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Moeke Journey and Knitting Library

Last week Ioana, the founder and owner of Moeke yarns, officially announced the company’s plans for autumn 2016. I am so thrilled and honored to be a part of this fiber journey that I am sure is only starting!


I am working on the first pattern and I can’t express how much I love it. Usually I spend weeks and weeks on swatching until it feels right. But Elena yarn spoke to me almost instantly – after just a week of swatching I came up with the stitch combination that I am absolutely in love with. Usually I love to share every single step of the process when working on a project, but if it comes to design, I prefer to keep it to myself as long as possible. Maybe because I change so many things along the way or maybe because I love this quiet “me” time with the project before the official release..

For now all I can say is that I am working with a lot of texture. Texture is what initially attracted me in knitting in the first place and this is what I am usually drawn to in knitwear. Elena yarn is absolutely perfect for it!


The project is growing pretty fast and I hope to be done with it in a couple of weeks. Then the most time consuming part of the pattern writing will begin – grading, writing the “official” pattern from my notes, tech editing and test knitting. I can’t wait to share it with you!


On the other news, it was a happy mail day this week – my knitting library enhancement has arrived. I absolutely love having books on different types of construction! The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters has been on my to-buy list for a long time. Though I am familiar with all types of sweater construction in this book, it is still nice to have this reference. It is a great addition to Knitwear Design Workshop by Shirley Paden, the book that you can always find on my desk.


I am joining Yarn Along to see what others crafters are up to. I hope you are having a great week!




By | 2016-04-13T05:36:48+00:00 April 13th, 2016|Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|32 Comments


  1. Zeta April 13, 2016 at 7:11 am - Reply

    I’m sure that in the end you will show us the most beautiful side of Elena yarn….

    • Alina April 13, 2016 at 7:36 am - Reply

      Thank you for your support, dear Zeta!

  2. Melissa April 13, 2016 at 7:18 am - Reply

    That yarn looks incredible and the cables you chose are going to POP! So nice to see traditional yarns like this one!

    • Alina April 13, 2016 at 7:37 am - Reply

      Elena is just perfect for cables! I am savouring every single stitch!

  3. AsKatKnits April 13, 2016 at 7:21 am - Reply

    The yarn is just gorgeous! I will be anxiously to see what you make with it!

    • Alina April 13, 2016 at 7:37 am - Reply

      It is a wonderful yarn! I am so looking forward to sharing it with you!

  4. Andrea @ This Knitted Life April 13, 2016 at 7:28 am - Reply

    Sounds like fun! Those Mexican tiles sure make a nice photo backdrop. Best of luck immersing yourself in your big project! May it all go smoothly….no unraveling!

    • Alina April 13, 2016 at 7:38 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Andrea!

  5. Heather April 13, 2016 at 8:00 am - Reply

    I think it looks lovely! Can’t wait to see it when it is done!

    • Alina April 15, 2016 at 5:33 am - Reply

      Thank you, Heather! I can’t wait myself 🙂

  6. Julia April 13, 2016 at 9:39 am - Reply

    It is looking good. I love working with overtwist yarn.

    • Alina April 15, 2016 at 5:33 am - Reply

      Thank you, Julie! It is such a special fiber, I am cherishing every moment with it!

  7. Angela April 13, 2016 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Such a lovely wool! I loved reading all about Moeke Yarns journey and plan! Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to see your collection of designs!!

    • Alina April 15, 2016 at 5:34 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Angela!

  8. Vittoria Vignone April 13, 2016 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    what a gorgeous color! i wish i had stuck with knitting!

    • Alina April 15, 2016 at 5:35 am - Reply

      The color is truly stunning! It is never too late to get back to knitting 🙂

  9. kaydeerouge April 13, 2016 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    So very fascinating to see this story develop – your connection with Ioana, first experiments with Moeke yarn – and now actual pattern and design development! wonderful – can’t wait to hear more!

    • Alina April 15, 2016 at 5:35 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Katherine! I am so looking forward to sharing it with you !

  10. jamie April 13, 2016 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Beautiful yarn! I have that book and I would be lost without it. Any book by Ann Budd is a good investment.

    • Alina April 15, 2016 at 5:36 am - Reply

      So true! I had her Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, it was destroyed by the hurricane, so I have to replace it!

  11. Tien April 13, 2016 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    From the glimpses so far, this new design looks so intriguing and exciting! That is a great resource of a book. I also have the Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns which is great for mittens, socks, hats & sweaters in multiple gauges.

    • Alina April 15, 2016 at 5:37 am - Reply

      Ann Budd’s books are amazing! I am so excited about the project and I love every stitch of it!

  12. sustainablemum April 14, 2016 at 2:29 am - Reply

    How exciting! Enjoy the process Alina and I look forward to seeing your new project which I have no doubt will be amazing!

    • Alina April 15, 2016 at 5:37 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for your support and encouragement!

  13. Alexis April 14, 2016 at 3:29 am - Reply

    That yarn looks perfect if you’re into texture. Congratulations on the project to work with Moeke yarns on designs (it’s a well deserved honor!) And I’m glad you gave us a “sneak peak”. When I’m working on designs, I find it nearly impossible to stop talking about them and keep them a surprise; maybe because they’re such a huge part of what I’m thinking about all day.

    • Alina April 15, 2016 at 5:39 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, dear Alexis! Personally I love watching how the design evolves, but when it comes to myself, I prefer to keep it under the covers for some reason 🙂

  14. Katrine Birkenwasser April 14, 2016 at 6:16 am - Reply

    How exciting! Good luck with your project 🙂

  15. karen April 14, 2016 at 6:22 am - Reply

    I’ve made two sweaters from that book (the same top down) and it is by far the best fitting sweater EVER. Congrats on your new knitting adventures how very exciting!

    • Alina April 15, 2016 at 5:40 am - Reply

      Thank you, Karen! This book is really one of the best I have in my knitting library!

  16. Moongirl April 16, 2016 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Oh my that yarn is so lovely! I just want to take it and squeeze it up in my arms! There’s nothing like another book to love! 🙂

    • Alina April 17, 2016 at 7:19 am - Reply

      The yarn is absolutely divine to work with!

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