On the XVIII century my great great great grandfather moved from his native Genoa and settled in Barcelona, where he set up a workshop of silk stockings. The business was lost long ago, but the passion for yarn has passed from generation to generation until these days.

I grew up surrounded by several generations of knitters with lots of talent which teached me the skills, the patience and the love for this art.

At some point I also moved from my native Barcelona and settled in a small town near Zürich, Switzerland.

Although it may seem surprising I discovered the existence of the knitting machines a few years ago through a book of Juliana Sisson, “Basics of fashion design: Knitwear”.
I got interested in these legendary machines and discovered that some of the best were designed and produced in Switzerland. Unfortunately, they are no longer manufactured.

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However, on the second hand market it was relatively easy to find Swiss people interested on selling their old machines, often excited about the idea of passing the machines over to a young generation sharing their passion for knitting. So, I became again the heir to a forgotten tradition.

I recovered, cleaned and put up three machines that were older than me. I learned how to use them and I practiced and practiced tirelessly until I got the desired results. Up to this day, I have never seen anyone else using them, other than on videos.

Working from raw material to develop a finished product that can be used on a daily basis excites me enormously. I found my passion, and now I have the tools to create fabulous designs pushing the limits of my imagination.

Come, join me in this journey!

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Alba Gutierrez

albaBorn in Barcelona in 1981. Currently living in Switzerland. Mother of 3.

Designer and developer behind Festotu Project.

Yarn lover.