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The Violet Gift. Wearing.

Ever since I learned how to knit and relearned how to crochet, I wanted to give. Giving in the form of handmade is the most fulfilling thing  for me. I remember always breaking my head over what to give for birthdays/weddings/anniversaries to my friends and relatives. Right now it’s out of question. I interweave my time, my skills, my knowledge, my love for fiber and for the process of creating into a final piece.  For me it is the most sincere and heartfelt “thank you”.

The Violet Gift is a huge Thank You for my dear friend, Elena, for her support, love and encouragement. Thank you for being with me!

Machine Knitting Dress

I always feel a little bit nervous when making the garments for others. When I knit or crochet something for myself, I can always stop, try it on, fix it her, fix it there and keep going. Creating a garment for another person is a different story, slightly nerve-racking for me 🙂 Basically I am half blindfolded. I don’t know if the fit/color/fiber combination is going to work on another person. So, I just trust my instincts and experiment, but always try to keep it simple.

I was really happy to make this dress for Elena. I think she looks absolutely amazing in it!

Machine Knitting DressThe Violet Gift will hold memories of the post-hurricane months, excitement to welcome an old friend into my new life and countless hours spent cleaning the knitting machine 🙂

All the details about the yarn, machine and techniques used can be seen here – The Violet Gift Dress. Details. 




By | 2016-04-10T08:53:07+00:00 April 15th, 2015|Finished Objects, Machine Knitting|14 Comments


  1. Carmela Biscuit April 15, 2015 at 9:38 am - Reply

    A beautiful gift for your beautiful friend! A very feminine knit!

  2. Karen April 15, 2015 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Your friend looks beautiful in the dress you made for her! Yes, knitting for others is a great joy.

    • Alina April 15, 2015 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      I’ll let her know that you like it, Karen!

  3. Zeta April 15, 2015 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Nerve – racking or not, you did it! Well done Alina! It looks fantastic! And to get this perfect fit for this beautiful curvy girl, amazing! 😀
    (Elena, you rock in this dress!!!!)

    • Alina April 15, 2015 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Zeta! I think I spent more time worrying if it is going to fit or not than actually making it 🙂 Oh, yeah – Elena definitely rocks this dress!!!

  4. Pat April 15, 2015 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! I love the color.

    • Alina April 15, 2015 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Pat! The color was my favorite part in this project!

  5. Julie April 15, 2015 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    the dress looks so beautiful on your friend!! what an amazing gift.

  6. Rebecca April 16, 2015 at 6:27 am - Reply

    Wow! Very Marilyn Monroe, elegant but so very very feminine.

    • Alina April 16, 2015 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Rebecca! I love the association with Marilyn Monroe!

  7. Nicky April 18, 2015 at 9:37 am - Reply

    She looks amazing in it! Beautiful work Alina!!!!

    • Alina April 18, 2015 at 9:55 am - Reply

      Thank you, Nicky! I’ll let Elena know that you like it!

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