The Wall

The Wall

Cotton yarn

Happy Wednesday! Today I wanted to share with you my little obsession – the wall in the downtown. Yes, one wall. Every time I walk past this wall, I can’t help but think about my colorful cotton skeins I brought from Mexico City several months ago. I had no idea what to make with them, but as soon as I saw this wall I wanted a bright colorful sweater in these colors. It happens so rarely – usually I prefer neutral shades and very rarely inspired by colorful stripes. But here I am, and all of this is happening because of this wall:

Cotton yarn

Isn’t it precious?! Such a perfect shade of blue and the green is mixing in perfectly! So yesterday I decided it was time – I have to make something with this yarn! I haven’t worked on my knitting machine for two months already and thought it was the perfect opportunity to get back to it. I got the green skeins out of the stash and started to look for blue ones. Two hours and a huge mess later I still couldn’t find the package with the blue yarn, just one lonely skein. How is it possible?! I didn’t take the yarn out of the house and didn’t use it yet (I even checked all my previous posts and Instagram images, just in case), the yarn is gone, gone, gone. And my wall obsession is still here….

Cotton yarn

Now I either have to forget about this sweater altogether and never ever pass the wall on my way or I have to hunt for this perfect shade of blue that mysteriously disappeared. Weird things are happening, really 🙂 Oh, and if I make this sweater, I know the perfect name for it. Can you guess? 🙂

Anyway, besides my wall obsession, I still have some other projects on my needles – The Choice Cardigan, sample #2 and some swatches with Heritage yarn that I am loving so much!! By the way, if you are interested in reading a little bit more about my behind-the-scenes design process of Journey sweater, you can find my mini-interview on Moeke Yarns’ blog here – Get to Know Alina.

Moeke Yarn

Do you have some weird inspiration sources in your projects?

I’ll see you at Yarn Along!


By | 2017-03-04T07:54:40+00:00 September 28th, 2016|Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|22 Comments


  1. Andrea @ This Knitted Life September 28, 2016 at 7:44 am - Reply

    So pretty! Inspiration Can certainly strike in the weirdest places! Take it where you can get it.

    • Alina September 28, 2016 at 7:46 am - Reply

      Agree! Now it would be nice to know where my blue skeins ran away 🙂

  2. steph September 28, 2016 at 8:07 am - Reply

    What a great combo of colours…you do know as soon as you focus on something ELSE…that bag of blue yarn will hop right into your sight!! I’m cheering on that WALL sweater….it’s going to be gorgeous (because I just know you’ll find the missing bag SOON!)…will the fuschia be part of the mix?

    • Alina September 28, 2016 at 8:11 am - Reply

      My husband said to me the same thing when I was obsessively looking for this bag of yarn, but I am too stubborn 🙂 My evening was completely lost!!! And it is still not here 🙂 I hope I will find it, I love it so much! No, I think fuchsia won’t be a part of the mix – I am not daring to work with three colors yet, I have to handle two at first. 🙂

  3. Adrienne September 28, 2016 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    I love it! Your posts make me really want to visit your town! It’s stunningly beautiful. I find pattern inspiration in things like architecture and tile floors. I find color inspiration in nature all the time. I’ve taken plenty of “knt inspiration” photos, but I haven’t actually planned a project with any of them yet!

    • Alina September 29, 2016 at 8:01 am - Reply

      Thank you, Adrienne! You should definitely visit it one day. The best time to come is March-April, when everything starts blooming and the town is covered in beautiful flowers!! I am also often inspired by the nature – I am drawn to earthly shades and neutral tones. But this wall, it just got me 🙂

  4. Beth September 28, 2016 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Lovely! I take a photo when I discover a color that speaks to me! I painted our front door purple (against quite a bit of advice) and now people tell me it’s their favorite thing about our house! Thanks for sharing!

    • Alina September 29, 2016 at 8:02 am - Reply

      Thank you, Beth! I’ve been always very cautious with color, but little by little I am getting into it!

  5. SarahD September 29, 2016 at 12:30 am - Reply

    So lovely, I wish you could fine that blue yarn! I just hate when that happens. I am a bright colors kinda girl but always end up so drawn to other peoples’ neutral palettes and I’m not sure why because I always choose color over neutral. Your wall is inspiring for sure!

    • Alina September 29, 2016 at 8:03 am - Reply

      Still can’t find the yarn 🙁 I have no idea how it could happen! I am the opposite – always admiring colorful knits, but very rarely making them myself. I think I have to get out of my color comfort zone more often!

  6. karen September 29, 2016 at 6:38 am - Reply

    well your sweater to be that was inspired by a beautiful wall, well it will be beautiful of course. I get inspired by nature, when I see tawny brown weeds against evergreens. So much beauty in nature!

    • Alina September 29, 2016 at 8:04 am - Reply

      I agree, Karen! Especially during the fall – the colors are so perfect and inspiring!

  7. Becki September 30, 2016 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Wow, that blue wall is spectacular. It looks to me to be a periwinkle blue. A favorite blue of mine. I hope you find the yarn, too. But I know whatever you make, whatever you use, your sweater will be a work of art. 🙂

    • Alina October 5, 2016 at 8:03 am - Reply

      Thank you, dear Becki! Still no yarn 🙁 But now I think I found even the better option, will try some swatches and see where it goes!

  8. Julie September 30, 2016 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    I’m sure the yarn will turn up, no doubt in some strange, bizarre place that you would normally never put it. And you will have your wonderful wall sweater one day!

    • Alina October 5, 2016 at 8:04 am - Reply

      Oh, this yarn… I looked everywhere, even in the fridge, seriously 🙂 Gone, gone, gone. But I am still hoping!

  9. Zeta October 2, 2016 at 1:24 am - Reply

    I LOVE that blue! I want this exact color for the interior walls of our house but F believes that it will be too intense and maybe we should choose a lighter shade of it. I haven’t decided yet….
    Oh please, let your yarn be found so that you knit a beautiful sweater out of it…!

    • Alina October 5, 2016 at 8:06 am - Reply

      Oh, to have that kind of wall in the house would be amazing! I am myself drawn to more subtle/neutral tones in the interior, but always admire people who have the courage to add splashes of color in their homes!

  10. Elizabeth October 4, 2016 at 6:09 am - Reply

    I love your wall-spiration! I’m not great at putting colours together myself, so for me it’s always in response to something I’ve seen and loved. I changed up the colours in my baa-ble hat to make it suit my home landscape better, does that count?! Happy yarn hunting

    • Alina October 5, 2016 at 7:53 am - Reply

      Of course it counts! 🙂 I am very visual and mostly inspired by images, but lately even music inspired me to pick up my needles!

  11. Tahnee October 9, 2016 at 3:28 am - Reply

    That wall is fantastic, what a perfect shade of blue! And indeed inspiration sometimes strikes at the weirdest places 🙂 But I really wonder where the yarn disappeared to, have you found it back yet?

    • Alina October 12, 2016 at 6:56 am - Reply

      Hey Tahnee! Noooo! The yarn is gone 🙂

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