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

Friday, September 9, 2016

Talking with the amazing Kristy Glass (post #117)

So, Kristy Glass came back to The Knitting Garage and interviewed ...ME! it is:

What do you think?  You can leave comments either directly on youtube or here.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

About my Current Classes and getting ready for Fall (# 116)

Classic Sock

One inside the other

When I put together a class schedule for this Fall, I overlooked how busy a time this is for many of you.  End of August/ beginning of September, Summer winding down and getting children ready to go back to school...I was too focused on having the classes end before the Sheep & Wool Festival in October.
So I sheepishly want to apologize...

But here is an idea:  If you are interested in one or more of the three sock knitting classes, you may want to get started on your own and take a private lesson with me when you get to a particularly difficult section in your knitting (Judy's magic cast on, turning the heel, stretchy bind off...).  
Any private lessons based on these classes will be 10% off until October 12.

I am always more than happy to help and this is true for any project you want to tackle this Fall.  Remember the Sheep & Wool Festival is only SIX WEEKS away and that special piece you want to wear should get started soon :)

  • On another note:  Did you all enjoy the video I posted the other week?  
Well, Leah was not the only one Kristy interviewed at The Knitting Garage and I am planning on posting another video soon.  
Stay tuned :)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Knitting Garage at AL Stickle in Rhinebeck (post # 115)

A video of the Knitting Garage

I want to share this awesome video by Kristy Glass.
She is interviewing Leah Stickle, the owner of the Knitting Garage at AL Stickle in Rhinebeck, NY.  But don't take my word for it, see for yourself how neat the place is.  It may just give you the inspiration to come for a visit.
BTW there are a few glimpses of me in there towards the end as I was giving a lesson at the time.

And then Kristy came back and interviewed...ME...

Friday, August 5, 2016

The story of Mr Square Bear (post # 114)

For those of you who follow me on facebook, you may remember a free pattern I had posted a month or so ago:  "Magic Loop Teddy" by Julie Tarsha.

One knitter, Nancy, who feels more comfortable with using DPN's met with me to see how the bear could be worked up on double pointed needles.  We met at the Knitting Garage in Rhinebeck and both started the bear.  My preferred method of knitting small circumferences in the round is using two circular needles, but I wrote out extensive notes on how to distribute the stitches on four DPN's and knitted this cute Teddy on DPN's ;  thus the name:  "Mr Square Bear"!  
If you are like Nancy, an accomplished knitter on DPN's, and would like a copy of my notes, please let me know, and I will be happy to give you a copy (four pages seems a bit much to post here and also, they are hand-written).

The pattern is very well written and easy to follow and I feel inspired to knit up another Teddy on circulars.  I even have a yarn in mind ( a self-patterning sock yarn) and a name.  He will be Mr Square Bear's younger brother "Master Loopy Patches". 
I did find a small errata on the directions for the bear's sweater.  Round 7 should read; " k6,kfb around".  After round 7 you will have a total of 48 sts and are ready for the armhole bind-offs.

And now for the fun part:  A photo-shoot with Mr Square Bear: 

He likes to soak up the sun :)

You can find him on ravelry here:  Strickliese's "Mr Square Bear"
He also likes to sit in the shade

For some exercise he likes to climb trees :)

Have some fun and knit up your own bear (for yourself or as a gift). 
He or she knits up in no time at all (this one took just over a week) on DPN's, two circulars or using the Magic Loop.  Share your pictures on facebook :) here:  Knit With Doris/ Discover Your Inner Knitter

The head is done !

Just one more leg and arms :)

Soon he will have ears to hear.

He just needs a face and personality :)

Friday, July 22, 2016

New Classes at The Knitting Garage in Rhinebeck

UPDATE:  Any private lessons based on these classes will be 10% off until October 12. 
From Sand to Socks

As the summer is winding down and the “barefoot in the sand” moments become memories, you may want to think about how to spoil your feet this winter.
I am offering three different sock knitting classes starting end of August. By starting early you can have your socks ready to wear and show off during this year’s Sheep & Wool Festival.

A.    Traditional Cuff down with heel flap, gusset and finished at the toe with the Kitchener stitch

B.     2-at-a-time toe-up with FLK heel. This is my personal favorite, easy to remember and great fit.  I held this class last Spring and here are some of the comments: “Doris made sure we understood all the instructions, even helping us by drawing little sketches” (Elyse);”All the little extra tips were wonderful and I look forward to knitting more socks” (Betty);”…explicit in your lessons.  Each lesson was broken down to the right amount of time and information.  I loved the class and look forward to additional classes.  Thank you” (Dale);” Your patience in explaining and demonstrating things was phenomenal.   I would recommend your classes to everyone!” (Anne)

C.     For the more experienced sock knitter who wants to try something fun and new:
Two-at-a-time one inside the other. This is the method referred to in the classic “War and Peace”. 
We will be doing a sample sock in worsted weight yarn just to get the idea of how this is done.  Of course you may start a pair in sock yarn if you feel confident enough.

Materials needed
For A.  Yarn:  For fingering weight version: about 350 -400 yards of fingering weight yarn
                        For Dk/Sport weight version: about 275 yards of dk or sport weight yarn
            Needles:  For fingering weight version:
Set of four double-point needles US 1 ½- 2 ½  (for a gauge of 32 sts=4”)
 For Dk/ Sport weight version:
Set of four double-point needles US 3  (for a gauge of 24 sts=4”)

For B.  Yarn:  You will need two equal amounts of yarn  If you are purchasing one skein and
                         want to give it to me prior to the first class, I can divide the skein into two balls
                        for you.  The total yardage should be 350-400 yards depending on foot size and cuff length.
            Please note:  If you prefer to knit your socks one at the time you may do so. 
                        You will still learn many new techniques in this class.
            Needles: You will need two circular needles of the same size;
US 1 ½- 2 ½ (for a gauge of 32 sts=4”)
It is best if the two needles look different.  I suggest one 16" cable and
                        one 24" cable or cables of different colors.

For C.  Yarn: For training version: about 110 yards each of two different colors of Worsted weight yarn.
                       For actual socks:  about 400 yards of sock/ fingering weight yarn.
            Needles: For training version: US# 7 needles DPN’s or two circulars or one long circular
                                    Plus one additional needle of the same size (DPN or short circular)
                                    Plus one cable needle (for working the decreases). For a gauge of 20sts=4”
                           For actual socks: US# 1-2 ½ needles DPN’s or two circulars or one long circular
                                    Plus one additional needle of the same size (DPN or short circular)
                                    Plus one cable needle (for working the decreases). For a gauge of 30sts=4”

For A. 1. Thursday 8.18. 11am-1pm stretchy cast on
            2. Thursday 9.1.  11am-1pm heel flap, heel turn
            3. Thursday 9.8.  11am-1pm gussets
            4. Thursday 9.22.11am-1pm toe, Kitchener stitch

For B.  1. Wednesday 8.24. 11am-1pm Judy’s magic cast-on
            2. Wednesday 9.7.   11am-1pm check gauge and determine width, make template
            3. Wednesday 9.21. 11am-1pm FLK heel
            4. Wednesday 10.5. 11am-1pm Jenny’s stretchy bind off

For C.  1. Monday 8.22.  11am-1pm cuff set up, start ribbing
            2. Monday 8.29.  11am-1pm check work, leg, heel flap
            3. Monday 9.5.    12 noon-1pm heel turn
            4. Monday 9.26.  11am-1pm gusset, foot
            5. Monday 10.3.  11am-1pm toe

All classes are held with a maximum of three attendees. 
With any more I would not be able to give you the one-on-one time I like to bestow on my students.
The cost for classes A. and B. is $ 125 and includes patterns and hand-outs.
The cost for class C. is $140 and includes pattern and hand-outs.

Please note, too, that I am flexible in regard to when and where to meet.  If you are interested in a particular class, but cannot make it to the times posted here, I am happy to hold the class at a different time more convenient to you preferably with a minimum of two attendees.
To sign up e-mail me at

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Summer Socks (post #113)


Tony's summer socks

Summer Socks in CoBaSi                  

I finally understand why Tony likes to wear the hand knitted socks other than for the fact that I made them.  With a size 11 foot the 9-11 socks you can buy are too small and the 11-12 socks are too big... He  has a total of eight (!) pairs of hand knitted socks, but even the craziest Englishman (as in the song "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" by Noel Coward) stops wearing woolly socks when it is 90+ degree out there.

So I did some research looking for a cotton blend sock yarn and found the HiKoo CoBaSi by Skacel  which is a Cotton, Bamboo, Silk and Nylon blend, perfect for summer!! The skeins are 220 yards each (a steal at $9.50), so you don't have to divide a bigger skein for your 2-at-a-time sock knitting. The yarn feels awesome! So soft and squishy :)
But it gets better:  My LYS, The Knitting Garage, in Rhinebeck just started to carry this yarn <3 <3
For those of you who don't want to knit socks:  This is the yarn called for in the very popular 14 Carat Poncho by Michelle Hunter (as in Knit Purl Hunter). This pattern is a free ravelry download! (click on the link).
And you can use it for all sorts of your summer knitting (shawls, tank tops etc.) which calls for a fingering weight yarn (you get the picture).  On ravelry you can find three pages of patterns which specifically use the CoBaSi yarn; many of the patterns are free.  Click this link or put in "CoBaSi" in your pattern search:  Patterns using CoBaSi.
I knitted the socks in a simple 1x1 ribbing toe-up and two-at-a-time in just 16 days.  I used the methods which I had just taught in a class in Spring. An easy to remember method which lets you integrate all sort of patterns if you want.  If you are interested and missed that class, you may be happy to hear that I will offer the class again this Fall as well as two other Sock knitting classes.

So many pretty colors