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Birthday Gifts of Life

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Happy Wednesday and Happy 2018! It feels so good to be back to this space – I haven’t been exactly away, just a little bit behind the scenes – I’ve been knitting non-stop these days and also working on some website updates that you will hopefully see soon!

Today I am celebrating my birthday just the way I love – waking up at dawn, working, calling my dear ones to say “I love you” and “Thank you for everything” and slowing down today, just a little bit to feel grateful for one more year in my life – I do not take it for granted!!

Also I want to share with you some special for me images from my lonely December walk, when the wind was blowing, the sky was gray, but the ocean was so beautiful that it took your breath away – this is truly my happy place…

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Knitting Blog

Knitting Blog

Knitting Blog

Knitting Blog

Knitting Blog

Knitting Blog

Feeling grateful…

Love, Alina

By | 2018-01-20T15:21:10+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Gifts Of Life|11 Comments

The Gifts Of Life. Sunset Hike.

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Happy Sunday! If you are watching my Instagram stories, then you already “hiked” with me yesterday and saw this breathtaking view from the hill… Today I would like to share with you the images lit with the sunset light. Hiking is one of my favorite activities, it’s been forever since my last one, but yesterday I made myself put away the to-do list, got my tennis shoes and went up the hill to say goodbye to the sun. I hope you will enjoy this little photo story today and have a wonderful Sunday!

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Knitting Blog

Have a great Sunday!


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By | 2018-02-02T20:51:38+00:00 November 12th, 2017|Gifts Of Life|12 Comments

Life, Color and Textures

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Happy July! I hope you haven’t lost me. 🙂 Amid some personal turmoil, day job and many missed deadlines, I felt like I needed a break and step away from the online presence for awhile. Though I didn’t post much in June, I was still working on several projects – there has been a lot of behind the scenes knitting going on that I am sure I’ll be able to share with you in the new knitting season.

Now I feel revived and ready to come back to weekly blogging. I thought celebrating it with the splash of color and textures from my latest trip to one of the local farms.

I was so inspired by this place that is a true hidden gem – small family farm covered in mango trees and all kinds of vegetables and greens. The taste of fresh oranges cannot be compared to any supermarket produce!!! I will definitely keep supporting this hardworking family!

And with that I will leave you with colorful and juicy images of this magical oasis.

Knitting Blog Textures

Knitting Blog Textures

Knitting Blog Textures
Knitting Blog Textures

Knitting Blog Textures

Knitting Blog Textures

I hope this post added some color to your day 🙂

It feels good to be back…


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By | 2017-07-05T04:47:59+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Gifts Of Life|20 Comments

Textures and Textiles

Textures and Textiles

Happy Sunday, dear friends! As you probably know from my World Crafters series, I believe that our surroundings influence our creativity in so many ways. This weekend I was sorting through the photos of San Miguel de Allende and so many of them reminded me of my knits in some way. Today I would like to take you on this visual journey and hopefully inspire in some way to look around you and find inspiration in simple little things that surround you…

Reindeer cables

Textures and Textiles

Deep hues of silky bamboo sweater

Textures and Textiles

Crisp texture of Sand sweater

Textures and Textiles

Textured “nubs” of La Flor

Textures and Textiles

Intricate pattern of Journey made in perfectly imperfect Moeke

Textures and Textiles

Juicy color of Ocean

Textures and Textiles

Squishy cable against a simple textured background of The Choice

Textures and Textiles

Simple crochet stitches that form a beautiful harmonious pattern of Wildflower dress made in lovely cotton

Textures and Textiles

Lush mix of alpaca, merino and silk in Gallery sweater

Textures and Textiles

It is so nice to come back to my old knit pieces and just enjoy the diversity of colors, textures, fibers and textiles.

I hope you’ve found some inspiration in this post and will pick up your yarn today…

Have a beautiful day!


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By | 2017-04-07T07:00:11+00:00 December 4th, 2016|Crochet, Knitting, Simple little things|22 Comments

Christmas Gift

Merry Christmas! I hope you had an amazing time with your loved ones this year!

As for me I got the best gift ever – a road trip 🙂 You know, if not for me, my hubby would stay in all his life, he really has everything that he needs in his office 🙂 But my never ending wanderlust drags our small family out of the town once in awhile. There is really nothing better for me than take some fruits, water, a good book and yarn, jump in the car, get our dog and listen to Queens while driving along the unknown roads and discovering new places.

Mexico is truly a fascinating place. Just one hour drive can get you to the landscape that is so different from where you are that it seems you are in another country! This time of the year San Miguel de Allende is flooded with tourists from all over the world. Its narrow streets become so crowded, it’s not even possible to walk. So, on Friday we decided to escape from the town’s frenzy and find some quite place to enjoy the day.

Without any particular plan we got on the road and 40 minutes later discovered a beautiful oak tree forest! The place was so peaceful, only the sound of rustling leaves and birds singing disturbed the perfect silence.

Knitting and travel

The oak trees were absolutely different from the ones I was used to in my childhood – these are much shorter and smaller. The rain season has been over for a couple of months now and the huge oak leaves are falling down colored in all shades of fall.

Knitting and travel

Can you believe how huge they are?!

Oh, what a joy it was to walk among the trees and listen to the rustle of leaves under the feet…

This is our fancy Christmas lunch 🙂

Knitting and travel

I got my books, yarn and a WIP, the yarn blended in the surroundings just perfectly! Holding this cotton skein in my hands and feeling rays of sunshine on my face was the best thing in the world!
Knitting and travel

It was the perfect day in the mountains – warm, but not hot. We were completely alone, the distant sound of music in the nearby village was the only evidence of other people.

Knitting and travel

We spent all day walking, climbing trees, playing with the dog, gathering fallen leaves and acorns…

Knitting and travel

To be honest I didn’t do much reading or knitting. I just wanted to be there, enjoy this day to the fullest and not miss a single moment. So, the only progress I made on my project was to handwind the skein.

Knitting and travel

Me and my family wish you merry and peaceful holiday season!

Knitting and travel

Happy Saturday!


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By | 2015-12-25T21:18:41+00:00 December 26th, 2015|Knitting, Travel|21 Comments

November. Adiós.

Adiós is the monthly series of crafty notes and captures of this beautiful world.

November is gone… And the winter is just around the corner. How does it happen?! In my head July was just a couple of weeks ago 🙂 Though I try to live in the moment and enjoy every day to the fullest, I must admit that I barely noticed the days this month – they were just flying by behind never ending to-do lists. This weekend I decided to take it slow, get my camera, head to downtown, grab a good book, find a cozy cafe and just be for awhile, alone with my thoughts.

San Miguel de Allende is often called the town of the eternal spring.

knitting in San Miguel de Allende

You can never know what’s behind the door – a shop, a private apartment, a spa, a cafe, a little shop with spices and all kinds of olive oil… And you cannot help but smile passing cozy porches.

knitting in San Miguel de Allende

The center is bursting with color! And for me it’s so unusual and precious! I spent all my life, but the last 4 years, living in an industrial town where buildings are light grey, asphalt is dark grey and sky is covered in grey smoke from the plants… Looking back, I am so grateful for taking that risk and turning my life around…

knitting in San Miguel de Allende

Flowers can be found on every corner – covering the walls, hanging from the balconies, growing between, near and on the buildings…

knitting in San Miguel de Allende

This is one of my favorite streets, though it’s so uncomfortable to walk! The slope is too stiff and the cobble stone doesn’t help at all 🙂 But I really feel like I traveled several centuries back when I find myself here. You can see the grand La Parroquia in the center, beautiful and grandeur.

knitting in San Miguel de Allende

I hope you enjoyed this little town tour! Let’s get to crafting!

November Crafty Notes

Recently I find myself awfully organized, even boring 🙂 I try to concentrate on one-two projects at a time and get them to the end. It turns out to be quiet productive, as I don’t have to come back to abandoned WIPs and wonder what I was doing there and how I should proceed. Right now all my projects “speak” to me – I know exactly what the next step should be! This month one cozy and super comfortable sweater slipped off my needles – Fall Raglan. I am so incredibly happy with it and I wear it almost every day!

My current WIP that is so close to FO status is Mineral Heather sweater. All pieces are off the knitting machine, blocked and ready to be put together. I have to finish it this week! If you are wondering about machine knitting, you can read my overview-tutorial on this subject here – How to Make a Sweater on a Knitting Machine, Part I, Part II.

how to knit a sweater on a knitting machine

I am so sorry for leaving you without a World Crafter this month! But I really didn’t have time to put everything together. In December, you will meet one for sure!

Technique of the Month

Speaking of blocking. I know some knitters prefer to skip this step. I know, I used to do it. Blocking seemed like an unnecessary step that hold me back from my finished knit. But once I decided to do everything properly and “by the book” and blocked my knitting. After it I never avoided it! It really makes your knitting bloom and brings out the best in the garment! I like this little tutorial-guide from www.kelbournewoolens.com – precise and valuable information on wet blocking.

 

wet blocking knitting

Photo: www.kelbournewoolens.com

I really hope you had a lovely November. I’ll see you in December, which is promising to be a very crafty exciting month!


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By | 2015-11-30T17:53:11+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Adiós|28 Comments
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