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Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Happy Sunday, dear friends! First of all, I would like to thank you for your wonderful comments and messages and emails sent my way – I read every single one of them and I cannot express how grateful I am for all your support. Before Add One Stitch Knitting is officially released, I will tell you a little bit about the making process. As I mentioned in my previous post, this book is the result of work of many people and each of them made it possible to happen.

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Today I would like to express my gratitude to yarn companies that were so kind and generous to provide me with the materials.

DROPS Yarns, Cascade Yarns, Debbie Bliss – Thank you so much for your support!

You know how much I love the process of getting to know the yarn before starting a projects with it. Though the deadlines were pretty tight, I still made a commitment to create my favorite, as I call them, yarn photo stories to share with you later.

When I got the confirmation from the editor that the publisher gave us a green light for the book, I asked two things – first, that the fibers we use are natural animal and plant fibers and second, that I would love to stay true to myself and choose neutral soft color palette. Thankfully, I got the full freedom in that and I started preparing the list of yarns and colors.

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Cascade. Lana Grande. 100% wool.

Today I would like to share with you this beautiful fiber collection I was so lucky to work with! I mentioned earlier that the diversity of fibers and textures and colors is one of the most fascinating things for me in knitting and the fact that I received a box full of completely different fibers made me ecstatic!

Absolutely gorgeous silky 100% pima cotton and bulky deliciously soft 100% Peruvian wool by Cascade Yarns. This pima cotton creates a great drape and has a beautiful sheen to it. It is pretty slippery, so if you are novice it will be challenging to keep the stitches perfectly even in simple stockinette, but this problem is solved by the use of textured stitch for the summer top pattern provided in Add One Stitch Knitting. As for Peruvian wool, I published a full yarn review of Magnum yarn, so you can appreciate all its gorgeousness!!

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Bulky Peruvian Wool

100% cotton by DROPS – creates great texture and the choice of colors is endless! The thread is spin very loosely, so the fabric created won’t be stiff at all.

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Merino wool by Cascade Yarns and Nepal by Drops. Merino would make a great yarn for baby knits – it is extremely soft and not itchy at all. The spin of the thread gives amazing stitch definition. Nepal, wool and alpaca blend, became one of my favorite yarns to work with! It is just so pretty, soft and easy to knit with – would definitely use it for garment knitting!

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Paloma by Debbie Bliss – magical yarn!!!! I have a big review about it that I published earlier and I also used the leftovers for my Simple Baby Hat free pattern.

Debbie Bliss. Paloma.

One of the most popular Debbie Bliss yarns – Cashmerino. A great budget way to add the touch of cashmere in your handknits!

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Now to my favorite one. It is so so hard to choose that I liked the best – all the yarns are unique and interesting in their own way, but there is something about DROPS Andes that made me gasp – the way the thread is spin, the thickness of it, the amazing color palette, the texture it creates – everything appealed to me.

Wool Yarn

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Looking back, I cannot believe that it’s been already a year since I started working on this project and though it was probably the toughest year workwise, I know it was so so worth it! Every single project and yarn is very special to me and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

Just to remind you that the book giveaway is still open and Add One Stitch Knitting is available for pre-order!

Add One Stitch Knitting. Yarns.

I hope you will have a wonderful Sunday today!


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By | 2018-01-20T15:23:16+00:00 November 26th, 2017|Books, Knitting|2 Comments

In Search Of The World’s Finest Wool. Review and Giveaway.

In Search Of World's Finest Wools

A few weeks ago I got an email from Firefly Books with the offer to review one of their newest books –  In Search Of The World’s Finest Wools. After reading book’s description I said “yes” immediately, because I knew right away – every crafter would love to have it on the coffee table! And I was definitely not disappointed – I can honestly say this is one of the most inspiring books about fiber I have ever come across!

Dominic Dormeuil is the fifth-generation president of the Dormeuil Cloth Company that creates high-quality fabrics from natural fibers. He travels the world to select the best wools and learn more about techniques and traditions. For this book Dominic joined forces with photographer and writer Jean-Baptiste Rabouan, who specializes in ethnographic reports. Together they created “A Tribute to the growers and artisans of wool”  with stunning photography and touching stories behind each fiber.

In Search Of World's Finest Wools

In Search Of The World’s Finest Wools takes you on a virtual journey to Greenland, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Ladakh, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Peru to discover the stories behind growth and production of qiviut wool, cashmere, Taewit wool, pashmina goat wool, Shetland wool, merino, mohair and vicuña.

In Search Of World's Finest WoolsWhile reading the book I was looking through my own stash and seeing it in a completely new light! All these fibers have sooo much history before turning into the skeins that bring me so much joy!

In Search Of World's Finest Wools

I love how the book talks not only about the fiber itself, but also about the political and geographical conditions of the region; the role of the fiber in the life of the community and, of course, people who are so passionate about their work. The photography is absolutely breathtaking!! It was a true aesthetic joy to look through every page.

In Search Of World's Finest Wools

I must admit I tried to read it as slow as possible, savoring each chapter, studying each photo and imaging this life, so close to animals and fiber… Thank you so much, Firefly Books, for such a great gift!

In Search Of World's Finest Wools

I am also happy to say that Firefly Books are giving you a chance to win one copy of In Search Of The World’s Finest Wools! Please, check my Instagram later today for all the details of the giveaway – @giftofknitting. The giveaway will be open worldwide and I will announce a winner this Thursday!

Have a great day!


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By | 2017-04-18T08:27:51+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Books, Knitting|8 Comments

Yarn Along – Travel, Vogue Knitting and Fair Isle

Joining wonderful “craft party” at Small Things today.

I would love to thank you all for your kind wishes on my birthday! I am really touched by all the wonderful and kind words! Thank you! Yarn giveaway is still open, so jump right in!

We went for a long hike in the mountain forest and I couldn’t spend my birthday better! The sound of wind playing with the fallen leaves and the song of the mountain spring were the best music for my ears! We found a very beautiful place and I would love to come back there once again and camp.

knitting and travel

Knitting. As for my craft progress, I am slow, but steady. Xanadu cowl is being painted in more and more snowflakes. I am still struggling with the tension, so the progress is not that far away. I am knitting very slowly while learning the best way for me to change the colors and keeping track of the chart. The more I look at the cowl, the more I realize how perfect it would be for my dear Granny. She has green eyes and she would definitely overlook all the imperfections of it 🙂 I am going to visit my family this summer, which means it is time to start my gift knitting!! I was a completely selfish knitter for Christmas, but I just can’t leave my dear ladies without hand knit gifts when I come to visit them!

fair isle knitting cowl

Ocean is off the knitting machine and on the needles for the hand knit textured lace section.

machine knitting dress

It looks quiet shapeless at this stage, but blocking and seaming will fix it. I am really enjoying this project and hope all my mods plans will work out for it!

machine knitting dress

Reading. I was so excited to find The Ultimate Knitting book by Vogue Knitting in the local library! It was in the dusty corner and according to its card the last person took it in 2005! This is history 🙂 I bought the latest addition of it a couple of years ago, but the hurricane teared it up to pieces. It’s nice to refresh the info I got from this great reference book!
vogue knitting book

I hope all is well with you and you are having a great week!


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By | 2016-04-10T08:32:01+00:00 January 20th, 2016|Knitting, Machine Knitting, Travel, Work in Progress|29 Comments

Modification Series. Fall Raglan. Part I.

My last evenings were filled only with yarn, books and hot tea. I literally can’t let the new yarn out of my hands and make huge swatches to know its better. The texture of the fabric is uneven, and it makes the process of choosing a pattern very challenging. I decided that I want a garment, rather than an accessory. After rummaging Ravelry for hours, I remembered that right before our leave, my friend gave me an early fall issue of Vogue Knitting that I fell in love with – it is full of classic, timeless designs that are so tempting to cast on.

vogue knitting

There are no patterns that would perfectly match the yarn, as it’s pretty unusual, but there is one that caught my attention – Breton Pullover, a top-down classic raglan. I think that after knitting Flax two times in a row, I can handle sneaking in some modifications in the pattern with this type of construction. Breton Pullover is a very close fitting classic raglan.

vogue knitting

I am planning to use the pattern as the starting point and knit on experimenting on the way. I am not making any final decisions right now how it would look like. For the start I skipped the classic k1*p1 ribbing for the neck. I am leaving the raw edge and I think at the end I will trim it with simple i-cord.

top down raglan pullover

So, my Fall Raglan, that will be the first project for My Fall KAL, is started and I cannot be happier about the process. Honestly I really don’t even care how it will turn out in the end and I am open to the fact that it can be a disaster, but just feeling this yarn slipping through my hands is enough to make me happy with this project.

top down raglan pullover

I want the purl side to be the right one, but I am still knitting with knit side facing me, as it’s much more convenient. Now I think that it can become a great reverse pullover – I hope to finish it in such a way that I can wear it with both purl and knit side facing depending on my mood.

top down raglan pullover

As for the other news, it’s been a happy post week. We treated ourselves to a full box of books and it really felt like Christmas! One of the most anticipated for me was The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt. Almost 800 pages of methods and knitting techniques for all levels. I’ve been dreaming to have a nice reference knitting book on my coffee table and this edition is so perfect! Beautiful, with clear illustrations and chapters of valuable information!

top down raglan pullover

I hope you are having an amazing week!!

Joining Ginny for Yarn Along today.


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By | 2016-04-10T08:39:34+00:00 October 21st, 2015|Knitting, Modifications Series, Work in Progress|18 Comments

Yarn Therapy

Knit Picks Yarn

There is something about yarn that soothes me. I know I am not the only one! The sight of the basket full of colorful squashy soft skeins in my corner automatically puts a smile on my face every morning. I am wondering – why?  I guess for me it’s the promise that is sealed inside each ball – a promise of quiet time spent at home with the dear ones, or a long exciting road trip accompanied by Queen songs and the clicking of my favorite needles; a promise to learn something new; a promise to make a special gift for the loved ones; a promise to create something on your own, just like that – with a simple thread.

I noticed there are two periods in my knitting/crochet life. One – when I cast on one thing after another already knowing what I am going to cast on next as soon as I am done with the current project. I love this stage, it’s always so exciting and keeps my hands constantly busy. Other stage is when I finish a bunch of projects and don’t cast anything on for a week or two. This stage is all about yarn – I am going through my stash, taking out different skeins one by one and thinking what it will become one day. Right now I am going through this stage.

I took out absolutely beautiful, light, squashy skeins of merino/silk blend – a gift from lovely Kelley. This is such a special yarn for me, I still can’t believe I have it!

Knit Picks YarnThe yarn is incredibly soft and silk gives it amazing soft luster! And the color… (Steph, I know you would get a whole wagon of it :))

Knit Picks YarnSo, my needles are busy again! I am still not sure what I am going to make, just enjoying knitting swatches right now to know the yarn better.

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As for the reading, I am drawn to Russian classics again, after a long break. Choosing between Pushkin, Tolstoy and Turgenev…

I hope everybody is having a lovely and peaceful week!

Joining Ginny for Yarnalong.


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By | 2016-04-10T08:44:48+00:00 July 22nd, 2015|Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|12 Comments

Changes

Today was the last day of three very stressful months. I’ve been literally torn apart, and not just me – basically every single person at work. To cut a long story short, after all the administrative problems, discussions, fighting between school owners and the madness that has been going on – the school is shutting down. Every single employee is leaving, including me.

I’ve found myself at the crossroads. I have several job offers in my mail and I feel… nothing. Just completely burnt out and empty. I feel like I closed one chapter of my life and still haven’t opened a new one. It feels like I am floating in the empty space, absolute vacuum.

The only feeling that I can distinguish right now is the feeling of gratefulness. I am deeply grateful for the time that I spent there, I am deeply grateful to people that I met and that made this time so special, I am grateful to children that became my teachers and I am grateful to the universe that gave me this wonderful opportunity. It surely changed my life and my vision of life, I will always carry it in my heart.

Knitting. My life vacuum has crawled into my knitting/crochet as well. Before my dear friend left, I finished one more sweater for her in this beautiful yarn and a scarf for my Granny. I didn’t have any time to take pictures or any notes of these projects, so I can’t show you any FO evidence. At the moment I have nothing, absolutely nothing in progress! Rarely happens to me. But my hands are already reaching for yarn balls and my head is full of new ideas, so I am sure that this creative vacuum won’t last for long.

Yarn bowlReading. Whenever there is a bump in my life road, I pick up this book.

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It reminds me of simple little things and of the true beauty and magic of life.

I hope you having a wonderful and peaceful week!

Joining Ginny for Yarnalong.


 

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By | 2015-07-15T16:29:26+00:00 July 15th, 2015|Knitting, Work in Progress|22 Comments
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