Celebration Tulip Cowl

File 2017-01-12, 10 48 04 AMWe celebrate 150 Year Canada this year …

 Celebration Tulip Cowl

has been designed to honour  this event. Although I have seen the Maple Leaf Tulip in pictures only at the time of me disining this cowl. I too was inspired to reflect it in my knitting and design….with planting in the fall of 2016, 50 of the Maple Leaf Tulip bulbs. File 2017-05-31, 3 09 48 PM

So after I had a look though my already existing yarn stash I found several smaller balls of fingering weight of my own KnitswissYarns. My colours are perfect for this tulip colours and concept.  I am excited to tell you the  pattern was published in “A Needle Pulling Thread” Summer edition 2017

If  You  like you can purchase the pattern through “A Needle Pulling Thread” by clicking on the link above.

 

 

 

 

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Turquoise Charm Bag

File 2017-08-02, 7 39 35 PMMy “Turquoise Charm Bag” has been an inspiration from the turquoise waters from Antigua… So blue and clear.

Then on one of our visits to the festivals here in our town, I fell in love with this type of bags. Made all with cotton ropes and fabric strips sewn together….

I had seen this before in one of the magazines I get from Europe and said I really want to make one of them.  So off with no pattern …File 2017-08-02, 7 39 49 PM

 

 

 

 

Well I tell you it does take a lot of rope and fabric. Your fingers will love you after rolling the ropes in the fabric too. But wait the fun is still to come …..Now you get to sew the covered ropes to each into a coil,  just like a snail-shell looks …well kind of. But you get what I am telling you…a lot of fun …oh yes it gets better now you have to curve this bag too so it has a wall…oh yes curve it! That takes some practice I tell you. You can see mine is not perfect but almost ….I love it. Pick a fabric you really love and then just go for it…I have mine from “The Quilt Store” and we have lots more of it to chose from…The cotton clothes line rope I bought at Wallmart….kind of bought all they had at the time…5/8″ thick. Oh use a topstitch needle 100/16  and  Cotton Petites by Sulky Thread for the top and regular for the bobbin.

So once it was all sewn together and I had used up almost 300 yards of rope for this size. It was a really squishy thing to put in my sewing machine throught opening I tell you… well worth the results….smiles

What do I use for the handles? Was looking for old horse rains….all my friends that have horses….I thought for sure would have one old one hanging around…..

Today I notices my purse, I had been using for just a view weeks ….oh no is falling apart…. yes!! Now I have handles I can use….why through away the purse when I can take it apart and use items from it…yes rip, rip, rip….

Right Ave and Judy you have seen me doing this crazy thing ….Have a look what my new bag looks like now…

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Cabled Leftover Neck Roll

2017-05-26 14.21.11Ohh what can I knit with all this leftover yarn?

A topic we all know to well…we work on one project and then either we do not have enough yarn or too much. But what can we use that for to nice to just throw away…I think.

I am laughing at times. I have so many gorgeous yarns in my stash that are waiting for YES…

“That Perfect Project”

Believe me, I will find one just give me time.

However I tend to go to my leftover yarns and use them up most of the time.

I just can’t see it sitting around to long …As my mother would say when we chat on Skype. Oh Jacqueline   “How many scarfs or shawls do you need?”  LOL never enough winters are cold here in Canada… same as in Switzerland just much longer.  You can belive me add-on one month on each ende of the winter then you have Canada weather easily….

Anyway let’s forget about the weather, back to knitting  I really love to just be creative and work something up as I go.

“A Needle Pulling Thread” Spring 2017

 

 

 the request was ” What to do with leftover yarns?”   Ah ha I though…!

A Neck roll form I had around the home and so it became my

“Cabled Leftover Neck Roll” 

Pattern can buy purchased here or find the magazine at your newsstand. Yarn well guess what, just use some of your leftover stash and make it YOURS… play with as many colours or yarn type as you like and just have fun…

Smiles I am proud to have been in  “A Needle Pulling Thread” magazine for more than one year now. Thanks Carla and John for believing in my talent.

Happy Knitting …..

 

 

 

Jelly Roll Bags

File 2017-04-12, 9 26 54 AMYes out of one Jelly Roll Fabric bundle I have sewn up 4 of these wonderful spring-summer take along bags.

Von einem Jelly Roll Fabric Bündel habe ich 4  wunderbaren Frühling-Sommer Taschen genäht 

Perfect for going to the beach, or just carry along your necessary items. Perhaps your project bag for your knitting or crocheting…you name it just a overall handy little bag to have.

I found this free pattern on Shabby Fabric.com I am in love with her tutorials on YouTub. Very clear instructions and easy to follow too.

Now the only problem I have is I love them all and can’t decide the one I will keep….

Eine ideale Tasche für zum Strand, oder auch nur so schenll zum Kaffe zu gehen und nur das Notwendigste  mit zu bringen. Ja natürlich auch eine perfect Projekttasche für das Stricken oder Häkeln …

Ich fand dieses kostenlose Muster bei “Shabby Fabric.com” So viele tolle YouTube Tutorials fand ich dort. Sehr klare Anweisungen und leicht zu folgen.

Nun habe ich ein problem…lach welche Tasche soll ich für mich selber behalten…..

Kiki Mittens

2017-02-14-13-03-34Not just once I knit them ..yes two pairs I knit up…well this one was a funny one. I hade this really nice colour in stock of my own “KnitswissYarns” fingering weight in light and dark gray and a red for accents. Pattern is available to purchase on Raverly too

So as I am knitting them my daughters hamster had babies again. Believe me they are sooo adorable and sooo tiny and grow within 3-4 weeks to the point where we need to find a home for them.

So here is where I am going with this story. I was past 2/3 of one mitten when I decided to go and see the babies..not relizing I must have moved the magnetic strip marker on the pattern up by yessss…. two rows.

back to my knitting…started where I thought I had left and knit to top of fingers where I cast off. Ok looks goo I though..but what is that…the pattern is not like the fist part…what did I d here?

So no way I am going to open this up just knit the second one with the same error…no not error I call it the “Kiki Mittens” because  that is what the hamster mom is called.

So ok, knit the second mitten the same way. Only to realize “I” know knit to mittens for my right hand….AHHHHHH how could I be so …..? Could not believe this..

Ok now I had to knit two left once with the same “Kiki” thought…lol

So love them and what a story I thought….Smile Maria I know you told me you love that second pair as much as I love mine too….

 

2017-02-14-13-03-12Nicht nur einmal habe ich diese gestrickt ..ja zwei Paare wurden gestrickt … lustige. Ich hatte diese wirklich schöne Farben auf Lager von meinem eigenen “KnitswissYarns” fingering Gewicht in hell und dunkelgrau und ein Rot für Akzente.

So ok los ging es mit dem Stricken. Zur gleichen Zeit hatte wir auch  Hamster Babys.  Glaub’ mir, die sind sooo niedlich und sooo winzig und wachsen innerhalb von 3-4 Wochen bis zu dem Punkt, wo wir ein Haus für sie finden müssen.

Also hier ist es, wo ich mit dieser Geschichte hingehe. Meine Strickarbeit war schon 2/3 von einem Handschuh fertig, als ich beschloss die Babys zu sehen … doch irgendwie verschob ich die magnetische Streifenmarkierung auf dem Muster bei  … zwei Reihen !!

Zurück zu meinem Stricken … begann, wo ich dachte, ich war zu letzt und strickte weiter. Fertig ist einer dachte ich … aber was ist das … das Muster ist nicht wie beim esten Teil … was habe ich falsh gemacht hier?

Also auf kein fall werde ich das auftun! Nur muss ich den Fehler fuer den zweiten handschu auch noch einmal stricken…ok kein problem.  Ich nenne es die “Kiki Handschuhe” so heisst die Hamster Mama.

Ok der zweiten Handschuh ist auch fertig. aber was ist das????Nein zwei rechte Händ habe ich doch nicht! Doch zwei recht eHandschuhe habe ich hier gestrickt…. AHHHHHHH wie konnte ich das machen …..? Kaum zu glauben

Ok, jetzt musste ich zwei linke Handschue stricken damit ich dise anziehen kann…doch denke ich das ist kein fehler nur meine “Kiki”  Handschuhe Muster speciell denke ich schon … lol

 

 

Totoro Mittens

2016-12-21-14-32-09Totoro Mittens for my daughter.

Totoro is a character from  “My Neighbour Totoro”

Oh ok I have knit them for her for Christmas 2016 and I am totally forgot to show them to You…like so many other items I have knit since them…So I  have to catch up very fast. Seems like I have been busy posting about hikes or food lately.

Well the Totoro Mittens  by brella on Ravelry are a hit with my daughter. She loves them and apparently wears them all the time. Yeh I would too in this cold Canadian weather.

For the mittens I used two skeins of my “KnitswissYarns” in a DK weight  100% Superwash Merino wool so great far washing too. One in each colour gray and purple  and needle size 4mm. Yarn is soon available for online order too.

 

Totoro Handschuhe für meine Tochter. Oh ok ich hatte diese auf die letzte Weihnachten 2016 gestrickt und total vergessen es Euch zu zeigen … wie so viele andere Gegenstände, die ich seit dann gestrickt habe … Also dass muss ich schnell aufholen. Scheint ich habe  von Wanderungen und Backen geplaudert. Und all das Geschtricket vergessen.

Nun die “Totoro Handschuhe” von brella auf Ravelry sind ein Hit bei meiner Tochter. Sie liebt sie und scheinbar trägt sie diese immer draussen in diesem kalten Kanadischen Wetter.

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Gstaader Bolero

Fluffy you could say for sure, kind of feels like I am holding a bunny rabbit in my hand when I was knitting this Gstaader Bolero. Super soft and squishy. I enjoyed knitting with this yarn file-2016-08-23-5-49-53-pm “Phildar Kid Mohair No4”, though I know it is discontinued but still loved it. file-2016-08-23-5-50-14-pm

This Gstaader Bolero can be knit up with some other yarns too for sure. No limitations here. Depends on the yarn you use wear it in the coming winter over a party dress in the Alps. Spring into the summer yarns with cotton, bamboo….or on your next Cruise Ship vaccation.

 

Flauschig ist das sicher schon. Fühlt sich an als hätte  ich ein Kaninchen in der Hand, als ich diesen Gstaader Bolero strickte. Super weich und squishy. Ich genoss das Stricken mit diesem Garn “Phildar Kid Mohair No4” obwohl, ich weiß es ist nicht mehr im Verkauf.

Dieser Gstaader Bolero kann auch mit anderen Garnen gestrickt werden. Keine Einschränkungen hier. Kommt halt ganz auf Dich an wann Du das Bolero tragen wilst…

Ob im kommenden Winter über ein Partykleid in den Alpen oder Frühling mit den Sommer Garne mit Baumwolle, Bambus …. auf dem Mehr an einer Cruise Ship Holiday.

 

Pattern will be available soon too on Ravelry…