Gifts of Life. Inspiration.

//Gifts of Life. Inspiration.

Gifts of Life. Inspiration.

Knitting Blog. Textures.

Happy Monday! This Saturday was my first real day off in a very very long time and I allowed myself to stop running for a while, look around and accept all the gifts of life that surround me. I would love to share with you these little gifts that I “collected” during the last weeks that have been inspiring me and making me happy.

Textures of nature. I can look at the rock patterns forever – mesmerizing details!

Knitting Blog. Textures.

Life is humbly trying to get through…

Knitting Blog. Textures.

Favorite photographer of a month is definitely Dylan Furst (@fursty) – his images wake something inside of me and inspire me in so many ways!

Images by @fursty

Music. My find of the month is magical Julien Baker and her “Sprained Ankle” album – it feels like her voice is reaching inside of you and taking out the best. Very deep and moving!

Knitting. I’ve just finished a very big project and happy to move forward with my Moeke 2017 collection. New cozy sweater is on the needles! It it took me two dozen swatches to come up with the idea that I love, so right now I am really enjoying the actual knitting process. I don’t know how I will wait until August to share it with you, but the good news is that I have some fun summer projects planned.

I hope you enjoyed my little gifts of life and maybe will borrow some of them, just to make life brighter 🙂

Have a wonderful week!


By | 2017-05-08T07:43:50+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Gifts Of Life|13 Comments


  1. Melissa May 8, 2017 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Such great photographs, Alina! Rest up and know that we’re looking forward to seeing what you’ve made 🙂

    • Alina May 8, 2017 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, dear Melissa! I really miss reading your blog on regular basis, seems like the time is just slipping away from me!!!

  2. Becki May 8, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    I love the photos of the the rocks. Beautiful colors and lines. How inspiring to live near landforms like this. I listened to Julien Baker – in fact, I ended up clicking around to hear more. Not so much because I enjoyed her whole sound (though I can tell she has a beautiful voice), but I found her music and look hauntingly sad. And that was before reading that she sings about death. I don’t know what to make of her and her music, but I found it compelling – for a bit. And for a while I couldn’t stop looking for her performances and wondering what’s gone on in her life to make her obsessed with death (at least in her music). This morning I’d never heard of this music artist, and now I’m worried about her like she belongs to me. Don’t mind me. I know I’m an old thing compared to you, but I enjoy trying out books and music my sons (who are around your age) find compelling. I don’t usually appreciate these things like they do, but I’m thankful for the glimpse into what moves them. I appreciate the glimpse this week into some things that move and inspire you.

    • Alina May 8, 2017 at 5:44 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, dear Becki, for sharing! Yes, Baker’s music is very sad, but I guess this is her way of sharing this amazing talent she has. I love her pure voice, my favorite song is “Rejoice” 🙂 I don’t think we should worry about her, I’ve watched a couple of interviews with her and she is a fun young girl, very down to earth, and who really loves what she does. This is her first album, as far as I know, so I am sure her music will evolve with time.

      • Becki May 9, 2017 at 9:00 pm - Reply

        I looked for some interviews and she is quite a different personality when talking. I’m not so worried about her anymore. ;^) And her music has started to grow on me.

  3. Andrea @ This Knitted Life May 8, 2017 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    That’s a ton of swatches! I worked up a bunch for my last Shawl design. So frustrating and time consuming when they don’t work out.

    • Alina May 8, 2017 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      I know, swatches can be so frustrating! To be honest this part of design always makes me doubt myself the most – you know, questions like “What is the meaning of life” start popping out in my head, hahah 🙂 But I try to embrace it and just trust my gut – I don’t want to make something just for the sake of making it, I really want to love it!

  4. Sierra May 8, 2017 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Two dozen swatches! I’m not sure I have the persistence for that. But i’m excited to see your new designs!

    • Alina May 8, 2017 at 5:47 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Sierra! I know, I often overdo it with swatches 🙂

  5. Susanne May 8, 2017 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Love your links in this post, and photographs! I had never heard of Julien Baker, but took a listen and her voice is just what I needed to hear right now – so soothing and relaxing.

    Glad to hear you got a moment to take some time to yourself – and look forward to seeing what new designs and projects you come up with!

  6. Lisa May 8, 2017 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing the photos – I am feeling inspired with photography myself lately as I am planning an art show around photography/painting collage. What beauties you have shared.

    I also am envious of how much designing you get to do. Maybe someday… I’ll stick with just knitting everything for now!

  7. karen May 9, 2017 at 5:48 am - Reply

    sorry to hear that your time has been limited, here’s to more time off this week and the coming weeks where you can knit with wild abandon 🙂

  8. Julie May 14, 2017 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Stunning photos, I love your obsession with texture. And thank you for the music link, I’m listening to her album right now, thanks to you!

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