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Wool Gatherings

YOTH Yarns. Daughter. The Gift Of Knitting

Happy Wednesday! I hope you had a wonderful start of the week and had some time to devote to your projects. I have been working on projects with YOTH yarns for more than a month now, you should have seen my table – it was piled with countless swatches of all kinds. Finally I’ve put together a pattern that I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out, so far everything is still at the messy WIP stage. Daughter yarn is so lovely to work with, the mix of merino and rambouillet make the thread alive.

YOTH Yarns. Daughter. The Gift Of Knitting

While my sweater in Daughter is taking shape, I am already swatching with Father. This is what I understood about myself – to boost the creativity and ideas flow, I need to switch between the fibers, something about the variety of tactile experience inspires me so much. I’ve got to know Father in Alina cardigan, so for me it is easy to predict right now how it will behave in a new project.

YOTH Yarns. Daughter. The Gift Of Knitting

There are different ways I work on a sweater (because it is almost always a sweater 🙂 ) – for grading, swatching, any math I need a quiet space, with no background music nor other distractions. Then when I start the project, it takes me some time to “trust” the direction where it is going and if it feels right and not too many notes has to be taken along the way, I can relax a little bit and watch something along the way. I rarely take my projects out and about and wish I had a chance to do that more.

YOTH Yarns. Daughter. The Gift Of Knitting

And speaking of taking your projects out and about, several weeks ago I got an email from Samantha Brunson, the founder and designer of Sosa Knitwear. If you read me for a long time, you might remember the interview I did with Samantha where she shared the story behind her knitwear brand and her beloved New York City – World Crafters. Samantha. New York, USA. Samantha is starting a very interesting project in New York – *Bobble* Club House, a knitting social club. Each month knitters will gather to work on their projects, binge watch favorite TV shows and movies, chat about yarn and try new fun products from the sponsors!

Samantha about the club: “It feels like coming home. You don’t have to explain yourself or come up with awkward small talk. You instantly have a connection. That’s the kind of experience that I want to create with *Bobble*. A home away from home”.

Sounds like a knitter paradise to me 🙂 The next gathering is 26th of September – you can get all the information about the tickets at bobbleclubhouse.wixsite.com. I can only imagine how amazing it would feel – a cozy room, noisy city behind the windows, a movie and clicking of needles of your fellow knitters. We need more places like that in this world! Anyway, if you are in New York area, you should definitely attend, I am sure it will be a great evening!

I hope you are going to have a beautiful day today!


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By | 2018-09-12T07:32:46+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Knitting|4 Comments

Wind of Changes

Alpaca Documentary

photo: Frisenvang yarns

Happy Wednesday! Today I have two projects to tell you about that touched my heart. Both of these projects are built on the faith and hope for the better world and finding place for all people in it.

Several weeks ago Marianne from Frisenvang yarns contacted me with the request to tell about her project she is planning to bring to life. Marianne is a part of a small company that is specializing in high quality sustainable alpaca yarn. I carefully read about what they do and what they aspire to do and I thought that their mission is amazing and something that you will be interested to find about too!

Frisenvang yarns are working with a group of local alpaca producers in the region Marcapata in the Peruvian Andes mountains. Instead of selling the raw wool to the companies, these alpaca breeders take part in every step of the yarn production process – carding, dying and handspinning. This way they are able to support themselves on much better terms.

Alpaca Documentary

photo: Frisenvang yarns

Right now Frisenvang yarns managed to give a better life to 265 people that are able to support themselves with their craft and create a unique high quality product that supports not only people, but also environment with its eco-friendly production process. Marianne and her partners aspire to bring in more people into the cooperative by educating them each step of the yarn production process and providing as many job places as possible.

Alpaca Documentary

photo: Frisenvang yarns

To make it happen it is important that more people find out about Frisenvang yarns project. Marianne and her partners are planning to make a documentary about the community, alpacas and life in the high Andes. The documentary is scheduled to go live in 2019 and the main goal is to give a raw and honest look at the lives of people and animals in this picturesque scenery. I personally think it is a wonderful project, as we know so little about the yarn production process at the very root of it and people who make it happen.

You can read more about the project and support it here – “Documentary – Unique sustainable yarn and a better world”

Alpaca Documentary

photo: Frisenvang yarns


Veter Magazine

The second project I wanted to tell you about is one very special magazine that is being published in Russia. I have been following its founder and editor in chief, Vera Pochueva, for years now and when I booked my trip to Russia, I knew I wanted to visit Veter’s office. “Veter” means “wind” in Russian and as the cover says – Wind is a symbol of changes and power, bringing new ides, inspiration, freedom and passion. 

Veter Magazine

The magazine tells about small businesses started by all kinds of people driven by inspiration and infinite love for what they do. Each story is inspiring and I love how it touches upon not only the creative side of each project, but also the practical one – how much money was invested, how sustainable the project is, how much time and effort it took to see the first results. It is a very raw conversation of how dreams are being brought to life, not always bright and shiny, but with everyday mundane tasks performed consistently, with diligence and faith in yourself and your work.

Veter supports a charitable fund that I also donate to, “Enjoyable Aging”, the fund provides nurses, supplies and takes care of the old half destroyed nursing homes where lonely old people live.

Veter Magazine

I hope you enjoyed reading about these projects that touched my heart. It is amazing how much we can do together and bring the wind of changes…

Have a wonderful day today!


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By | 2018-09-05T07:05:07+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Gifts Of Life|7 Comments

Sea Salt

YOTH Yarns. Father. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Wednesday! First of all I would love to thank you for all your support of Wings sweater and also for your kind wishes on my trip. Just 3 planes, 30+ hours on the road and I am with my family! Everything is still pretty hectic and it is hard to get back into my routine, but I am enjoying every single moment with special people and that is the most important thing right now.I am also happy to say that my knits and yarn traveled with me! I know that each piece I knit here will be filled with dear memories.

Today I would love to share with you the photo story of yarn that you have already seen on my blog – Father by YOTH Yarns. I loved our collaboration with Veronika and her amazing team so much, that I decided to devote my Fall projects to fibers from this amazing company.

YOTH Yarns. Father. The Gift Of Knitting.

This time I’ve chosen Father in Sea Salt shade – lovely silver grey shade that I adore. I am experimenting with the needle sizes trying to achieve the gauge that will fit perfectly my idea of the future garment.

YOTH Yarns. Father. The Gift Of Knitting.

As I told you before Father knits like a butter, the stitches seem to form on their own, easily sliding on needles. True knitting therapy for hands and mind!

YOTH Yarns. Father. The Gift Of Knitting.

I am looking forward to sharing with you the progress of this project and, of course, the final result! I hope you are having a great week!

YOTH Yarns. Father. The Gift Of Knitting.


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By | 2018-07-25T06:32:48+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|2 Comments

Portrait of Yarn and The City

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Sunday! Past week I’ve got two packages that made my heart sing. First is a beautiful rambouillet & merino blend by YOTH yarnsDaughter. I worked with 100% rambouillet and 100% merino before, but never had a chance to try them in a blend. Daughter has a nice spring to it, creates great stitch definition and drape; and this neutral color – Natural Vanilla – got my heart, I see some textured sweater coming – just so inspiring!

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

Along with delicious yarn, I was lucky enough to receive the most wonderful gift from my boss – a coffee table book New York. Portrait of a City. This is an absolute treasure, it is not just a book with pretty photos, but the actual story of the city with rare images from “over 150 celebrated photographers from the mid-19th century to the present day”.

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

This book captures the feeling of the streets, the sidewalks, the chaos, the energy, the ethnic diversity, the culture, the fashion, the architecture, the anger, and the complexity of the mythical, mystical Big Apple.

 

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

As for Daughter, it is coming with me to Russia!! I am so excited to bring it on my trip, get inspired by my home country and, of course, share it with my Grandma and say to her once again – Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking me to this tiny yarn store 9 years ago, it made such a huge difference in my life. 

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope you are going to have a wonderful day today!

 

YOTH Yarns. The Gift Of Knitting.


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By | 2018-07-08T07:24:15+00:00 July 8th, 2018|Knitting, Yarn|3 Comments

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

Grey Edge

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Sunday! My trip is just one month away and though I have three more projects planned, I was crazy enough to cast on The Edge. It is really interesting how my knitter’s brain works – as soon as I finish a design, I already have ideas what forms and colors it could take. It happened with almost all of my patterns, it is like I cannot get enough of them the first time around and crave to come back to play a little bit more with the design and sometimes this results in additional pattern files I add to the original version:

Reindeer was knit in merino/silk and then recreated in cotton, because I was craving to see the stitch definition the cotton creates.

La Flor took a completely different shape when knit in gorgeous mohair, which resulted in additional pattern file.

The Choice also gives you two options to choose (pun intended 🙂 ) from – cable or simple textured back.

Heritage and Wheat sweaters found their new life in the pattern “cocktail” when both sweaters merged in one.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

And now The Edge. I love my dusty pink aran weight sweater that I was wearing all winter, but when planning my trip home, I knew I needed some neutral cozy loose sweater that I’ll throw on with my black joggers and get on this 30+ hour journey. Well, The Edge fit perfectly – I was so craving to come back to these 3D cables that I love knitting so much!

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

So, of course, I am adding some mods to it, seems like I can never knit something as it is without modifications. The sweater will be lighter, as the yarn is thinner compared to the original one and I am thinking of making it crop length… Well, hopefully it will be ready just in time and keep me cozy during the flight, because I always get so cold in the planes.

Textured Cable Sweater Knitting Pattern. The Gift Of Knitting.

Hope you have some nice projects to work on this Sunday!


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By | 2018-06-24T07:54:18+00:00 June 24th, 2018|Knitting|6 Comments
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