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Gifts Of Life. At Dawn

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I love routine. Love waking up at the same time every morning while it is still dark, lit up a candle, stretch, knit, go to work… Love this familiar rhythm of days filled with simple little things that warm your heart. But sometimes there is nothing better than to wake up on your day off and decide to chase a sun. Jump in the car, turn on your favorite music and climb in the darkness up the hills to meet a new day, be in awe with nature and infinitely grateful…

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Knitting Blog

Knitting Blog

Knitting Blog

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I hope you enjoyed this little walk and it brightened up your Sunday 🙂

Have a wonderful day today!


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By | 2017-08-06T07:52:39+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Gifts Of Life|17 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

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

May Textures and Colors

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Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Today I am sharing with you nature’s textures and colors that I was inspired by this month. I decided to do it regularly, creating a visual diary that I and, hopefully, you will come back to whenever you need a smile on your face or a reminder that life is beautiful in all its forms 🙂 I am so grateful to knitting for teaching me how to notice small little things and see the beauty in details. I hope this short post will bring some joy to your Sunday morning!

Knitting Blog Textures

Nature gradients

Knitting Blog Textures

Timeless sea breezes,
that for aeons have
blown ancient rocks,
you are purest space
coming from afar… 

                                             (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Knitting Blog Textures

Have a beautiful day!


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By | 2017-05-28T05:19:36+00:00 May 28th, 2017|Gifts Of Life|18 Comments

Gifts of Life. Inspiration.

Knitting Blog. Textures.

Happy Monday! This Saturday was my first real day off in a very very long time and I allowed myself to stop running for a while, look around and accept all the gifts of life that surround me. I would love to share with you these little gifts that I “collected” during the last weeks that have been inspiring me and making me happy.

Textures of nature. I can look at the rock patterns forever – mesmerizing details!

Knitting Blog. Textures.

Life is humbly trying to get through…

Knitting Blog. Textures.

Favorite photographer of a month is definitely Dylan Furst (@fursty) – his images wake something inside of me and inspire me in so many ways!

Images by @fursty

Music. My find of the month is magical Julien Baker and her “Sprained Ankle” album – it feels like her voice is reaching inside of you and taking out the best. Very deep and moving!

Knitting. I’ve just finished a very big project and happy to move forward with my Moeke 2017 collection. New cozy sweater is on the needles! It it took me two dozen swatches to come up with the idea that I love, so right now I am really enjoying the actual knitting process. I don’t know how I will wait until August to share it with you, but the good news is that I have some fun summer projects planned.

I hope you enjoyed my little gifts of life and maybe will borrow some of them, just to make life brighter 🙂

Have a wonderful week!


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By | 2017-05-08T07:43:50+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Gifts Of Life|13 Comments

Chainette Yarn

Debbie Bliss. Paloma.

Every time I talk to my Granny about knitting in times of her youth, I realize how lucky we are. She grew up and lived most of her life in times of the Soviet Union when the stores, any stores, were empty and you couldn’t get such things as furniture/clothes, forget about yarn! I remember her stories how she was waiting for a friend to come from Moscow to bring her yarn – pink acrylic skeins, very rough and pure quality, but it didn’t matter, it was actual yarn that was enough for a scarf and a hat. She considered herself very lucky – most of the times, she was just unraveling old sweaters to reuse the yarn.

So, each new and unusual skein for me is the reminder to be grateful for such small and simple things in our life such as original and beautiful yarn that bring so much joy! And I love to celebrate it with yarn “photostories” 🙂 One of my “fiber goals” for this year was to try unusual yarns, particularly the chainette yarn. It is quiet an unusual way to spun the fiber – the thread is basically a tube made of knit stitches, like a tiny i-cord.

Debbie Bliss. Paloma.

I have my precious skeins of cotton/silk blend by Rowan (that are waiting way too long to be turned into a sweater!) that are made using the similar technique, but very different from this Paloma alpaca/wool blend from Debbie Bliss. Rowan “flattened” the tube and wrapped it with thin silk thread; whether Paloma has a lot of volume and space inside the “tube”. Woolfolk yarn, that is on my must-try list, uses the similar technique to spun some of their gorgeous skeins.

Debbie Bliss. Paloma.

This technique creates a bulky yarn that knits incredibly fast, but the piece is so light  and airy that it feel like it was knit in DK. I guess it happens thanks to all the air trapped inside the thread.

The exciting thing is that this kind of spun can be done at home! I had this idea for a long time – the tube thread can be made from a very thin (lace/fingering weight) yarn using the i-cord maker! It will take time, of course, but if you have lace weight yarn in your stash and are scared to cast on a garments with it, because it will take quiet a lot of time, you can turn it into bulky chainette skein that will be perfect for cozy sweaters and quick to knit accessories. To speed up the process check this incredible tutorial  How To Knit I-Cord the Fast Way. How amazing is that?!

Debbie Bliss. Paloma.

I hope you are having a wonderful week and feel spring coming to your part of the world!

Debbie Bliss. Paloma.

Will see you at Yarn Along!


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By | 2017-03-29T08:44:15+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Yarn|17 Comments
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