Introducing the DOINA collection

Introducing the DOINA collection

We learned in school that the Romanian is brother with the forest, that the relationship with the nature is immanent and ever shaping the rural way of life. Pastoral life followed the natural rhythm of the seasons: spring came and the shepherds gathered the village’s sheep and went up the mountains where the sheep could graze without depleting the pastures. Carpathian shepherd dogs were trusted protectors of sheep and shepherds against the wolfs and bears.

Introducing the sponsors

Introducing the sponsors

The MY Make Along would not be complete without its sponsors, the amazing people who support the event with beautiful prizes. Just like last year, the prizes are not only limited to knitting / crocheting specific items. Just like last year I dream of bringing together makers and artists and owners of very special shops and to present them to you, because they are worthy of being known because of their passion and talent and soul that they pour in everything what they do.

Holiday to Romania

... a travel back in time

Holiday to Romania

After two years of renovating our house, this year we finally had the time to take a holiday and visit my parents. A good thing also – the village where they live is still very old fashion and some folks asked me why am I always travel without my husband, as the only reason for this unusual behavior of a married woman could be domestic violence. So we packed the dogs and ourselves and after a 1700 km trip, here we were, in Romania, Valea Crisului village, Bihor county. 

The Heritage sweater

The experience of a test knit

The Heritage sweater

Finally! The Heritage sweater is available on Ravelry and I can share my experience as a test knitter with you 😊 This sweater is the first from Alina’s collection for the MY Make Along 2017 – if you missed the post I already shared about this here . It is a classic sweater with clean lines and a gorgeous fit. Something that you could wear in so many different ways, a true basic item in your wardrobe. This is also why I wanted to test knit this pattern – who does not need such a piece? 

Chibi

Alias: Happy Birthday Mara!

Chibi

This is Chibi. Chibi Muertos to be more precise. He is obviously a skeleton. He is a misunderstood skeleton, he likes flowers and has a preference for bright colors. Not surprisingly, he is also feeling a bit alone. 

The neck warmer tutorial

Alias: I am very bad with titles… or names for patterns…

The neck warmer tutorial

As part of the #headtotoeschallenge hosted by Lankakauppa Kera I made myself a neck warmer. I made this item with a specific function – to keep me warm during my boxing sessions. We train outside and now the weather is quite frigid (I am being kind to the weather now…). During the first minutes I need something small and effective for my neck. A shawl would get in the way, a cowl would hang and again, get in the way, but a snug neck warmer would stay close to the neck throughout my training. 

The Big Half Hap

The Big Half Hap

I promised myself for a long time that I will write this blogpost. I find it important to give credit and to highlight talented makers who so skillfully work with our yarn and create wonderful things. One of these makers is Josh and this is the story of her Big Half Hap pattern. 

Ombre hat – a short tutorial

Goal number 2: "From head to toe" Challenge

Ombre hat – a short tutorial

I had this idea for quite some time, to knit an ombre hat. I saw some really nice ones on Instagram, and I really liked the effect you get when one color merges into another. And so, when the From Head to Toe challenge started I thought it is the right time for me to finally knit this hat! And since this little project got a lot of love on social media (thank you so much for that!), here is the simple recipe for making this hat.

Bring it on 2017! Second part!

Goal number 2: "From head to toe" Challenge

Bring it on 2017! Second part!

When I started to make things, I made simpler things and I was genuinely afraid to start a big project like a sweater. I mean, think about it, thousands and thousands of stitches, sounds like a never-ending story… But then I gathered courage and inspiration from all the wonderful makers that I came across in real life and virtually, and finally I casted on for some serious knitting. And it was not that bad. There was a change in my head that helped – the switch from the result to the focus on the project.

Bring it on 2017!

Goal number 1: MY Make Along 2017

Bring it on 2017!

Don’t be fooled by the title of this post. 2016 was a year of challenges and I know for sure that 2017 will be no less! And while I am accepting this situation (hence the title), I do not have the answers already figured out to the known or the yet unknown obstacles and problems. But what I have are some goals defined, and these goals will be my guide. And I want to share these goals with you. Today about goal number 1: the MY Make Along 2017!

And the winners are…

And the winners are…

Instagram story is a great feature! So if you don’t want to read this blog about the winners of the first MY Make Along, just take a look at today’s stories! (many thanks to my husband who held the phone steady while I picked the winners!) Some of you were entered for several categories and some of you also won multiple prizes. Thank you all for participating, a big thank to our sponsors and participating designers, and congratulation to all winners!

And now, the winners are! 

Thoughts about the sharing economy

Thoughts about the sharing economy

I think I am not very far from the truth when I propose that the making community has at its core the awareness that consumerism has had some very bad consequences for our society. It has led to a system of mass production of disposable items that encouraged fast consumption for cheap money and with no regard for the waste created. It has made casualties among the small producers everywhere and has transformed how we interact and relate to our clothes. Me, as a maker, I pledged to become more aware of my habits related to consumption. I make part of my clothes and making transfers value and meaning to them. I treasure the clothes that I make, I use the best materials affordable for me and I take the time to enjoy the process as well as the result. I do not have a vast wardrobe and I don’t feel the need to be “fashionable”.

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