February. Adiós.

//February. Adiós.

February. Adiós.

Adiós is the monthly series of crafty notes and captures of this beautiful world.

I know that February is the shortest month, but for me it felt more like a short week… It’s been such a busy month that I barely had time for walking and taking pictures. But as I promised each month I will give you at least a sneak peek of San Miguel. Spring is definitely here and we are heading into raining season with sunny days and cloudy overcast skies in the evenings. It feels nice… I really love this place – a little bridge in the downtown. It is right next to the magnificent church surrounded by garden with fruit trees and it has the best view of the sunset. It is nice to come here after a long day with my green juice (yes, it is my favorite drink in the world! I know I am boring 🙂 ) and stare at town and say goodbye to the sun…

Knitting Blog

February Crafty Notes

February brought 3 WIPs, 1 FO, and 2 pattern releases.

Ocean Dress, Kram Crochet Cardigan, Green Snowflakes Cowl, Gallery Sweater, Chunky Seed Stitch Cowl, La Flor Sweater 

Ocean is so close to FO – I started seaming it yesterday evening. It’s a very long dress, so the seaming seems endless., but I am sure I will finish it in March. I loved how lace part opened up after blocking. So excited about wearing it!

Crochet cardigan was finally started. It’s been awhile since my last big crochet project and it such a nice feeling to hold crochet hook again after a long time.

Green Snowflakes are resting on my night table – I love knitting a couple of rows before going to sleep. The pattern is very beautiful and relaxing to knit.

Machine Knitting Challenge 2016 (my goal – at least 12 projects in 2016) was opened with the first machine knitting FO this year – Gallery Sweater. I decided to do this challenge just for myself in December, but then I actually found a feed in Machine Knitting group on Ravelry – 12 projects in 2016! Of course, I had to join it and now I am inspired by other machine knitters every month! The sweater is now one of my favorite knitwear pieces in my wardrobe – I wear it almost every day. It is super light and soft, so I don’t see the reason why I should take it off 🙂

Little on-the-go project – Chunky Seed Stitch Cowl – turned into a great stash busting knit! And I wrote a free pattern for you to try it out. It is a great mindless knit, very easy and versatile – knit it with any yarn, any gauge and any size!

La Flor. Pattern that I have been writing for almost 5 months went live this Sunday. And again I am so grateful for all your support and sweet comments. Every time I push the “publish” button, I am so nervous, so each of your comments is so important and encouraging!

February World Crafter

Each interview is so special to me. Nikki Gabriel has been my inspiration for a very long time and I was thrilled when she agreed to tell more about her work on my blog. Nikki creates stunning handmade knitwear, writes books for handknitters, develops sustainable yarn and designs absolutely unique Construction Knitting Patterns that even beginners can master. What not to love? If you missed the interview, you can find it here – World Crafter. Nikki, Napier, New Zealand.

Technique of the Month

I spent a lot of time trying to find the perfect finishing for the Gallery sweater’s neckline and attached i-cord just saved me! I highly recommend this video for the technique – Applied I-Cord Border Basics. Very clear and helpful.

February Knitwear Looks

As you know I have a slight obsession with knitwear. I created a board on my Pinterest (I’ve been using it for a month already and I am getting addicted) with inspiring knitwear style and would love to share with you my absolute favorite this month.

Can you believe this dress?! Such an intricate craftsmanship!

This is all for my monthly roundup. How was your February?

Let’s have a great March!

Joining Yarn Along to see what others crafters are up to.


By | 2016-03-02T09:57:47+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Adiós|30 Comments


  1. Heather March 2, 2016 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Oh I am going to have to try that cowl! Thank you for the pattern! I need something mindless, my kids won’t let me have any time to follow a pattern…

    • Alina March 2, 2016 at 8:19 am - Reply

      I am glad you like it! It is such a zen kind of knitting. I finished it in 6 evenings while watching movies.

  2. Karen March 2, 2016 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Oh my, such lovely work. I think I might be a wee bit envious!

    blessings for a great day

    • Alina March 2, 2016 at 8:24 am - Reply

      Thank you, Karen! I hope you will have a great day too!

  3. Alisa March 2, 2016 at 8:27 am - Reply

    What lovely projects you have on your needles!! Your cowl pattern looks so fun! Thanks so much for sharing it!!

    • Alina March 3, 2016 at 9:43 am - Reply

      Thank you, Alisa! Enjoy the cowl pattern!

  4. Andrea @ This Knitted Life March 2, 2016 at 8:44 am - Reply

    You packed a lot into a little month! Sring is a very promising season! Everything blooms, even wool.

    • Alina March 3, 2016 at 9:44 am - Reply

      I am so excited for spring! I am definitely not a winter person!

  5. Jeannine March 2, 2016 at 9:08 am - Reply

    What a view! I’d love to sit there a while. Beautiful knitting and patterns Alina!

  6. Debbie March 2, 2016 at 9:23 am - Reply

    i can always “pick you out” here on yarn along, i am always drawn to your thumbnail!!!! all my work is mindless, that’s how i keep it fun, i don’t want to think too much!!!! you had a busy month, i especially love the cowl. we are feeling spring temperatures here at the jersey shore!!!!

    • Alina March 3, 2016 at 9:45 am - Reply

      Thank you, Debbie! It is so cool that you can spot me just like that! Enjoy the spring coming!

  7. akiba March 2, 2016 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    I am so happy that you are enjoying the beauty of San Miguel – it is such a magical town.

    • Alina March 3, 2016 at 9:46 am - Reply

      It is! The center is so inspiring!

  8. Zeta March 2, 2016 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Another productive month!
    I love the colors of San Miguel.
    Looks like a warm autumn day, if you know that I mean…..

    • Alina March 3, 2016 at 9:47 am - Reply

      The evening are so mellow right now! Love strolling along the streets here…

  9. Ruby March 2, 2016 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much, Alina, for the pattern I won last week! I cannot wait to cast on. Your view as you sip green juice is insanely gorgeous…I’m embarrassed of all the spring mud I have outside my windows here in the American Middle Lands…I’ll just stare at your photo a bit longer to compensate. xx

    • Alina March 3, 2016 at 9:48 am - Reply

      You are so welcome! I hope you will enjoy it. Oh, believe me, we have our spring mud as well – just ask my dog when we go walking 🙂 I spend a lot of time trying to wash all the dirt off him when we come home 🙂

  10. Elise March 2, 2016 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Ah it looks lovely where you are! Yay for all those projects too 🙂

  11. Diane March 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    I checked out the I-Cord border video and am going to use that for sure — thanks for sharing. Your FO are all so beautiful! You do such beautiful knitting.

    • Alina March 3, 2016 at 9:50 am - Reply

      I am glad you found it useful! Thank you, Diane!

  12. sustainablemum March 3, 2016 at 3:39 am - Reply

    What a busy month you have had. So many wonderful projects you have finished and are working on.

    • Alina March 3, 2016 at 9:51 am - Reply

      It was a crazy busy month! But I like it this way – love running around and always have never ending to-do lists!

  13. Lisa March 3, 2016 at 8:20 am - Reply

    What a wonderful month, so many beautiful things made and remembered. Thank you for sharing it with us all!

    • Alina March 3, 2016 at 9:51 am - Reply

      Thank you, Lisa! I am so happy to have this community to share my projects with!

  14. Christine March 4, 2016 at 5:53 am - Reply

    Wow! You have had a productive month. Everything you created is so beautiful. I am looking forward to seeing Ocean. It sounds like it will be spectacular.

    • Alina March 4, 2016 at 9:29 am - Reply

      Thank you, Christine! I hope to finish Ocean this weekend! So excited about this dress!

  15. Elizabeth March 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Lovely work! That tunic is going to be gorgeous!

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