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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!


By | 2016-07-27T07:06:10+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Knitting, Travel, Work in Progress|37 Comments


  1. AsKatKnits July 27, 2016 at 7:20 am - Reply

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

    • Alina July 27, 2016 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! I love how these colors are mixing up!

  2. Andrea @ This Knitted Life July 27, 2016 at 7:21 am - Reply

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

    • Alina July 27, 2016 at 12:51 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! My Granny is really happy to see me again!

  3. Akiba July 27, 2016 at 7:51 am - Reply

    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!

    • Alina July 27, 2016 at 12:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, dear Akiba! Oh, you would really appreciate these pancakes!

  4. Susanne July 27, 2016 at 7:55 am - Reply

    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!

    • Alina July 27, 2016 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Susanne! It’s hard to be so far away from my family, I do my best to visit them once in 2 years.

  5. caroline July 27, 2016 at 7:56 am - Reply

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

  6. kate July 27, 2016 at 8:19 am - Reply

    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!

    • Alina July 27, 2016 at 1:12 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Kate! I am enjoying every day that I can spend with my dear ones!

  7. Sue July 27, 2016 at 8:25 am - Reply

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

    • Alina July 27, 2016 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Sue! It is really nice to be back with my family!

  8. sustainablemum July 27, 2016 at 9:12 am - Reply

    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.

    • Alina July 27, 2016 at 1:21 pm - Reply

      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. Corinne July 27, 2016 at 9:21 am - Reply

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

    • Alina July 27, 2016 at 1:22 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Corinne! I will try to take as many photos as possible!

  10. Sydney July 27, 2016 at 11:04 am - Reply

    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

    • Alina July 27, 2016 at 1:34 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Sydney!! My Granny really loves to wrap herself in this shawl!

  11. Zeta July 27, 2016 at 11:21 am - Reply

    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!

    • Alina July 27, 2016 at 1:35 pm - Reply

      Thank you, dear Zeta! My hairy friend is my parent’s dog – he is the kindest creature on earth 🙂

  12. Sierra July 27, 2016 at 12:01 pm - Reply

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

    • Alina July 27, 2016 at 1:36 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Sierra! She is smiling on the inside!

  13. Lindsay July 27, 2016 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    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. kaydeerouge July 28, 2016 at 2:38 am - Reply

    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. Christine July 28, 2016 at 5:21 am - Reply

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

  16. Monica July 28, 2016 at 11:57 am - Reply

    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. July 29, 2016 at 5:00 am - Reply

    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. Nicky July 29, 2016 at 7:55 am - Reply

    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. Catharina Duden July 29, 2016 at 10:32 am - Reply

    such a nice story today. thanks. Catharina

  20. Sarah July 29, 2016 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    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. Julie July 31, 2016 at 10:55 am - Reply

    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. Tahnee August 1, 2016 at 12:42 am - Reply

    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. sarah w. August 3, 2016 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    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. Becki August 3, 2016 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    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. Katrine Birkenwasser August 4, 2016 at 2:06 am - Reply

    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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