Strickplaner – your knitting planner live!

Strickplaner 2018 – your knitting planner is here! In this video I flip through it and talk about the planning tools. Enjoy!

Strickplaner 2018 – Your Knitting Planner Flip-Through from Martina Behm on Vimeo.

Available in Strickmich! Shop and from selected retailers.

Strickmich! Club Cast-on Event 3-17

… and here is the third virtual Cast-on Event of Strickmich! Club 2017. Enjoy!

Cast-On-Event-3-2017-English from Martina Behm on Vimeo.

Strickplaner… coming soon!

Strickplaner will arrive at Strickmich! headquarters in a couple of days! To sweeten up the wait, I have put up the Strickmich! Knitting sticker sheets in our shop:

We have prepared everything so we can start taking orders right away when the planners arrive here. We will not only offer the planner itself, but two different kits that you might find useful:

Our Strickplaner Kit consists of the planner (choose the English or the German edition), one Schoppel Crazy Zauberball in your favorite color to make the knitted book cover, plus a woven fabric tag that you can use as a pen loop.

The Strickplaner de Luxe Kit has everything you could wish for when using your new planner: A Crazy Zauberball by Schoppel in your favorite color to make the knitted book cover (instructions are in the planner), 2 mm (US size 0) circular knitting needles by Knit Pro, the Strickmich! fabric label, three Strickmich! sticker sheets, three weekview sticker sheets, the Strickmich! project bag plus Strickplaner 2018 – your knitting planner (English edtition). A wonderful gift for your best knitting friend or yourself!

With a little help…

When we started to think about a paper planner for knitters, we immediately knew we needed support from the knitting community: dyers who had become friends, yarn companies that we like to work with, people who we like and and admire and whose products and projects we love. When I showed our first drafts of a planner that is designed to help knitters find more time for their hobby, many liked it and wanted to be a part of it. Now a number of wonderful dyers, yarn shop owners, accessory producers, retreat organizers, yarn companies, artists and yarn importers are supporting Strickplaner by having ads in the weekly spreads, banner ads or full-color ads in the back of the book, although some of them said they usually do not sponsor anything because they are fully booked or sold out most of the time anyway. But they thought Strickplaner was a project worth supporting, and now here we are! Now I feel that Strickplaner is not just a new product, but a joint project of the knitting community, by people who feel connected through their love of yarn and knitting. We do think that’s pretty cool!

For you as a knitter and user of Strickplaner this means that in a couple of weekly spreads, the knitting inspiration will be from a sponsor, e. g. pointing towards knitting events, handdyed yarns and knitting accessories (which you might be delighted to hear about if you haven’t yet!). In the other weekly spreads, you will find inspirational quotes and our “My 3” prompts that will ask you to think about which knitting projects you like best, who you love to knit for and who your favorite designers are. We think it’s an awesome mix and we hope you will find that, too!

We thank all the lovely sponsors who have helped Strickplaner come to life!

Amanoyarns.com
Alpaca Yarns from Peru

Acknitwear.co.uk
Knitting Patterns, Books & Kits

Aschaffenburgerwolltraeume.blogspot.de
Small Fiber Festival in Southern Germany

Craftcruises.com
Knitting & Crafting Cruises

Das-mondschaf.de
Handdyed Yarn

Dyeforyarn.com
Handdyed Yarn

Edinyarnfest.com
Fiber Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland

Gemachtmitliebe.de
Blog + Online Store

Ggh-garn.de
Yarn from Hamburg, Germany

Herr-u.de
Yarn Shops in Berlin, Germany

Handherzseele.de
Creative Retreats

Missbabs.com
Handdyed Yarn

Naturesluxury.com
Handdyed Yarn

Rosygreenwool.de
Certified Organic Merino Yarns

Schmeichelgarne.de
Beautiful Yarn from all over the world

Schoppel-wolle.de
Colorful Yarn made in Germany

Stolenstitches.com
Patterns and Yarn by Carol Feller

symposipress.etsy.com
Knitting Stickers Julie Levesque

Succaplokki.fi
Knitting Accessories

Zauberwiese.com
Handdyed Yarn

Our new Organic Project Bags

You probably know that I lived through my puberty in the 80s which made me an eco-conscious hippie in disguise. And (this is more obvious) I love pink. Plus (less obvious) I try to keep a tidy house (ahem), starting with myself by putting my knitting away when I am not working on it, and that’s where a project bag comes in handy which will hold my yarn, needles, pattern and stitch markers. So – you guessed it – I really needed a pink project bag made of organic cotton, big enough to hold my own patterns printed on A5 leaflets.

So I asked the lovely gals at Manomama in southern Germany if they could make project bags like these for me. At Manomama, people who have difficulties finding a job otherwise will find employment and fair pay. It was great working with them, and the bags turned out just the way I imagined. I am really happy that we were able to send them out to our Strickmich! Club members as gifts, and also that we are offering them now to everyone in Strickmich! Shop.

Our project bag is 24 cm (9.5 inches) wide, 26 cm (10.4 inches) long and has a diameter of 15 cm (6 inches). It’s perfect to hold your current project and accessories and closes with a double loop of cord. 4-color Strickmich! label in the side seam, 100% organic cotton, sewn in Germany by Manomana in Augsburg.

Available in Strickmich! Shop (shipping worldwide).

Toranja

Something soft and sugary will surely sweeten up any season for you: “Toranja” is Portuguese for grapefruit, and that was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this yarn. And I love pink grapefruits! I think they are not only the prettiest of fruits, but they also make a yummy drink if you mix them with (alcohol-free) beer or aloe vera juice (add vodka if you fancy). And they are a good source for vitamin C, which never hurts – especially during winter!

Toranja starts with a provisional cast-on, is knit on the bias and has those cute little stockinette squares that make the sweet colors pool just a little bit. Interesting to knit, but not really complicated – and it is guaranteed to make your friends wonder how on earth you did it! 120 grams of colorful yarn make a generously sized cowl. If you have more yarn, you can make a wider loop, or cast on more stitches to make it longer.

Find the pattern printed and downloadable in Strickmich! Shop. We also carry a limited number of kits with the exclusive club color. And, as always, the pattern is available on Ravelry.