Gold and Chocolate

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Gold and Chocolate

Knit dress

Lately I was thinking how my attitude to knitting has evolved. When I just picked up the needles in my early twenties, I envisioned all these crazy designs in my head that I would cast on almost instantly. The result – so many disasters and unfinished projects. Now I “brew” my ideas, yes, I do cast on swatches and make the notes, but I do not rush into a project anymore, it takes time, a lot of time, maybe making me one of the least productive knitwear pattern writers out there, but I embraced my way of working and do not push it to make something just for the sake of making/publishing it. As a result I stopped “killing” my ideas, like literally nothing that I cast on lately has been frogged. Yes, I rip back and start all over again, I twitch things here and there, but the core idea doesn’t change.

I am working on a sweater right now that I swatched for back in April, all this time I was coming back to the swatch, looking at it, imagining it in a finished knitwear form; it definitely passed the test – I love how it is coming along, especially in this dark chocolate shade.

I also finished setting up my knitting machine and swatching right now with this “golden” cotton. It is not as easy as I thought it would be – my machine is getting old and it’s been stored away for so much time that its parts are starting failing on me. I hope I can recover it with oiling it, but maybe I would have to face a fact that it is time to let it go… Anyway, not giving up on it yet!

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern

Knit dress

Knit dress

Have a wonderful day today!


By | 2019-07-31T05:42:06+00:00 July 31st, 2019|Knitting, Machine Knitting|2 Comments


  1. GRETCHEN July 31, 2019 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Such beautiful photos and thoughts you share! But not even a hint as to what the names and brands are of these two gorgeous fibers!! Gold and chocolate. Could they really be only cotton? Or a mixture of wool/ cotton for the chocolate and linen/cotton for the gold? I’d love to hear more!

    • Alina August 2, 2019 at 3:49 pm - Reply

      Hello Gretchen! Thank you! I mentioned the “chocolate” yarn on the blog before – it is Daughter by YOTH yarns (merino/rambouillet blend) and the golden yarn is a local cotton, “Trigo”, I do not think it is available online…

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