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:

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

These are a few of my favorite things

Thank you to everyone who got together with me during the past two weeks.
I truly love giving you any and all of my expertise to help you make knitting that new project just a little easier or at least clearer. I also love it that everyone I have met with (ranging from 5 to 80 years old) is working on something different.  That certainly keeps me on my toes.

Kyra learned to master the Brioche stitch on this lovely hat ( a free pattern on ravelry).
I also decided to knit up a baby-sized hat in this pattern for a friend's newborn :)

Fluffy Brioche Hat

Sandra knitted up her very first sock during a one week stay in the area.
We decided on using DK yarn on #4 needles.  working the toes two at a time and then concentrating on just one sock which Sandra finished using Jenni's stretchy bind off. Hurray!


Cathlyn learned how to attach a lace boarder on her garter stitch shawl.
The border on this shawl is attached to the edge of the shawl row by row ; a little cumbersome but well worth it.

Marianne has made some head start on her first fitted sweater.  She is an accomplished knitter already, but this is her first sweater.
I suggested "Brick" in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter.  This is a simple sweater with raglan sleeve construction, top down.  This way it can be tried on as you go along to make sure the fit is right (every person's body shape is different).  I like it so much that I started knitting a sweater for myself.


Ciel and Lumi are learning various new stitches by continuing to work on their pillow covers.
They are my cutest students :) and eager to learn new stitches.

Learn to knit Pillow Cover

Anni  Last, but not least, I am meeting with Anni today to go over how to work Entrelac.
Anni has been telling me for years that she wants to learn entrelac.  I am so happy that she is finally taking the plunge.  I think she will be happy to see that it is not as scary as it seems.
In preparation to the lesson I knitted up the beginnings of a simple entrelac square. 

Entrelac Square
  I am thankful to each one for enriching my days by taken me away from routine and exploring new things together.

 My own knitting has taken off again, too, and I picked up the Tealeaf Sweater which had been in hibernation since end of January.  I am happy to say that I finished the sleeves. I am now working on the lace collar and after that it is just a few little steps -including blocking- before I can wear it.  

Tealeaf Sweater
I also made a quick linen stitch square which I re-purposed into a teapot coaster by folding over the edges.

Linen Stitch square
One last thing to share is a craft of a different nature; I went into my beading stash and made this necklace as a gift <3

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Happy Spring! Happy Pass-Over! Happy Easter! Happy April Fool's Day!

I don't know about you, but I am ready for the warmer weather and Spring Flowers and all the promises of new beginnings this Season holds.

To celebrate with me, let's knit up one or the other special decorations for our homes.  I found some free patterns to choose from. 
There are many more on ravelry alone; so here are just a few picks.

Matzoh Holder (click on the link for the pattern).

Passover Hat (click on the link for the pattern).

Easter Nest and Eggs 
(click on the link for the pattern).

Easter Finger Puppets
(click on the link for the pattern).

(click on the link for the pattern).
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Easter Chickens 
 (click on the link for the pattern).

Left on the cross
 (click on the link for the pattern).
Spring Kimono
  (click on the link for the pattern).
April Fool's Cloth
( pattern is $2; click on the link)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

π In Celebration of Pi Day π

Today is 3.14.; π- Day!!!

Today is a sad day as one of the greatest minds of our time, Stephen Hawkins, has passed away early this morning.  But somehow it is fitting that it should be on this special day...


To celebrate Pi Day, I am posting some π- recipes, aka knitting patterns. 
  • Pi Washcloth; a free pattern on ravelry byMadeline Nelson 
Pi Washcloth

I also want to let you know that I had a wonderfully relaxing break and are healing well.  It is taking time, but I have knitted a few washcloths just to get back the fine motor skills.


On the Left:  "whatever you need me to do" ; free pattern by Kim Conterio 

If you get a chance, read her blog post and story of how knitting is helping her with depression. 


On the Right: "Almost Lost Washcloth"; free pattern by Julie Tarsha

Check out my notes on this: Strickliese's Almost Lost Washcloth

A wonderful setting for knitting :)

Oh, and I was also finally able to wear my lacy top over a tank top with shorts :)

Walking on Sunshine




Thursday, February 22, 2018

On a Knitting Break

I am presently not knitting.
Why you may ask (although some of you know).
I had a small surgery on my right thumb three weeks ago. It seems to take longer to heal than anticipated.  Well, I thought I would have full range of motion after a couple of days...and in any case even one day is one day too many for any knitter.
Knitters are usually patient people except when it comes to not being able to knit the things we like which in my case is lace, socks ...small intricate things...

But I have spent my time looking at patterns and found one I am truly intrigued by.  It is made up of simple squares.  The possibilities of how to arrange the squares into a pattern are seemingly endless (click on the link below the picture to see the free pattern on ravelry):

Pathways Blanket

And I bought an Anniversary kit from my favorite NC Yarn store, The Salty Sheep:

Kit for The Drifter

And I am now all set to start on my "Take All That" shawl with eight CC.

Set for the Take It All Shawl

I am also very close to finish knitting Bristol Ivy's "Tealeaf Sweater".  I even got up extra early the day of surgery to finish the lace sections on the sleeves.  All I have to do now is finish the sleeves and pick up stitches and knit the collar.

Tealeaf Sweater

For additional PT I have knitted a simple washcloth on #9 needles, a couple of rows at a time.

Well, now you know why you have not heard from me for a bit.
I am healing and will check back middle of March. 
Until then I am leaving for a trip to warmer climates, perhaps sun and relaxation can speed things up. :)