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The Gift Of Knitting – Flax.

Flax Sweaterhand knit sweater

I am happy to say that Flax is cherished and being worn… mostly by me 🙂 It is my first (and I suspect the last) hand knit gift for my husband. It fits him perfectly, but as I am the one who is always freezing during the mornings and evenings, the sweater slowly moved to my clothes shelf. The weather is really strange here, I am still getting used to it. The mornings and evenings are cold enough for a sweater, boots and a light coat, but during the day the summer dress is perfect. I guess it is due to the fact that the town is close to the mountains.

hand knit sweater

The sweater is quiet loose (4-6″ of ease) and long for me. I think my A. is wearing it with negative ease, but this way it makes the sweater even more cozy for me. I love extra long textured sleeves!

hand knit sweater

It just occurred to me that this is the first time in my life, at least from what I remember, when I am wearing 100% wool sweater. In Baja it was all about cotton and unfortunately wool wasn’t suitable at all for the desert heat. Back in Russia it was freezing, but I wasn’t knitting and didn’t have any idea about fiber. Wool had a place in my wardrobe only  in the form of acrylic blends. I have my hand knit cotton sweaters here and they are perfect for cool, but not cold temperatures, but when I put Flax on, oh my, I feel with every inch of my skin how the wool is wrapping me with the cloud of warmth.

hand knit sweater

I promise I’ll let my hubby to borrow a sweater. Maybe 🙂

Pattern review can be found here – FO. Flax. Details.

I hope you are having a wonderful week!


By | 2015-10-14T09:10:22+00:00 October 14th, 2015|Finished Objects, Knitting|24 Comments


  1. Carmela Biscuit October 14, 2015 at 9:25 am - Reply

    This sweater looks perfect in black, I’m thinking of knitting one for my husband too. Excellent photos!

    • Alina October 14, 2015 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Carmela! Be aware of knitting for men though 🙂

  2. Andrea @ This Knitted Life October 14, 2015 at 11:28 am - Reply

    You look gorgeous in your flax…And that bougainvillea! Oh my goodness. How stunning and what a great back drop for a photo. I wish we could grow those here. Almost but a bit too cold in winter. I tried once, and mine froze.

    • Alina October 14, 2015 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! Bougainvillea is a beauty! It grows so rapidly here!

  3. Tahnee October 14, 2015 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    I love the fit of this sweater on you! If I were you I’d probably move it to my wardrobe permanently 😉

    • Alina October 14, 2015 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Tahnee! You know, I might take your advice 🙂

  4. Tracey October 14, 2015 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    It looks amazing on you and I’m sure you husband agrees.

    I wish I had more need for wool, but living on the coast of SC there isn’t a lot of need.

    • Alina October 14, 2015 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Tracey! I can totally understand you – in Baja wool was just out of place…

  5. Corinne October 14, 2015 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    It makes me smile so much that you somehow inherited that sweater and now your hubbie has to borrow it if he wants to wear it 😉

    • Alina October 14, 2015 at 7:29 pm - Reply

      Haha! That’s true. I think he is scared of losing it now and constantly reminds me that as soon as winter comes he will wear it and I’ll have to make something else for myself!

  6. Zeta October 14, 2015 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    I bet it looks even better from a closer view. Black doesn’t look that good on photographs, so the pattern on the sleeves seems nonexistent. Great fit on you though! I love positive ease on sweaters, it’s stylish and comfortable.

    • Alina October 14, 2015 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Zeta! You are right – texture on black yarn is almost impossible to capture, in real life it shows much better.

  7. Julie October 14, 2015 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    It looks fantastic on you!! At least it won’t be left to languish on the shelf, and will get some wear. I totally borrow my husband’s sweaters sometimes, too- especially a cozy sweatshirt of his. Husbands, they just don’t appreciate the handknits!

    • Alina October 14, 2015 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Julie! I agree – men and knitwear repel!

  8. Tien October 14, 2015 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pictures and you look so lovely wearing it! Love the tunic like length and ease. Knitter justice has been achieved and now your husband will just have to wait his turn to wear it 🙂

    • Alina October 15, 2015 at 11:35 am - Reply

      Thank you, Tien! Knitter justice – love it!!! 🙂

  9. Patricia October 15, 2015 at 5:29 am - Reply

    It looks great!
    I still don’t have the courage to knit for my partner 🙁

    • Alina October 15, 2015 at 11:36 am - Reply

      Thank you, Patricia! Maybe you shouldn’t start 🙂 Turns out men don’t really appreciate hand knits.

  10. natalie October 15, 2015 at 9:03 am - Reply

    I truly admire your knitting creations and your blog. I really love the idea that you make your knitting creations for you, for your friends and for your family. I myself am a beginner in knitting but I’m getting addicted to this meditative state of mind, which I get in during knitting. It’s amazing and now I want more of it. 🙂 I was looking for inspiration when I found you and you made me realize, that’s what I want to do – making knitting gifts for beloved people in my life.
    Thank you so much and keep on writing.

    Yours, Natalie

    • Alina October 15, 2015 at 11:41 am - Reply

      Oh, thank you so much for such sweet words, Natalie! It makes me so happy to inspire you in some way! Knitting is an amazing journey, and being able to put your love and appreciation for people that are important in your life in handmade pieces is something really special. I wish you great knitting adventures – you are in for so much fun!

  11. Mel October 17, 2015 at 2:24 am - Reply

    This is a fabulous sweater and I’d have never guessed it was originally made for your husband, it fits you so nicely and looks very comfortable (the sort of sweater you want to live in). I hope he gets a chance to wear it sometime 😉 Fabulous photos too.

    • Alina October 17, 2015 at 9:41 am - Reply

      Thank you, Mel! I want to make simple classic wool sweater for the winter on my knitting machine. Only after that I will give him the sweater back! 🙂

  12. Becki October 17, 2015 at 10:48 am - Reply

    I love the sweater on you, Alina. You should knit for your husband more! 🙂

    • Alina October 19, 2015 at 8:56 am - Reply

      Thank you, Becki! I will knit for him only if I know that I can borrow it 🙂

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