter vacations. I am officially off work for 18 days!!! I love my job, but gosh it feels good to devote more time to family, home and crafting! So I am super excited and can’t wait to cast on something new! Usually I am very strict and restrain myself from working on more than 3 projects at the same time. Maybe I have to relax, just for vacation time. Especially now when I have something new and delicious in my stash.

Knitting Blog Rowan Yarn

I have been knitting and crocheting non-stop for almost five years now. But this is the first time I bought Rowan yarn. I fell in love with it without even seeing it  long time ago.

I am certainly NOT disappointed. Savannah. 100% cotton of rich chocolate color with silk threading – can a girl ask for more?

Knitting Blog Rowan Yarn

As usual I have no idea what I want to make out of it. So just randomly knitting with good old stockinette stitch… I love this uneven texture.

Knitting Blog Rowan Yarn


I hope you are enjoying this pre-holiday rush. See you soon!

By | 2014-12-21T21:42:02+00:00 December 21st, 2014|Knitting, Yarn|0 Comments

Textured Cardigan. Vogue Knitting

The first days after the hurricane we were completely cut off from the rest of the world, as the fallen electricity poles and trees blocked the way out of the house. Obviously all the classes at school were suspended. So, among this mess, I had all the time on my hands to start something new, fresh and challenging.

I found my almost torn apart Vogue Knitting Winter 2012/13 edition in the bedroom, floating in the water. I dried it on the sun and was happy to find out that all the instructions were readable.

Knitting Cardigan Vogue Knitting

I chose the pattern for the Textured Jacket by Shirley Paden that I wanted to try months ago, but never had time for it. Well, after the hurricane I had no more excuses – I was stuck in the house, the school was off, no electricity and no Internet.

I chose the local yarn, 100% mercerized cotton of light beige color that I always have in my stash since I’ve tried it for the first time. This shade looks classy and elegant with any garment and any stitch pattern.

Knitting Cardigan Vogue Knitting

I remember starting this project 1 year ago, but I stopped after having knitted the swatch. The stitch pattern seemed really time and yarn consuming to me, but oh, so beautiful.

Knitting Cardigan Vogue Knitting

Knitting Cardigan Vogue Knitting

This stitch pattern doesn’t let you relax, you need to follow the chart and the instructions row by row really carefully. But that was exactly what I needed – to stay focused on one thing at a time. So, it was a win-win situation – I didn’t let myself to become overwhelmed with the last events, but create something absolutely stunning.

Knitting Cardigan Vogue Knitting

I am still working on it, modifying it a little bit. Let see what will come out of it. I’ll keep you updated!



By | 2016-04-10T09:07:47+00:00 October 14th, 2014|Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|0 Comments

Knitter’s Treasury

When the first shock after Odile passed, I sat down to revise my knitter’s treasury. Fortunately most of my stash survived, though some precious balls of yarn are lost forever. Here they are, dripping with water; others are in a trash basket.


The books, Vogue Knitting,The Ultimate Knitting Book and the Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, are torn apart into pieces. Some of my projects are also not repairable. The recently finished Back to Basics sweater, knit from the beautiful blend of linen and cotton was found outside of the house, looking quite beaten up

Before Odile

Knitting Sweater

After Odile

Knitting Sweater

I had to send it to the trash, as the holes in the sleeves are huge and I don’t think it’s possible to wash it. Bye, bye, sweater…

Knitting Sweater

The raglan pullover that I started just one week before Odile was almost finished. I was knitting the sleeves for it just before the hurricane. The yarn for it was literally swimming in water and the back and the front pieces are covered with dirty spots. Maybe I’ll be able to recover it later. Can you believe it?!! I am living in the house without windows and thinking about how to recover the handknit sweater.

Though it’s definitely not the most pleasant experience of throwing away the soft cotton balls of yarn and handknit items to the trash, I am truly enjoying each day right now, just because I am here, safe and healthy with my family and the roof above my head. We are slowly recovering the house and I’ve come back to work.

Life is good…

By | 2014-10-12T08:32:37+00:00 October 12th, 2014|Knitting, Odile, Simple little things, Yarn|0 Comments
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