Mein Buch “Stricken macht schön” hat eine kleine Beauty-OP hinter sich: Vor ein paar Wochen fragte mich mein Verlag BoD, ob sie mein Buch als Teil der Reihe “Edition BoD” neu auflegen dürfen. Herausgeber der Reihe ist Vito von Eichborn, Gründer des Eichborn Verlags und Buchkenner. Da habe ich natürlich sofort Ja gesagt! Das Cover wurde extra für die Neuausgabe aufgehübscht, und ich finde es sehr gelungen. Der Preis ist der gleiche geblieben, aber die Schrift im Inneren ist jetzt etwas größer und noch besser lesbar. Bei ebook.de gibt’s das Buch schon jetzt versandkostenfrei – rechtzeitig für den Gabentisch Eurer liebsten Strickerin!
Signups for Strickmich! Club are closed for 2014! Thanks a lot to everyone who participates. If you want to be added to our waiting list, please send and e-mail to info (at) strickmichclub.de.
Here is my new pattern “Be my Angel” – just in time such that we all can get our own pair of wings for the holidays!
When I got this yarn with its silky green-golden shimmer (Wollfaktor “Luna”, dyed by the very talented Michaela), I just knew it had to become a pair of angel wings: ”Be my Angel“ is knit entirely in garter stitch and will feel like a warm, loving hug and look beautiful in any soft, variegated yarn.
Due to its special symmetric shape there are several nice ways to wear this: over the shoulders or wrapped multiple times around your neck. And when you put it on, you will always have that little moment when you spread the wings and pretend you are an angel that is about to take off to do good things for the people in this world! It also makes a great gift for anyone who you want to feel protected and loved by a handmade angel hug. The knitting is logical, simple and relaxing and suitable for beginners or advanced knitters who enjoy a little comfort knitting.
The pattern includes instructions how to adapt it to the available amount of yarn. I knit this tiny version for my daughter, using just 21 grams of yarn:
The pattern is available in my Ravelry Store for 3.60 Euros. Enjoy your flights!
And here, finally, is our fourth dyer for Strickmich! Club: Lovely Heike Rehfeldt and her Wollkenschaf-yarns! (“Wollkenschaf” is a word play in German, meaning something like “the cloudy, woolly sheep”.) When a friend of mine showed me the beautiful skeins she got at Heike’s shop, I knew I needed some of that, too. Heike enjoys experimenting with colors and interesting dyeing techniques, making the most astonishing multicolor and batik colorways. Her latest colors can always be admired by everyone who passes by her shop window in the little town Heede in Heede, in Germany’s most northern state Schleswig-Holstein:
Heike is originally from Berlin and earned herself a little pocket money as a kid by selling knitted lace table cloths. Today she usually knits her own yarns and prefers shawlettes, and the patterns do not have to be that complicated anymore: “On Sundays, I put my feet up, turn o the TV and knit – that’s my time to relax and enjoy myself!”, she says.
Heike started dyeing in 2011: “When I offered my yarns for the first time in my local yarn store, the feedback was great – everyone wanted them”, says Heike. Her son Paul helped her set up a website for selling the yarns online, and since then those little “cloudy sheep” have been flying to their new, happy owners. In summer 2013 Heike found that she had to make a decision: It took her to much valuable dyeing time to keep her little shop open all the time. Also, the tiny kitchen in that shop was too small for serious dyeing.
Heike decided to move her workshop to the countryside and concentrate on dyeing – good for us knitters! And good for her, too: “I am so happy that I moved here!”, she says. She enjoys the time she spends here experimenting and developing new colors that will become available as “single sheep” in her online store. If you want to enjoy her yarns live, you are welcome to have a look: Her store is open every two weeks, and you will find it hard to choose between all those beautiful yarns, among them luxury yarns with cashmere, alpaca and silk.
Heike has agreed to create a new color with a special yarn for Strickmich! Club , and I am really looking forward to it!
Simple, elegant lace in a surprising, long, slightly asymmetrical triangular shape: That’s Naiada! Knit with a warm DK weight yarn in a beautiful color it will look great under your winter coat or wrapped around your shoulders for extra warmth over a shirt or sweater. The colorway shown in the pictures is ”Neptun Dark“ (Wollmeise Merino DK), and it goes so well with the little waves of the allover lace pattern – you will be wearing your very private ocean! Also, the color looks very much like the dark turquoise clouds on planet Neptune. I named this shawl ”Naiada“ after Naiad, which is one of Neptune’s moons and, in Greek mythology, the name of the nymphs guarding wells and rivers.
You start at one corner of the triangle, adding wider and wider rows, thereby forming a long, slightly asymmetric triangle. The pattern will work at any gauge with any amount of yarn.
The lace pattern is very straightforward and easy to remember. You can work it using the (very simple) written instructions or the charts, whatever you prefer. It’s really smooth sailing on the lace ocean which is also doable for beginning lace knitters.
The pattern is available for download in my Ravelry Store and costs 3.60 Euros. Both the English and German language versions will be added to your Ravelry library, plus you receive an E-mail with the download links for both versions.