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Wheat Sweater. Photo Album.

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

Happy Wednesday! Today I am sharing with you a visual story of a cozy merino sweater – Wheat from Vintage collection for Moeke Yarns. It was so amazing to see Nikki’s (@satellitejune) interpretation of it for the Doina lookbook photoshoot, but I couldn’t resist taking more knitwear photos as well. I love these photos, because they do have kind of vintage feel to it, just like the sweaters and yarn itself.

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

It is a true joy to see your projects growing on the needles and your versions of Wheat – I will never be able to express thorough words how it makes me feel! Thank you so much for sharing your progress – it is one of my favorite parts of creating knitwear – seeing how your idea sparkled something in a knitter and inspired her to pick up the needles and a skein of yarn!

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

Wheat, with its simple cable sleeves, slightly elongated back, shaped with short rows and loose gauge, that creates a nice drape and slightly oversize fit is perfect for everyday casual wear. It would be perfect for travelling when you need something cozy to wrap yourself into on the plane.

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

I am also very pleased to say that it fit perfectly one of my dearest women and I am more than happy to gift it to keep her warm and cozy! I know that she will cherish this sweater!

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

I hope to see more Wheats knit this season! Please, don’t forget that it is still not too late to join Moeke Yarns Ravelry group with your projects – there are amazing sponsors and great giveaways in the company of the most friendly and encouraging people!!!

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

Wheat Textured Sweater Pattern by The Gift of Knitting

I hope you enjoyed this little photo album and inspired to knit this sweater!

Wheat Textured Sweater pattern is available for $7

Thank you for your support!


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By | 2018-02-02T20:54:46+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Knitting, Pattern|11 Comments

Sunday Treats

Knitting progress

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

To recharge before a long week I try to fill my day with simple rituals that make me feel like I am really using my time off for something that makes me and other people happy… I happen to love routine, making plans and to-do lists. The perfect weekend should include friends, music, sport, good food, reading, limited time in front of the computer, walking, mint tea with milk, calling my family, organizing the house and yarn in my hands…

Knitting progress

This weekend besides finishing some big projects, I am working on something very quick and mindless – a lovely baby hat for my friend’s nephew who is just a couple of month old! I’m using Baby’s Beanie Hat pattern from “Simple Knits For Cherished Babies” – a very basic and mindless knit that will make a perfect gift. The chainette Paloma yarn is perfect for it – the thread is thick, but very light and the softness of it is beyond words! Hope to finish it today! I would also love to mention that the book itself is so beautifully photographed – each page is inspiring!

Knitting progress

Another mindless and straightforward knit is the crop top with Stone Washed. I have just three skeins, so I think it will be really cropped 🙂 It’s also the first project that I am working on the straight needles – I actually miss it!

Knitting progress

I hope you will have time today for some special rituals that make your weekends relaxing!

Have a wonderful day!


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By | 2017-06-04T07:40:37+00:00 June 4th, 2017|Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|13 Comments

From Russia With Love

Hello, my dear friends! So happy to be back here, thank you so much for all your kind wishes for my trip, I read every single comment, so sorry I wasn’t able to reply! I am finally in my hometown, spending time with my family and friends. I still feel a little bit overwhelmed, trying to fit in as much as I can into my days.

Though knitting was pretty much non-existent these days, I still have something to show you. My dear Granny Eugenia agreed to model her gifts of knitting from me. It is so amazing to make something on the other side of the world for your dear people and see how it warms their hearts… A huge lace shawl from Vogue Knitting made with local Mexican cotton I made for her two years ago…

Knitting and Travel

 Green Snowflakes cowl by Julie from Knitted Bliss I made a couple of months ago.

Knitting and Travel

My dear Granny is very shy and doesn’t smile, but believe me, she is a sweetheart. She was the one to introduce me to fiber crafts many years ago and she was the one bringing it back into my life when I needed it most… I will be forever grateful to her for this. Did you notice her cute crochet beanie? Improvised by her hardworking hands! So adorable!

Current WIP. In the last hours of packing I decided to change Rowan cotton yarn for Hawthorne Fingering by Knit Picks to make something simple – a throw or a a shawl maybe. Something I can knit during endless car and train rides.

Yarn

Yarn

I very rarely work with variegated yarn, but I decided I needed to add some color to my knitting routine. These shades are just gorgeous!

Yarn

I think I will make it in stripes to mix the colors. This palette reminds me of fall…

Yarn

Yarn

I know I promised to show you some Russian cuisine – cottage cheese pancakes with sour cream and cherries from my Dad’s garden is my number #1 food here 🙂

Knitting and Travel

My family and I are wishing you a great day! Thank you again for all your support, I always feel so deeply touched by it!

Knitting and Travel

This guy is so ridiculously happy to see me!

Hope to see you at Yarn Along!

P.S. Thank you so much for entering We Are Knitters giveaway. The winner is Ruth Shields. Congratulations, Ruth! Have fun with Udon Blanket Kit!


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By | 2016-07-27T07:06:10+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Knitting, Travel, Work in Progress|37 Comments

June. Adiós.

Adiós is the monthly series of crafty notes and captures of nature.

I just can’t believe that June is over… Where did it go? I am in a very weird place in my life right now, not bad at all, just… strange. Maybe that’s why the time seems to fly by…

June was something like this – working, working, working, some knitting, more working… So, several days ago we felt that we just needed to get out of the town for a day and relax a little bit. One day of doing absolutely nothing, just reading and knitting, of course 🙂

We met the dawn on the road that took us to a very beautiful peaceful and special place. It’s truly a nature’s great treasure – the home of precious coral reefs.

Knitting and Travel

I am really proud of local people who literally had to fight for preserving it. One year ago one big hotel company designed a project to be built here with hotels, golf courses, entertainment center, restaurants and who knows what else. The project’s goal was of course to attract the tourists (read the money) to this little corner of the world. Of course it would provide hundreds of work places, of course it would be great for economy of this small village, but it’s not always about economy, it’s not always about the financial growth. If this project happened, the coral reefs and all the rich flora and fauna of this region would be destroyed in a matter of years. But people got up and attracted different world organisations that developed educational programs and sent their representatives to schools to tell about the importance and value of this little paradise and our responsibility to protect it. And they won! The project was cancelled. The village still hosts the tourists, the ones that are looking for the silence, serenity and peace interrupted only by the soft sound of the waves…

Knitting and Travel

It was a quiet day… Just walking, reading, thinking…

Knitting and Travel

June’s Crafty Notes:

1 FO

Soho dress was the only FO of this month. It was a completely spontaneous project – I was supposed to dive into gift knitting this month. Well, I blame Purl Soho and their inspirational website 🙂

2 WIPs

WIPs are all about gifts, just like I planned. Amiga sweater is still in its infant stage.

Exploration Autumn. Working on it day and night. The last rows are just e-n-d-l-e-s-s! I don’t know how big this thing is going to grow…

Knitting Shawl

The time is flying by and I still need to cast one more gift shawl for my dear Granny Eugenia… Time, time… That’s all I want for Christmas!

June’s World Crafter

This month limited my time tremendously. I tried my best, but just couldn’t keep up. But this interview was very important for me to publish. Nataly, who took us to beautiful Kiev, shared her amazingly textured hand knits with us that took my breath away…

I am deeply grateful to June for all the beauty that it brought in so many forms… July is promising to be quiet hectic and exciting at the same time. But no matter what, I’ll keep knitting and crocheting!

Off to July! I hope this month will bring you joy and a lot of stitches!


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By | 2015-07-01T19:52:16+00:00 July 1st, 2015|Adiós|8 Comments

The Gift of Knitting – Deep End.

As you know this month we celebrated our 3 year anniversary of our Mexican adventure. As much as I love living here, a part of my heart will always stay where my close family is. There is an ocean between us, but I feel like hand knit gifts are bringing us slightly closer together. I work on them while living my life here, putting my time, skills and love for this craft in each stitch.

This summer I want to make three bundles. In each of them I will put a hand knit shawl, a printed picture of me wearing the shawl and a hand written letter for each of my dear women – my Mom and two Grannies. I know that for them there will be nothing more precious than touching the work that came out of my hands, looking at me wearing it and reading my letter.

My dear Elena is helping me to bring this idea to life. The first gift of knitting, Deep End, was knit for my dear Mom. The biggest love and passion of my Mom is the sea. Since the very early age she has been dreaming about traveling. It was the time of the Soviet Union and only very few people could get the permission to travel abroad. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the tourism boom started – people were finally free to leave the country. My Mom started to work in a travel agency almost immediately and 10 years later her dream came true – she opened her own agency.

The sea was always something very special to her and I know how happy she is that I live in this place right now. I know how much she will cherish these pictures…

Hand Knit shawl

Hand Knit shawl

The dress that I am wearing was hand sewed by one lovely lady from the organic market. Simple, but so beautiful.

Hand Knit shawl

We got completely carried away by this small photo shoot. Elena made me dance, jump, run, dive into yoga postures and throw the shawl. I almost lost it in the sea 🙂

Hand Knit shawl

 

Hand Knit Shawl

 

Hand Knit Shawl

We even gathered a small crowd of spectators around us cheering us up. Mexico has its flaws but this friendliness and the general joy of life cannot be taken from it!

As usual Elena created an amazing photostory that is vibrant, alive, full of passion and love for life, nature and creativity.

Hand Knit shawl Hand Knit shawl

Hand Knit shawl

I am hurrying up to have as many FOs as possible to continue our knitting photostory with her before we drift apart…

Hand Knit Shawl

 

Off to knitting…

I hope you are having a wonderful week!


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By | 2016-04-10T08:45:59+00:00 June 24th, 2015|Finished Objects, Knitting|9 Comments

Amiga Sweater. Yarn.

This weekend was quite… I spent most of it at home cleaning, reading, working on WIPs, planning new projects and yarn baking (that’s how I call yarn winding). Here’s what I played with this sunny Sunday.

Cotton Yarn

It’s been awhile since I’ve made something on my knitting machine, so I’m casting on something new – Amiga Sweater. It will be a basic plain stockinette stitch classic sweater with round neckline. As many of you know amiga means friend in Spanish (feminine gender). This sweater will be a small gift for my dear Elena. You already know Elena, she became a huge part of this blog with her beautiful photography of my FOs. She is the one who makes me climb the rocks and trees, walk in heels in arroyo, climb the mountains with air balloons, wake up at dawn and – oh horror – look in the camera (my biggest fear I guess :))

There is a lot going on, we are both at the threshold of changes that the life is holding for us and we both need to take important decisions in our lives… Most probably we have only several weeks left together (nothing tragic!!!), so we try to enjoy this time as much as possible. Elena is going to travel to Russia this summer, so I thought a handmade custom knit sweater specially for her in soft cotton of teal color will be a perfect Thank you for all that we’ve been through together these several months.

Here are my freshly baked beauties.

Cotton Yarn

Just can’t get enough of them! This color reminds me of ocean – green or blue depending on light. So perfect for Elena’s blue eyes. The yarn is 100% Mexican cotton called Trigo (wheat in Spanish).  Incredibly soft!

Cotton Yarn

I want the sweater warm enough to wear in the plane, I know how cold it can get there. So I winded it double strand.

Cotton Yarn

The swatch was knit on a machine and this time I made sure it was big enough to avoid disasters of “misgauge” that I faced with Pure dress.

Cotton Yarn

I know I am going to enjoy working on this sweater a lot. It will be my 5.30 a.m. companion 🙂 It’s weird, but I just love to knit on my machine the first thing in the morning! I’m going to keep you posted on the progress!! Oh, and one more picture of this yarn – I am sorry, I just can’t get enough of these precious skeins!

Cotton Yarn

I hope you had a wonderful creative weekend!


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By | 2015-06-14T21:20:47+00:00 June 14th, 2015|Machine Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|16 Comments
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