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¡Con mis mejores deseos para 2018!

Espero que estéis pasando unas felices fiestas , con algo de tiempo para vuestras agujas. Supongo que os sorprenderá leerme en castellano. Desde agosto pasado, este blog me ha dado muchas alegrías, aunque también algunos dolores de cabeza, pero eso ahora no viene al caso. La cuestión es que nunca imaginé que mi loco plan de entrevistas iba a tener tanto éxito y estoy muy contenta con todo lo conseguido. 
En un primer momento, escribir en inglés era lo que tenía más sentido para mi y me alegra comprobar que ninguno me habéis abandonado en todo este tiempo, pese a que muchos no domináis dicho idioma.
Así las cosas, tras una pequeña encuesta y tras revisar las estadísticas, tengo que admitir que la mitad de los que me seguís sois de hispano parlantes, por lo que os merecéis poder leerme en castellano. Esto va a suponer un esfuerzo notable por mi parte, por lo que tendré que reducir el número de publicaciones mensuales. 
En  consecuencia, a partir de ahora, habrá dos publicaciones, una e…

Best wishes for 2018!

I hope you are enjoying these holidays, finding some time for your knitting projects.
Since I renewed this blog and started the knitting posts last August, I have had quite a lot of nice experiences (also some disappointing ones, but who cares now?). I never expected my interview plan to be accepted and to be so successful and I am really happy with the result so far. 
However, I have seen that I have a great number of Spanish speaking readers, who have been struggling with English posts and they deserve more attention from my side. Therefore, I have decided to post both in English and in Spanish. As a consequence, I shall hit twice at your mail box and you may read the post that better suits you. This also means that I shall reduce the number of posts per month. 
Although both posts shall have the same core information, they will not be identical, since they way of writing in each language differs quite a lot and direct translations sound weird. 
But now let´s move to the exciting n…

Kaia Diseño

The post that I bring to you today is very special for me. Laura was the first person who agreed to be interviewed for this blog. It was August and I had just had the idea and shared it with her. I had no idea of the structure, the questions or the timeline, but she said YES! And in a couple of days she sent me a lot of beautiful photos and a completely written interview!

Laura did not have any questions, nor a guideline, therefore, what you are going to read today are simply her words. So, I have decided to publish this interview in its original language (Spanish) and translated by me into English. I really believe that those of you who can read Spanish will enjoy their original words (with minimal editing on my part). For that reason, there will be two separate publications, one in each language!

I hope you enjoy it.

My name is Maria Laura Rodríguez Marcos and, as it is very long, my nickname is Laura Marcos. I am from Argentina, and I was born 47 years ago.

Being 6, my moth…

Kaia Diseño

La publicación que os traigo hoy es muy especial para mí. Laura fue la primera persona que aceptó ser entrevistada para este blog. Era agosto y yo acababa de tener la idea y la compartí con ella. No tenía ni idea de la estructura, ni las preguntas ni los tiempos, pero ella dijo ¡SÍ! ¡Y en un par de días me mandó un montón de fotos preciosas y una entrevista escrita completamente!

Laura no tenía preguntas, ni una pauta, por tanto, lo que vais a leer hoy son simplemente sus palabras. Así, he decidido publicar esta entrevista en su idioma original (español) y traducida por mí al inglés. Realmente creo que aquellos de vosotros que puedan leer español disfrutarán de sus palabras originales (con una mínima edición por mi parte). Por esa razón, habrá dos publicaciones separadas, ¡una en cada idioma!
Espero que lo disfrutéis. *********
Mi nombre es Maria Laura Rodríguez Marcos y ,como es muy largo, el artístico es Laura Marcos. Soy Argentina, nací hace 47 aňos . 
A los 6 aňos mi madre me ens…

Picknit Shop

I am sure that any knitter has a favourite LYS (local yarn store), but here in Spain most of them are located in the North, where it is really cold, so most of us must search online for gorgeous yarn. Today I want to talk about the first store where I ever bought amazing yarn. After this one, I found a few, just a few more, online stores where to get my yarn in Spain, but I had a special relationship with Veronica, the sweet lady owner of the shop, where I return as if it were just around the corner.

She was one of the first who pushed me to write the pattern of my Fall Spectrum Shawl. She even hosted a KAL for it. So I can only thank her for her kindness and for carrying such beautiful yarn, of course!!!

When did you open your online store?
Picknitshop was opened in the Autumn of 2013 by my husband and me, Argentineans living in Spain. Our main reason for opening was offering premium yarns and the best service you can imagine. Of course, sometimes things go wrong but if t…

Moody Knitter

So far I have been searching among my fav indie dyers, stores, etc. to pick up the ones I wanted to write about. However, today we are going to get to know someone whose story really touched me.

It is quite impressive to learn how many people leave a professional career to pursue their dreams. And today here I bring one brilliant example, Stella Egidi, an Italian lady with a huge personal background.

I hope you really enjoy reading this interview and appreciate what is hidden behind a pattern, which for some people means much more than simply a knitting project, but a life project.

Why did you start designing? It was a natural step ahead of my passion for knitting and my creativity. I knit since ever, and I always tend to modify a bit any available pattern to fit my taste. Also, since a long time I used to design sweaters for myself and my kids, and many people seemed to like them. 

So, at one point it was a natural question to ask myself “Why should not I write p…

Making Stories: Woods Book

Sometimes you come across a project that calls for you and without really being sure of what you are doing you simply join because you feel that is what you should do. This is what happened to me when I learned about Woods Book.

All of a sudden Instagram was full of people saying they were backing this knitting book which was only a crowdfunding project. I learned about who was behind the scenes , Verena Cohrs and Hanna Lisa Haferkamp, and it was such a crazy but amazing project that I had to back it, although with some doubts, to be fully sincere.

But those doubts almost immediately vanished, since I was updated in detail of all the making process, from the selection of patterns to the works with the printer. It has been such an interesting process that I cannot regret it at all. 
Now that I have the book in my hands , I really feel I took part of something near to a dream come true.

You can feel the love that these two ladies put in this project, when you pay attention to the detail…

Ritual Dyes

Instagram is for me the best place for yarn research. You come across so much beautiful yarn that it is impossible not to find what you are looking for. And, of course, this is where I found Ritual Dyes, by chance and by means of a pattern designer. When I saw her kits for Sunset Highway sweater I simply fall in love. But when I got them at home, that was devotion. The colours, the touch, really gorgeous and amazing!!

For all the above reasons, I invited Rachel to appear on my blog and she was so kind to accept. So we are here today to get to know her a bit more in depth. 

When did you start dyeing? And why? I have been making things my whole life. I started dyeing yarn during the past couple years for fun and for my friends. I started Ritual Dyes in March 2017.  I originally  began dyeing when I wanted colors that I couldn't find in shops. It all began with wanting the perfect grey. 

Where do you do it? which kind of materials do you use? I use acid dyes for their consisten…

October yarn review

Fall is already here and I simply love it. It is by far my favourite season: the colours, the feelings, the start of sweater season................ So today I am going to introduce you an indie dyer, whose colours really bring the Fall to my needles. 
I found her by chance, as it often happens to me, on Instagram. I really loved her yarn at first sight, deep colours, no fluos, nor striking ones, but all of them bringing back memories of nature, earth, either with rich saturated colours or with subtle speckles. This Canadian firm looks into woods, crops or water for inspiration.

It was supposed to be very difficult to grab a skein, so I set my alarm and got ready to be fast and.........I could only grab a sock skein kit and that is how I started my VIOLA's yarn collection.

When I got it on my hands, I could not believe how soft it was and how rich was the colour. I was sure I needed more of that gorgeous yarn.
I discovered that Emily Foden, the sweet lady behind VIOLA, was prepari…