Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Austria 2

Yesterday I went on a trip to Innsbruck, the beautiful capital city of the state of Tyrol.
I enjoyed  gorgeous historic buildings, the diversity of shops, mountains and good coffee. What a difference to a shopping mall........
Even though the temperature was still below freezing, the street cafes had tables outside with sheep fur and blankets to keep the  hardy out door lovers warm and cozy!
One of Innsbruck's landmarks is the Golden Roof, built in 1500 as the residence of the Tirolean sovereigns. 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


I get to spend one week with my mom in Austria! It's so beautiful here. Besides the great scenery and my moms company  I enjoy European style bread and pastries.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


Fingerless Mittens

Material: 1 skein of Noro Yuzem  or approx. 125 any other worsted weight yarn.   
One set of double pointed needles size US 6 / 4 mm
2 stitch markers, scrap yarn
Gauge: 5 sts = 1” in stockinette stitch
Size: woman small (woman medium, woman large/man small) 6.5 (7.25  8)”
  • pm :      place marker
  • slm:      slip marker
  • M1:       make one (increase): With left needle tip lift strand between needles from front to back. Knit the lifted loop through back
  • BO:       Bind off.
  • CO:       Cast on.
  • Rnd:      round

Co 32 (36, 40) stitches.
Distribute stitches as evenly as possible on three needles.
Join carefully not to twist.

Work in K2 P2 ribbing until cuff measures
2 (2, 2.25)”

K 2 (2, 3, 4) rounds

Shape Thumb Gusset:
Work Rnd 1-13 (1-13, 1-16)

Rnd 1:  K1, pm, M1, K1, M1, pm K to end of round.
Rnd 2 & 3:  K .
Rnd 4: K1, slm, M1, K3, M1, slm, K to end of the round.
Rnd 5 & 6:  K.
Rnd 7:  K1, slm, M1, K5, M1, slm, K to end of the round.
Rnd 8 & 9:  K.
Rnd 10:  K1, slm, M1, K7, M1, slm, K to the end of the round.
Rnd 11 & 12: K.
Rnd 13: K1, slm, M1, K9, M1, slm, K to the end of the round.
Rnd 14 & 15: K.
Rnd 16: K1, slm, M1, K11, M1, slm, K to the end of the round.

You have 11 (11, 13) stitches in between the markers now (gusset sts).
K1, put gusset stitches on scrap yarn, CO 1 st over gap, K to the end of the round.

Continue to work in stockinette stitch for 1 (1.25, 1.75)”.
Then work in K2, P2 ribbing for 1” or desired length.
BO in pattern stitch.

Place held gusset stitches onto 3 dpn.
With 3rd needle pick up and knit one stitch before the gap, one stitch over the gap and one stitch after the gap.
Next rnd knit sts of 1st and 2nd needle, knit sts on the 3rd needle to the four last stitches, K2tog 2x.
Work in st st for 2 (2, 3) more rounds.
Work in K1 P1 for 4 more rounds or to desired length.
BO in pattern stitch.
Weave in ends and make the second mitten.

Copyright 2010, Christiane Burkhard, You may use this pattern for personal, non-profit or charity use only.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

653 stitches.....

.....had the last row of this shawl. I call it HOPE, since it goes to someone who has to go through chemo and radiation. I wasn't really happy about the colors. I would have chosen different ones.
Guess which one? Since this yarn was given to me for this purpose, I couldn't say no. There are more important things in life than my favorite color.
I hope that she will get better!!!!!