Friday, December 2, 2016

My 7-Day Shawl (Week # 123)

With all of the Holiday gift knitting, I totally forgot to share with you one project I had quickly squeezed in before starting on gift knitting :)  I had posted it on my fb page, but forgot to share it here.

This past summer I knitted up two new summer tops which had been in my queue for one year and three years respectively!
It feels good to finally finish these and I am looking forward to years of  wear and enjoyment.  The two tops are "Sommer" by  Mari Chiba and the "Spring Garden Tee" by Alana Dakos.  To get to the pattern and for more extensive project notes you can click on the links below the pictures. 


Spring Garden Tee
I had yarn left over from both projects and thought, it would be nice to knit up a shawl using both yarns and perhaps a third yarn as main color.
I found the pattern "Silence" by Melanie Mielinger.
Using the Cascade Ultra Pima in white  to tie it all together and on US#7 needles, it took me exactly 7 days from start to finish.  There are 7 sections to the shawl and with a little determination I finished one section per day.  I must say that in the end it took me a little more effort as the rows were getting longer and longer, but I did it and I think the shawl looks beautiful!

I am thinking that perhaps after the Holidays you want to treat yourself to a nice summery shawl and this one may just be the ticket.  While making it you may want to dream of warmer weather to come or warmer weather vacation destinations.  Click on the link above to get to the pattern or click on the link below the picture to see more pictures, read my pattern notes and get to the pattern.

 Happy Holidays, everyone!

Friday, November 18, 2016

What's on my needles??? (week #122 )

Pssst,'s a secret

With all the holiday knitting going on right now,  I cannot really share what I am working on , but I can tell you about the shop sample I am knitting up:

The Building Blocks Shawl by Stephen West 

(click on the link for the pattern)

I am only working on this while I am at the shop, so it will take a while, but I can tell you that this is a fun and easy knit while at the same time a shawl construction different from anything I have knitted before.
I am really happy with the four yarns I choose and with the way they blend together at times and contrast each other in other sections.  Each yarn will have their moment to "shine" as each yarn will be knitted at some time in a larger amount and  be shown off in its full beauty in different sections :)
My yarn choices: 
Color A:  Knitting Garage Fingering Weight Yarn color "Purple Pop"
Color B: Madeline Tosh Twist Light color "Flashdance"
Color C : Hedgehog Fibers Sock color "Aroma"
Color D : Madeline Tosh Light color "Sand Dune"

Humble beginnings...actually I am a bit further than that; may add a photo after Saturday :)

And here you are Sat. 11.19. (a few more rows)

I am almost finished with the "week 1 clues".  
Here is a link to my pattern notes on ravelry: Strickliese's Building Block Shawl, but here is also a picture of a finished shawl knitted by someone else (Francieos on ravelry).
One of the many color combinations knitters have come up with and finished.
Also a quick word about my classes:
There are spots available in all of my classes.  I want to apologize to anyone who emailed me and did not get a response.  I have had problems with my email, bundling emails so they do not appear to be new responses or even filing them in spam.  It seems to be all sorted now, but if you don't hear from me within a day or two, please email or text again.  Thank you!!!


Friday, November 4, 2016


I have come up with some very simple classes for the next six weeks, but don't worry, there will be more intricate fun ones after the holidays.


      Six weeks of Quick Projects     
These are two-hour self-contained classes to get you started on a quick project.  If you need additional help, you can come into the shop for help at no extra charge.  The classes are limited to three students each and do not include materials.  Class fee is $50.
To accommodate everyone, I offer the classes on Tuesdays 12-2pm at The Kitting Garage and Wednesdays 6-8pm at my home in Tivoli.

Wham Bam THank you Lamb (Beginner)Quick and easy cowl knit flat and then seamed askew for a special look.
Tues 11.8. Wedn 11.9.                            Materials:  120 yards of bulky yarn and US#13 needles.

Sitckles Cowl (Intermediate) This pattern was written for our shop and is a lovely project to learn color work.
Tues 11.15. Wedn 11.16.                  Materials: Depending on length 1-2 skeins Madeline Tosh Merino for MC plus 1 skein for CC

The simplest hat (Beginner) This hat is knitted flat, and then seamed.
Tues 11.22. Wedn 11.23.                  Materials : 1 skein Cascade 128 and US# 10 needles

Warmest Mittens(Intermediate) These mittens are knitted in simple stst; you will learn increases and knitting in the round.
Tues 11.29. Wedn 11.30.                        Materials: 170-200 yds worsted weight yarn and US# 5 needles (either DPNs or 2 circular)

The simplest Fingerless Mitts (Beginner) These fingerless mitts are knitted flat, then seamed.
Tues 12.6. Wedn 12.7.                            Materials: 120 yds heavy worsted weight yarn and US# 7 needles

Simple Hat(Intermediate)This is your basic hat, knitted in the round.
You have a choice of three different weights of yarn.
Tues 12.13. Wedn 12.14.                        Materials: 45-181 yds of yarn depending on weight (DK, Worsted, Bulky) and US# 5,7 or 10 needles.
                                                                Please note, there is an additional charge of $5 for the pattern (the pattern is usually $6).

Please e-mail me at for more information and to sign up. 
Thank you and Happy Knitting!



My Doodler is finished !!! (121)

Remember the Doodler I was working on during the Sheep and Wool Festival and even while Stephen West (the designer of that very pattern) was stopping by at The Knitting Garage?


I finished it on Tuesday !!!

I wrote extensive notes on ravelry if you care to read them, you can click here:  Strickliese's Doodler

I had a lot of fun doodling :)
It all started with me wanting to use up some stash yarn.

These were the original three colors I wanted to use

However that just did not look right and I bought an additional skein (the Madeline Tosh).  So much for using up stash!

I love how it came out.  Granted, I still need to block it, but meanwhile I will wear it for a little while unblocked ;)

Thank you so much to Ben and Gracie's in Red Hook, NY, who let me use their mannequin :)
She looks mighty fine in my shawl, doesn't she?!


Friday, October 21, 2016

Rhinebeck (week 120)

Where were you last weekend?

I hope you had a chance to spent time at the Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY

I didn't go to the actual festival this year, but there was plenty of fun to be had at the Knitting Garage in Rhinebeck and at Jill Draper's in Kingston.
Let me share some picture :)

My Milton Shawl was finished just in time to display before the festival started
Lots of fun events at The Knitting Garage.

The store is ready set up and full of great yarns...

...launching The Knitting Garage Yarn (hand-dyed by Leah) .


Great sales attracted the crowds.
And a VIP appearance of Stephen West and Malia "Penelope" Mae

Stephen was a good sport letting us take selfies :)

And would you believe it:  All along I was working on my "Doodler" by Stephen West
One customer even brought her cat.

Then on to Jill Draper's even in Kingston (do you see who else is there?!).

This pattern caught my eye (the sweater has side seam pockets!!)
GREAT QUOTE (another one of Jill Draper's creations)!
The raffle drawing on Sunday morning.

The happy winner.

It seems like the fun never ends at The Knitting Garage.  Here is Julibeth with Amy from Pom Pom (one of my favorite magazines).

Friday, October 7, 2016

Socks (week #119)

Both pairs are finished !!

 and I am ready to wear mine next week in Rhinebeck :)

I think there is a little secret to how I was able to finish these so quickly; well, actually two:
  1. By now I know my preferred way of knitting socks so well that I no longer need to consult my notes. Hint:  If you want to get to that point, too?  Take one of my sock knitting classes.
  2. By adding a stitch pattern for interest, I was not thinking along lines of  "one more row", but rather "one more repeat" which in the case of these socks translates into 8-16 rows (for the dancing cables pattern) and 4-8 rows (for the twice broken rib pattern).  So, I truly got moving in leaps and bounds.
Tony's socks
For more information on these socks, click on the link below the pictures for my notes on ravelry.

My socks

Friday, September 23, 2016

Lake Winnepesauke, NH (post #118)

view from our bedroom
When my husband and I were looking for a place to escape to for some much needed r&r, we decided on New Hapshire.  After all it is one of our neighboring states and I had never been there.  We found the perfect place, too, with a great view of Lake Winnepesauke and the most friendly host, Sherri.
I think I have fallen in love with the state.  Such beautiful nature and the people seem relaxed and friendly, "on Lake time".  It does not hurt, too, that this state is tax free!!  The state motto caught my curiosity, too, "Live Free or Die", and I will look into that more.
As always I looked for the closest yarn shops and found not one but two lovely local yarn shops! Make sure to click on all the links I am providing for more information :)

Patternworks in Central Harbor 

A huge shop..
..with its separate yarn area

and such warm welcome!
was recommended by our Airbnb host, Sherri.  She is a quilter or rather as she puts it " theory I quilt, but in practice I buy fabric for quilting!  It's a terrible habit..."  Well, I liked her honesty about accumulating stash; we all know about that!
This is a huge shop with room after room of yarns.
The two ladies who were working there at the time were extra helpful and I talked in length with Kali about Rhinebeck (Sheep and Wool Festival) and my recent interview with Kristi and also her knitting podcast which I highly recommend you check out :  Winnipesauke Woollens.  She is KSMKnits on ravelry.  The better part of our time however we talked about fishing spots for my husband to try.  Kali just got married last year and knows a lot of good spots through her husband and father in law.
I ended up buying a simple cotton yarn in fingering weight from Holland which will be perfect for a recently queued vest by Petra Breakstone ELLO





My yarn for the ELLO and another cable for my interchangeable set    ( I seem to never have enough)

Lamb's Ear Yarns in Gilford  

is a yarn shop I found through google and a great find at that!  This shop is just off Rte 3 on Lily Pond Road, it looks very quaint  from the outside, once you step inside you are amazed at the variety of yarns Sue offers.  Also, she expertly answers any questions and helps you with any quests (including where to eat) and takes her time with you ;she must run on "Lake time".  Sue is the sole person behind Lamb's ear, she owns and runs the shop and makes all of the store samples.  She does work with Donna Kay who offers classes here. Some of you may know Donna from her classes at the NY State Sheep and Wool festival.  Her next retreat for Lamb's Ear will be November 12-15.  Check out the Lamb's Ear Yarns website for more information. I asked Sue for a cotton blend yarn for Tony's next pair of socks, as there will always be a next pair and ended up with two balls of Summer Sox by Classic Elite Yarns and some Beatrix Potter Collection buttons which I could not resist. These buttons are being discontinued, so better hurry if you want some.


I was not the only one browsing the store.


Beautiful yarn, buttons and an extra goodie, a free ruler (can't have enough of those, either).

And if you want something to snack on while knitting, you don't have to look far either...

  • Kellerhaus

    This shop reminded me of Krause's in Saugerties and more recently in Rhinebeck with its large variety of homemade chocolates and candies, but there is a lot more; pottery, jewellery and other gifts galore.


  • Picnic Rock Farms  

    by the time I took the picture I had already eaten half of the plums

    This is your friendly farm stand on Rte 3 between Laconia and Merredith.  Great fruit and cakes.  You gotta try their baked goods baked daily and sooo good!


    And this is how far I got on the two pairs of socks I was working on

    One pair for Tony

    and one pair for me

    ALWAYS knitting