Let’s make everything more fun, more colorful and more squishy by adding knitted or crocheted embellishments to our surroundings! Show us your yarn bombing project: a stone, a door handle, a lamp post or maybe a little dwarf on a window sill… To participate, upload your picture in our thread on Ravelry or load it up on Instagram or facebook, using our hashtag #strickmichsommercamp.
An entire little city made out of yarn, complete with cars, fire trucks and skyscrapers: David Wasser (who is from the US) has co-ordinated a huge yarnbombing project in Frankfurt, Germany called Wollkenkratzer. Here are his tips for your first yarn bombing project:
- Start with something small: A door handle, a part of a fence or a lamp post can easily be beautified with a simple rectangle made out of colorful yarn.
- Yarn made out of artificial fibers is king for yarnbombing: It won’t become heavy when it rains and it’s really durable.
- Even if you prefer knitting to crochet – try a little crochet for your yarnbombing projects. It’s often more stable and less stretchy, which is an advantage.
- Yarnbombing does not destroy or damage the objects it is attached to – hence, it is usually well tolerated and not considered criminal. However, you should refrain from yarnbombing traffic signs or anything that might heat up and make your yarnbombing project catch fire.
- If you would like your object not to be removed very easily, use cable ties to attach them.
- A responsible yarn bomber will look after their projects and remove and discard of them once they have become worn and unattractive.
Last week we knit at a distance, but this week it’s cuddle time: Our motto is “Knitting with Pets”, and that’s also the theme of our next photo challenge. Pets can be challenging knitting partners sometimes when they develop an interest in our yarn balls, but they are certainly useful for a relaxed knitting vibe and for warming your feet…! Find our tips for knitting with our beloved furry friends below!
Who keeps you company when you knit at home? Show us in a picture! Whether you have a real pet, a cute stuffed animal or one you made or knit yourself: Show us how much fun (or chaos?) knitting with pets can be! To participate, upload your picture in our thread on Ravelry (please only 1 pic, no layouts, no text). Our team will choose the winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd) on July 29th. The first prize is a 25 € gift card for Strickmich! Shop, 2nd and 3rd prize is a pattern by Martina Behm as a pdf. Alternatively, load up your picture on Instagram using the hashtags #knittingwithpets and #strickmichsommercamp.
Our tips for knitting with pets
- Cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, turtles and hamsters: My dear colleague Ute is an expert when it comes to knitting in the company of pets – and dealing with all the little catastrophes they might cause. Here are her tips for knitting with critters:
- Teach your dog that yarn is not a toy – it’s hard work in the beginning, but it surely pays off when your dog peacefully snuggles up at your feet while you knit.
- Even birds can make knitting more fun: Ute once had one that would roll a ball of yarn for her while she knit…!
- If a cat or dog messes up a skein of yarn, don’t despair: Most of the times, the yarn can be untangled and will be just as new after a wash. If you don’t like to disentangle it yourself, ask friends or family: A surprisingly large number of people finds dealing with woolly messes a relaxing and satisfying activity.
- In Germany, there is a company named Modus Intarsia where you can send your dog’s hair – and they will spin supersoft yarn out of it…! <–:–>
I hope you have chosen an enjoyable project and are having fun while knitting on it during these lazy days. We will continue our journey of knitting together apart this week – and that’s also what our motto for our photo challenge is: knitting together at a distance. It’s what’s required right now, but we are surely making the best of it by attending online classes, visiting virtual knitting events and having knitting zoom conferences with our best knitting buddies.
How can we knit together while being apart? What do you do to connect with other knitters during these times? Do you meet up outside and knit at a 10 feet distance? Or do you put on your headphones and listen to podcasts while you knit? Show us in a picture! To participate, upload your picture in our thread on Ravelry (please only 1 pic, no layouts, no text). Our team will choose the winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd) on July 29th. The first prize is a 25 € gift card for Strickmich! Shop, 2nd and 3rd prize is a pattern by Martina Behm as a pdf. Alternatively, load up your picture on Instagram using the hashtags #knittingatadistance and #strickmichsommercamp.
You would like to be a part of Strickmich! Sommer Camp? Sign up here for free and knit with us through the summer!
We’re starting our Strickmich! Sommer Camp! I am happy that you are with us. We will knit together during six weeks (until August 31st). You will receive a weekly Camp Newsletter via email and there will be a photo challenge every week. Choose a knitting project that looks fun to you – it does not matter which pattern or yarn you are using. The last photo challenge will be to post a picture of your finished project! Of course, I would be delighted to see you making one of my patterns and using yarn from Strickmich! Shop, but it’s definitely not a must. If you order for 25 Euros (excluding virtual goods and shipping) or more from Strickmich! Shop until August 31st, we will throw in our Camp Goodies.
Our first photo challenge is: knitting on the road! To participate, upload your picture here in this thread (please only 1 pic, no layouts, no text). Our team will choose the winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd) on July 22nd. The first prize is a 25 € gift card for Strickmich! Shop, 2nd and 3rd prize is a pattern by Martina Behm as a pdf. Alternatively, load up your picture on Instagram using the hashtags #knittingontheroad and #strickmichsommercamp.
Sign up here to participate!
Join us at Strickmich! Sommer Camp!
For six weeks this summer, we will knit together, sit by the lake or by the fire, cool our feet in the water and have a good time! Every participant chooses her own project and yarn. I would be delighted if you chose one of my patterns and a yarn from Strickmich! Shop, but it’s definitely not a must. It’s summer, and as cannot travel as we would like, we might at least knit what we please, right?
Starting immediately, everyone who has signed up will get a fun gift with your order in Strickmich! Shop if you use our code.
The camp itself runs from July 15th through August 31st: we have a Summer Camp Challenge every week on social media, where you can win gift cards from our shop and knitting patterns. Have a great summer!
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My new (German-speaking) video for beginning knitters is live on Youtube! Today, we are making a scrunchie out of fingering weight yarn.
For everyone who already knows how to knit:
10 g colorful sockyarn (Crazy Zauberball, colorway Gartenparty),
2-3 mm circular needle, 80 cm long,
20 cm elastic cord.
Cast on 24 stitches, close to knit in the round and knit until the tube is about 36 cms long.
Bind off, add the elastic cord and sew the ends together.
This is a pattern for a little video series I made in German for beginning knitters with small and quick projects.
For those of you who would like to make them and already know how to knit, here’s the pattern:
Materials: 40 g “Pur” by Schoppel, Colorway Denim (150 m / 100 g)
Suitable knitting needles (4,5-7 mm)
Cast on 30 stitches.
Row 1: knit
Row 2: k2tog, knit to last stitch, kfb.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until the short side of the parallelogram fits around your hand. Bind off.
Sew the cast-on edge and the cast-off edge together, leaving an opening for the thumb. Sew in ends. Done!
Dear knitters, with a heavy heart we decided to cancel our planned knitting event and Cast-on Event for Strickmich! Club on May 23rd. It is currently unclear whether we will be allowed to hold our event and sell cake and coffee under the Corona pandemic restrictions, and also we are commited to protect your health. We will host a live virtual Cast-on Event instead on my youtube channel and keep you posted! ••• “Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises.” Elizabeth Zimmermann
In Strickmich! Shop, we have a little Easter gift for you: We will throw in an organic Strickmich! Project bag in all orders above 30 € (excluding shipping) until April 14th! That said, I am sad to announce that international physical shipping is very restricted right now. In most regions of the world (except Europe) we can only ship printed patterns or books or nothing at all. Please find detailed information about the current shipping situation in Strickmich! Shop here.
Happy knitting – stay safe and healthy!
One of the most spectacular phenomena on this planet must be the Northern Lights: In colors from blue-teal to purple they illuminate the sky close to the North Pole, and if you are lucky during your vacation in one of the northern Scandinavian countries, you will see them. This shawl was inspired by the Northern Lights (“Polarlys” is the Danish word for them), as its shape resembles the broad strokes that the light paints on the sky. Polarlys starts with Judy’s Magic Cast-on and is knit from the middle in rounds – entirely without purl stitches, ending with an asymmetrical mesh lace border.
This knitting project was part of Strickmich! Club 2019 – the pattern was exclusive to our club members for six months. The colorway you can see in the pictures was only available to them. But good news: In Strickmich! Shop, we carry this beautiful yarn “BFL + Silk Lace” by Sweetgeorgia from Canada in six stunning colors.: