From Russia With Love

Hello, my dear friends! So happy to be back here, thank you so much for all your kind wishes for my trip, I read every single comment, so sorry I wasn’t able to reply! I am finally in my hometown, spending time with my family and friends. I still feel a little bit overwhelmed, trying to fit in as much as I can into my days.

Though knitting was pretty much non-existent these days, I still have something to show you. My dear Granny Eugenia agreed to model her gifts of knitting from me. It is so amazing to make something on the other side of the world for your dear people and see how it warms their hearts… A huge lace shawl from Vogue Knitting made with local Mexican cotton I made for her two years ago…

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 Green Snowflakes cowl by Julie from Knitted Bliss I made a couple of months ago.

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My dear Granny is very shy and doesn’t smile, but believe me, she is a sweetheart. She was the one to introduce me to fiber crafts many years ago and she was the one bringing it back into my life when I needed it most… I will be forever grateful to her for this. Did you notice her cute crochet beanie? Improvised by her hardworking hands! So adorable!

Current WIP. In the last hours of packing I decided to change Rowan cotton yarn for Hawthorne Fingering by Knit Picks to make something simple – a throw or a a shawl maybe. Something I can knit during endless car and train rides.



I very rarely work with variegated yarn, but I decided I needed to add some color to my knitting routine. These shades are just gorgeous!


I think I will make it in stripes to mix the colors. This palette reminds me of fall…



I know I promised to show you some Russian cuisine – cottage cheese pancakes with sour cream and cherries from my Dad’s garden is my number #1 food here 🙂

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My family and I are wishing you a great day! Thank you again for all your support, I always feel so deeply touched by it!

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This guy is so ridiculously happy to see me!

Hope to see you at Yarn Along!

P.S. Thank you so much for entering We Are Knitters giveaway. The winner is Ruth Shields. Congratulations, Ruth! Have fun with Udon Blanket Kit!


Knitting and Crochet in the Countryside
Country Life
Knitting Shawl
Lace Shawl, Vogue Knitting.
Knitting. Fair Isle Cowl
The Gift of Knitting – Green Snowflakes Cowl.


  1. Beautiful photos! And, I love how you are striping those yarns! Gorgeous! Enjoy your time there!

  2. Oh wow. I am glad you arrived safe and sound, and I am sure your grandma iis very proud of you!

  3. So happy to see you with your dear granny. She reminds me of myself in front of a camera – I cannot smile to save my life. The cottage cheese pancakes with sour cream and the one little cherry – yummy. Enjoy! Enjoy!

  4. Lovely photos! So great that you get this chance to visit family so far away. And love the color choices for your mindless knitting project, can’t wait to see what you end up knitting with it!

  5. What a beautiful shawl and so wonderfully photographed! Have a wonderful time

  6. Very touching to see your sweet Grandma and know she’s the one who inspired your love of knitting! That photo of her with her shawl is just priceless. Enjoy your visit!

  7. Warmest regards to your sweet granny!
    Family is our core, so happy you are spending time with yours!

  8. I hope you enjoy your time with your family Alina. I love that beautiful shawl, it must have taken hours to knit and now your granny can wrap your love around her and remember you when you are miles away.

    • Thank you so much! This was my very first shawl and took me quiet some time to figure out the lace instructions, but it was definitely worth it!

  9. Enjoy your time with your family. It’s lovely to travel along with you!

  10. Wow, that shawl looks amazing on granny! I’m sure she’s so proud of you. Well wishes and enjoy the rest of family time xx

  11. Oh, it’s so nice to see your sweet grandma! And who is the adorable hairy friend of yours? He’s a cutie!
    I love the colors you chose for your shawl. They seem a bit nostalgic to me which makes it even more beautiful. I wish you have a great time with lots of food!

  12. That is such a gorgeous shawl! So stunning, she may not be smiling but her eyes are.

  13. So glad you made it! I love this post — your grandma and the pancakes and the scenery and the dog! It all looks perfect. 🙂

    And I’m super intrigued to see how you decide to work up that yarn. I adore the look of variegated yarn when it’s in a skein, but I don’t always like the way it knits up in weird stripe-y, almost camouflage-looking patterns sometimes. I’m sure you’ll come up with something beautiful!

  14. So good to hear your news, Alina, – lovely to see pics of your dear Granny and those knits (hers and yours) and that yummy pancake! Have a wonderful holiday. 🙂

  15. Have a wonderful visit and keep taking photos…I love seeing other parts of the world.

  16. Lovely photos. Must feel great to be back! I also love the yarns, I never would have thought to combine those 2. But please let’s not speak about fall just yet!

  17. Elizabeth B.

    I absolutely adore those two new yarn skeins you are swatching with! Those colors are definitely ones I would pick – I know you are going to turn them into something beautiful!
    Safe travels and enjoy the lovely time with family and friends!

  18. Enjoy your visit home, it’s always so lovely to be with loved ones. I have those two skeins in Hawthorne as well, but I never thought of stripping them; they look great together!!!

  19. such a nice story today. thanks. Catharina

  20. Everything looks great on your granny. My grandmother also first introduced me to fiber arts. She was an excellent seamstress and crochet-er. I knit her a wool cardigan for her when I was in my late teens or early twenties, she’d wear it all the time. It’s nice to give back what they teach us.

  21. oh my gosh, I absolutely love the photos of your grandmother modelling the knits you made for her! She might not be smiling, but she reminds me of those models you see in magazines that never smile but look all the more mysterious and intriguing for it. Both the shawl and the cowl (yay!) look wonderful on her. And I love the Hawthorne yarn you brought with you!! I don’t think I’ve seen any reviews of Knit Picks Hawthorne, and it looks freaking fantastic in your photos. Can’t wait to see more!

  22. I love the pictures of your sweet grandma, and so glad to hear you had a good trip! Loving the combination of the green and purple skein, surely that’ll make a stunning knit.

  23. Oh, those colors! I tend to knit with too much color and not enough neutrals. But that green skein…I might need to do a little online yarn shopping this evening. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos.

  24. I love the pictures of your Granny, Alina. 🙂 She looks like she could wrap that shawl around her several times. 🙂 Oh, how she must love that gift from you. Those two colors you’ve put together in that swatch are perfect for each other. I look forward to seeing what you make. I could use some inspiration for the Hawthorne Fingering I’ve had marinating in my stash for over a year now.

  25. I love the pics of your grandma! And also the stripes that you’re knitting. We recently visited St Petersburg, and I insisted that we have breakfast somewhere where you can get sirniki 😀

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