Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Yummy



Finally we found a source to get the raclette cheese for our Christmas dinner through Amazon. 
There was a great cheese store not too far away which unfortunately had to close. Sad for all the cheese lovers........


Monday, December 28, 2009

Did you know...



.... that llamas are used as livestock guards?
.... that they grow, unlike the alpaca, a true dual coat with a soft    
     undercoat and a thick rugged layer of guard hairs on the 
     outside?
.... that the fiber must be dehaired for processing?
.... that llama fiber doesn't felt or bleach easily?
.... that llama fiber contains no lanolin (the oil found in sheep’s wool),  
     so it is not greasy and is hypoallergenic 
     (people are only allergic to the lanolin)?

I bought some beautiful llama yarn at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool festival.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Basil for a teenager




This was the last Christmas present I finished in the Thursday morning at 1:00 am. I made my design Basil for my teenage son, but without the tassels. It was also a great opportunity to try out Mirasol Miski yarn, 100 % baby lama. It's a very soft yarn and comes in gorgeous colors.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

What's truly important

Remember today what's really important to you. Look past 
those fleeting concerns and activities that seem so urgent, 
and look into what you truly care about.

Generously give quality, focused time to the special people 
in your life. Accept them for who they are and listen 
without judgment to what they have to say.

Spend some quiet time with your own best thoughts. 
Peacefully consider the goodness and value in your life, and 
feel the warmth that those thoughts bring.

Softly treasure the moments of this day. Each moment is an 
opportunity to give more value and support to those things 
that matter most.

Keep yourself connected to what's truly important to you. 
From that perspective, you'll find great fulfillment in all 
that you do. 
(B.S)


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Finishing Christmas presents part 2



These scarfs are on their way to Europe and hopefully get there in time.
Short Row Multidirectional Scarf by Ann Norling is a fun and easy pattern which looks great in self striping yarn. For the red one I used Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball knitted on a
US 1 /2.5 mm. For the other scarves I used Crystal Palace Yarns Mochi Plus worked on a size US 7 / 4.5 mm. Much faster!
Now I need to finish the socks and a hat for my older son........not talking about other unfinished projects, design ideas........

Monday, December 21, 2009

Finishing Christmas presents part 1















Today I'd like to finish the socks for my 4 year old.
I'm using my favorite basic sock pattern Classic Socks for the Family from Yankee Knitters Design.
The pattern is written for 5 different sizes and 3 different weights of yarn. We use this pattern to teach beginner socks at my LYS.
I changed the heel from a reinforced slip stitch heel flap, which looks like a ribbing, to one which looks more like woven fabric by alternating the slip stitches every right side row.
It would read like this:
Row 1: *Slip 1 st, K1*, repeat across row.
Row 2: Slip 1 st, purl across row.
Row 3: Slip 1 st, *Slip 1 st, K1*, repeat across row.
Row 4: Slip 1 st, purl across row.
(Stitches are slipped as if to purl.)
Repeat rows 1 - 4 until heel flap has desired length.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Let it snow, let it snow.....





.......... let it snow!
It snowed all night long and it is still.
This is one of the biggest storms we had in a long time.
Our snowplow runs by man power. Let's go!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Inspiration

Four years ago around Christmas time I met Candace Eisner Strick at a friend's house.
Of course, we got into knitting talk immediately. Since then she has been such an encouragement and inspiration to me, to widen my knitting horizon, try new things and design.
Her designs are innovative, clever and just beautiful.

Learning both music and knitting at the age of three, Candace Eisner Strick has followed these two loves all her life. She was co-director and cello instructor of the Suzuki String Program of Mansfield, CT for 16 years. She is the author of Sweaters From a New England Village, a
book about Harrisville, NH which features twenty original designs using Harrisville Designs yarn. Her second book, Sweaters From New England Sheep Farms is a series of portraits of eight New England sheep farmers who hand-dye the wool they produce, and includes over 25 original designs using their fiber. Her third knitting book, Beyond Wool, uses a variety of fibers other than wool. There are chapters about the fibers as well as 25 original designs. Then Quilter's Quick Reference Guide and Little Box of Crocheted Bags and more books followed. Her designs and writing have appeared in the leading knitting magazines. Candace designs for yarn companies while she and her husband run their internet based business, Strickwear, which features her exclusive designs, custom hand dyed yarn, and her new line of uniquely blended colors, Merging Colors.

Candace teaches workshops internationally at major knitting conventions and guilds. Her other fiber related interests include spinning, weaving, dyeing and quilting. When not doing the above, she is riding her bicycle. She lives in rural Connecticut with her pianist/knitting husband and 2 birds. She has three grown sons, all of whom know how to knit but refuse to do so.



.....and of course Candace knows all about the famous sentence
"Just one more row!!!"

Thank you Candace!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Basil

Here my newest design. I couldn't stop working on this hat because I had so much fun with it.

This fun hat was inspired by the colorful onion domes of the St. Basil Cathedral in Moscow. During the long period of short and gloomy winter days everyone needs to add color to life. For this project you can use from two to eight colors, which makes it perfect to use up these odds and ends and get creative. The decorative ridge you will get on the right side adds beautiful texture to the pattern.
The hat is worked top down with six strips knitted together and comes in six sizes from preemie to adult large. There is no sewing involved


Saturday, November 7, 2009

New Design "Priska"

Playing with beautiful colors is one of my favorite things to do. The result you can see in my newest design:
PRISKA



The ascot style scarf and the cowl are worked in three strips, which are knitted together. There is no sewing involved.
Using a self-striping yarn this creates a unique look. The decorative ridge you will get on the right side adds beautiful texture to the pattern.

Scarf and cowl can be worked in aran or fingering weight yarn.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Springy Mittens


The Springy Ring Mittens are really fun to do.
I used Fame Trend, a sock yarn from Swedish Yarn Imports.
Here you can find the pattern.

Friday, October 9, 2009

From The Heart








Here are some pictures of my newest design.
This baby blanket was designed for a KAL in the warm woolies ravelry group.
The size of the blanket is larger than a regular ones (40"x 40") since it has to keep less privileged children in cold climates warm.
The center panel is worked first and then other sections are added.

If you're interested to get the pattern please leave a message or look for From The Heart baby Mystery blanket in the ravelry pattern search. It's a free download.




Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Another One

The EZ Adult Surprise Jacket allows to play with colors. I love this pattern....


I followed the instructions for the ASJ for a 27” bust circumference.
Gauge: 4 = 1” K = 18
To make the armhole wider I cast on 8 x K, marked point A and B at 2.5 x K sts and decreased down to 6 x K sts. I worked two rows even before I started the increasing part which adds a little room at the underarm.
For the neck opening I put 4 x K sts on a holder.

This Jacket will fit an 6 - 7 year old child and will travel with Warm Woolies to an orphanage.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Maine Impressions

View on Rangeley Lakes Maine



Moose Watching



Coose Canyon


Sunset at Ellis Pond


Friday, August 7, 2009

Kool Aid Dyeing



This time I painted the yarn and used following steps:
  1. I soaked the yarn, a 100% wool which I had wound in a hank, in warm water for approx. 45 min.
  2. After squeezing out the excess water I placed it on plastic wrap for dyeing.
  3. Then I poured my prepared dye in the different sections of my yarn. Sometimes I had to slightly tap the yarn so that the dye would reach the fiber on the bottom too.
  4. After carefully wrapping the hank in the plastic wrap and folding it, it went in the microwave for 2 x 2 minutes on high to set the dye.
  5. Not to "shock" the yarn I let it cool down and then rinsed and dried it.....
The name of the color way is Harlekin since I wanted to create a yarn to knit socks for Warm Woolies. The children in the orphanages love colorful things.....

It's so much fun to use Kool-Aid for dyeing. I just wonder how the stomach of people who drink this looks like. :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Elisabeth Zimmermann's Surprise Jacket

In the beginning of July I started to teach a class on the EZ Adult Surprise Jacket.
This one goes to Warm Woolies and is for a six year old. I made the version with the bigger armhole openings and I think it's so worth it, since the original one has tiny ones.


Friday, July 24, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Socks, Socks, Socks..........

These socks will travel to their destination soon! Warm Woollies is asking for bigger socks for the older kids in the orphanages.

What else is going on in my knitting life? :
  • My newest design will be published in the next 101 One Skein Wonders book, featuring sock yarn. Can't show you pictures yet....
  • In my LYS I'am teaching a class on the Elizabeth Zimmermann's Adult Surprise Jacket with 12 students. We have a lot of fun and some surprises. ;)
  • There are quite a few UFO's left to finish..........
  • I discovered Tunesian Crochet. I love it ....

Saturday, June 27, 2009

My new Etsy shop


Etsy is a huge vibrant market place to buy and sell handmade or vintage items, art and supplies.Since a couple of days I have my own shop there which you can find here.
I'm excited to put my first item there, the pattern for my design with the name

Celtic Ice








Check the shop frequently for new items like bags, doll clothes, knitting patterns and more.....

Monday, May 25, 2009

Warm Wollies Cardigan



Originally I planned to use this yarn, Heirloom easy care, for a design.....
I didn't turn out the way I wanted, so it became another toddler cardigan for my favorite knitting charity Warm Woolies.
The little flower is crocheted and sewn on.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Laundry Symbols

 
Did you ever wonder what these strange symbols on yarn and       garments mean? Since I put so much time into knitting a sweater I don't     want to see it shrunk to an American Girl Doll sized little felt ball.
 



I found http://www.textileaffairs.com  very helpful for translating this secret laundry language.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Feather and Fan

Feather and fan is one of the classic stitches used in lace knitting and is found in a lot of designs.
I always wanted to make something which uses this stitch and found the Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl by Sarah Bradberry.







The pattern is easy to memorize and gave some orphaned skeins of yarn new purpose. It took approximately 1200 yard to make the shawl. A fast knit .....
People say that most of my garments are in blue/teal/purple colors. Here I prove them wrong. :)))