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Change of Perspective

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Sometimes to move on in life or knitting you need a change of perspective. I’ve made a rule for myself long time ago – when it gets overwhelming, just get busy, look around you and try to see things from a different point of view. In knitting changing things fuels creativity and the flow of new ideas for me. I love switching between fibers and textures, this diversity inspires me so much and I am grateful that we, knitters, are so lucky these days to enjoy this abundance of choice when it comes to yarn.

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After finishing Wings sweater (will share it with you in July!!) in gorgeous blend of plant fibers in sport weight yarn, I was craving for something woolly and chunky. My Crazy Sexy Wool skeins fit perfectly. If you remember, several months ago I was planning to make a crochet cowl with it, but somehow I kept postponing it and a week ago I was struck with another idea that is still in swatching stage, but I think it might be “it”! I can’t describe how much I love this feeling when you finally “know” what this skein of yarn should become. Sometimes it takes me months to catch this feeling, but I decided never make something just for the sake of making, but wait for that perfect match of the yarn and idea.

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I am sure that this idea was sparkled by Daisy yarn, so delicate and drapey that my next project HAD to be something chunky and super cozy for new Fall knitting season. My hands love this contrast of fibers, it is a great tactile experience to switch between such different yarns!

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Have a beautiful day today!


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By | 2018-06-27T08:13:35+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|3 Comments

Knitwear Inspiration. Gillian Louise Murphy.

Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting.

My April’s knitwear inspiration is Gillian, a young knitwear designer, whose work with color and textile shapes is captivating. The designer works for one of the high-end British brands and doesn’t have her own label yet, but judging by her work, I am sure someday we will see collections of her own.

Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting.

Gillian’s work looks like a puzzle of geometrical shapes with color playing a big role in creating the final pattern. Those little details – stitch patterns, stripes, layering, fiber contrast – at the end produces the perfect result, where everything is in harmony.

Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting.

I love how the designer takes machine knitting on a completely new level and creates one of a kind textiles. One more reminder that there are no rules or limits in knitting, and that is truly inspiring.

Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting.

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

P.S. All photos are courtesy of www.gulianlouisemurphy.com


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By | 2018-05-03T08:39:30+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Inspiration, Knitting|1 Comment

Holiday Spirit Knits

Textured Sweater

Happy Monday! I hope you are having a great start of the new week. Among all this pre-holiday frenzy there are my knits which keep me grounded – it is always so nice to come back to my WIPs after a long day. For these days I always need something mindless and familiar, in beautiful fiber that I will enjoy holding in my hands throughout the whole project. If you remember, I gifted my original Wheat pullover to my dear friend – it was just perfect for her.

Textured Sweater

But then I remembered that I have this luxurious baby alpaca from Magliamania in my stash, a gift from a dear friend. I couldn’t resist – I cast it on! I wish you could feel it through the screen… And this forest green is just right for the holiday spirit, right?

Textured Sweater

And one more WIP, oh so close to finishing, is my La Flor in Take Care Mohair – I am just so curious to see how my patterns change with different fibers. This light, soft and airy yarn reminds me of snow that I haven’t seen in so many years… It brings memories of the snowflakes on my face and of the sight of my parent’s backyard where my dog is playing with the snow.

Textured Sweater

Textured Sweater

I am determined to finish it before the clocks strike 2018.

Textured Sweater

I hope you are having a magical December filled with dear to your heart people, good food and inspiring knits.

Textured Sweater


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By | 2018-01-20T15:21:34+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Knitting|7 Comments

Book Yarns

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

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

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week, Spring ’18

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

Cardigan layers by Palmer Harding

London designers were very diverse as usual – there was everything from proper suits to absolutely crazy clothes-sculptures in all kinds of materials. The same tendency was reflected in knitwear pieces – classic beige sweaters, unusual constructions, unexpected mix of materials and colors – you’ll see it all.

Emilia Wickstead, Daks and Margaret Howell offer proper tops and classic sweaters paired with casual pants and skirts. Simple, practical and comfortable are probably the best words to describe these pieces.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

But this kind of description of knitwear definitely doesn’t apply to the rest of the knitwear items that appeared during this season in London. The rest is pushing the boundaries in many forms.

Teatum Jones and Ports 1961 are changing the idea of how you can wear sweater sleeves.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Pringle of Scotland mixed knitwear with the fabric. If you look closely at the sweater by Preen, you will see that this is basically the collection of different swatches put together with the piece of fabric. Well, there is an idea what to do with all these swatches you have accumulated during all these years of knitting 🙂

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

Christopher Kane mixes ruffles of fabric with simple rib knit dress and uses fancy yarns to create dresses. And Joseph creates the classic sweater, but spices it up with the super oversize fit and the use of bulky ribbon yarn of the uneven texture.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

Pringle of Scotland uses macrame, machine knitting and crochet for its summer knitwear line.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

A burst of color and graphic patterns. Chalayan sticks to the solid sunny color, layers and the mix of mesh pattern with the simple stockinette stitch.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

Stripes, rhombus, chevron and color blocking in many shapes, textures and stitch patterns by Emporio Armani, Marques’ Almeida, House of Holland and Markus Lupfer.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

And finally the dresses, of course! Julien Macdonald uses all possible crafts – macrame, machine and hand knitting, crochet, weaving, etc – to create his fit forming super fancy dresses.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

And Teatum Jones creates basic rib knit dresses with the unusual sleeve set-in method.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

That’s it for London Fashion Week knitwear review! Definitely very contradictory selection, but I hope some details got your attention 🙂


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By | 2018-02-02T20:56:19+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Knitting, Knitwear Review Fashion Weeks|7 Comments
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