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Ode to Heritage

Moeke Yarns. Heritage.

Getting to know yarn during the swatch process, taking photos of the beautiful skeins is the best way for me to get inspired not just in craft, but also in life in general. I’ve been so busy these last months feeling like I am doing it all, but not really finishing anything, that I just needed a quiet weekend morning with my camera, some flowers and yarn – it’s like a meditation for me. I hope you will also enjoy this little photostory and pick your needles today…

Moeke Yarns. Heritage.

I didn’t think that I would love any other Moeke yarn more than I love Elena, but when I started swatching with the new batch of Heritage yarn, my heart skipped a beat. What a fiber…

The new batch is slightly thinner and softer than the one I am using for my blanket and it creates such a wonderful fabric – with subtle neutral color variations, amazing drape and lightness. It will make perfect season-less garment – it will be light and soft enough to wear next to the skin for a summer evening; and it will also make a great layer piece for colder months.

Moeke Yarns. Heritage.

Even winding the skeins doesn’t feel monotonous – I just love watching how the thread is slipping through my fingers and how colors form into a beautiful and unique pattern…

Moeke Yarns. Heritage.

The swatching is over and I am quiet happy with the idea that I came up with, usually I am very critical and it takes me weeks to get the result that I like, but this time it went pretty smoothly and just clicked. Hope to show you the result as soon as I can!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Moeke Yarns. Heritage.

Looking forward to seeing your projects at Yarn Along today!


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By | 2017-03-29T08:43:26+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Yarn|23 Comments

Swatch Frenzy and New Knitting Skills

Moeke Yarns

Knitting has officially taken over my life. These past 10 days I’ve become a swatching machine! How many Moeke swatches did I knit even I don’t know – 10, 15, 50?! Every single free minute of my day I am chasing this “aha” moment, trying to catch just the right stitch combination for the image in my head.

This time I decided with Ioana that I will experiment with holding two strands of Elena to create a little bit different from Journey and The Choice look. It’s fascinating to watch how such a small change can transform the fabric, plus it knits up much faster!

You should definitely experiment with your stash and mix it up a little bit. It doesn’t even have to be the same fiber, or color or yarn weight. If you have a lace yarn in your stash that you love and can’t wait to put it in use, but scared of committing to a lace weight big project, just hold two strands together. I am still in love with my Gallery sweater which was knit with 1 strand of lace weight merino + 1 strand of lace weight alpaca/silk blend.

Moeke Yarns

Now to something completely new for me… Sock knitting!!! Yep, I am going to make the first pair of socks in my life, that is decided! After reading Michelle’s, Tahnee’s, Tien’s and Andi’s blogs, I am giving up – I have to see for myself why sock knitting is so addictive!!

The timing is perfect. First of all, I’ve been freezing in the mornings and always have a pair of socks on, why not to put on the hand knit ones? Second, I need a small simple enough project to clear my head a little bit. And the last, but not least, I saw this photo on Purl Soho and fell in love – how adorable are those Pom Pom socklets?!

My latest stash enhancement from KnitCrate will be perfect for my first pair of socks – SilverSpun is a blend of cotton + nylon + spandex + silver. Cotton and nylon will be great for durability, spandex for the stretch and “memory” and silver has great therapeutic properties and blocks all the odor causing bacteria. Perfect sock yarn, in my opinion. What do you think?

SilverSpun Yarn

I am super excited to learn something completely new for me in knitting and have a pair of adorable pom pom socks on my feet. Let’s hope I am not going to frog the whole thing in a couple of weeks 🙂

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

SilverSpun Yarn

I’ll see you at Yarn Along!


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By | 2017-01-25T08:34:53+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Knitting, Yarn|16 Comments

Monthly Knitting Santa – KnitCrate Review

Thank you for your amazing birthday wishes yesterday! I haven’t been well 100% lately and your kind words definitely helped, I really appreciate it!

This weekend I got a special surprise package in my mail from KnitCrate, a subscription box yarn club for yarn lovers and fiber artists. They asked me to review one of their surprise packages. First I researched about the company and what it is all about and thought that their concept is very interesting and you will like it.

Knitcrate

KnitCrate is like a year-long yarn Santa for you 🙂 If you become a member of a club, each month you will receive a surprise box with some very delicious goodies inside. You won’t know what’s in there until you open it – pretty exciting, right?!

There are several subscription plans available. Let me break it down for you:

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  • KnitCrate for knitters with some experience – you will receive surprise premium yarn, a pattern or two, some cute bonus items and promo codes for exclusive discounts in different fiber related online shops!

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KnitCrate

KnitCrate Sock

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  • Learning series KnitCrate – if you want to learn the basics of the knitting, but don’t have a plan, then this package will be exactly what you need. Each month you will receive instructional videos, a simple pattern, tools and yarn, of course. So, basically each month you learn something new!

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KnitCrate Newbies

KnitCrate Sock Newbies

I received a standard KnitCrate for knitters with some experience. It was pretty exciting to open the box and have absolutely no idea what I’ll find there.

Here is what I got (It’s not a January box, so I won’t spoil the surprise for anybody 🙂 )

Knitcrate

2 skeins of SilverSpun yarn from Feel Good Yarn Company, Trellis Tam pattern by Wendy D. Johnson and some fun extras – tiny snip scissors that fit easily in any project bag and row counter to keep track of my knitting progress; plus promo codes for free shipping at Feel Good Yarn Company and 20% off the entire website The Buffalo Wool Co.

First I am going to tell you about the yarn and then will list pros and cons of such subscription box.

SilverSpun isn’t just a beautiful metaphorical name, this yarn is actually spun with silver! For me that was definitely a big surprise, I’ve never worked with anything like this before. It has 5% of silver interwoven with 87% of combed cotton, 5% Nylon and 3% Spandex.

Knitcrate

Feel Good Yarn Company claims that silver content in their yarns is therapeutic, inhibits the growth of odor causing bacteria, nontoxic and perfect for those suffering from arthritis and sensitive skin. The silver will not wash out of the yarn. Sounds amazing, right?

Knitcrate

This is the second time I get the combed cotton and I can say only good things about it – it is really soft and doesn’t feel stiff at all. If you’ve never worked with plant fibers before, but would love to give it a try, combed cotton is great to start with!

Knitcrate

OK, now let’s see what pros and cons surprise subscription has for you

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  • Surprise. You don’t know what you’ll get. The surprise part is so exciting!! You never know what you’ll find in the box.
  • Yarns. Each month you get new premium yarn from a different company. KnitCrate works with indie dyers and big yarn companies; well established and emerging fiber artists. Most probably you wouldn’t even try those yarns on your own, but this way each month you will surprised by new fiber in your hands.
  • New patterns and techniques. Sometimes we stay away from some patterns/projects just because we’ve never done them before. But if you already have the pattern, let’s say with new to you fair isle technique, you might as well try it out and see how it goes – who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love with it!
  • Price. Better prices – the retail value of each box is always bigger than what you pay for subscription.
  • Cancel any time. You don’t have to subscribe to 12 months, if you don’t want to, try one, two, three months and see if it works for you.
  • Bonus codes. Really nice exclusive discounts on yarn and notions.
  • Makes great gifts for fiber enthusiasts. A surprise box at your door each month is the perfect gift for your friends who love knitting!

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  • Surprise. You don’t know what you’ll get. If you don’t like the idea of “a pig in a poke” for your yarn stash and you always HAVE TO know what you are getting, then this package is not for you.
  • Yarns. If you have strong preferences in yarn, such as: you never work with plant fibers or vice versa you are allergic to animal fibers, then you probably won’t enjoy every single package.
  • New patterns and techniques. If you have a pretty small list of things that your prefer to knit and you are not excited about anything else than them, then you probably won’t use all the patterns that come with your monthly package. But you are free to use it for any other project that you like! I, for example, doubt that I will knit a suggested pattern, but I am already excited to try this yarn for some experimenting.
  • Price. If you promised yourself not to spend any money on new yarn for some time, then this is obviously not for you.
  • Bonus codes. Discounts are so good that you will want to use them and enhance your stash even more!

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So, if after reading pros and cons, you decide that you want to indulge yourself and receive a surprise box full of knit goodies, here is the promo code you can use – GOK20. This will give you 20% off your first KnitCrate, which makes it a great price for high quality yarns, patterns and other fun that comes along with it!

Let me know, please, what you think about the idea getting a surprise knitting package every month? Do you like the element of surprise or you prefer always know what you are getting?

Will definitely check all the fun projects you are working on in Yarn Along!

Have a great Wednesday!


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By | 2017-03-01T09:05:59+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Knitting, Yarn|22 Comments

Magnum Magic

Bulky Peruvian Wool

Happy Sunday! I hope this week treated you well and are enjoying your weekend. Honestly I am really looking forward to the upcoming week for a little break, during last three weeks my days blurred into sleep-work-sleep, barely anything in between.

Nonetheless I couldn’t skip today’s post, first of all because I set a goal for myself to be here on regular basis as much as I can and also I am super excited about new fiber that I welcomed into my stash! I am so head and toe in love with the wonderful yarn I discovered just recently – Magnum, 100% Peruvian Highland wool from Cascade Yarns.

Bulky Peruvian Wool

Guys, this is the softest, coziest and the chunkiest yarn I have ever worked with!!! It is so bulky that even my yarn winder can’t handle it – I wound all the skeins by hand and let me tell you, I didn’t mind at all, just holding the thread in my hands feels so luscious.

Bulky Peruvian Wool

It looks more like a roving yarn, with bouncy and very loosely spun thread. The recommended needle size is 10-12 mm (US 15-17).

Bulky Peruvian Wool

This is probably the highest I ever went with the needle size in any of my previous projects. Feels really weird at first, but you get used to it pretty fast and worsted weight yarn looks like a spiderweb after that!

Doesn’t it look like a liquid metal?!

Bulky Peruvian Wool

I’ve made some swatches and as you can guess they knit up incredible fast, creating a cloud like fabric that is so light and warm! I am just wondering if the project starts pilling in awhile, because of the loosely spun thread, I am not sure though, we’ll see. It will be definitely a yarn that the process of making something is even more rewarding than the actual finished knit.

I am so looking forward to casting on with it as soon as possible. So far I am very happy with my choice and I am definitely going to use it for one little project that I can’t share with you yet, but I have a feeling you’ll like it! 🙂

Bulky Peruvian Wool

Have a beautiful Sunday!


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By | 2017-03-29T08:44:04+00:00 January 8th, 2017|Knitting, Yarn|26 Comments

Moeke and Me – 2017 Plans

Moeke Yarns 2017

I would love to thank you for your kind words about my small anniversary last week! Thank you so much! This design year was amazing and I am really looking forward to 2017!

It was a happy mail kind of weekend – I’ve been waiting for a yummy yarn package from Netherlands for almost a month now, and this Saturday I finally got my hands on Elena, Heritage and Romanian Merino skeins by Moeke. Of course, I couldn’t not share it with you! I can’t start working with any yarn until I take a bunch of photos of it. It’s some kind of ritual that every skein has to go through before it ends up on my needles.

Moeke Yarns 2017

After I published Journey and The Choice, Ioana, the owner and founder of Moeke Yarns, was kind enough to offer me to work with their yarns in 2017. I said yes immediately! First of all, I am very grateful for meeting Ioana, a hardworking and beautiful woman, who became my friend; second of all, I love to be a part of this small family company that is so young – I feel like I am at the very beginning of something really really wonderful that will keep growing over the time; and the last, but not least, the yarn itself of course. I am a Moeke addict now 🙂

I will be working with lovely and talented Junko this upcoming year to create Moeke 2017 knitwear collection!

Moeke Yarns 2017

Moeke Yarns 2017

I am infinitely grateful for this opportunity and will try my best to make justice to the yarns. Before I worked only with Elena line, but next year I will have the opportunity to explore Heritage and Romanian Merino. Can’t wait!!

Moeke Yarns 2017

I am trying to finish all my current projects before 2017, so it will be pretty busy couple of weeks! I hope you are enjoying all this holiday frenzy and spending your time with your loved ones!

Moeke Yarns 2017

Have a wonderful week!


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By | 2017-03-04T07:52:18+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Work in Progress, Yarn|12 Comments

YOTH Yarns. Father.

Yoth Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

Today I would love to introduce you to a wonderful yarn company that I am happy to collaborate with for one very interesting project that will be out soon – YOTH Yarns. The story and people behind these beautiful skeins are amazing! YOTH Yarns is a family business that started in the garage and grew over the years into a company with its yarns available in the USA, Canada, Japan and Europe. I highly recommend listening to their inspiring story at Woolful“Veronika Jobe, Danny Burda & Family – Czech roots, road trips, family and Yarn On The House”. I really admire how loving and supporting their family is!

YOTH Yarns are mostly known for their color palette – more than 30 gorgeous shades available! Veronika and Danny are determined to keep the business local as much as possible – all their yarns are dyed in Maine, in Saco River Dyehouse. The company works with two bases (casmere/merino/nylon blend and 100% domestic Rambouillet, the latter is made and sourced 100% in the USA) and four weights – fingering, DK, heavy lace weight and worsted.

For our project I chose Father (100% Domestic Rambouillet, worsted weight) in a beautiful neutral Hazelnut shade. Isn’t it gorgeous?!

Yoth Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

I asked Veronika to share a little bit more about the company and the yarn in this mini interview.


Before becoming a yarn company owner, you were a passionate hobby knitter. During that time what was the most fascinating part of the process for you – choosing a pattern, yarn, color, planning, knitting, finishing…? What was the biggest inspiration “booster”?

What a good question! I absolutely adore choosing patterns to match yarn or vice versa. The creative aspect of combining fibers and textures, knitting elements, and everything else that goes into patterns, is my heart. I love the practice and vision that go into planning and modifying patterns and/or yarns to make them do what you want. It’s the challenge and excitement of something new that I love. Color would come second, which is a given that I enjoy, and knitting the actual piece is why I started in the first place. Knitting is my happy place. It keeps me grounded, sane and connected to my creativity.

Yoth Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

I guess during that time you started to have an idea of what your ideal yarn should feel/look like. Can you tell us, please, what qualities you were looking for in yarn, what appreciating most at that time as a hobby knitter and how it is reflected in your own yarn right now?

I’m a bit like a squirrel and often get distracted. My taste in yarn is always changing and evolving, but wool in general is for me. I have fibers and types of yarns I always come back to. I love a luxurious soft yarn, which is how Big Sister and Little Brother, our merino/cashmere/nylon blend came to be. However, even though this buttery yarn is lovely to knit with and yields an amazing finished object, it’s not perfect for all jobs. I love a good hardy all wool yarn for classic sweaters, cabled hats and hard wearing longevity. When we were creating this type of yarn, we knew we wanted it to be made in the US from sheep to skein. Mother and Father, our 100% Domestic Rambouillet yarn, is what resulted from the need to fill this need in our yarn company, and it’s actually my favorite right now! I know I shouldn’t say that, because I consider them all like my little “children”, but it’s what is hitting spot for me now. We are also working on a new yarn for next year, which I am very excited about!

Yoth Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

When you think about yarn, what comes first – color or fiber?

That is a tough one! I think it really depends on what I fall in love with first. Sometimes I grab a yarn skein and it’s the fiber blend, the plying of the yarn, or the breed of sheep that has drawn me in, but other times, it’s the color that I can’t pass up. I absolutely adore picking out a color for a project and so if I had to choose, I would say color.

Tell us, please, a little bit about one of YOTH Yarns that I am knitting with right now – “Father”, 100% domestic Rambouillet wool. How is it sourced and why did you choose this fiber to be a part of YOTH family? 

We are proud to say that Father, the worsted weight, and its lovely heavy lace weight counterpart, Mother, are 100% American made. When we first started YOTH, we knew we wanted a hardworking yarn that was affordable and made in the USA. It was important to us to source a fiber that was soft to the touch, but also had some oomph to create traditional knitwear and hold up well. Father is a pro at cables, textured stitches, colorwork and good old stockinette stitch. We partner with the most wonderful and knowledgeable folks in the industry to help find just the right fibers for us. They source our Rambouillet from small and mid sized farms west of the Rockies. The fibers are then combined to create a well balanced and consistent blend, which is spun up and dyed on the east coast. It’s all a phenomenal group of hardworking small businesses and talented individuals that help our dreams come true. We are so lucky to be able to do what we love each and every day, and hopefully add to the beautiful growth and resurgence of this industry that we are in.

Yoth Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.


From my part, I can say that knitting with Father is such a great tactile experience! The yarn is soft as merino, but has more bounce and amazing stitch definition, which makes it perfect for texture. It knits up very quickly, creating a beautiful fabric with perfectly even stitches.

Yoth Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

The hardest part for me was to choose a color, each shade is unique, very deep and rich. My favorites are Hazelnut, Dates, Poppy Seed, Shiitake and Oyster (don’t you just love these names?!). I went with Hazelnut, because it is such a universal color that goes great with everything!

Yoth Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

I am really looking forward to this project, the swatches are making me so happy! Looking forward to sharing it with you soon!

Meanwhile, you can find YOTH Yarns at yothyarns.com and on Instagram @yarnonthehouse. You can find the list of shops that carry YOTH Yarns here – Stockists.

Yoth Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

See you at Yarn Along today!


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By | 2017-03-29T08:43:53+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Knitting, Yarn|16 Comments
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