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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.

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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

Yarn Art. Ojo de Dios

This beautiful mandala was given to me by a very talented girl – Marina Sunshine

Yarn art. Ojo de dios

 

Mandalas, or Ojos de Dios as they are called in Mexico, have become really popular later as the decorative element for the interiors.

Yarn art. Ojo de dios

But they still preserved their initial spiritual message in them. As Marina explained to me, the process of making a mandala is like a meditation for her. During the process she is very concentrated. She doesn’t have any particular plan before starting the project. She intuitively chooses the colors and puts them together.

One mandala takes approximately 20 hours to make

Yarn art. Ojo de dios

Marina says: “To weave mandalas you can use any kind of yarn – thin and thick, natural and acrylic, one colored and melange. There are no strict rules but one: follow your feeling and sensations -they will show the way to oneself. To the TRUE self” 

That’s a great project to use your leftover yarn, I am sure you have a lot in your stash.

The backside of the workYarn art. Ojo de dios

 

For those who want to start making their own mandalas, Marina posts small tutorials on her Facebook page.

Yarn art. Ojo de dios

As for me, I really love this piece in my house. And what I know for sure is that Marina put all her soul into making it. Thank you, Marina!

By | 2016-04-10T09:08:13+00:00 September 14th, 2014|Yarn|0 Comments

How much yarn to buy. Who the heck knows?

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I always wonder how some knitters manage to buy just the right amount of yarn for their projects. They are usually left with a neat little ball that stays as the reminiscent of their hard work. As for me I usually find myself with the leftovers that are enough for one more sweater and a half. And it’s not because I don’t read the recommendations in the patterns, but it seems that I just don’t trust them. If the pattern asks for 6 balls, by the time I get to actual purchase I get 8, no, 10. Wait! Put one more in, just in case.

As a result of this habit, my room can compete with a little yarn store.

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For the Back to basics pullover, I got ten balls of yarn. So what do you think? I used 4 and a half of them. Yes, my leftover is bigger than the yarn used. I am incorrigible.

Despite all of this, my philosophy stays unshakable

 There is never too much yarn

 Knitting, crochet, yarnI hope I am not the only one out there!

By | 2014-09-09T17:21:37+00:00 September 9th, 2014|Crochet, Knitting, Yarn|0 Comments

New Yarn. Bamboo. In love.

As you may have noticed, I am crazy about natural fibers, especially vegetable ones. I live in a warm climate, so for me such properties of the yarn as breathable and absorbing moisture are essential. The cotton will always be my first love, but recently I got a few skeins of 100% bamboo yarn, just to try. It is natural and eco-friendly yarn, and it was about time I bought it. Well, what can I say? I am in love!!!

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The yarn is incredibly soft. It just makes you squeeze it every time you pass by. I know, it’s crazy, but I am being honest. It has the subtle lustre, which, in combination with the neutral color, makes the yarn look very noble. This yarn is finger weight, so I decided to knit a swatch with two strands. The fabric turns out extremely soft (I can’t wait to knit something out of it to put on and never take off!) and drapery which will be perfect for a loose cardigan that “flows” around the body.

Knitting and Crochet

I will let you know what I am going to make with it as soon as I finish my other projects.

By | 2014-09-08T15:54:33+00:00 September 8th, 2014|Knitting, Yarn|0 Comments
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