Craft and Road Trip

Happy Wednesday!

The last week was absolutely crazy for me and I just needed to get out of town and into the wild. 10 minute drive from us there is a beautiful botanical garden where you can get lost in nature and have a quiet peaceful time.

Knitting and travel

There are very few people out there and you can enjoy walking along the canyon, read a book, knit/crochet and just be silent for a awhile…

Knitting and travel

I spent some blissful time with “The Catcher in the Rye“… It is so nice to get away sometimes, even if it is just for a few hours.

Knitting and travel

As for crafting, I started a new machine knitting project – Sand Sweater, right after finishing my Bamboo Drape. Yes, I can’t keep my machine empty for a long time! I am calling it Sand, because of the color of yarn and it reminds me of the pattern created by waves on the sand. I am using 100% mercerized cotton from my stash. I still don’t have a very clear idea what it will become, but in my mind it will be a light summer sweater I can throw on with jeans.

Machine Knitting Sweater

My goal for this year was to learn as many new machine knitting techniques as possible. This time I am experimenting with my machine knitting tools to create texture. My machine is very simple, so all the patterns have  to be created manually transferring the stitches. It takes much more time than the stockinette, but this stitch pattern is so worth it!

Machine Knitting Sweater

It is called “Tuck Stitch” and it is created by holding loops on the needles for several rows before knitting them all together. It is similar to slip stitch technique in hand knitting. I had the instructions for this stitch in my manual for the machine and I have no idea why on earth I didn’t try it before! Maybe I was intimidated by the complexity of it, but it turned out not so bad! I am much more familiar with the mechanism of the machine now and understand better how the stitches are formed.

Machine Knitting Sweater

My crochet cardigan WIP is causing me a lot of trouble. I think I will have to rip it out for the third time, first I ripped out because of my miscalculated stitch count (my gauge is significantly different from the one indicated in the pattern, so I am modifying). Now I think the fabric looks a little bit on the loose side, so I am thinking to go down with the hook size. I know it will be worth it in the end – crocheting is very relaxing and I will get a very wearable garment in the end.

Crochet Cardigan

I hope your week is treating you well and you are enjoying your projects!

Hope to see you at Yarn Along.



  1. Andrea @ This Knitted Life May 4, 2016 at 7:20 am - Reply

    That IS an awesome texture. Love it!

    Have you ever been to that spot outside of San Louis Potosi with the natural springs to swim? Crystal clear water. Very weird spot but also cool. Speaking of getting out of the city a bit….

    • Alina May 5, 2016 at 6:40 am - Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! I’ve heard of it, but we still can’t find the time to go there. But it is definitely on our must-see list!

  2. Donna May 4, 2016 at 7:33 am - Reply

    What beautiful scenery. How awesome that it’s so close to you. Inspiration for sure!

    • Alina May 5, 2016 at 6:40 am - Reply

      For me it is the best way to recharge!

  3. Tina May 4, 2016 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Oh what lovely yarn and the texture in your knitting is awesome! I’ve not used a knitting machine, but now you have me temped.

    • Alina May 5, 2016 at 6:41 am - Reply

      Thank you, Tina! I hope you will give the machine a try – it is an amazing craft!

  4. SarahD May 4, 2016 at 8:25 am - Reply

    What beautiful knitting and a lovely getaway spot!

    • Alina May 5, 2016 at 6:41 am - Reply

      It is! So serene and quiet!

  5. Zeta May 4, 2016 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Your knitting machine can do that?!
    I thought it was only for stockinette. Silly me!
    The possibilities are really endless!
    I love that stitch. It will be another rocking sweater for sure 😉
    So happy for you to be able to escape without having to go far 🙂

    • Alina May 5, 2016 at 6:43 am - Reply

      Machine is a tool, so you can experiment with it and create very interesting stitch combinations, just like in hand knitting! I am glad you love this stitch, I don’t know why I haven’t try it before!

  6. steph May 4, 2016 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    what a beautiful getaway spot….and it looks as if you might have had it all to yourself!!! (The BEST!) I’m amazed at the texture with the machine….but, then, machine knitting is such a mystery to me. This is really really lovely….can’t wait to see the sweater.

    • Alina May 5, 2016 at 6:45 am - Reply

      Yes, we met just a few people, such a quiet place. I am glad you love the texture, I hope to do make something wearable and casual with it!

  7. zauberflink May 4, 2016 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Oh, that tuck stitch texture looks adorable! I’d like to know how to knit something similar with my hands!

    • Alina May 5, 2016 at 6:46 am - Reply

      I bet there are very similar stitches in hand knitting, you can look up slip stitch patterns – I am sure you will find the one that is very close to machine knit tuck stitch.

  8. Tracey May 4, 2016 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    I do understand needing to get away, even if it’s only a few hours away. I have been stealing away to the beach almost every day lately, and while I don’t stay but a few hours it is so refueling to my soul.

    I love your Sand, what a perfect name. I have never used a knitting machine, but now you have me
    considering one, at least it would be something fun to try I think.

    • Alina May 5, 2016 at 6:48 am - Reply

      I love seeing the photos from your beach – makes me miss the coast so much! I will be happy to see you create something on a machine!

  9. Laura Smith May 4, 2016 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous texture and perfect color. Beautiful!

  10. pat May 4, 2016 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    The texture is beautiful. I can’t wait to see the finished garment.

    • Alina May 5, 2016 at 6:48 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, dear Pat! I can’t wait to experiment with it and see how it will work out with the shaping!

  11. Corinne May 5, 2016 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    That stitch pattern looks amazing, anything you’ll knit with it will be stunning. Good for you to go outside. I sometimes forget how good it is to just get away from everything.

    • Alina May 8, 2016 at 7:48 am - Reply

      Thank you, Corinne! I always love reading about your trips, they all look so much fun!

  12. karen May 6, 2016 at 6:32 am - Reply

    what a nice sunny getaway that is close to home. I loved seeing it, we’ve had cloudy dreary days for about a week now so your sunshine did me good. Love your new project and the texture, so pretty!

    • Alina May 8, 2016 at 7:50 am - Reply

      Thank you, Karen! I love road trips more than anything else!

  13. kaydeerouge May 8, 2016 at 3:22 am - Reply

    What a fascinating place you visited – and I think your new knitting is sort of growing out of that environment – the colours, the textures – just perfect. I used to knit with a machine many years ago, and did a lot of textured knits. My machine was pretty basic but I did make tuck stitch jerseys, and loved the effect. I wish I’d taken pics so I could look back on them now. Can’t wait to see how your knitting develops!

    • Alina May 8, 2016 at 7:54 am - Reply

      Thank you! Yes, the surroundings are definitely influencing my knitting! I would love to see your machine knit projects, maybe you will come back to it someday!

  14. sustainablemum May 8, 2016 at 11:32 am - Reply

    What a beautiful place to have close by, I would love to sit with you on that bench knitting together 🙂 I can dream right? Love you knitting that stitch texture is gorgeous looking forward to seeing what you ‘make’ with it. Hope you had a lovely weekend.

  15. Julie May 8, 2016 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    how amazing to have such a great getaway so close to home, you seem to live in the most beautiful part of the country! And I love how your bamboo sweater looks on you, it’s so flattering, and the drape is perfect. That tuck stich for the machine looks so cool! I love the effect!

  16. Rebecca Biberdorf May 8, 2016 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    That Tuck Stitch is rich! I look forward to seeing the finished item. And your getting into nature pictures look so wonderful. I love the quiet of nature. 🙂

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