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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

We Are Knitters – Pima Cotton

We Are Knitters Pima Cotton

Happy Sunday! Today I would love to share with you one more visual yarn story that I created for the review of Pima Cotton by We Are Knitters. I worked with pima cotton before and I can definitely say this is the best type of cotton for me – it is so incredibly soft, light and silky. I love its slight sheen that adds depth and luxurious feel to the fabric.

We Are Knitters Pima Cotton

The pima cotton is loosely spun and feels very light to the touch. It creates a wonderful crisp stitch definition that works perfect for basic stitch patterns. I am casting on for a simple light summer sweater – I haven’t made any notes, I will just keep knitting and see where it brings me. This is the best way for me to experiment on the needles!

From what I can see so far the yardage is very generous in the skein and I have a feeling I will have enough for more than one project! I’ll see what I will have left at the end and experiment on my knitting machine with it.

We Are Knitters Pima Cotton

For this review I chose Denim shade out of 25 available colors – basically slightly faded grey/blue.Great choice for those who wants to add more color into their knitting, but still stick to a neutral soft palette.

We Are Knitters Pima Cotton

I’ll be knitting away and hopefully share the results of my experiment soon! Thank you, We Are Knitters, for creating such an inspiring yarn! At the end of this knitting story, I will organize a giveaway for you. You can subscribe to my blog to receive the latest giveaways announcements and never miss them!

We Are Knitters Pima Cotton

Enjoy your Sunday!!! See you soon!


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By | 2017-07-16T06:36:35+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Knitting, Yarn|16 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

Stone Washed

Stone Washed Yarn

Happy Tuesday! I hope you are having a wonderful week! Today I would love to share with you one more visual story I created with beautiful skeins by Wool and the Gang. Their limited edition Stone Washed yarn, released in collaboration with Rowan, is a soft and light tape 100% cotton yarn in beautiful “washed” color that adds depth to the shades.

Stone Washed Yarn

The yarn thread is flat and wide, which makes it very fast to knit – I am using 6 mm needle; but because of the nature of the spun, it stays very light. This feature makes it perfect for light spring/summer garments that are very easy to knit. Simple basic stitches are the best choice for this kind of yarn – the texture is created by the thread itself.

Stone Washed Yarn

I promise myself to make a cropped summer top for the last three summers, but never get it done. But this yarn is so inspiring that it’d be a crime to keep it in the stash! Plus I know it will be a very fast knit that I’ll really enjoy!

Stone Washed Yarn

I hope you enjoyed one more chapter in my “yarn stories” and will cast on something light and summery!

Have a wonderful week!


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By | 2017-05-23T05:42:43+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Yarn|17 Comments
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