Crochet and Travel

Crochet and Travel

Happy Sunday! I am so happy to be back! Thank you so much for all your good wishes on this trip! After 17 hours on the cargo ship and two days driving, we finally arrived to our destination. My crochet blanket “saw” the most amazing places along the way that I am happy to share with you. The blanket was growing really fast and by the end of the trip it’s more than 50% done! It was a great on-the-go project for me. The stitch pattern speaks to you which makes it so easy to remember, I memorized it after the first row. The only uncomfortable thing was to change the colors, as I am crocheting with three strands I had to carry 9 skeins in a project bag! But other than that it was perfect!

crochet blanketThe trip was exhausting, but oh so inspiring! It was such a pity that I couldn’t use a good camera, I wanted to stop and take pictures every minute! Mexico amazed me with how different and diverse it is – I felt like we drove through several countries!

We started our journey from the coast of Baja and drove through rocks and semi-desert fields. Three hours later we got on a cargo ship which is the cheapest and fastest way to get to the mainland on a car. We saw our home going away from us… I felt how tears were stuck in my chest, so many wonderful things happened here, so many wonderful people were left behind. But I kept saying to myself – how amazing it is to leave a place where you know you have somebody who carries about you, who loves you and who is always waiting for you to come back. How amazing to feel that you made a small but still a difference in some people’s lives and planted small seeds that will grow and flourish some day. How wonderful to leave a place that you don’t feel nothing but thankful to! Thank you, my dear Baja! You became our second motherland!

Knitting blog travelCargo ship was comfortable enough and the view from the upper deck was so worth the trip! It took us 17 hours to cross the Sea of Cortez.

Knitting blog travelThe sunset… How can you not feel surrendered to this beautiful universe?..

Knitting blog travelBy 12 next day we arrived to a beautiful port of Mazatlan.

Knitting blog travelI was immediately stricken with how green it was compared to Baja! I guess I spent too much time in a desert!

Knitting blog travelAnd off we drove through endless fields and green hills covered with corn, orange, lemon and mango trees.

Knitting blog travel Up to the mountains… We got into a tremendous thunderstorm while driving through mountains, I haven’t experienced anything like that before! The mountains were enormous, some covered with waterfalls! Truly magical nature!

Knitting blog travelThis nature makes my heart sing! I missed it so much! Yes, I loved Baja with its gorgeous secluded beaches, rocky mountains and breathtaking ocean views, but this scenery is so much more familiar and closer to me!

Knitting blog travelAnd here we are… Well, hello the town of my dreams… There is still so much to know about you, but I think I am already in love!

knitting blogDuring this trip and upon arrival I couldn’t help but wonder – how did I deserve it? How did I deserve a man who is always by my side, how did I deserve wonderful friends who helped us so much in so many ways, how did I deserve to witness so much beauty, how did I deserve to make my little dream come true to come to this magical town in the heart of Mexico? Looking back three and a half years ago, I see myself lost, unhappy in my town that was covered in industrial smoke and black snow, losing hope and faith in myself, wondering if I ever have a morning that I would meet with a smile… How did it happen? How did it turn around so drastically? And then I realized it was so ungrateful to question it! This is my life and this is what happens right now. After the darkness the sun always rises. It is the nature’s law! What is left is to gratefully accept all these blessings with open arms and heart and give back as much as I can.

So, to new life, to new journey, to new people and to new stitches!

Yarn ballHave a wonderful Sunday!



By | 2015-12-25T18:01:53+00:00 August 9th, 2015|Crochet, Simple little things, Travel|17 Comments


  1. steph August 9, 2015 at 7:53 am - Reply

    What beautiful pictures… excited to share this adventure with you!!!! You’re optimistic outlook will make this transition another wonderful experience….and your travel blanket, another wonderful memory of the trip! 🙂 Now I must drag out the atlas….a port I’m not familiar with!!!

    • Alina August 9, 2015 at 1:31 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Steph! The blanket will surely remain as the symbol of this move! Started back at “home” I’ll finish it in a completely different place!

  2. Nicky August 9, 2015 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Glad you’ve landed in another space which makes your heart sing! I’m looking forward to seeing all this new town has to offer you and your love!

    • Alina August 9, 2015 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Nicky! After driving around the town for a couple of days I feel so overwhelmed! It’s so so inspiring!

  3. Corinne August 9, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

    your trip sounds very interesting! I wish you a great start in your new hometown.

    • Alina August 9, 2015 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Corinne! I think it was the most exciting trip of my life – I’ve never seen so many completely different from each other places in such a short period of time! Traveling by car is the best way to know the country!

  4. Akiba August 9, 2015 at 11:25 am - Reply

    The photos are perfect. I really got a feel for the beauty of it all. I am so excited for you and am confident you will be very happy in this magical town.

    • Alina August 9, 2015 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Akiba! I am happy I was able to share a piece of this beauty with you!

  5. Pat August 9, 2015 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Glad you made it there safely. Your pics are wonderful. I’m excited and happy for you.

    • Alina August 9, 2015 at 1:34 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Pat! We are also very happy!

  6. Rebecca August 9, 2015 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    You made it! Well done. Best wishes for settling in. So glad you have the trip stitched into a blanket. You are being wonderfully brave, I admire you for it.

    • Alina August 9, 2015 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Rebecca! I wouldn’t have the strength to do it if not for the wonderful people I have around me!

  7. Zeta August 9, 2015 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    You are a really lucky and worthy lady! I can only see that Mexico is truly different from place to place but you stay intact and still make every town your home! Your adventure and the way you see the world is inspiring! I’m so excited about your new beginning!

    • Alina August 9, 2015 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Zeta! Mexico is truly magical and oh so inspiring!

  8. Gail August 10, 2015 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Hi Alina, glad you made it to your destination and thanks for taking us along! I love exploring new places and hunting for new yarn sources. I am looking forward to you sharing your new adventure! I love Mexico too.

    • Alina August 10, 2015 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Thank you, Gail! I am hunting for some yarn here! So excited! As soon as we settle down and I get a new camera, I’ll start exploring the city and taking you along with me!

  9. Dewitt Schaefers August 31, 2015 at 7:21 am - Reply

    I don t typically use stitch markers in my own projects, because I usually crochet at home where I can leave my work lying around in the middle of a project. However, I always take stitch markers with me on the plane because with air travel you never know when you ll have to pause right in the middle of a row and put your work away.

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