Hyperballad Cowl, Non-Violent Communication and Healthy Snacks

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Hyperballad Cowl, Non-Violent Communication and Healthy Snacks

Knitting and Reading Yarn Along.

Knitting. My first test knit is off the needles! Hyperballad cowl by Julie was a fun and fast knit! This cowl is all about texture! I think local Otoño cotton shows it beautifully, loved working with it. I want a sweater in this shade (oxido) now!

Knitting Cowl

Ravelry project Hyperballad Cowl

Hyperballad will be a small gift for my friend. Also it is my first FO for Andi’s Stash Down KAL/CAL. The cowl “ate” around 315 m/345 yd of my stash, which is approximately one and a half skein! Not a bad start for 100+ skeins stash 🙂 I loved the whole process of test knitting, it is an amazing feeling to play a little part in the final design. Thank you, Julie, for this opportunity, I really enjoyed making it!

Knitting Cowl

Reading. “Living Nonviolent Communication” by Marshall B. Rosenberg. Unfortunately I don’t have enough time right now to devote to reading, so fiction books have to wait. It’s the second book I read from Nonviolent Communication series be Marshall B. Rosenberg. It’s enough to open it for 20-30 minutes every day to remind yourself of simple truths. This book is about compassionate and conscious communication that brings people together. As a teacher, wife, daughter, granddaughter, friend and a human being I find it very valuable.

Knitting Reading

Clean Eating. My favorite combination – apples with pecans.

Knitting Cowl

I love snacking on them while watching something, reading or knitting/crocheting. We have a rule in our small family to keep only healthy snacks in the house. Though sometimes we still “cheat” when going out, in the house we  keep only “clean” unprocessed food. It makes a huge difference! The cravings go away really fast, in a matter of a couple of weeks. So, if you are consistent, it won’t be hard anymore. It’s really all about the habit.

Happy knitting and stay healthy!



By | 2015-06-01T15:45:29+00:00 March 25th, 2015|Books, Finished Objects, Knitting|16 Comments


  1. steph March 25, 2015 at 7:17 am - Reply

    what a great gift….and a stash buster, to boot. definitely a win-win there.

    • Alina March 25, 2015 at 7:19 am - Reply

      Agree! This project has it all – fast, interesting techniques, beautiful texture!

  2. Melody March 25, 2015 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Beautiful! Since getting into knitting cables a year ago, I find that I really enjoy them now. I didn’t think I would, but they are crazy fun. Keeps knitting interesting.

    • Alina March 25, 2015 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Melody! They are fun! I love how they keep you engaged on one row and on the next one you can totally relax.

  3. Zeta March 25, 2015 at 9:26 am - Reply

    I really like the shade of your cowl. My mum made me a cowl in that shade and I can combine it with almost everything!
    I miss pecans… Due to a health problem, came off my menu along with a lot of other delicious things.

    • Alina March 25, 2015 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Zeta! Oh, I am sorry to remind you of pecans! I also love combination of apples and celery for a healthy quick snack. It’s really delicious! Maybe you can try it!

  4. Evelyn March 25, 2015 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    those cables are beautiful and the yarn you’ve used looks so soft and snuggly

    • Alina March 25, 2015 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Evelyn! The yarn is really nice, I love this local brand.

  5. Rebecca March 26, 2015 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Food for thought in all its forms!

  6. Annie March 26, 2015 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    I’m loving the colour of your cowl, I’m fascinated by your book choice, and I need to follow your example re. only having healthy foods in the house. I ate half a bar of chocolate earlier and looking at your pecans I feel sure I’d have enjoyed them more.

    • Alina March 26, 2015 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      Chocolate is the hardest thing to resist for me!

  7. Julie March 31, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

    what beautiful photos!!! that skirt looks amazing on you, such a great colour.

  8. Julie March 31, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

    oooh, I’m so in love with yours, it turned out wonderfully!! Pattern is definitely coming soon, just got it back from the tech editor- now I need to get photos of the bigger version, and it will be out!

    • Alina March 31, 2015 at 10:47 am - Reply

      Thank you, Julie! I really enjoyed making it!

  9. Adrienne June 1, 2015 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Hi Alina! I came to your blog after reading your intro in our knitting design class. I absolutely love it! You speak of so many of my passions–fiber arts, family, clean eating, and books. I love NVC. Thanks so much for sharing all of this yumminess with the world. Adrienne

    • Alina June 1, 2015 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      Welcome, Adrienne!!! I am happy you like it! I love doing it with all my heart and talk about things that are important to me and might be helpful for others.

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