Sunday, December 11, 2011


After some hectic weeks with illness and surgery in the family, life got back to normal.

I added a few new colors of my yarn to my Etsy shop:

So far I have 3 different fingering weight yarn lines:

  • Ascona  63% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Silk, 15% Nylon, 2% Silver. Approximately 420 yards (384 m); 100 grams (3.5 oz.) Needle size recommended US 1 – 3. Approx. 7-8 stitches per inch. (the 3 skeins in the top row are Ascona)
  • Bern 100% Superwash Merino Wool
    Approximately 400 yards; 100 grams(3.5 oz.)
    Needle size recommended US 0 – 2. 
    Approx. 7-8 stitches per inch  (bottom right  skein)
  • Basel 75% Superwash Merino Wool
    Fingering Weight, 4ply
    Approximately 437yards (400 m); 100 grams (3.5 oz.)
    Needle size recommended US 1 – 3. 
    Approx. 7-8 stitches per inch

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool 2011 - impressions from a different angle

Do you think this hair style would fit me?

Somebody likes her food.......

......and I like chocolate. I got to try the sweet dreams of Samuel's of Rhinebeck. They were so delicious that I had to go back and get more. For my family, of course.

Some people walk their alpacas......

........and some carry their sheep.

This model has fun. 

Sorted by color.....

...or not.

As usual I got home inspired and tired dreaming of having a booth there too....
Oh I forgot to mention it: I fell in love with one skein of yarn. It's fingering weight, as some of you might have guessed. I found a alpaca-wool mix I want to dye from a CT  small spinnery. We will see how this will turn out......

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Once a year we go for a hike in Vermont. This time we chose the Lowell Lake Trail. What a perfect day, summer temperatures, gorgeous foliage, beautiful nature and Maple Creamies (maple soft serve ice cream).

The yarn I recently dyed reflects the fall colors perfectly. Find it in my Etsy shop 

Driving up further North we saw the shocking contrast to this nature perfection.
The aftermath of tropical storm Irene. Vermont still looks like a big construction site. They lost approx. 700 bridges not to talk about destroyed or damaged, houses, farms, roads, trees..... Compared to this our 5 day loss of power and water seems ridiculously insignificant.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

New colors and mushrooms

Recently it only seems to rain here. Together with the warm air the mushroom population of the woods behind our house seem to explode rapidly. I wish I would know which ones are edible. 

Inspired by New England foliage I added this color to my Etsy shop. It's Fall

This color is called Blackberry.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ta da!!!

Here is the yarn I dyed last week end using acid dyes.
I can't tell you how much fun I had. 

My daughter already claimed the socks I'm making from one color.  You will find the yarns in my Etsy shop. I can't wait to dye more...

Monday, September 19, 2011

What a great week end!

After the last few weeks with broken down cars, house full of workers, the aftermath of   tropical storm Irene, beginning of  the new school year and health problems of my youngest I got to go to a knitting retreat on the Pocono Plateau in Pennsylvannia,  hosted by 
Kraemer Yarns, a yarn company which is located in Nazareth, PA.

I met so many nice people at this retreat. The location, Pocono Plataeau Camp & Retreat Center was the right place to get the creative juice flowing. Hiking, classes, game night are only a few things out of many we were able to do. Almost every meal we found a little surprise on our table:
Clara made embroidered project bags for each one of us. One evening I found one of 
Kate Lemmers pattern on my bed with one skein of Kraemer, Perfection. Clara made fridge magnets from a group photo she took in the afternoon. Even the name tags were embroidered by her...... I felt so pampered.  Many thanks  to everyone from Kraemers who made this week end possible.
Hand dyeing was one of my highlights of this week end. It was so much fun to see the colors people came up with and I could have gone on and on creating new color ways. I dyed up several skeins of Lesley, one of Kraemer's fingering weight  natural colored yarns with a nice twist. This yarn seems a great base yarn for hand dyeing and I can't wait to knit with it.
You will see my dye results tomorrow....... stay tuned.

Sunday, August 7, 2011


This summer I got the chance to be at one of the places I love:

Ravensburg Germany, one of my favorite cities to visit. Beside the historic buildings it's a great place to shop and visit the huge farmers market. Of course I know every yarn shop in this area and I got some beautiful Opal Hundertwasser sock yarn and some Lana Grossa Lace Merino, which I'm already using for my new design with the name Market Street, named  after and inspired by the farmers market in Marktstrasse in Ravensburg. I'll keep you posted......

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Roxbury Pond - A New Design

Since Roxbury Pond always brings up precious memories, I decided to make this the name of my new design.

Simple elegance, intriguing texture, detail and shape make this piece a must have. This semi-circular shawl uses a short row technique that is easy for less experienced knitters too. The decorative picot edging is worked as you go.

You can find more information here.

Small (large):
Width approx. 34 (60)”, 86 (127) cm
Length approx. 19 (30)”, 48 (76) cm
Approx. 650 (1300) yards fingering weight yarn
It’s easy to change the size of the shawl by using a heavier weight yarn. (Heavier yarn will require more yardage)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Contest & Give Away

What is this?

Post your answer in a comment to this post. The first person with the who posts the right  answer will get a  skein of hand dyed sock yarn and a pattern of choice from my pattern shop.
PS: I will pick the yarn after knowing the winner's color preference  ;-)

What's new?

  1. I have a new Facebook page for Lismi Knits
  2. My new design Roxbury Pond will be released soon.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


I have 2 new colors of hand dyed yarn in my Etsy shop. I used Kool-Aid again.... fun, fun, fun.

Wild Berry


Friday, June 24, 2011

Dyeing Workshop

My addiction to  Kool-Aid dyeing found a new outlet. Just recently I taught a workshop about hand painting yarn with this colorful drink mix at  Yarns With A Twist

6 people soaking yarn + mixing flavors + experimenting with different shades + exchanging colors with each other  =  fun, fun , fun.

These are the finished products of my students:

From top left dyed by: Margaret, Carol, Kim, Sam, Carol H., Linda

I hear rumors about the local grocery shops selling out of Kool-Aid......

Friday, June 17, 2011

Playing with Kool-Aid

Preparing a workshop on Kool-Aid dyeing I got to play with color again. This time I used hand painting as my dye method.
Here is the result:

As a base yarn I used Soxx Appeal from Knit One Crochet Too. I still have a hard time to believe that people drink Kool-Aid, but I have to admit that Black Cherry smelled tempting.......