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Knitting, crochet, yarn
Crochet, Knitting, Yarn

How much yarn to buy. Who the heck knows?

Knitting, crochet, yarn

I always wonder how some knitters manage to buy just the right amount of yarn for their projects. They are usually left with a neat little ball that stays as the reminiscent of their hard work. As for me I usually find myself with the leftovers that are enough for one more sweater and a half. And it’s not because I don’t read the recommendations in the patterns, but it seems that I just don’t trust them. If the pattern asks for 6 balls, by the time I get to actual purchase I get 8, no, 10. Wait! Put one more in, just in case.

As a result of this habit, my room can compete with a little yarn store.

Knitting, crochet, yarn

For the Back to basics pullover, I got ten balls of yarn. So what do you think? I used 4 and a half of them. Yes, my leftover is bigger than the yarn used. I am incorrigible.

Despite all of this, my philosophy stays unshakable

 There is never too much yarn

 Knitting, crochet, yarnI hope I am not the only one out there!

Knitting and Crochet
Knitting, Yarn

New Yarn. Bamboo. In love.

As you may have noticed, I am crazy about natural fibers, especially vegetable ones. I live in a warm climate, so for me such properties of the yarn as breathable and absorbing moisture are essential. The cotton will always be my first love, but recently I got a few skeins of 100% bamboo yarn, just to try. It is natural and eco-friendly yarn, and it was about time I bought it. Well, what can I say? I am in love!!!

Knitting and Crochet

The yarn is incredibly soft. It just makes you squeeze it every time you pass by. I know, it’s crazy, but I am being honest. It has the subtle lustre, which, in combination with the neutral color, makes the yarn look very noble. This yarn is finger weight, so I decided to knit a swatch with two strands. The fabric turns out extremely soft (I can’t wait to knit something out of it to put on and never take off!) and drapery which will be perfect for a loose cardigan that “flows” around the body.

Knitting and Crochet

I will let you know what I am going to make with it as soon as I finish my other projects.

Perfect Place for knitting and crochet
Books, Nature

Wood Houses Book

I love real things. Nature instead of TV; wood instead of plastic; cotton, silk and wool instead of acrylic; books instead of iPad. Real, natural things always inspire me to knit and crochet. There are moments and places which make me reach for my needles and a squashy ball of the cotton yarn.

This architecture book is one of my favorite. And one of the most inspirational for me.

Perfect Place for knitting and crochet

I like to get in the armchair with a cup of tea, get the Wood Houses, read, look at the pictures and think about the house in which I would love to live and knit some day. There definitely should be my knitting place. Wouldn’t you love to knit here?!!

Perfect Place for knitting and crochet

What I know for sure now – I want the tree house!!!

Perfect Place for knitting and crochet

Isn’t it great? It feels adventurous, but at the same time so cozy and warm!

Perfect Place for knitting and crochet

Perfect Place for knitting and crochet

Well, this would be my perfect knitting place!

What places, things and moments inspire you to pick up your needles or the crochet hook?

Knitting
Knitting, Work in Progress

Raglan Pullover from Creative Cables

As soon as I saw the pattern, I wanted to knit it. This cable panel from Creative Cables by Debbie Bliss made my heart skip a beat.

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This week I decided I can’t wait any longer and started swatching.

Knitting

I think this rich red color, which looks almost burgundy red in dark light, suits this pattern perfectly. The soft natural cotton is my choice again. I think I am a cotton addict.

Knitting

The 2*2 ribbing seems too “busy” to me for this pattern, so I think I am going to stick to the basic stockinette stitch. In my opinion it will make the cable panel stand out more.

Well, I am starting! I’ll post more about the progress.

cables sweater
Finished Objects, Knitting

Arabesque Pullover #tbt

Once upon a time I fell in love with the yarn, its color, its texture, its softness… The pattern was found in one of the old French magazines… I knew they were meant for each other…

cables sweater

As I was knitting I decided to make it a little bit longer and bigger than the designer suggested. I guess I just wanted to cover myself with its soft cables as much as possible.

Cable Sweater Knitting

I especially like the shaping of the sleeves. The inserted cable panel really makes a difference.

Cable Sweater Knitting

It was such a pleasure to make and such a pleasure to wear.

Cable Sweater Knitting

The Arabesque pullover pattern can be found in the French knitting magazine Bergere de France #159. Ravelry pattern page can be found here.