Wednesday, August 12, 2020



One of the knitting greats, Cat Bordhi, is battling cancer with such poise and grace that if I didn’t already admire her for all of her knitting wisdom , I would respect her “just” for that, but as it is she has given so much and still is giving wholeheartedly..

You may have already read her letter to the knitting community which includes this very lovely cowl pattern for free, but let me share her letter with you again ( click on the link for both the letter and the pattern):

A letter from Cat and the Rio Calina Cowl

I felt drawn to knit up the cowl and it became more than a knitting project, but my own journey to let go and to find my inner peace and drive with each bend of the cables.
No two of these cowls will look alike, just like each one of us has a different life path, as you place the cables seemingly randomly to your design and liking.
Here are some pictures of my cowl and a link to my project notes on ravelry which go a little more into depth:  Strickliese’s “Letting go
I hope to sit with Cat and knit and chat one day in the afterlife as I feel a kindred spirit.

Here is to Cat in gratitude, praying that her path will be smooth and gentle as she is.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Some Knitted Items come with a Story

First of all I want to apologize that it has been over two months since my last blog post.  I did reach out in other ways during these times of social isolation and social unrest; with weekly virtual knitting meetings on zoom and lots of posts on my Facebook page which were meant to be encouraging at times, funny at other times and sometimes educational.
But all of those efforts leave out those who have come to like my blog.

Luckily I have a little story which is best shared on my blog.
Let me take you back to 1991, the summer when my Mother in Law came to visit us for the first time; this was also the first time that she was in an airplane and the first time to travel outside the UK (she applied for her first passport at age 71).  Since I did not drive then yet and I also looked after not only our three, but babysat one more child, we spent most of our time at the house in our small village Upstate NY.
My Mother in Law must have gotten a little bored and asked me for some yarn and knitting needles and before I knew it, she had knitted not one but two lovely tea cozies while sitting under our willow tree behind the house. One for me and one for a friend of mine who recently had a baby.

Those tea cozies really do the trick and keep your pot of tea hot.  I always get a little nostalgic when I come across mine.
Since then I knitted one for a friend who is an expat from the UK and I felt needed a little slice of home.
This month I finished knitting one tea cozy for my future daughter in law for her bridal shower after hearing that she was quite taken by them during a trip to England last summer.
How to convey that this feels like passing on a baton, letting love and tradition flow through the generations....perhaps some pictures will do the trick and make you feel that this is not just a knitted object to keep the pot of tea hot longer, but it is bringing warmth in other ways ...

Perhaps you own or have knitted items which mean more to you than the eye can see?

For more project notes on ravelry click here:

Mum’s tea cozy for me , knitted August 1991

The young man on the right ( my son Rich),  is the same as the little boy sitting with his grandma under the willow tree 29 years ago ♥️

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

We can get through this together.

How is everyone doing?
My days are filled with knitting.
I don’t know about you, but I have been knitting much more than usual during this time.  Knitting seems to be my lifeline to keep me sane and grounded and brings some happiness into my days especially when I am knitting for others and thinking of them.  It also makes me mind less that I am not leaving my home.
But when I was listening to my husband talking on the phone with his brothers and sister in England to check in on them and saying “ Doris gets up, starts knitting and keeps at it until she goes to bed by which time she has knitted about 100 cubic feet of knits”, I had to chuckle , but also I had to pause and think about that this social distancing does not mean to detach and go into ourselves, but it means only to stay apart physically.  Emotionally we are in this together and we need each other to uplift and encourage.  Let’s put our needles down for a little while today and call a friend or loved one and check on them, make plans for the future, because there will be a future.
One of my favorite songs is the one the Liverpool Football Club has adopted as its motto and which is sung by the supporters before every game.
You’ll never walk alone

Even our cat has friends who come and check on him.  They keep the social distancing staring at each other through the window. 😺. They stare at each other for a long time each day.  The one outside just got distracted in the picture, because a rabbit hopped by.

And last, but not least let me share some of my most recent projects.
You can click on the links to get more information on each project.

Climbing Mountains MKAL

Faded Memories


Hang it two ways

Be well everyone.
Wash your hands.
Take care of yourselves.
♥️ And stay connected ♥️

Monday, March 16, 2020

Sending love

I hope you are all keeping well.
Over the weekend I was reminded that not everyone uses Facebook and thus misses my frequent posts on my page.  I want to apologize to those of you who have not heard from me for quite a while.
Especially now at this time of social distancing , a new and approved, even encouraged way of interacting or rather not interacting, it is so important to reach out in other ways.
I came across these comforting and loving thoughts:
So sweetly said, so well put.
But especially we knitters and other fiber artists are all in all more tactile people who need the touch.
I am sending out my love to each of you, find some comfort in the knowledge that even though it may feel like it at times, you are not alone, there is a big community of fiber artists, yarn goddesses and gods and we will get through this time together.
Meanwhile touch that yummy soft hank of cashmere, be inspired by the feel of that silky smooth yarn perfect for a summer shawl. 
I came across this thought, too, which is funny and true.

But with all of this ,even if you do have to go through quarantine, don’t isolate yourself.
Stay in touch, do fun things and always dream of tomorrow when we can meet in person, show off to each other our new creations, hug and forge forward together into a future of one world of love.

Meanwhile there is one more thought I want to bring on the table.  If you are restraining from going outside, consider to continue supporting your small community.  The small family owned businesses hurt with the rapid decrease of foot traffic into their shops.  
I myself am working in one such shop, a local Five and Dime shop which has an amazing yarn selection with some hand dyed yarns by Leah Stickle herself.  AL Stickle variety shop in Rhinebeck has been run by the same family since 1946.
Presently it is run by the original owner’s grandson Matt Stickle and his wife Leah.
They are expanding their presence to the cyber world.  Every day you can find new items on their website.  Many of these are not sold in the shop. So, try it out today and check out their website before going to one of the resale giants like Amazon and in doing so you may make your community just a little more wholesome.  I am not speaking out against Amazon, but just want to make you aware that there are alternatives which may help the small business owners in your community.  Al Stickle is just one of them.

Let us do our part to heal this world of ours in more ways than one, one stitch at a time.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Let’s have some knitting fun

Simplest mitts

Log Cabin Mitts

U-Turn Mitts

I am offering three classes this Winter.

I choose three different patterns for fingerless mitts, one each for the beginner, intermediate and advanced knitter.
All of these are knitted flat ( the last one in a very unique way).
I like fingerless mitts, because they are fun to wear and fairly quick to make.
The fee for the classes is $80 for the beginner and advanced class ( three sessions each ) and $60 for the intermediate class ( two sessions) plus material.  The patterns are all free.

I decided to start the classes the weekend following Martin Luther King Day.
Location:  The classes will be held at AL Stickles in Rhinebeck.

Beginner knitter/ Learn how to knit
The Simplest Fingerless Mitts by Doris Formby

Session 1 Sun 1.26.  12:30-2pm. Cast on and knit stitch
Session 2 Sun  2.2.   12: 30-2pm Review and purl Stitch
Session 3 Sun  2.9.   12:30-2pm  Bind off and mattress stitch

Intermediate knitter ( needs to know cast on, knit and purl Stitch)
Log Cabin Mitts by Karen Templer

Session 1 Sun 1.26.  2:30-4pm  Choose your yarns, understand the construction, knit , pick up sts.
Session 2  Sun 2.2.   2:30-4pm. Check work and finish first mitt

Advanced knitter ( needs to be comfortable with increases, bonus if you are familiar with Judy’s Magic cast on)
U-Turn Mitts by Sybil R.

Session 1 Sun 2.9.  2:30-4pm cast on, Part 1 of pattern
Session 2 Sun 2.16. 2:30-4pm  three-needle bind off and part 2 ( the triangle)
Session 3 Sun 2.23. 2:30-4pm the thumb and finishing your first mitt

Thursday, November 7, 2019

My favorite yarn store in Liverpool, England

When my husband and I visited family in England, we took the train into Liverpool one of the days.
Some sightseeing and shopping ( at the LFC) was done in time to also take the chance to visit my favorite wool shop on Stafford Street, Abakhan.

The bombed out church and 

Christmas truce football statue

And Liverpool cathedral

View from Liverpool cathedral, river Mersey
More sightseeing

Liverpool Library 

And shopping
I love that Slogan ⚽️

You have two floors of wool, notions, fabric, anything you can possibly think of!  They also give classes.  I am thinking to check them out during one of my next visits.

Thousands of different buttons

I choose some gifts

And some yarn 

And this is what I knitted from the yarn.  This is an incredible pattern for fingerless mitts written by Sylil Ra .  It is a free pattern on ravelry, called U-Turn mitts.  It is done all in one piece, with twists and turns.  I just finished one mitt today 😍

♥️ Pattern:  U-Turn mitts

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Fiber Arts in Fall

Fall is my favorite time of year and not just because the weather is still mild and without the humidity and not only because the leaves are turning the most beautiful colors, especially here in the Hudson Valley, but also there is a little chill in the air, just enough to get out your sweaters and keep warm with all that woolen loveliness.
The area where I live is most famous among knitters and other fiber artists for its annual Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY, often referred to simply as RHINEBECK.
This year one local library, the Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff (right on the Hudson) organized an early kick-off to get into the swing of things with a Fiber Arts Show with knitted, crocheted, woven, quilted , felted, embroidered, cross stitched, name it, it's there....pieces from library patrons.  
Yours truly dropped off a shawl.
So, hurry on over to get inspired.  the show will last until the end of the month.

For those of you who are not living in or planning to visit this area, I also started a seven day challenge of sharing your creations on-line on my facebook page.  I started by sharing a different sweater and shawl each day and I hope others will join in with the fun and share any fiber creation.

Dropping off a shawl with Sandy at the Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff

Someone else dropping off a beautiful sweater

You are greeted by two felted cats at the library

Check out my facebook page Knit With Doris/ Discover Your Inner Knitter and join in the fun of sharing your creations.