Joined the Gang

Joined the Gang

Last week I got a package from Wool and The Gang.

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It brought a lot of new crafty experience for me. There are a lot of “firsts” in there for me. It’s the first knitting kit in my life! I finally have the yarn that is recommended in the pattern, which means I don’t have to recalculate all the numbers. The kit includes 4 balls of Shiny Happy Cotton (100% pima cotton) yarn, 5 mm needles, booklet with pattern instructions, sewing needle and stretchy ribbon.


This is the first time I am making a skirt! It’s a completely new territory for me and I am excited to explore it. The pattern looks pretty easy, but with an interesting touch of moss stitch panel which spices up the background stockinette stitch. I love how the colors are slightly blurred in the moss stitch part. Such a small detail, but it makes a difference! I fell in love with Riviera Skirt design. Simple, modern and so perfect for spring/summer season.


The colors just scream – It’s spring!


This bunch of yarn balls makes me ridiculously happy. I couldn’t stop taking pictures!


This is the first time I am working with pima cotton. What a joy it is! So incredibly soft against the skin. I am savoring every single stitch.


The pattern recommends to use 5 mm (US 8) needles…


… but I know my hands – I am a very loose knitter. Got all the way down to 3.5 mm (US 4) and got the perfectly matching gauge!



I feel like this project will become my faithful companion in early morning hours of before work knitting time and during long road trips. Will keep you posted on the progress!

My Ravelry Riviera Skirt project page can be found here.

I hope you are having a wonderful week!


By | 2017-05-23T05:41:36+00:00 March 4th, 2015|Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|16 Comments


  1. Andi March 4, 2015 at 8:58 am - Reply

    What a fun kit! That skirt looks very much like you. Enjoy!

    • Alina March 4, 2015 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      I am so enjoying it! Love the cotton!

  2. Zeta March 4, 2015 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    A knitted skirt? It sure needs your kind of body!! Nice colours. I’ll be waiting for FO pictures….

    • Alina March 4, 2015 at 4:53 pm - Reply

      Oh, thank you, Zeta! My friend, who is a photographer, can’t wait to see it in action. She is my main motivator to finish my projects 🙂

  3. erin kate March 4, 2015 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    wow! a knitted skirt?! can’t wait to see how it turns out! you’re right about the colors too — definitely screaming spring !

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

      Will be the first knitted skirt in my life!

  4. Pat March 4, 2015 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    I just bought some pima cotton to make the Leafy Washcloth pattern that I found on Ravelry. It really is a soft yarn and joy to work with. I’m off to check out Wool and the Gang. I have a feeling I’m going to be doing some ordering.

    • Alina March 4, 2015 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      It’s a wonderful cotton. I did a research and found out that pima cotton is extremely durable and absorbent. And, of course, the softness – just unbelievable!

  5. jody March 4, 2015 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    i love knitted skirts! i think they get a bad rap. your light turquoise is beautiful. any idea what you’ll wear with it?

    • Alina March 4, 2015 at 5:59 pm - Reply

      As the colors are so bright and vivid, I think I will pair it with something neutral and casual. Have you ever tried to knit a skirt?

  6. Julie March 4, 2015 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    ooh, the colours look amazing and that skirt is going to be SO amazing! I’ve just tried a Wool and the Gang kit for the first time and was so impressed.

    • Alina March 4, 2015 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      I’ve seen your tweet about it! Looks like we are both “in the gang” 🙂

  7. Carmela Biscuit March 4, 2015 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Such lovely spring colors, happy skirt knitting!

  8. steph March 5, 2015 at 11:25 am - Reply

    I’ve never knit a skirt, either, although I have several fav’ed on ravelry and really really want to make them someday!!! Love those great spring colors!!! (Hard to think spring with single digit temps and 10″ of newly fallen snow!!!!—–Hubby is in sunny Mexico this week—-loving the fact that he’s missing the mess we have up here!!!!)

    • Alina March 5, 2015 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      Cheers to your husband! Though there is no “official” winter, I still feel how the seasons click. The spring is in the air! I hope you will have some of it soon!

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