Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Colorido - A Mystery KAL - Part 5

This is going to be the last part of the pattern. It will be available in more sizes as a free download in my shop, so stay tuned....


With smaller needle pick up 60 sts around neck edge in CC2 or color you prefer.
Work in K2 P2 ribbing for approx. 2” or desired length.
Bind off loosley. (Use bigger needle if necessary.)

Graft underarms and sew in ends.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Colorido - A Mystery KAL - Part 4


Slip front and back body sts + former seam sts on bigger size circular needle.
(58 sts + 58 sts = 116 sts)
With MC cast on 5 sts, work across front sts (58 sts), cast on 5 sts, pm (to mark side seam), cast on 5 sts, join front and back, work across back sts (58 sts), cast on 5 sts, pm (beginning of the rnd marker).  Join. (136 sts)
Work even in rnds (k) for 7” measured from underarm.

After this work following rounds:

Rnd 1: P all sts in MC.
Rnd 2: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 3: K in MC
Rnd 4 -7: K in CC2
Rnd 8 & 9: K in CC3
Rnd 10: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 11:  K in CC3
Rnd 12:  K in CC1
Rnd 13:  K in CC3
Rnd 14: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 15 & 16: K in CC3
Rnd 17 -20: K in CC2
Rnd 21: K in MC
Rnd 22: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 23: K in MC
Rnd 24: P in MC

Then work even (k) in MC until piece measures 12” from underarm.
In the next round decrease 12 sts evenly distributed. (124 sts)
Switch to smaller size needles and work in K2 P2 ribbing for 2.5 “
Bind off.

I will post more pictures soon....

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Colorido - A Mystery KAL - Part 3

Here a picture of part 1 & 2 finished

This will be the part you're going to work both sleeves.

Slip the sts for each section onto separate pieces of scrap arn in following sequence:
44 sleeve sts
1 seam st + back sts + 1 seam st  = 58 sts
44 sleeve sts
1 seam st + front sts + 1 seam st  = 58 sts


With larger needle and MC cast on 5 sts, work sleeve sts, cast on 5 sts, pm, and join.
K one round.
Continue to work in st st.
Decrease 1 sts on each side of the marker every 5th row 8x in following way:
K2tog, k to last two stitches, SSK. (decreasing rnd)

Then work following rnds:

Rnd 1: P in MC
Rnd 2: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 3: K in MC
Rnd 4-6: K in CC3
Rnd 7: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 8: K in CC3
Rnd 9: K in CC1
Rnd 10: K in CC3
Rnd 11: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 12-14: K in CC3
Rnd 15: K in MC
Rnd 16: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 17: K in MC
Rnd 18: P in MC

Continue to work in st st using MC until sleeve measures 14”.
In the next round decrease 10 sts evenly distributed.
Switch to smaller size needles.
Work a K2 P2 ribbing in MC for 3”

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Colorido - A Mystery KAL - Part 2

Here the second part of the pattern:

With MC cast on 36 sts with larger needle. (Do not join)
Neck shaping:
Row 1:  (RS) K1, pm, K1 (seam st), pm, k6 (sleeve sts), pm, k1 (seam st), pm, k18 (back sts), pm, k1 (seam st), pm, k6 (sleeve sts), pm, k1 (seam st), pm, k1.
Row 2:  P  to end.
Row 3:  [K to marker, M1, slm, k1, slm, M1] 4x, k to end. (44 sts)
Row 4:  P to end.
Row 5:  Kfb, [k to marker, M1, slm, k1, slm, M1] 4x, k to last st, kfb.
Row 6:  P to end.

Repeat row 5 & 6 another 3 x.  (10, 1,16, 1, 28, 1, 16, 1, 10 sts = 84 sts)

Abbreviations & Hints:
Increasing row/rnd (inc rnd): Increase before and after each seam stitch. If not mentioned differently use M1 as an increase technique. Unless mentioned differently these rows/rnds are worked with a k st.
M1 purlwise: Lift the running thread between the stitch on the left needle and the stitch on the right, from back to front, so that the left leg of that running thread (the leg attached to that purl st on the left needle) hangs over the front of the left needle. Purl through that front/left loop. That will twist the running thread so you don’t end up with an eyelet.
Seam stitch: Stitch sandwiched by stitch markers (you should have 4 seam sts every rnd)
Sl1: Slip one stitch purlwise.

After joining your new round starts after the first marker. (the one with the different color). This means that if you work an increasing round you will end the round with an increase before your first marker.


On the next right side row work an increasing row (M1 before and after each seam st).
At the end of this completed row cast on 8 sts.

Join and k to first marker. (This marker will show the beginning of you new round. It helps to make this marker a different color than the other ones.)
Your round sequence will be the following now: 
seam st, sleeve, seam st, back, seam st, sleeve, seam st, front  (1, 18, 1,  30, 1, 18, 1, 30 = 100 )

Bodice shaping:

Rnd 1: Increasing rnd in MC
Rnd 2: K in MC
Rnd 3: Inc rnd in MC
Rnd 4: K in MC
Rnd 5: Inc rnd in MC
Rnd 6: K in MC
Rnd 7: Inc rnd p all sts (do the M1 purlwise) in MC
Rnd 8: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 9: Inc rnd in MC
Rnd 10: K in CC2
Rnd 11: Inc rnd in CC2
Rnd 12: K in CC2
Rnd 13: Inc rnd with CC2
Rnd 14: K in CC3
Rnd 15: Inc rnd in CC3
Rnd 16: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 17: Inc rnd in CC3
Rnd 18: K in CC1
Rnd 19: Inc rnd in CC3
Rnd 20: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 21: Inc rnd in CC3
Rnd 22: K in CC3
Rnd 23: Inc rnd with CC2
Rnd 24: K in CC2
Rnd 25: Inc rnd in CC2
Rnd 26: K in CC2
Rnd 27: K in MC
Rnd 28: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 29: K in MC
Rnd 30: P in MC

Continue to k every rnd in MC until you have completed 46 rnds or your garment measures 10.5”.

I will post the first pictures soon. 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Colorido - A Mystery KAL - Part 1

This Mystery KAL is part of a Knit for Tibet campaign we do in the Wool-Aid ravelry group to help to provide as much warm knitted items for the earthquake victims as possible.
"Knit for Tibet is an outreach effort of the Kyegu Relief Fund, established in response to the devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit the eastern Tibetan town of Kyegu on April 14, 2010. The humanitarian need is ongoing and significant. Approximately 10,000 people were killed, 20,000 people are injured, and 100,000 people have been left homeless and destitute. More than 90% of the buildings were reduced to rubble. Many of the survivors have no family left."
Winters are harsh in Kyegu, and the people are facing desperate conditions. Many are currently living in lightweight tents. They are especially in need of vests, sweaters, and socks. The sizes most needed are for babies and teens. 
Please also check the Wool-Aid website for more info.

With the COLORIDO Mystery  KAL I hope to be able to help adding some more sweaters to the next shipment.
Here how it works:
I will post parts of the pattern on my blog every so often. If you have a questions please either post your questions on the Wool-Aid ravelry board, as a comment here or send an email to c.burkhard at gmail dot com.
COLORIDO is a top down raglan  sweater (no seeming) in a size 14 (34” finished circumference) 

You will need:
  • approx 850 yards of bulky weight yarn, a main color and 3 additional colors. Two CC’s could work too but better are three. I use Brown Sheep, Lambs Pride bulky, approx 5 skeins MC and 1 skein each for CC. If you plan to contribute this sweater to the Tibet campaign, please use a yarn which is at least 80% animal fiber.
  • Dpn US 10 and US 10.5, circular needles US 10 and US 10.5 
  • Stitchmarkers 
Gauge: 3.5 sts and 4.25 rows per inch
The sweater will be in the ravelry database under the name Colorido so that you can link your project page to it. Feel free to use my picture too.
• Use different color marker for the first pm if you have.
Abbreviations: RS: Right side WS: Wrong side M1: With left needle tip, lift strand in between needles from front to back. Knit the lifted loop  through the back to twist the stitch. CO: Cast on. BO: Bind off MC: Main Color CC: Contrasting color Pm: Place marker Kfb: Knit in front and back of the stitch
With MC cast on 36 sts with larger needle. (Do not join) 

Neck shaping:

Row 1: (RS) K1, pm, K1 (seam st), pm, k6 (sleeve sts), pm, k1 (seam st), pm, k18 (back sts), pm, k1 (seam st), pm, k6 (sleeve sts), pm, k1 (seam st), pm, k1.

Row 2: P to end.

Row 3: (K to marker, M1, slm, k1, slm, M1) 4x, k to end. (44 sts)

Row 4: P to end.

Row 5: Kfb, (k to marker, M1, slm, k1, slm, M1) 4x, k to last st, kfb.

Row 6: P to end.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The English version of Wavebird..... now available in my shop.
Like for the German version all proceeds through December 24th will go to charity. (see previous post)
Thank you Barb for test knitting!! You rock.

knitted by Barb

Wavebird made my test knitters Juliane with her hand dyed yarn.
Here is her blog

 Test knitter Bine's version.

Coming up: Mystery KAL for a sweater. Stay tuned

My contribution to a family Thanksgiving dinner I'm invited to today:

Raspberry Mascarpone Cake made from scratch.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The German version of Wavebird is released

Thanks to my super fast German test knitters Karin, Juliane, Tina and Bine the German version of wavebird is now available in my ravelry shop.
From now through December 24th all the proceeds will go towards the microcredit program of
World Vision Microfinance.

"Microfinance loans foster small-scale entrepreneurship and act as a hand up in situations where a handout is not helpful. Small loans give impoverished individuals the working capital they need to start or grow a business. With one in five people worldwide surviving on less than $1.25 a day, the need is great."
I feel very lucky to be able to design. Through this program I hope somebody in less fortunate circumstances will be empowered to start his own business.
"Microfinance benefits ripple out to families and communities
As a business generate profits, small loan recipients build assets, save money, and are able to provide for their families. If the business expands to hire additional employees, then the entire community gets an economic development boost. Once repaid and recycled, microfinance loans can help family after family lift themselves out of poverty."

Friday, November 12, 2010

And the winner is

as a name for my new design.

Quietsch who submitted it will receive the prize, a skein of yarn, which was donated by 
Dirty Waters DyeWorks , and a free pattern. Since Quietsch is living in Germany the yarn will have to travel across the Atlantic.
The pattern will be released in a few days and will be also in German and English.
Thank you everybody for participating in my contest!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Naming Contest

There is still almost one day left and there are already so many ingenious names posted in the comments of original contest post:
  • Aurora Borealis / Light's in the Sky   by Andrea
  • Vikare       by LaurieM
  • Cygnus    by Jouneyseeds
  • Coriolis    by Majorie
  • Blue Mountain  by Bienchensmama
  • Blue Balance    by Petunia
  • Gorgeous Gemstone  by Susanne
  • Northern Lights  by Claudia
  • Wavebird   by Quietsch
  • Montana    by Angela
  • Mountain Sunset  by Dmw
  • Phong Na  by Ili
  • Angle Wings Shawl / Snowbird Wrap / Winter Star by Kate
  • Sparkling Berries  by Karen
  • Ikran  by H.brueckner
  • Wings over New England  by Kay
  • Evening Sunset by Connie
  • Winged Victory  by Sam

To pic the name is going to be a hard decision. Thank you very much for your submissions!!! it's not to late to put one in. The contest will close 8:00 pm EST. Tonight I'm going to present them to my family to vote on. Besides their choice another criteria for me will be to select a name which is not used in a lot of other designs. Tomorrow morning I will post the winner's name. Thank you so much for participating. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Prize

Yesterday I had the nicest experience at the New England Fiber Festival. 
I met Stephanie Griego from Dirty Waters Dye Works.  Not only did she have a very nice both with beautiful yarn but also donated the prize for my running contest.

And here is the prize:
It's 490 yards of  80% Superwash Merino, 10 % Cashmere and 10% Nylon

Thank you Stephanie, you blew me away with your generosity. Your yarn is beautiful!

The New England Fiber Festival was very enjoyable for me. I was surprised by the amount of vendors and the huge variety of fiber, yarn, buttons, designs, shawl pins.... since there were mainly smaller companies and farms you could feel the creativity in the air. Very inspiring and less crowded than Rhinebeck or Stitches East which gave room to actually spend some time at a booth and get a much better idea what's out there. 

For people who read this post and don't now about the contest, please read the previous post.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Name My Newest Design Contest

I'm so excited to show you my newest  design. This shawl is winged and has a lace edging.
The pattern is with my test knitters right now and the only thing I need before I can publish it is a name. 
Post a comment with your suggestion. I will choose a name from there. The person who posted this name will get a free pattern of this shawl + the yarn to knit it.

I'm looking forward to your posts. I will pick the name and winner on Friday, November 12th, 2010.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Story Blanket

The last few months have been very busy with house guests, doctor visits, surgery and the daily surprises  of  family life. As much as I would have loved to find more time to design my brain was to tired from multi tasking that I couldn't wrap it around chart writing, calculating gauges and measurements. All I was able to do was going back to the basics called mitered squares in garter stitch. I added quite a few squares to a blanket I started last year to use up little left overs of worsted weight yarn. Since I have a very hard time to throw away even the tiniest pieces of yarn, I collected quite a few mini skeins. Each yarn I use for a square tells a story about a former project or recipient of my hand crafted piece. Very rewarding and relaxing......

Friday, October 22, 2010


It was fun to teach a class in my LYS of my newest pattern Patches Baby Sweater.
Different yarns create unique patterning in this little sweater. This one was done by Margaret, one of our talented knitters. 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

14 Pairs of Socks

In summer I thaught a local knitting group how to make socks using my free pattern 
Cozy Toes.
They kept going and the stunning result are the 14 pairs you see in the picture above.
They will travel as far as Mongolia and Kazakhstan to keep the toes of some children cozy in the brutally cold winters they have to endure.
The knitters are Sharon, Kim, Gabriela, Heike and me.

I especially designed this pattern to help people to make socks for charity. It's also very helpful to teach first time sock knitters.
The pattern is written for size small child - adult and for worsted, aran or bulky weight yarn.
The different colored sections  in the picture show the different parts of a sock which doesn't mean that you have to make yours like it. It's for educational purposes, since it is sometimes hard for sock newbies to differentiate gusset, heel cap, heel flap and so. This sock is knitted top down. You will find the free pattern in my pattern store 
My favorite knitting charity, Wool-Aid is always looking for warm wool socks for orphanages in very cold climates. 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Whale Watching

On Friday I took my sister whale watching out of Plymouth MA with Captain John Boats. The weather was gorgeous and warm. We not only saw humpback whales but  we also learned how CJB biologists are collecting data to help scientists learn more about the whales that are sighted in the waters of New England, and why our coastal waters are so rich and productive, including the waters of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. 

This whale stayed with the boat all the time as if he would play with us. The captain couldn't turn on the motor for quite a while since the whale was so close. I love about Captain John Boats that you can feel their concern for this endangered species. They are part of several organizations which help to learn more about whales and their behavior as well as to help them to protect them. 

If you want to see some stunning pictures of our trip and get a better description of what we saw check out the blog post of our naturalist. She brought a lot of very interesting material about whales with her and you can feel her heart for these wonderful animals....
It was my 4th whale watching trip but certainly not my last one.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Patches, one of my designs, will be published in 
Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders: 101 Patterns That Go Way Beyond Socks!

The book will come out on November 13th.
A little later this pattern worked with one skein of sock yarn will be available in my pattern shop too. 

Monday, October 4, 2010

Six Loose Ladies....... a yarn shop I always wanted to visit since my friend Tricia, a Vermonter, gave me the hint.
Yesterday, I finally got to go there on a tour through Vermont we took my sister to enjoy the spectacular leave coloring you can find there at this season. My family was patient enough to take a little detour to satisfy my fiber addiction, which was absolutely worth it. 
(happy mom = happy family)

The Six Loose Ladies is more than a regular yarn shop they are a Vermont Fiber Arts shop and Gallery:

"Fiber Arts in Vermont is a non-profit membership organization that supports and encourages all creative fiber arts, provides a wide range of educational opportunities within this venue, coordinates resources, and fosters an atmosphere of communication within the fiber arts community."

It's not only the entrance of this shop Six Loose Ladies which makes you feel welcome, it's the whole atmosphere in the shop as well. I got to meet one of the ladies, Sandy, who was very friendly and knowledgeable, but not pushy. 

Even though they had a lot of their fibers at the Vermont Sheep and Wool festival at this very week end. I still found a huge selection of wonderful yarn including great locally dyed or produced fiber, which I personally love to see in a good shop. It just reflects the creative spirit of an area.  It's so hard to find things made in  U.S.A in the commercial world.
The Six Loose Ladies make a difference.....

As an Art Gallery they also show a beautiful selection of shawl pins, bags, felted items, quilts and jewelry hand crafted by local artisans. 

Last but not least they have a variety of classes for all levels they offer and a cosy sit'n knit area, which makes me want to take out my knitting and stay for a while, but my family is waiting ;-)

Six Loose Ladies, I will be back.......

Here is what I found:

Fingering weight wool yarn from Mt. Ascutney View Farm in Perkinsville VT and two cards.
The yarn reminds me of Jamieson's Shetland wools. It has a beautiful twist and of course it's in my favorite color.....

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The last day of summer............

Empty beaches, rolling waves, sunshine, long walks, ice cream, great company and a beautiful lighthouse all in one day makes it easier to prepare for the long New England winters. 
Together with my sister visiting from Europe I enjoy every minute of the beauty of these warm fall days which feel more like summer.

Stonington Lighthouse CT
I love lighthouses. This is a particular cute one.

Friday, September 17, 2010

I couldn't resist...... buy this skein of  Ellyn Cooper"s Yarn Sonnets.
It started out very innocent (as usual). Ellyn gave me a leftover of this yarn to play with, and I fell in love. This dream of color named Jasimine Dragon (color Rose Collage) is a wool-cashmere-silk blend. Suddenly I found myself in the middle of a new shawl design.
Soon I will be able to send it to my newly found test knitter, Barb. Test knitters are a rare but very important species of knitters. I'm glad that Barb is willing to test knit for me.

Other than that I'm planing on translating my patterns into German, finish some other designs
(three of them) and work on socks for Wool Aid.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Secret revealed

Friday the last clue of the Mystery KAL went out to the knitters. Now the secret can be revealed.
I'm very excited about my new design and the pattern will be available to buy beginning of this week.

Friday, August 6, 2010

39 knitters and a Mystery

Thanks to Deb, a knitting friend from my LYS my newest design got a name.
I'm using Color Changing Cotton from Wolle's Yarn Creation
Her yarns are truly unique and I've never seen such beautiful color changing material in cotton. Through her ravely fan group I started a Mystery KAL with my newest shawl design. Adventurous knitters  signed up and will get part of the pattern as a clue every week. Quite challenging, since they don't know yet how the finished piece will look like. 39 great people are part in this now. 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

More Falls

Since we couldn't get enough of rock hopping and climbing we went to see another water spectacle, the Ellis Falls.

Today we have to leave this gorgeous place. Bye, bye Silver Lake! We hope to see you next year again.

In case you are wondering, I'm still knitting. I finished a pair of socks for my husband which he wanted to wear immediately. Evenings in Maine can be crisp. Further I'm working on my new shawls design, Ocean Serenade. I started a Mystery KAL through ravelry with it.
 Fun, fun, fun.....

Saturday, July 31, 2010

A perfect day

The 1 mile hike to the Angel Falls  was just gorgeous and remote. There was a little bit of everything; climbing, water, woods, untamed wilderness........ 
The Smalls Falls are one of our favorite places to go. Jumping from rocks into swimming holes just made my husbands and kids day. Even the cool water couldn't hold them up.

And finally my dream came true. I saw three Moose! One of them was still a baby.


Last but not least a beautiful sunset!