Mineral Heather Sweater

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Mineral Heather Sweater

Happy Sunday!

After living in an eternal summer for more than 3 years, I became quiet indifferent to my wardrobe in terms of warm clothes. Of course, I had to wear sweaters in Baja in the mornings and evenings during winter months, but I was never freezing in the house during morning hours. Here it is completely different. If it is a sunny day, it feels like summer, but as soon as the last rays of sunshine disappear behind the horizon, the temperatures drop drastically. And I realized that I don’t really have the basic warm clothes to put on. As soon as I started knitting 6 years ago, I stopped buying sweaters from the store, it lost all the appeal to me. So, buying warm clothes is just not an option now.Β A foggy chilly Saturday morning got me back to reality Β – it was freezing and I had to fight for a Flax sweater that I made for my husband πŸ™‚ It is the warmest piece of clothes in the house. I am in a desperate need of a warm basic sweater! And I finally remembered about my knitting machine.

These months were quiet hectic and I didn’t have a chance to unpack the machine, dust it and play with some yarn on it. It was sitting in the corner for several months now, lonely and abandoned. It was a perfect timing to get to it again! And as soon as I installed it, I realized how much I missed it! Threading yarn, adjusting yarn tension and stitch dial, knitting a few rows… How could I live without it for so long?!!

I was so excited about coming back to it that the idea of the new project, yarn, swatch and numbersΒ were ready yesterday! It almost never happens to me, usually I plan my projects for a week! So, a new sweater is on the way – warm, basic and woolly!


I am using Wool of the Andes by Knit Picks, the same yarn that I knit the Flax with. This colorway is so beautiful! It’s hard to show on pictures, but it has speckles of red and purple in it. And I loved the name of the color so much – Mineral Heather – that I decided to stay with it for the name of the project. Mineral Heather sweater will be my third project for My Fall KAL. This color and wool seem to be perfect for a fall project!


I have a very basic knitting machine and it can’t do the ribbing. So, I always start with casting on and knitting the ribbing by hand before placing the project on the machine’s bed. The hardest thing for me is to match the needle size and the stitch dial of the machine.

Well, the numbers for shaping are almost done, yarn is ready and I am excited to start!


I’ll will keep you posted on the progress, of course!

The project is Raveled here – Mineral Heather.

Enjoy your Sunday!



By | 2016-04-10T08:38:12+00:00 November 8th, 2015|Machine Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|26 Comments


  1. Pat November 8, 2015 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    The yarn looks gorgeous. Summer is my first love, but there is something about wearing warm knitted clothes in the winter that has my heart as well.

    • Alina November 10, 2015 at 9:16 am - Reply

      Thank you, Pat! I would also say that my heart definitely belongs to summer. I lived in freezing weather for so long, that every sunny day is a blessing!

  2. Zeta November 8, 2015 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    The color of your yarn is truly unique and super yummy! Winter weather is a blessing for us! So many clothes you NEED means more motivation! So keep knitting people because… the winter is coming (quoting a bit of Game of Thrones πŸ˜› )

    • Alina November 10, 2015 at 9:18 am - Reply

      Haha πŸ™‚ Love your comments, Zeta! Always make my day!

  3. Tracey November 8, 2015 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    A knitting machine? Well that is something I must check out as I don’t know the first thing about them.
    I am so excited that today a cool front arrived, it’s only 57F and raining here, and while that isn’t cold
    to some, it’s cold to me and I am loving it. I made a big pot of soup, have on thick socks and am wearing
    jeans, long sleeves and a shawl!
    Have a great week.

    • Alina November 10, 2015 at 9:20 am - Reply

      Oh, I know this feeling when you can finally put all these knits in good use! If you need any information about knitting machines, let me know! I spent a lot of time researching about them, before buying one!

  4. Melissa November 8, 2015 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Color is great! I do like the KP wool of the andes for sweaters–I have a cabled cardigan in the same line and it’s great. Your’s is going to be beautiful. Can’t wait to see it!

    • Alina November 10, 2015 at 9:21 am - Reply

      Thank you, Melissa! I also like this line. At first it felt too rustic to me, but after washing it really softens and blooms!

  5. Tien November 8, 2015 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    So cool! Can’t wait to see how this one progresses. I love how efficient and fast machine knitting is. Would love to see more pictures of the process.

    • Alina November 10, 2015 at 9:22 am - Reply

      Thank you, Tien! I actually thinking of walking you through the process of making this sweater with pictures of the knitting machine in action!

  6. Andrea @ This Knitted Life November 8, 2015 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    I have yet to see a knitting machine in action. Sounds fascinating but also scary for some reason. Warmest wishes (ha!) for your new sweater to be.

    • Alina November 10, 2015 at 9:23 am - Reply

      Oh, I can tell that it looked so scary when it arrived 2 years ago. I had no idea where and how to start! It’s so different from usual knitting!

  7. Becki November 9, 2015 at 1:27 am - Reply

    I like the name of that yarn, too. And the color is beautiful. You remind me that I have some Wool of the Andes yarn I have yet to work with. If I recall, it is a red color (Garnet Heather, I believe). Oh no – I’ve just made several red items lately. I am drawn to it for some reason, right now. I believe I ordered it a year ago (right about this time). It must be a seasonal thing.

    • Alina November 10, 2015 at 9:23 am - Reply

      I loved your red cowl! Such a deep and gorgeous color!

  8. Tahnee November 9, 2015 at 3:15 am - Reply

    Looks like this is going to be a super yummy sweater! I have no clue how a knitting machine works, but sounds like a very fun way to make a sweater.

    • Alina November 10, 2015 at 9:25 am - Reply

      I’ll try to make a step-by-step process post to show the making of a sweater on a knitting machine.

  9. karen November 9, 2015 at 9:10 am - Reply

    a gorgeous colorway and I love wool sweaters πŸ™‚

    • Alina November 10, 2015 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Thank you, Karen! Love it too!

  10. Hannah November 10, 2015 at 12:07 am - Reply

    What a beautiful color! I love wool of the Andes πŸ™‚ especially the heather colorways

    • Alina November 10, 2015 at 9:26 am - Reply

      It is such a deep and perfectly autumn color!

  11. Zauberflink November 10, 2015 at 11:20 am - Reply

    How lucky you’ve got your winter back πŸ˜‰ because this sweater will be beautiful!

    • Alina November 10, 2015 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Lena! I hope it will work out as planned on the paper!

  12. Julie November 10, 2015 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    that sweater is going to be amazing! I would love to read more about your journey to using a knitting machine, I’ve thought about getting one, but every time I do any research they seem crazy expensive and I hear it takes a while to learn how to use it.

    • Alina November 10, 2015 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      It does take awhile and from what I heard not everybody fall in love with it. So, I think it’s better to try some knitting machine classes to understand if it is your cup of tea.

  13. Carie November 10, 2015 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Oh what a gorgeous colour way and yay for some lovely fast machine knitting!

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