December 8: Knitting Bucket List

lucyI wouldn’t say I had a bucket list. The few things I’d really like to do in life are borderline delusional so I don’t think they’d really count. Like going to Italy and dancing on the grapes just like Lucy, same outfit and everything. Or running through a field in the Swiss Alps in a frocked apron like Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music. For these reasons I may never be permitted to travel to Europe.
As far as knitting goes, I pretty much get to knit whatever I want. Well, that’s not totally true. 99.99% of the things I make are shop samples, and sometimes the samples we need are not exactly what I’d choose to knit. I usually get stuck with the ones I can’t coerce the other SWAKsters to do.
And when it comes to lace knitting, that’s really not my thing. I am surrounded by people who love to knit lace, so usually pass those projects off to them. It isn’t that I can’t knit lace, I’m just not a lacy kind of gal.
So you might find it odd that the one project on my “would so love to make one day” list is this –
Now that’s what I call LACE knitting. It is worked on size 0 needles with size 30 crochet cotton. When I first ran across this design, the patterns were out of print. So I was thrilled to finally find one.
The design is from von Herbert Niebling, a mid 20th century German lace “artist”.
You know me, I love a challenge and this definitely qualifies. Check out these charts!
Lace Charts
This is just the part of the chart that I could fit on the screen. There is more, plus the other side is filled with even more charts.
The pattern is totally in German. No, I don’t speak German. Yes, I could probably find someone who did speak German and they could help me, but that wouldn’t be any fun. So I’ll need to learn to speak German, at least the knitting terms.
The next question some will want to ask is if the pattern calls for size 0 needles, what size needles would I use? I do tend to knit very loose so this could pose a problem.
Since I have so much free time on my hands (ha ha), who knows when or if I’ll ever get around to doing it. Hopefully before I’m too old to see!
One of the patterns in this booklet really cracked me up. They accessorized some of the photos with props –
Yes, that’s an ashtray AND cigarette. That’s something you don’t see anymore! These patterns are from the late 40’s/early 50’s after all.
Today, I want to know what is on YOUR knitting (or crochet) bucket list? I am going to randomly select two lucky participants, who will win one of these fun orange project bags.
Project Bags
I even sewed these myself! Comments close at midnight tonight, and I’ll announce the winners on Monday.


  • stephenia

    08.12.2013 at 02:48 Reply

    Lace stole, circular blanket, socks and another cardigan to just name a few Plus a fair isle cardigan, teapot cosy and above the elbow length arm warmers. There are at least a few dozen more but those seem to be closest to the top right now!

  • VReyes

    08.12.2013 at 08:46 Reply

    My bucket list is extremely long since I have just started knitting large projects. I would love to knit a blanket, socks, and a few shawls. Also, I would love to finish my first sweater, one that is quite the ambitious project. Of course, if you look at my wish list here at home, it is insanely long, but those are the few that come to mind right away.

  • pharris824

    08.12.2013 at 08:55 Reply

    My ultimate bucket list item is to make a sweater that I would wear. My more realistic bucket list item is to make a shawl that I would wear. Notice that I specifically said “would” rather than “could.” Because with SWAKs help, I did make a Shawlette that I COULD have worn, but I didn’t. 🙁

  • msnottogether

    08.12.2013 at 09:35 Reply

    A Norwegian style sweater in the round with steeking!!! Also knitting vacas to England and the Scandinavian countries!!!

  • anitaro

    08.12.2013 at 09:50 Reply

    The Harlequin Coat from the Swing Swagger Drape book. Probably won’t ever happen but I want one!

  • jlbeene83

    08.12.2013 at 10:46 Reply

    I really want to make one of those intarsia sweaters! I have everything I need, just need to start it! Also that silky alpaca lace peacock shawl……some day Lori……. 🙂

  • Melann526

    08.12.2013 at 10:57 Reply

    Have you seen Kate Davies’ Rams and Yowes blanket pattern? That is on my bucket list, and it is totally intimidating me right now. I ordered the yarn from the UK and everything, but it’s sitting in my stash, laughing at me.
    Colorwork, steeking, small needles (at least as far as my blanket kintting is concerned) and I am so scared, but the blanket is absolutely gorgeous.

  • JudySmith

    08.12.2013 at 12:15 Reply

    I have two isager sweater kits. I hope to knit them and have them turn out just like her design.

  • Lisath

    08.12.2013 at 14:38 Reply

    We removed miles of electrical wire from our new bldg. would love to knit into something colorful. Also Latvian afghan. Lovely!!! And curtains.

  • jilliknits

    08.12.2013 at 14:51 Reply

    Oh my, how about knitting my stash!!

  • rjpirrong

    08.12.2013 at 15:07 Reply

    Umm everything in my knitting stash closet to start with then a sweater dress with cables galore!!!

  • rczb

    08.12.2013 at 16:12 Reply

    On my “bucket list” is a crocheted dress, and shrinking to wear it! It could be the Ocean Vista Dress, or the Lace Dress by Lily Chin. For either, the diet would be harder than the crocheting!

  • Betty

    08.12.2013 at 18:24 Reply

    I would love to knit my husband a cardigan or two. I stick mostly to smaller projects for my 6 granddaughters. I seem to avoid anything that takes a big time commitment.

  • donnajmiller

    08.12.2013 at 21:54 Reply

    I want to learn to crochet…I LOVE granny squares!

  • SarahB

    08.12.2013 at 22:34 Reply

    I would like to learn to tat. I found an intricate tatted lace Celtic knot pattern and I’m fascinated.

  • mschoir01

    08.12.2013 at 22:41 Reply

    I have a bucket full of knitting bucket list items. Steeks and a Shetland lace shawl come to mind. And maybe, just maybe, get to the gazillion projects hibernating in the stash…

  • EvelynM

    08.12.2013 at 23:32 Reply

    I love knitting socks….so this year I might get brave and knit up a couple patterns from “The Enchanted Sole” by Janel Laidman….

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