... a travel back in time
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 experience of a test knit
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?
Alias: Happy Birthday Mara!
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.
Alias: I am very bad with titles… or names for patterns…
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.
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.
Goal number 2: "From head to toe" Challenge
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.
Goal number 2: "From head to toe" Challenge
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.
Goal number 1: MY Make Along 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!
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!
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”.
12 more days until the end of the first MY Make Along. It was amazing - and still is - to spot all your #wip and #FO photos on Instagram and the Facebook group. There are so many patterns made, some so beautifully photographed and skillfully executed that it is a pleasure and inspiration to browse through them. And some of you made not only one but more!
But now that the end is in sight, I want to make a last announcement / surprise and to ask you something.
We are living in such an interconnected world that it is hard to keep something hidden , even if it happens someplace very far away where the language barriers make everything harder. Even so, yesterday I found out that our yarns are presented on the Chinese market by a shop that it is not our official partner shop. The yarns were made available in an online shop after our official partner in China made public that they will represent Moeke Yarns in the country. A bit before that announcement, also by accident, I found out that one of the Dutch shops received a large order from China. Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe it was just some kind of cosmic justice that put all the pieces in place for me to find out about this scheme.
This post is inspired by the simple fact that last week I got a nasty cold that got me confined in bed for two days. I am in fact happy that was not worse than that, since the season of germ-happiness is ranging around here. And I am also happy that I was able to get me out of bed and functioning in 2 days, and all this with some “low tech” remedies, basically only paracetamol and homemade herbal remedies. And for some of the remedies that I made I used some of the tips that I received from you. I drank lots of herbal tea (thank you Nikki!) and warm milk with honey, freshly squeezed orange jus, and the second bed-day I made me a killer chicken broth. Super concentrated, packed with parsnip, carrots, onion and garlic, and topped with fine sliced fresh chili peppers, ginger, garlic and parsley. Eat that and you are instantly sweating. And you get better.
“Andy” pattern is the first knitting pattern specifically designed for our 2ply Elena yarn. The traditional Romanian yarn is single spun, and women who wanted to make something warmer used two or more strands of yarn together. From what I noticed, knitters nowadays prefer to buy already plied yarn. Shops also asked me regularly if we ever intend to produce a thicker yarn. And so, we did our best to find a traditional spinning mill that can twine singles and this year we have a first version of a Romanian traditional yarn that comes in 2ply.
This is a post that I was on my “to-do” list for a long time. A post in which I make things a bit clearer and maybe more exciting for the participants in the MY Make Along. You already know who the sponsors are. If you don’t, I encourage you to take a look and get to know these wonderful makers, artists, authors and shop owners who graciously agreed to support the event. But the question is: how can all these lovely prizes be won?