Thursday, July 19, 2018

My latest (almost) FO

I have been working on the Novel T by Laura Nelkin for the past month.
With all of the knitting done, I just need to block it and am looking forward to wearing it :)

This is a very interesting construction, knitted sideways in one piece starting from the right sleeve.
Side lace panels bring it all together; no seaming.  There are some great video tutorials by the Grocery Girls for this and I have learned some new things.
I like this different approach to seamless knitting and had a lot of fun with it.
It was definitely engaging, but at the same time simple (TV) knitting.

A special Thank You, too, to Laura Nelkin for her encouraging words in the comment section of my ravelry project.
Rather than duplicating all I have said about this project here, go to ravelry and read my notes there.
(I even made a short video showing how to undo your provisional cast on easily).
  Click here : Strickliese's Novel T 

Perhaps you will want to start your own Novel T :) 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Learning from the amazing Ann Budd

Last Thursday I had another opportunity to learn from Ann Budd.
I love learning something new, don't you?!

PBYS hosted Ann to give a couple of workshops.
I attended the Intro to Sweater Design from 5-8pm.
It has been 45 years since I learned the basics from a friend and made a couple of sweaters with set in sleeves at the time and later for my children.
I thought it may be time to have a fresh new look and guidance from an expert.

Here are the two sweaters I made in the early seventies:

And in the late eighties:


Ann focused in her class on how to design a sweater with modified dropped shoulder ( page 38 in her Book of Sweater Patterns).
She taught us several formulas to use; one specifically fascinating formula by Cheryl Brunette which helps you determine the placement for increases or decreases.
I am not going to get into the details here, but just want to wet your appetite to take this class if you are given the chance.
If you are thinking to get either or both of Ann Budd's Sweater Design Books it is best to get them right off her website (better for Ann, too):
Ann Budd Knits 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

What's on my needles

After finishing my sister's top, Cancun Boxy Lace Top by Erin Kate Archer

and my skirt, #12 skirt by Norah Gaughan

and before starting my Novel-T top; Novel-T by Laura Nelkin  (there is a KAL by the Grocery Girls for this)

The correct gauge for rows is very important for this sideways knit top

and another pair of socks for Tony; FLK Heel by Sox Therapist and Fascine Braid Socks by Tiennie

Tony picked out the raspberry color; raspberry being one of his favorite fruits

I worked up a quick project in-between :  Ammonite Potholders by Sybil R

The designer, Susanne or Sybilra on ravelry, is using short rows and intarsia to come up with the image of a lovely Ammonite.    

Right off I could see that quite a bit of math was used here and this is what Sybilra said in a pm " Ja, diese Anleitung ist mathematisch/algorithmisch. Ich war kurz davor, die Anleitung auch noch in einer Art Programmiersprache (“Pseudo-Code”) zu schreiben - habe es aber dann doch nicht getan, weil es eher verwirrt …    "
Translation: " Yes, the instruction is very mathematical/ algorism.  I intended to write the instructions in a sort of program code (pseudo-Code)- but didn't in the end, because it would have been too confusing.." 

Not to worry, her patterns and blog are mostly in English.

She has a blog " Knitting and so on" which I checked out and which is a treasure trove of unusual designs; and except for a few they are free!  They go from potholders to fingerless mitts to sweaters. You can get lost checking out everything and from what I can tell, the patterns are written out clearly and easy to follow.
Here is a link to her ravelry store with its 132 (!) designs: Sybilra's ravelry store

One bonus to me:  She lives not far from my hometown, Duesseldorf in Germany.  Next time I go over there, we may just get together for a cup of coffee and some knitting.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

What I did last Thursday

When I was given the opportunity to be one of the judges in a panel of three to review the presentation given by Lula, a senior at Woodstock Day School , I jumped at the chance  and I am so glad that I did.
Lula's senior project was all but not only about knitting.

For everyone’s benefit, let me rehash a little about her project.  
Because Lula feels passionate about knitting, she wanted her project to have to do with knitting.  And knitting she did, she even started a knitting club and got other students and teachers involved and was allowed to knit during class.  The last fact had the added benefit to her own focus to better absorb class material ( check out “ Health Benefits” on my bog).

Lula choose to knit a total of four blankets for the Charity “ Warm up America”
She calculated how many squares/ rectangles she needed to get done each day to finish in time and quickly realized that she needed to make this into a campaign, even offering to teach knitting to those non-knitters who wanted to come aboard.

Lula learned so much about the different Yarns and stitches and how to collaborate such a huge undertaking.
At the end of the presentation which was about 1/2 hour long,  I was thoroughly impressed not only by the project itself, but also by the young woman who saw it all through.

I am glad that in the end not all of the squares were used for the blankets for Warm up America. I hope that she can make a blanket for herself out of those left over knitted squares.  A blanket to keep and to warm her with memories of her journey back when she was a senior at Woodstock Day School. I wish her much joy and success in the next chapter of her life which is college as well as with all future endeavors.

It inspires me so to see the younger generation discover a passion for the hand crafts and especially knitting and then even turn it around and use that to give to others in need.  Well done, Lula!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

About WIPs, UFOs and Queues/ What’s on my needles

To me not all UFOs ( unfinished objects) are WIPs ( works in progress) and not all WIPs have ever been in my queue.  Likewise I am certain that not everything in my queue will ever be WIPs.
Confused? Let me elaborate.
As always there are more to in-depth notes for each of my projects.  Click on the links under each picture.

About my QUEUE

When I see something I really like A LOT and definitely want to make and I don’t want to forget about it, I put it in my ravelry queue with notes on who to make that for or which yarn I am thinking to use, possibly even a “make by “ deadline.  But I don’t always follow through with everything in my queue.  Sometimes I just want to remember different designs I like , but have not made the final decision.  For example I know I will make a blanket/ throw for my brother’s 70th, and there were several designs I liked, but in the end I decided on one and deleted the others from the queue.
Right now I have 23 items in my queue and some of them have been sitting there for quite some time ; the eldest one was queued May 2013, and I am not sure if I will ever make it.  Once in a while I look at them, I may shuffle things around or even delete.  Some things I still want to make but the time just has not come yet or I still have not found the yarn which would perfectly match with the pattern.

And then there are patterns which hit me and I have to start immediately; they don’t even need to go in the queue, but go straight into the WIP group.

My WIP group has usually multiple items.

There is the shawl, Birds of a Feather,  I make for the shop, The Knitting Garage at Stickles in Rhinebeck.  Since I work on that only when I am actually at the shop and not busy with customers, this is a little slow going, but still coming along nicely and I love working with the Hedgehog Fiber, both the Skinny Single and the Mohair.

Birds Of A Feather

There is the sweater in Brooklyn Tweed which I started when a customer wanted to learn how to make a simple fitted sweater.  The pattern “ Brick” is a great beginner pattern.  It is worked top down with a raglan construction in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter.  As one can never have too many sweaters, I am knitting one for myself in the color Barn Owl with accent color Nest for the ribbing. Right now this project is hibernating until Marianne is ready to do her sleeves as I like to do both sleeves at the same time on two circular needles and can demonstrate best on my own project.  So, right now this is my UFO snoozing away.


My Tv/ don’t need to look at what I am doing project is usually a pair of socks or washcloth.  Both of those projects are also easy to take on the road.  However my present easy knit is a skirt which had been in my queue since almost two years.  I had made the same skirt then, in a different color, and immediately got yarn to make a second one.  So happy to halve started on this and I am a little over half way done.

Swinging Blues

As mentioned before, I am making a blanket for my brother.  I like the bulky look of a knit in US #50 needles.  I had made a throw for my sister and now it is time to my one for Peter.  I find it hard to work with such big needles, but I try to get a few rows done every day and I am about half way done.

Kuscheldecke II

Once that is done, I am planning on making a boxy lacy top for my sister.  Since I made one for myself , I can see how much fun it is to wear.  Hers will be in white cotton.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

And just like that it's Summer weather

Summer Knitting/ what's on my needles

I never stop being amazed by how quickly Winter changes to Summer around here (there really is no Spring).
So, it's time to get your cotton and linen yarns out and  and cast on something new to wear this Summer.  Remember, a tee is much faster to knit up than a sweater (no sleeves!)

Here are some of my favorites:

The first few are done up in DK weight yarn (600-1400 yards depending on size and pattern). 

Click on the links for more information :)


Premiere Swing Top

 Iris Side to side Tee 

I modified this one a little , adding sleeves.

 Top Down Shell

Shevron Tank


Cancun Boxy Lace Top
This is a great layering piece .

This top is in my queue this summer:

Novel- T by Laura Nelkin

And what's on my needles?

I just started on my second swing skirt.  I made one two years ago and love the way it wears.

Swinging Blues

After a few initial hiccups I am now on my way.

 Here is a picture of the skirt I made two years ago:




Thursday, April 26, 2018

My Tealeaf Sweater

I really love Lace


 So, naturally I was attracted to Bristol Ivy's Tealeaf Sweater.  I liked the idea of lace sections in a heavier cozy garment.  Lace is usually associated with light and airy shawls or Summer tops, so this was a novel idea I jumped at.

I signed up for her KAL and started (finally) in January as I was busy with Holiday knitting before then.

Then came my surgery less than four weeks into knitting and I was not able to pick this project up again until after Easter , but then finished it within two and a half weeks.

It has a lot of details AND POCKETS! and I feel very cozy wearing it :)

Please note that there are so many beautiful yarns which give you the correct gauge; the options are almost endless :)

Now finally to the pattern:  Tealeaf Sweater by Bristol Ivy
My project notes:  Strickliese's Tealeaf Sweater

And a gallery of photos and video: