Happy Birthday, The Gift Of Knitting!

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Happy Birthday, The Gift Of Knitting!

It is hard to believe for me, but The Gift of Knitting is two years old today! My baby is growing 🙂 This blog year flew by in a split second and it was such a blessing! I finally published my first official pattern and got over the fear of putting my ideas on the paper. One of the most important events for me became the collaboration with Moeke Yarns, the company that I have been admiring and following for a long time. I am so happy to say that The Gift Of Knitting Designs will be a part of the big Moeke Yarns event that starts in several weeks. But most of all I am grateful for YOUR support – for visiting, commenting and inspiring me every day. Thank you!

Meanwhile the last couple of weeks I spent at my grandparents’ village. In the woods, in the middle of nowhere. A place where food comes straight from the earth, the water from the well and the light from the candles. It is my Tara (as a child I was obsessed with Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind”).

Cotton Yarn

This time I decided to take a break from the intricate knitting and just enjoyed a good old garter stitch knitting – a simple shawl for my dear Granny Lidia. The yarn I chose is perfect for this simple project – it is so addictive to watch how the colors are changing and mixing in its own color pattern. It is also a great companion for listening Olympics on the radio (yep, no TV in this corner of the world).

Cotton Yarn

 I also have a small yarn stash enhancement – 500 g of Egitto, 100% Egyptian mercerized cotton spun in Italy. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Egyptian cotton is known as the world’s finest cotton.

Here’s what I found out about this fiber:

  • The length of the fibre makes it possible to make the finest of yarns without sacrificing the strength of the yarn.
  • The strength of the fiber makes fabrics more solid and more resistant to stress.
  • Its ability to absorb liquids gives fabrics made of Egyptian cotton deeper, brighter and more resistant colours.
  • Its softness feels like nothing else in the world.
  • Egyptian cotton is hand picked which guarantees the highest levels of purity. In addition, hand picking puts no stress on the fibres – as opposed to mechanical picking – leaving the fibers straight and intact.


Cotton Yarn

Deep royal blue color with a slight sheen. Mmm… My mind is swirling with ideas for a future pullover! It has to be light, simple, maybe slightly textured to show off the beauty of this precious fiber and its mesmerizing color.
Cotton Yarn

Though the calendar summer is still here, the evening air is already crisp and clear; the leaves are slowly and almost imperceptibly changing the shade; the rain is cold and brings the breath of fall… There are just a few days left before I leave my family and head back home. These lovely yarn balls will remind me of this wonderful time I got to spend with my dear ones.

Cotton Yarn

I hope you are having a wonderful time!

Thank you for being with me! It means a lot!


By | 2016-08-16T09:20:35+00:00 August 16th, 2016|Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|21 Comments


  1. Miss Manitas August 16, 2016 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Happy Birthday!!!!
    I hope to “see” you for a long time !! a big kiss!!!

    • Alina August 17, 2016 at 1:10 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for your words of support!!!

  2. Akiba August 16, 2016 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday My Dear One. How can Gift of Knitting be 2 years old – it seems impossible. I imagine that your time with your grannies, parents and friends has gone by too fast. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

    • Alina August 17, 2016 at 1:11 am - Reply

      Thank you, my dear Akiba! I know, the time just flies! I am going back home this weekend, I will write to you as soon as I get there!

  3. Corinne August 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on your second blog anniversary. I love stopping by and reading about your knitting and your daily adventures.

    • Alina August 17, 2016 at 1:12 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, dear Corinne! I also love your space – you create beautiful knitwear and your travel photos are always inspiring!

  4. Melissa Littlefield August 16, 2016 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Happiest of blog-birthdays to you! Well done!

    • Alina August 17, 2016 at 1:29 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Melissa!

  5. Andrea @ This Knitted Life August 16, 2016 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    I can’t believe you have not been at it for two years. This space seems so incredibly together! Russia sounds blissful. Beautiful photos and beautiful new yarn.

    • Alina August 17, 2016 at 1:30 am - Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! Blogging is definitely a never-ending learning experience, I guess that’s why I love it so much!

  6. Carmela Biscuit August 16, 2016 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    Happy blog anniversary! This is one of my most favourite blog spaces and I am so glad that you created it and keep it growing!

    • Alina August 17, 2016 at 1:36 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Carmela, for these wonderful words!! I am so happy you love my little space!!

  7. kaydeerouge August 17, 2016 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Lovely to hear from you, Alina, with news about your holiday in that beautiful place with your family, and to share with you the celebration of two years blogging – and all the other things that you’ve achieved with your knitting patterns over the last year – amazing! Treasure that beautiful blue knit when you return, and are sad, missing your beloved family – a talisman of happiness 🙂

  8. sustainablemum August 17, 2016 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    A Happy Blog Anniversary, you have achieved so much in two years! Your holiday sounds wonderful I look forward to hearing more about it, I do hope you are going to share. Your knitting looks wonderful as always :). Enjoy the last few days of your holiday.

  9. Sierra August 17, 2016 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    That is such a beautiful blue! Such color! And on a cotton, that’s really impressive. I think listening to the Olympics on a radio would be really interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Rebecca Marsh August 18, 2016 at 12:55 am - Reply

    Congrats on 2 years. What an extraordinary amount you have accomplished in that time, and with such grace and sweetness. Brava! Brava!

  11. Susanne August 18, 2016 at 4:45 am - Reply

    Wow, 2 years! That’s so exciting. Happy Birthday to the Gift of Knitting! So happy to have stumbled upon your blog. I love your writing style, as well as your amazing skills of knitting photography! Keep it up 🙂

  12. Christine August 19, 2016 at 5:14 am - Reply

    Congratulations…I have enjoyed reading each blog you put out! I am looking forward to seeing what you are up to next. : )

  13. Julie August 19, 2016 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Happy blogoversary!! I love the shawl you are working on, and how wonderful to experience the Olympics via radio, which must be an experience all on it’s own. It’s fun to mix it up and do things differently, and we often don’t try until we are forced to. my in-laws cottage is in a wireless dead zone, so that there is no cell service there, but after they retired they spent more time there so put in wifi. It hasn’t been the same since. That new royal blue cotton is lovely!

  14. SYD August 21, 2016 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Ahh that yarn is gorgeous! My favorite color <3. happy blogiversary!

  15. Tahnee August 23, 2016 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Happy blogivarsary! You absolutely take the best pictures, I could stare at the one with the blue yarn, apples and garlic for hours!

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