Strickmich! Sommer Camp Woche 7: Ozelot und Friesennerz

Susanne Matthiessen grew up on Germany’s jet-set island Sylt in the 70s and 80s where her parents had a fur boutique – you can imagine how bizarre her childhood was! The parents were working all the time, doing everything they could to make the tourists feel comfortable, while the kids where free to roam about the beach. As their rooms were rented out to guests, many of Susanne’s friends had to sleep in a tent in their parents’ gardens during summer… It’s a fun read and a great audiobook, and I hope it will be made available as an English translation at some point.

Sommer Camp Week 6

This week’s Sommer Camp audiobook is available in English!

Simone Buchholz lives in Hamburg’s famous red light district St. Pauli. And that’s also where her crime stories around prosecutor Chastity Riley take place. In “Blue Night” (all links to amazon.com), Chastity is called to take care of an unknown man who turned up in a hospital, beaten and unconscious. Slowly, he reveals some of his secrets that lead her to discover much bigger crimes than she could imagine… Find the audiobook on Amazon – and let me know what you think of it in Strickmich! Netz!

Strickmich! Sommer Camp is a virtual knitting camp that takes place in Strickmich! Netz, a friendly online community that runs on Mighty Networks. Sign up now for free! Campers will get cool goodies with their next purchase in Strickmich! Shop and can participate in our weekly photo challenge to win awesome prizes.

Strickmich! Sommer Camp Week 5

This week in Strickmich! Sommmer Camp, we’re listening to an audiobook by German thriller author Yassin Musharbash, whose book “Russische Botschaften” premiers this week. In my podcast, I talk to him about his collaboration with John le Carré on a book that deals with the German scene of islamic terrorists and the attacks of September 11th 2001. So, if you are interested in Yassin’s work, check out the audiobook “A Most Wanted Man” (link to amazon.com) by John le Carré.

Strickmich! Sommer Camp is a virtual knitting camp that takes place in Strickmich! Netz, a friendly online community that runs on Mighty Networks. Sign up now for free! Campers will get cool goodies with their next purchase in Strickmich! Shop and can participate in our weekly photo challenge to win awesome prizes. This week, our photo challenge is “Tension” – as we might feel tense while listening to a thrilller… Hope to see you there!

Autorenfoto: Andreas Krone

Strickmich! Sommer Camp Week 4: Knitting by the Window

This week I have talked to Alena Schröder from Berlin: Her book “Junge Frau…” (“Young woman, standing by the window, dawn, blue dress”) is a huge success in Germany and I recommend the audiobook as our audiobook of the week. There is a Dutch translation, and I am pretty sure that there will be an English one at some point. It’s the story of three generations of women through the two World Wars up to today. Absolutely fascinating!

Strickmich! Sommer Camp takes place in Strickmich! Netz, is completely free for participants and full of enthusiastic knitters. Also, there are goodies for you in Strickmich! Shop. Join us today!

Photo: Gerald v. Foris

Strickmich! Sommer Camp – Week 3

The third week of Strickmich! Sommer Camp starts now! Our motto is “Knitting with friends”, and that’s also what the second photo challenge is about. In Strickmich! Sommer Camp Podcast, I have talked to German author Stephan Bartels about his audiobook “Dicke Freunde” (it’s a word play meaning both “fat friends” and “very good friends”). It’s only available in German, sorry for that!

Strickmich! Sommer Camp takes place in Strickmich! Netz, is completely free for participants and full of enthusiastic knitters. Also, there are goodies for you in Strickmich! Shop. Join us today!

Photo ©Severin Wohlleben

Strickmich! Sommer Camp Woche 2: Mein Helgoland

This is the second episode of Strickmich! Sommer Camp Podcast (only in German, sorry!). I talk to German author Isabel Bogdan about her latest book and audiobook “Mein Helgoland”, which is about her love for the tiny Island Helgoland in the North Sea.

Our motto for the second week of Strickmich! Sommer Camp is “Knitting on the Beach”: You can win an attractive goodie bag and knitting patterns as pdfs. Strickmich! Sommer Camp takes place in Strickmich! Netz, is completely free for participants and full of enthusiastic knitters. Also, there are goodies for you in Strickmich! Shop. Join us today!

Photo © Dirk Skiba

Strickmich! Sommer Camp Week 1: Summer-Knitting in the City

Strickmich! Sommer Camp starts today! For our German knitters, I am recording a podcast about my favorite audiobooks to listen to while knitting. I am starting with Till Raether’s book „Treue Seelen“ („Faithful Souls“) that is set in divided Berlin 1986. I loved this book a lot: a summery love-story with a thriller-like ending. Hope it will be translated into English soon… Meanwhile, you can enjoy all the other aspects of Strickmich! Sommer Camp: Photo-Challenges, goodies in Strickmich! Shop, other lovely knitters – all there for you in Strickmich! Netz. It’s a small social media network running on Mighty Networks, no ads or algorithms – just knitting!

Photo: © Isabela Pacini

Strickmich! Bowl

New in Strickmich! Shop: An accessory bag that opens up to a bowl in which it is easy to find your knitting tools. Strickmich! Bowl is quite voluminous, everything fits from your dpns to long pencils. The bowl is also suitable as a project bag for small projects, eg socks.

When I came up with the idea for this accessory bag, I had no clue how to sew it – so I asked the pros at Manomama in Augsburg, Bavaria to figure it out. It’s the company that has made our colorful project bags as well, under fair working conditions and with GOTS-certified organic cotton. Strickmich! Bowl is made out of sturdy organic cotton that’s grown in Tansania and woven in Northrine-Westphalia. The wool felt inlay was grown by sheep in the Black forest, and the zippers are also made in Germany.


Strickmich! Bowl is now available in Strickmich! Shop – and participants of Strickmich! Sommer Camp can earn it as a gift with purchases above € 100 (excluding shipping, only until Sept. 3rd, as long as supplies last AND if you enter a code word in the comments section of your purchase that we will tell you after you have entered Strickmich! Netz).

Join Strickmich! Sommer Camp now!

A virtual knitting summer camp: Every knitter chooses a project to work on during 6 weeks from July 23rd to September 3rd. You choose which yarn and which pattern – it does not have to be by Martina. The camp will take place on our brand-new Strickmich! Netz.
During the Sommer Camp, Strickmich! Shop offers extra goodies for participants who shop with us between July 19th and September 3rd. For orders above the following thresholds (excluding shipping):

– from € 30: Strickmich! Pencil
– from € 60: Strickmich! Sommer Camp Tote Bag
– from € 100: Strickmich! Bowl
– from € 150: Pencil, Tote Bag and Bowl.

To earn the goodies, you must enter a code into the commentary field of your order. You will see the code after logging into Strickmich! Netz. PS: We ship worldwide using Fedex and DHL.
Every week, we will hold a photo challenge where you can win lovely prizes: patterns, yarn, books…
And, most importantly: We will keep each other company, show off your projects and our knitting summer adventures in the brand-new place to be Strickmich! Netz where the camp takes place.
You can join Strickmich! Sommer Camp now, chat with other campers and get yourself acquainted with Strickmich! Netz and all posts concerning Strickmich! Sommer Camp.

Click here to join Strickmich! Sommer Camp!

Panoramic Cowl

A warm little cowl, worked in garter stitch out of a spectacularly hand dyed yarn – that’s a perfect project for your summer vacation! “Panoramic Cowl” was the fourth pattern of Strickmich! Club 2020, and now it’s being released to the public via Ravelry and Strickmich! Shop.

As a special treat, we have convinced hand dyer Susanne Walther from Hamburg to dye a small batch of her beautiful “Tieke Garne Merino 500” for Strickmich! Shop. Her spectacular colors will only be available as long as supplies last. Shipping is worldwide!