Shades of Green

Shades of Green

On a book shelve, on the needles…

cable cardigan pattern

Reading. I am making slow, but steady progress on “Norwegian Wood”. I don’t have a lot of time for fiction reading right now, but I still try to sneak in a couple of minutes before sleep. Such a beautiful novel!

Knitting. Reindeer From the Woods is growing pretty fast, I divided for armholes and it is not much left before I finish the cable panel. Knitting this texture with 100% cotton is absolutely different experience! Merino/silk was much softer, but cotton puts every stitch on display!

cable cardigan pattern

One more project is going to be on my needles soon. Lovely and talented Julie from Knitted Bliss was so sweet to send me her brand new pattern – Xanadu Snowflake Cowl. I absolutely love this design – the snowflakes look magical and so airy. This will be my first fair isle project!! I can’t believe it took me so long to get to it! As it’s a cowl, I don’t have to worry about the sizing, so I think this project is absolutely perfect to practice the first fair isle knitting.

I happen to have the perfect yarn for it in my stash. It’s slightly heavier than the one recommended – 4 ply of fingering instead of 3 ply used for the sample project, but I don’t think it will make a big difference.

knitting cowl

The yarn is from Palette line by Knit Picks. I used the same yarn for my Exploration Station and I loved how soft and light it is. The light shade is Sea Grass and the dark green is Tidepool Heather. Sea Grass is really hard to show on the photos. The soft afternoon light changes it almost to yellow and it turns light green in the shade. Tidepool Heather is absolutely stunning – such a rich and deep shade! I would love to make myself a sweater in this color someday.

knitting cowl

I am so excited to learn the new technique!! Watching right now YouTube videos on fair isle secrets – really fascinating! I hope to finish it in January, I think it will be a great start for the new year! Looks like my wardrobe will be enhanced with so different shades of green. Can’t wait to see my Green Snowflakes taking shape!

knitting cowl

I hope you are having a great week!

Joining Ginny.


By | 2016-04-10T08:35:20+00:00 December 23rd, 2015|Books, Knitting, Work in Progress|28 Comments


  1. Jeanette December 23, 2015 at 9:30 am - Reply

    I love the knit picks palette line…I’m knitting with some of it making some ribbed hand warmers right now! That cowl looks amazing! I havent mastered cables yet let along fair isle. good for you! I can’t wait to watch your progress!

    • Alina December 23, 2015 at 10:47 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Jeanette! I was always scared of fair isle, but this cowl made me reconsider 🙂

  2. Donna December 23, 2015 at 10:38 am - Reply

    That green yarn and those cables are so lovely together. I agree – a good first colorwork project is a cowl. Looking forward to seeing your progress!

    • Alina December 23, 2015 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Donna! I hope to get into fair isle garment making after the cowl!

  3. Ady Grafovna December 23, 2015 at 10:57 am - Reply

    I love the idea of the Xanadu cowl in green! We are having a green Christmas here in Michigan, and green snowflakes sound so appropriate. Also… Murakami is amazing. Norwegian Woods is definitely on my tbr list.

    • Alina December 23, 2015 at 10:50 pm - Reply

      I was breaking my head over in what project to use these skeins! Green snowflakes came just in time!

  4. Zeta December 23, 2015 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Oh, I’ve seen Julie’s snowflake cowl. Seriously delicious pattern! The colors you chose are so balanced and, as I have said before, you will look great in green 😉

    • Alina December 23, 2015 at 10:50 pm - Reply

      Thank you, dear Zeta! I love this shade so much!

  5. sustainablemum December 23, 2015 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Your reindeer is growing so fast! Wow it will be finished soon. I love that cowl pattern it will look amazing in the colours you have chosen. Enjoy fair isle knitting it’s great fun!

    • Alina December 23, 2015 at 10:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you! Reindeer is definitely flying off the needles! Can’t wait to get more comfortable with fair isle – I am still pretty clumsy handling the threads!

  6. Andrea @ This Knitted Life December 23, 2015 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Oh the pretty pictures. Happy merry, happy knitting, and happy holidays.

    • Alina December 23, 2015 at 10:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! I also hope you will have amazing time with your family!

  7. Elizabeth December 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Those cables are stunning!

    • Alina December 23, 2015 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Elizabeth! I had so much fun designing with them!

  8. Beth December 23, 2015 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    I’ve never seen cables so beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

    • Alina December 23, 2015 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Beth! Those cables are pretty addicting – I just can’t stop knitting! On more row, one more row…

  9. Laura Smith December 23, 2015 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Lovely photos! Thanks for the book suggestion. It is added to my Goodreads list!

    • Alina December 23, 2015 at 10:54 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Laura! Murakami is such a delight to read!

  10. Alexis December 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Your reindeer sweater is coming along so quickly, and is looking great in that natural green shade. I’m excited to see how your cowl turns out with that yarn. I haven’t decided whether I’ll splurge on some cashmere for my cowl, or try it in a soft, but more economical yarn.

    • Alina December 23, 2015 at 10:55 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Alexis! My yarn diet doesn’t allow me any shopping 🙂

  11. Lindsay December 23, 2015 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Pretty photos! I love the way your sweater is progressing. I’m a huge fan of anything in the blue-green colorway and I’ve used Tidepool Heather from KnitPicks a few times! I saw a picture of the cowl you’re going to make somewhere — Instagram? — and thought it looked absolutely gorgeous. Are you using the teal for your background and the lighter color for the snowflakes or vice versa?

    • Alina December 23, 2015 at 10:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Lindsay! I am using teal for the background.

  12. CathieJ December 23, 2015 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    The sweater you are working on is beautiful. That cowl will be is going to be great. I love the idea of practicing fair isle knitting on a cowl.

    • Alina December 23, 2015 at 10:57 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Cathie! Accessories are always so great for exploring new territories!

  13. Elise December 24, 2015 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Gorgeous yarn, gorgeous cables! 🙂

  14. Tania December 24, 2015 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Fair Isle! How exciting, I simply love fair isle so I shall be watching your progress with interest. I think your stitch work on the Reindeer is simply beautiful and the cables are so crisp. Merry Christmas!

    • Alina December 25, 2015 at 5:15 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Tania! Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family!

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