Child Sweater

Love how this sweater turned out. I am blessed to have had this order from a grandma to knit this sweater for her grandson.

It always is special to see that at times people do reach out fro handmade items. I n my case it is handknit with my love for the passion of joy and happiness in my knitting this special gift for her grandson.

A pattern I had from a Magazine called Penguin from many years ago…

Needles At Work

….after some time not really having my knitting needles in my hand …. Just not sure why that happen. But for past 6 months I have kind of lost my desire for knitting.

Have You ever felt like that? You have a hobby that is your passion, all of a sudden You have no interest in it anymore?

Some of You may say ….Oh no! This is unheard off. My knitting has been part of my daily life.

Well I think this little poncho request has brought back some nice memories of knitting. And how good it feels to be creating something handmade.

Fun Day Dyeing Yarn

2019-01-24 10.21.01-1So I had a order for 4 skeins in a very deep plum colour. To be exact, it had to be the same as the top 2 skeins. I  am very happy I was able to recreate the same colour and strength in the bottom 4 skeins as I have in the top 2.

Then decided to play around with 4 skeins of Fingering weight in a deep plum but much more with light to dark shades in same skeins. I am in love with this look and can’t wait to see them knit up.

 

 

Flower Power Coat

Truly happy and loving  this “Flower Power” Coat

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Coat is finally finished.  Smiles, it only took me 4 summers to knit up.

Wow… You may say, but being fingering weight, needles 2.25 mm and in a black as you can see for most of the knitting. I really needed good lighting and the best was, sunlight outside in my backyard. Then the challenge of cutting the front open, something we knitters call “Steeking” and picking up stitches to bind  the front edge…woha, a little nerve-racking. Only because I already invested that many year of knitting into the coat. Really did not want to muck this part up…Yes perfect all great.

You can see the inside of the coat is just a beautiful as the ousie..smile.

The pattern and yarn are from Christel Seyfarth Shetland Lambswool she has some stunning and beautiful designs.

As I have shortened this jacket I had to modify some areas. So it is not true version of her coat. Therefore I have lots of yarn left. for some other project. Then I still have  a foul box of her yarn for another coat of shawl..

 

Entrelac Tutorials

IMG_0821I have put together a view videos in sections so hopefully this will make it easier to knit Your next Entrelac project too. I have still one more video section to do and that would be:

(Base cast on Triangles Part 1 ….)

by clicking on each section below to view video you’ll get redirected to my YouTub Account.

Right Middle Block squares    Part 2

Left Edge Triangle    Part 3

Left Middle Block Squares   Part 4

Right Edge Triangle     Part 5

Finals Edge  Cast Off Tringle  Part 6

 

Entrelac Knitting Tutorial

IMG_3375.JPGThis knitting technic called Entrelac is not as difficult as You may think it is….

I have put a little video together on how to work the block on the right side on how to merge the two sections together….

I will be working on a view more videos in the next view days, that will show you how to Merge the sections together on the purl side.  And hopefully also the two triangle section on each side.  The last row with all the casting off triangles …..Yes then off to the sleeves and the collar.

So please visit for More Videos to follow soon….and Hope to have pattern available for this Cardi Entrelac Style soon too.

 

Spring Fling Worsted Weight Yarn

“Spring Fling”

Limited Edition

Worsted Weight Yarn available at Unwind Yarn House

KnitswissYarns Worsted Weight
Yarn is now available at Unwind Yarn House in Newmarket, Ontario

is also a 100% Superwash Merino Wool
Yardage 183 meters / 200 yards 
Weight 115 grams / 4 oz
Needle Size: 4-5 mm / US 6-8
Gauge: 20-18 sts to 10cm / 4″
Care: Machine Wash Gentle Cold, Dry Flat

All my KnitswissYarns have been Hand Dyed right here in Canada.

Special care has been taken to eliminate the bleeding of colour. However all Hand dyed yarns can bleed at first view wash. Please wash separately from any other items.

if you use more than one skein for a project I suggest to alternate the skeins at all time
“Spring Fling” I love the feeling I get form this colour combo. Spring is just around the corner…. colour is available only for a short time.

 

FlexiFlips Knitting Needles

File 2018-01-16, 4 33 20 PMHave you heard of these new needles..

“FlexiFlips!

Well not so new I believe. One of my customers from work has ask my over two years ago if we sell knitting needles that bend in the centre and you only work with 3 needles she said…and if I have knit with them yet…?File 2018-01-16, 6 22 18 PM

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately at that time I had to say “NO” to both of her question….smiles, this would not be the case today.

 

As of today I own a set on my own. Today I bought a 2,5mm FlexiFlips needle from Serenity Knits See what I have worked up so far the cuff of two socks…The ladies indicated it is just like knitting with straight needles. Agree, but really short straight needles. I think this would be perfect for a project on a plane where one has to make sure your not poking the person beside you..smiles.

My thoughts are; my absolute favorite needle to knit socks would be the magic loop then comes the FlexiFlips and my least favourite one would be working with 4 or 5 double-pointed needles.

The FlexiFlips are truly a great solution if you not a fan of the magic loop. Great to put the knitting down too and not having to worry of loosing stitches , though keep an eye on that 3rd needle ..smiles. I was knitting away ……and being used to knitting with my magic loop let go of the needle at the end of the row to flip to other side….well that was my 3rd needle now hahah for me the needle ended up on the floor….just something to be aware off.

So far I like the FlexiFlips though…

 

Coffee Shop Wrap

IMG_6172_medium2The colours in this wrap are just perfect for this pattern and guess what I used up all kinds of my left-over scarp yarns…well not really scrap yarn as it is all so wonderful and we never have scrap yarn if you are thinking like me…IMG_6142_medium2

I always tend to think what can I make with this little bit of yarn before I go to my perfectly full skeins that are just waiting to be use for

“THAT PERFECT PROJECT”

So if you are like me then you saved up many  PERFECTLY amazing yarn and use up the left-over yarns… smiles ….

I did say that I am not going to able to knit up all this yarn and wear it before I am not here anymore….well I decided to start using my So Amazing yarns and knit up something gorgeous. Even If I have to give it to an appreciating person that would wear it….so ok enough of this chabbering…lets get knitting… and designing my next project for January issue….off to work I go.

But here is the info for this fun wrap ….totally love it.

Coffee Shop Wrap by Alexandra Tavel

and the yarn is the best I have to say …smiles my own KnitSwissYarns and all in  Fingering 100% Superwash Merino Wool as I said all bits and pices …and needle size 4mm just really love that lose drap to the wrap.

My kind of “The Joker and the Thief”

Photo 2017-11-04, 3 12 46 PMWhat am I talking about? You may ask your self…..well it is that the original pattern …

yes a knitting pattern smiles….

 “The Joker and the Thief ” is all worked up with many fun and wonderful colours ,gorgeous for sure.

Leave it up to me though,I wanted to see how this pattern by Melanie Berg would look in just one colour. My KnitSwissYarns Fingering Merino Silk I used for this pattern is a very light tone on tone and in the right light will have a hint of purple, though the may colour is dark gray. IMG_9956

Loved the pattern and the distinct row of the 8 stitches add a definite interest to this shawl design. I truly enjoyed knitting this shawl up for my friends Ursi back home…..we enjoyed a truly fun time together in September on our Rhein River holiday.

 

 

Eggli Vest

_K0A9742With excitement and happiness can I tell you that my latest pattern called

Eggli Vest”

has been published and is available for you too to knit know.

As you all probably have been noticing  in all my latest patterns there is always a cable pattern somewhere knit into the design.

You guessed right if you said “she loves cables”

The Eggli Vest has also been knit with my own yarn

“KnitswissYarn”

 

5-7 skeins of  Sport Weight depends on the size you are knitting it. Yarn only sold directly through contacting me here on the blog or at  knitswiss@gmail.com

Pattern is available in several sizes.   Eggli Vest

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The “Eggli Vest” has been published in the latest “A Needle Pulling Thread” magazine Issue #17. You are able to download the pattern if you can’t get the magazine by clicking on the link above.

As Carla the publisher of the magazine indicates:

“The Eggli Vest is a one of the most versatile vest in a long time, wearing it upside down will give it a different look and it’s the same vest! A little cable for interest and structure, and I-cord cast off for that final touch of class.”

 

 

 

Pictures have been taken by Carla “A Needle Pulling Thread” for this magazine…..

    Carla “I had a lot of fun too…;-)))”

Thanks for the wonderful opportunity

The Shawl Pin designed by my good friend Ave is a very talented wood burning Artist. I have many items like buttons, shawl /hair pins, etc available. For more info contact me through by commenting.

Gray Flax

File 2017-03-30, 11 16 37 AMMy go-to knit usually is a cardigan as they can be layered over a lighter top long or short-sleeved. But I was in need of a sweater this time. A light weight one I thought would be great for right now this in between winter – spring weather.
My knitting girls where knitting this one called “Flax” by tincanknits on Ravelry…works well for me too. But I chose a much lighter weight in yarn and therefore had to knit several different sizes as I went along with the pattern. Always enjoy a top down knit. Used up some yarn from my stash  7 skeins off “Phildar Phil’Soft 3 1/2 in gray-blue and knitting needle 3.75mm.
At the bottom edge I used a pattern from Nicky Epstein in her book “Knitting On The Edge” the Berry Cluster pattern but without knitting the bubbles.
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File 2017-03-30, 11 15 32 AMMein Go-To-Strick Muster ist in der Regel eine Strickjacke, da so eine Jacke perfect ist über eine leichteres Oberseite lang oder kurz-arm. Doch dises mal könnte ich einen Pullover brauchen.  Etwas leichter für den Winter zu Frühlin übergang.
Meine Strickfrauen die zu mir kommen, stricken fleissig an dem “Flachs”  Pullover von tincanknits auf Ravelry … toll auch für mich. Doch ich wählte ein viel leichteres Garn und musste also mehrere verschiedene Größen stricken, als ich das Muster so strickte.
Von meinem  Stash brauchte ich 7 Stränge aus “Phildar Phil’Soft 3 1/2 in grau-blau und Stricknadel 3,75mm.
Am unteren Rand strickte ich ein Muster von Nicky Epstein in ihrem Buch “Knitting On The Edge” das Berry Cluster-Muster, aber ohne die Ballen zu stricken.
Fertig und passt sehr gut.

Rikki Hat For The Next Snowfall…not

file-2017-02-23-11-05-58-amSnow falling only less then 10 days ago…

Walking in the winter wonderland with so much snow on the trees shaking the snow off them as I stood underneath…

making snow-angels  in the snow…

yes just like a kid…. So much fun.

So good for the mind.

Loved every moment of it.

Ok all this made me knit this Rikki hat as my hat kept on moving over my eyes having fun in the snow….So with one skein of DK weight yarn and a circular needles of I went. Knit up very fast. So happy with this on….only all the snow is gone now…

file-2017-02-23-11-20-09-amSchneefall erst vor 10 Tagen … Ein wirkliches  Winter-Wunderland mit so viel Schnee auf den Bäumen. Der  Schnee von den Bäumen schüttelt, als ich darunter stand … Schnee-Engel im Schnee machen … ja wie ein Kind …. So viel Spaß! Das tut richtig gut!

Ok, das hat mich dazu gebracht, diesen Rikki-Muetze zu stricken, während mein Hut immer wieder über meine Augen ging und  Spaß im Schnee hatte …. Also mit einer Strang DK-Gewichtgarn und einer Rund- Nadeln ging es los. Strick sehr schnell. Toll wie diese Muetze sitzt nur haben wir keinen Schnee mehr …..

Special Deliveries Are In Order

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My Mom is Celebrating her 80th. Birthday!

“Yes fit as a little kitten”

I said on the invitation for her Party and believe me she is going, going and goin.

She loves to go on her walks, plays cards with her friends. Public pool is opening up soon so…swimming ;-) is a good for sure. You should see this pool! Wish we had something like that locally.

Getting groceries by walking to local store and, ohhhh I bumped into a friend and we had coffee. Sooo cool when have you gone groceries shopping lately and bumped into a friend and just had a coffee?

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reading card from my hubby and cardigan fits perfect

Ohh yes the garden is starting soon to grow…what can we plant FLOWERS for sure, You should see it. Miss that garden. Oh ,not to forget the cockatiels that my dad so enjoyed caring breeding them in our backyard.

So Happy 80 Birthday “Mutt” You are truly a special Mom.


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Meine “Mutt” feiert ihren 80. Geburtstag Heute!

“Ja fit wie ein Chätzli” sagte es auf der Einladung für Ihre Geburtstags Feier und glauben mir, sie geht, geht und geht da ist immer etwas los…fast immer….lach.

Gern geht sie Spatzieren oder in ein Lehren-Theatern. Spielt Karten mit Ihren Freundinnen. Das Schwimmbad ist bald offen da sollte ich anrufen ;-) ! Ich wünschte, wir hätten so ein Öffentliches Freibad bei uns in der Nähe

Lebensmittel  einkaufen kann sie zu Fuss gehen>  ohhhh hatte noch eine  Freundin getroffen und wir hatten noch einen Kaffee gehabt. Sooo cool! Wenn hattst Du das letztemal Lebensmittel eingekaufst  und hattes jemand angetroffen und noch schnell einen Kaffee getruncken hier? Unhörbar hier bei uns …..über den Grossen See

Ohh ja der Garten ….was können wir an BLUMEN planzen? Oh nicht zu vergessen die Nymphensittiche, die mein Vater so genossen hatte, Pflege und Zucht in unserem Hinterhof hatt sie nun auch übernommen.

So “Mutt” zu Deinem  80 Geburtstag wünsche ich und Familie Dir alles Liebe.

Ich Ha Di’ Liebe

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Lacy Cardigan

079Lacy Cardigan

A light fun pattern and ideal to wear over a strapless top or halter top.

You want your crochet work to show off. 075 (2)

The sleeves and back are crochet all in one piece and then at the sleeves section sewn together. Once that is done it gets easier. Just pick up the required stitches all around the body opening. Knitting in the round is easy now as it is a knit 2, purl 2, knit 2 continue to end …2013-10-16 13.14.56Lacy Cardigan 2016

 The Lace Cardigan pattern ..In Sizes Small / Medium and it is easy to adapt to larger size too. I’ll be working this pattern up again in my “KnitswissYarns” shortly and have pattern available again….Happy knitting