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Moscow. City’s Diary.

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Happy Monday! I am glad to say I safely made it home after a very long trip to visit my family. Lots of happened during this time and it seems like I am starting a completely new life, which is scary, but I guess this is what I need right now to keep going. I would love to share with you my last three days in Moscow, I didn’t have any particular plan what I am going to do, just randomly walked around the city and captured its details with my phone. Lately I feel like this is the best way to travel for me, I enjoy the place, savouring each moment, rather than trying to do as much sightseeing as possible. I hope you will enjoy this visual walk with me today.

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I hope I managed to show you Moscow through my eyes. Though I have been pretty silent about my projects here, I have been knitting during my trip and have some fun things to share with you soon. It feels good to be back..

I hope you are going to have a wonderful week!


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By | 2018-09-03T04:53:13+00:00 September 3rd, 2018|Travel|2 Comments

St Petersburg. City’s Diary

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My trip to the favorite city didn’t go exactly as planned, but these 3 short days were filled with dear friends, magical places and good food. This post is a collection of random moments caught here and there, each of them holding a beautiful memory about this place that will always stay in my heart.

I hope you will feel, through these simple phone photos shot on the go, the atmosphere of this unique city – magnificent buildings that make you stop and stare; cozy little cafes filled with smell of freshly baked bread and deserts and book stores hidden behind city’s doors; that distinct city’s voice made of traffic, announcements of the current exhibitions and excursions, street musicians and the mix of languages on the streets; the “texture” of the city made of colors, buildings, canals and people.

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By | 2018-08-08T06:51:06+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Gifts Of Life|6 Comments

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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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

I ♥ St. Petersburg

Happy Wednesday!

I am back home and getting into my usual life routine here. I know I have been pretty absent from the blogosphere this month and now have lots to do to catch up. I have some projects to share with you soon – small tutorials, new yarn, pattern release… But today I would love to give you a glimpse of my home country and take you for a walk in my favorite Russian city – St. Petersburg. I was lucky to spend a week there with my dear parents and friends. I don’t want to burden you with historical facts and dates; I just hope to share with you the spirit and atmosphere of  this magical city, that has a very special place in my heart. So, let’s go? 🙂

I haven’t been in my home country for two years and I wanted to absorb its culture and atmosphere as much as I could. And there is no better way to do that than throw on your favorite old dress, flat shoes, grab a camera and get lost in the city.

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I started on Palace Square (Дворцовая площадь), probably the most famous spot in town.

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I love this place – it is always full of life! You will also find here The Winter Palace (Зимний дворец), that used be the official residence of Russian monarchs. Right now you can find there the world famous The State Hermitage Museum.

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Just minutes away there is a grand and glorious St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Исаакиевский собор). Its golden cupola that rises over the city won’t let you get lost.

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Its interior is a true architectural masterpiece.

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You can also go all the way up to the dome and enjoy breathtaking view of the city from there!

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My next stop was The Summer Garden (Летний сад), the oldest city’s garden. I enjoyed a long walk along Neva, crossed the bridge and walked all the way to the garden.

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It is a fountain season in St. Petersburg and it is the most beautiful sight!
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If you walk 15-20 minutes from the garden, along the Palace Embankment street (Дворцовая набережная) that runs along the Neva River, you will see a grand statue of the founder of St. Petersburg – Peter the Great (Петр I Великий).

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If you are in St. Petersburg, you just can’t not walk on Nevsky Prospekt – the main and busiest street in the city. Here you will find the best shops, restaurants and the most beautiful buildings. But if you are tired, turn to Griboedov Canal and you will find yourself in front of the magnificent church – The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (Церковь Спаса на Крови), then turn right around the corner and relax in a beautiful park in front of The Russian Museum (Русский музей).

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From left upper corner clockwise: 1. Nevsky Prospekt (this beautiful building with a dome is a book store!) 2. Griboedov Canal 3. The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood 4. The State Russian Museum

Your visit to Russia won’t be complete without Peterhof, a magnificent place 40 minute drive from the city. Known as the “Russian Versailles”, it used to be the summer residence of Russian monarchs.

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It is truly one of the most magical places in the world. The palace, surrounded by a huge garden full of fountains, is a spectacular sight. I could get lost there for ages and imagine how Russian emperors used to walk along the same paths and create the history…

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I am so grateful to my parents for organizing this trip and for being with me!

 I hope you enjoyed this little walk and feel inspired to visit St. Petersburg someday! It would make me really happy!

If you enjoyed this post about St. Petersburg, you will definitely love the interview I’ve done with wonderful Olga, an amazing knitter that lives and creates in this beautiful city – World Crafter. Olga. Saint Petersburg, Russia!

Have a great Wednesday and I will be back with knitting soon!

I also wanted to thank you for your kind wishes on the blog’s birthday! Thank you so much!! I was moved to tears.

Love, Alina.


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By | 2016-08-24T07:09:00+00:00 August 24th, 2016|Travel|26 Comments

June. Adiós.

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

Happy Sunday and happy July! We are practically in the middle of summer already! Only this week it hit me that I have less than 3 weeks left before my trip to Russia! And I still have so much to take care of! It feels surreal that less than in a month I will be able to hug my parents, my grandparents, my dear girlfriends and my parents’ dog 🙂 Oh my!!! I am also beyond excited to come back to one of the most beautiful places in the world – Saint Petersburg. It is not my hometown, but I love it so much and feel much more at home there rather than in my hometown. Personally it is my capital of Russia, not Moscow. Actually it used to be the official capital of the country before Moscow became one. Saint Petersburg is a true book of Russian history, culture and architecture; its beauty takes my breath away; it is absolutely glorious in summer… I found some old photos from my last trip there 2 years ago, can’t wait to come back!

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June Crafty Notes

1 FO, 3 WIPs

My craft plans for July are to finish Gesture sweater and Moeke Cardigan. Actually I have to finish Moeke Cardigan, even if I don’t have time to sleep 🙂 It is scheduled to be published in September and test knitters will need at least 4-6 weeks to finish it, so I have to hurry up!! I also want to finish Gesture Sweater from We Are Knitters in July, because at the end of this knitting story We Are Knitters will offer a big yarn giveaway for YOU. I want you guys to have your yarn ready by August, so you can create your handmade coziness right in time for fall.

This is it for my monthly round-up! How was your June?


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By | 2016-07-03T08:36:12+00:00 July 3rd, 2016|Adiós|10 Comments

Wonderland

Happy Sunday!

The last weeks were quiet hectic and I just needed something to recharge and start fresh. The opportunity to get out of the system appeared in my favorite local farm-to-table restaurant in town – Via Organica. I love this place for the best vegetables in town, for supporting the local farmers and  for very reasonable prices on organic produce. The restaurant offered a tour to a organic dairy farm for a whole day and a visit to one of the biggest monoliths in the world.

“Flor de Alfalfa” is a local dairy farm, less than 2 hour drive from the city, which produces hormone/antibiotics free milk, natural yogurts, cheese, cream and sour cream. I thought it would be an interesting experience to see what they are doing, but the reality exceeded all my expectations. This is not a farm, this is a wonderland!!

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Huge spaces covered in fresh grass, the cows walking freely on the fields surrounded by mountains, the smell of wildflowers and delicious fresh food. The company is providing the best care for the cows. The milking process is unbelievable – the cows walk into a spacious building where Mozart’s and Bach’s masterpieces are playing (cows just love them! Good taste!), after the milking is done, all the data goes straight to the vet computer and he checks if everything is alright and if the cows are healthy. The babies are just adorable – they are so friendly and will lick you to death 🙂

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Well, this guy didn’t care at all 🙂 I can’t blame him -I would sleep there all day long as well.

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After the tour our group had cheese tasting that was absolutely delicious! I have such a huge respect for the company, for all they do, for their care for environment and for their philosophy. It is definitely not easy to compete against huge conglomerates that have taken over the market. I will definitely support them as much as I can!

The wonderland didn’t end here – we drove 30 minutes more to visit Peña de Bernal, one of the biggest monoliths in the world – 433 m (1,421 ft). Recent chemical analysis showed that it formed around 8.7 million years ago.

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People say that locals live here much longer than the average person in Mexico – up to 100 years. People get married at 90 here 🙂 Every spring there are hundreds of tourists coming to the monolith to hike and recharge. We didn’t have much time and made it only to Level 1.

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We will definitely come back and go all the way up; but even from level 1 the view was breathtaking.

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This is why I love unplanned unexpected road trips – you always end up finding something fascinating! This is exactly what I needed – to recharge and get inspired by nature. One quote from Einstein’s biography by Walter Isaacson comes to mind: “His [Einstein’s] inner security was tempered by the humility that comes from being awed by nature”.

Have a wonderful day!


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By | 2016-06-26T07:46:01+00:00 June 26th, 2016|Travel|16 Comments
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