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Ready to go around the world – basic and comfy pieces for adventurous knitters who love travelling

Can you imagine how excited I became when I met Kimberly Golynskiy and her new project “Around the world in 80 skeins”? As a crafter, I’m amazed by the friendships and connections made online, among people from all over the world. There’s no more such a thing as loneliness when we think about how many knitters, crocheters, seamstress etc etc, we can find online to share ideas. DSC_0483 More than that, through social media, we can participate on their creative process’, families, daily setbacks and happiness, delicious snacks and meals and the most beautiful yarns and notions that we all love to have! Particularly, Im a big believer that the more positive thoughts and actions we share, the better it will be for the the whole planet. It’s a privilege to be part of worldwide group of people that loves the art of knitting. Through “Around the world in 80 skeins”, Kimberly is going further. Now we will be able to know even more about knitters from all over the world. I’m immensely happy to be part of this and ready to travel all over the world with so many talented knitters. Thank you, Kimberly. To celebrate this sweet journey, I developed a mini collection, inspired by the idea of physically travel to so many countries! Which pieces are key for this adventure? I just can think about layers, comfort and practicality in gorgeous colors! I would like to present to you: Amalie, an open front cardigan with a fun and interesting construction, that can be also used upside-dow! Even designed to be a comfort garment, Amalie have a detail that enhances the back waist. It’s such a versatile piece, that can be wear all year long! DSC_0341 DSC_0365 DSC_0326_2DSC_0319_2 DSC_0322_2 Ametrine, a wide shawl, that fully embrace your body, keeping you warm and free to move. Ametrine is a top down half moon shaped shawl. From the point of view of who is knitting, the left side is slightly bigger than the right. On the right side we will create two stylized wings, one worked before the other. The shawl’s main body and the two wings have different stripes patterns. The idea was playing with six harmonic (and gorgeous) colors, creating an elongated and asymmetrical shawl that can be dressed as a shawl, scarf or wrap, or in any other way that you’re into it! Just wrap yourself comfortably with some beautiful colors! My criteria to pick these colors was: four earthy and gradient (Riverstone, Feldspar, Moonstone, and Smoky Quartz) and two warm colors (Camu Camu and Carnelian). At the end of this pattern, there’s a table with the number of stitches per rows of Ametrine. You will also find there the number of stitches in each side of the shawl per row. BTW, why Ametrine? My dear friend Letícia Cinto figured out that all the yarn colors (from The Fibre Company) are named by stones or crystals! At this point, this project wasn´t named yet. I appreciated her suggestion and did my research. It turns out that the first stone that I found was Ametrine: a rare and unusual stone which occurs in quartz when amethyst and citrine reside in the same crystal. Because the color zoning effect is natural, no two ametrines will ever be exactly alike... Miners in the Brazilian state of Bahia are finding small amounts of this combination amethyst/citrine...Ametrine is very helpful in getting rid of depression. This leads to inner peace and tranquility...Many believe that it contains the powers of amethyst and citrine in one stone, making it a very powerful money stone as well as an excellent via to higher psychic awareness and spiritual enlightenment...VERY RARE POWER STONE. Do I need to say more? Yes, I do! Take a look at the colors of this special gem: ametrine 3 The same range of colors of Ametrine!!! Pretty perfect, isn´t it? You can read more here: https://crystal-cure.com/ametrine.html DSC_0401 DSC_0392 DSC_0398 DSC_0406 DSC_0433-2 Amity, a versatile cowl, designed to snugly fit your neck and shoulders. Worked from bottom-up, Amity is shaped with decreases that make the fabric converge to parallel lines, creating a comfort fit from shoulders to neck. This cowl is a quick knit project and can be a good choice for a gift. Particularly, I think Amity works beautifully with heathered yarns, because they enhance the stitches definition! The combination of shape and stitch pattern was designed to keep you warm and comfortable, with no need to “joojing” the piece all the time to stay in place! DSC_0443 DSC_0475DSC_0467DSC_0484 DSC_0457-2 The mini collection “Ready to go around the world - basic and comfy pieces for adventurous knitters that love travelling”, have fun constructions and different representation of lines, such as colorful stripes and lots of ribbing with a little twist to create shapes and textures. Do you remember the math concept: the smallest distance between two points are a straight line? There we go… Are you ready to join us to go around the world in 80 skeins”? My eternal gratitude for some people that I love and admire. Their precious support and hard work,  made this project possible. Patricia Vivacqua, a dear friend who tested knit the mini collection (Pat encourages me to keep up with the good work and...she always makes me laugh...a lot!!!) and Sandra Baroni who tested knit Amity (Sandra makes the most beautiful yarns! Take a look at Trico Trico Yarns Store!). Another dear friend, Leticia Cinto (she is the most sweet person I know and she blogs at "Pratos no ar"), who spotlessly tech edited all patterns! My daughter, Mariana Assumpção, who tirelessly modeling the pieces (under almost 100F). She's beautiful, she's the best daughter in the whole world! My hubby Alexandre Sores, who supports me in many ways and worked for days on the images! Thank you, "amoreco"! Peace, Knit and Love ...always! Paula  

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