Freitag, 25. Mai 2018

The Bottles – Die Bottles*



Dear friends,


last Sunday I thoroughly amused myself while my husband was taking his bike for a ride. Actually, I did start crocheting in the morning, right after breakfast, but he still didn't have a clue what I was up to, when he left after we had had our dinner...


I already had the idea last year, long before I started yarnbombing our garden, and therefore I simply hadn't got the bottle (no pun intended) to carry out this idea...

I had gathered some bottles, but my husband being tidier than I am (fortunately - cause our house would be full of things that might get in handy eventually), had long since disposed of them. I was fortunate to have three in the studio still, but I also had to get some „new“ bottles out the glass waste bucket.

As soon as the hubby was gone, I got my hot glue gun, some pieces of felt, buttonbox(es) and bottles out onto the patio and started putting the faces/heads together. I rummaged through the shed to find a few long and stable bamboo rods (they could be a bit longer though) and planted them at the fences in our front garden. Just in time, cause only a quarter of an hour later the hubby was home again.

Meet the Bottle family: Molly, Ginny and Arthur (can you guess which audiobook I'm listening to right now?) aaaaand Bob (related neither by blood nor marriage)!

He laughed out loud when he saw the new arrivals – and thus encouraged I made Auntie Muriel too ;-)



I'll keep in touch!







Liebe Freunde,


letzten Sonntag habe ich mich köstlich amüsiert, während mein Mann eine Runde auf seinem Motorrad gedreht hat. Genaugenommen hatte ich schon am Vormittag, gleich nach dem Frühstück, mit dem Häkeln angefangen, aber als er nach dem Mittagessen losfuhr, wusste er nicht, was ich im Schilde führte...

Die Idee zu unserer neuesten Gartenverschönerung hatte ich bereits letztes Jahr, lange noch bevor ich mit dem Yarnbombing in unserem Garten anfing, und daher hatte mir damals den Mut gefehlt, die Idee in die Tat umzusetzen...

Ich hatte zwar schon einige Flaschen gesammelt, aber mein Mann, der wesentlich ordentlicher ist als ich (zum Glück - denn ansonsten würden wir unter Sachen begraben, die ich vielleicht irgendwann noch mal gebrauchen könnte), hatte diese längst im Glassmüllcontainer entsorgt. Ein paar Flaschen hatte ich zwar ins Studio gerettet, aber die anderen musste ich mir jetzt aus dem Glasmüll in der Garage besorgen.

Sobald meine bessere Hälfte davongefahren war, bewaffnete ich mich mit meiner Heißklebepistole, mit einigen Resten Filz, mit Knöpfen und Flaschen auf der Terrasse und fing an die Gesichter/Köpfe zusammenzustellen. Dann suchte ich im Gartenhaus noch einige lange Stäbe aus und pflanzte die fertigen Köpfe anschließend im Vorgarten an dem Zaun. Gerade rechtzeitig, denn keine Viertelstunde später war mein Mann schon wieder da!
 
Die Bottle-Familie: Molly, Ginny und Arthur (na, schon erraten, welches Hörbuch ich zur Zeit höre?)
uuuuund Bob (nicht verwandt oder verschwägert)!
 
Er hat übrigens schallend gelacht, als er die Neuankömmlinge sah – und dermaßen ermutigt habe ich am späteren Nachmittag noch Tantchen Muriel gemacht ;-)


Ich halte euch auf dem Laufenden!

*„Die Flaschen“ also. Aber bottle bedeutet neben Flasche auch Mumm, Zuversicht, Selbstvertrauen und darauf spiele ich hier an!


Samstag, 19. Mai 2018

Beads Bag (with how-to) – Perlentasche (mit Anleitung)

 

Dear friends,


last Saturday I was hoping the postman would bring me the supplies I ordered for making new stitch markers, but he (actually last Saturday it was a lady postman) brought these instead.
  

True, I had ordered these beads too, but I wasn't really waiting for them impatientently. I had been tempted to make something with beads ever since I scrolled past a video of Naztazia on my facebook feed, so I ordered some, just in case I would feel like eventually, but…

Ah well, as I hadn't really anything to crochet last Saturday (just forget about all the WIPs I'm hoarding), I gathered a few things and started a bag with these beads.

There was/is no rocket science involved and therefore I had the bag finished by Sunday evening. True, the lining is still missing, and I haven't had time to care about it this week either, but I'll share how I made the bag with you anyway...

Therefore - if you fancy making a funny bag like mine - you'll need:
  • some plastic beads (8mm, with 6mm holes) – actually you will need 31 beads per round. If you make 7 beaded stripes, as I have, you'll need 217 of them.
  • yarn (I took New Orleans from Katia, which I had in my stash and I needed 97g, which is approx. 290m)
  • a corresponding hook (3.5 mm in my case)
  • a pair of handles (of course you can make handles yourself or opt for another sollution)

How-to:

1.) String 217 beads on your thread. Working with yarn heavy because of the threaded beads is a bit annoying at first, but you'll get used to is...


2.) Start with 50 chain stitches.
3.) 10 rows of plain dc.


4.) 1 round of dc all around, stitching 3 dc in each corner-dc (= 3 dc in corner, 48 dc along the long side, 3 dc in corner, 8 dc along the short side, 3 dc in corner, 48 dc, 3 dc in corner, 8 dc → 124 dc)


5.) 2 rounds of tr
6.) 1 round of dc in the opposite direction (just to get the hang of it. Don't forget to turn your work round here though! You'll be working on the wrong/back side)
7.) From now on:
  • 2 rows of tr (on the right side)
  • 1 row of dc in the opposite direction, inserting a bead every 4 stitches = 1 dc with bead + 3 plain dc + 1 dc with bead + 3 plain dc...

8.) When you run out of beads, make another:
  • 2 rounds of tr
  • 1 round of dc in the opposite direction
  • 2 rounds of tr
  • 1 round of dc in the opposite direction
  • 1 round of dc (in the right direction), back loop only though!
  • 2 rounds of tr
9.) Leave a long end for sewing. Fold inwards at the back loop only row, sew seam with end of thread. Fasten handles, insert lining (which I haven't yet).

Funny bag is done!


I'll keep in touch!





 

Liebe Freunde,


letzten Samstag hoffte ich, dass der Postbote den Nachschub fürs Maschenmarkierermachen bringen würde, aber er (nun ja, genaugenommen war es letzten Samstag eine sie, also eine Postbotin) brachte mir stattdessen dieses.


Es stimmt schon, dass ich diese Perlen auch bestellt hatte, aber ich habe nicht wirklich gespannt auf sie gewartet. Beim scrollen auf Facebook war mir ein Video von Naztazia aufgefallen und ich hatte die Perlen bestellt, für den Fall, dass ich mal Lust bekam, aber...

Egal, da ich letzten Samstag nichts zum Häkeln hatte (meine vielen WIPs lassen wir jetzt mal außen vor...), packte ich meine Sachen und fing an eine Perlentasche zu häkeln.

Und da man/Frau für diese Tasche keinen Universitätsabschluss braucht, war ich schon am Sonntagabend fertig damit. Jaaaa, noch fehlt das Futter und ich hatte diese Woche auch absolut keine Zeit, mir Gedanken darüber zu machen, aber ich zeige euch die Tasche trotzdem...

Und für den Fall, dass ihr auch so eine lustige Tasche machen möchtet – das braucht ihr dazu:
  • Kunststoffperlen (8mm mit 6mm Loch) – ich brauchte genau 31 Perle für jede Runde. Wer, wie ich, sieben Perlenstreifen machen möchte, braucht also insgesamt 217 Perlen.
  • Garn (ich nahm New Orleans von Katia aus meinen scheinbar unerschöpflichen Vorrat. Insgesamt verbrauchte ich 97g, also ca. 290m)
  • eine entsprechende Häkelnadel (in meinem Fall eine 3,5mm Häkelnadel)
  • Taschengriffe (selbstredend kann man die auch selbst machen oder eine andere Lösung wählen, als ich)

Anleitung:

1.) Fädele 217 Perlen auf deinem Garn auf. Es wird etwas umständlich, mit diesen Unmengen an Perlen auf den Faden zu arbeiten, aber mit der Zeit wird es einfacher...


2.) Fange mit 50 Luftmaschen an.
3.) 10 Reihen je 50 feste Maschen (fM).


4.) 1 Runde rundherum in fM, aber in jede Eck-fM 3 fM häkeln (= 3 fM in Ecke, 48 fM entlang der langen Seite, 3 fM in Ecke, 8 fM entlang der kurzen Seite, 3 fM in Ecke, 48 fM..., 3 fM in Ecke, 8 fM → 124 fM insgesamt)


5.) 2 Runden in Stäbchen
6.) 1 Runde in fM, aber in der entgegengesetzten Richtung (also Arbeit wenden), nur um sich dran zu gewöhnen!
7.) Von jetzt an:
  • 2 Runden in Stäbchen
  • 1 Runde in fM in der entgegengesetzten Richtung, jede 4. Masche eine Perle, also: 1fM mt Perle + 3 fM ohne + 1 fM mit Perle + 3 fM ohne + …


8.) Wenn die Perlen aufgebraucht sind:
  • 2 Runden in Stb
  • 1 Runde in fM in entgegengesetzte Richtung
  • 2 Runden in Stb
  • 1 Runde in fM in entgegengesetzte Richtung
  • 1 Runde in fM in der richtigen Richtung UND nur ins hintere Maschenglied einstechen!
  • 2 Runden in Stb
9.) Abmaschen und ein langes Fadenende belassen! Entlang der Reihe fM ins hintere Maschenglied nach innen falten und mit dem langen Fadenende diesen Saum vernähen. Taschengriffe befestigen und Futter einnähen (was ich ja noch nicht gemacht habe).

Lustige Tasche ist fertig!!!!

Ich halte euch auf dem Laufenden!




Donnerstag, 10. Mai 2018

Pause for Thought* – Eine Denkpause



Dear friends,


once more I'm taking part in a Makelight course by Emily Quinton. This one is : “Pause for Thought”. Comes in pretty much at the right time, as I do have the feeling I'm getting nowhere and I haven't achieved anything in 2018 so far.

Episode one already showed me, that I'm absolutely wrong. True there are a few things that didn't work out as well as I hoped they would (need I mention pattern-writing..?), but others did. Isn't it amazing how much we concentrate on all what's negative in our lives? Why cannot we see things more positively? I'm not talking about taking things lightly, I'm talking about looking on the bright side of life instead!

Samstag, 5. Mai 2018

Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party #5

Welcome to the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party!


It's the 1st Saturday of May!
It's time for the fifth Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party!

 
(Hier geht's zu den deutschsprachigen Erläuterungen...)



This Link-Up Party is all about granny squares. You are most welcome to link-up any projects you've made with either the traditional granny square, the solid one or any granny square you love or even have created yourself.

The Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party will start on the first Saturday of each month at 8 a.m. (CET) and will run 20 days. You'll be able to share your finished objects as well as your WIPs with other crocheters from all around the world. The five most popular links will be featured and shared on my social media sites.

You haven't got to be a “big name” or a designer to join the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party. All you need is a granny square related crochet (or knit) post. By joining the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party you will be able to grow your blog as well as gather loads of inspiration.

Before we enter the next party, let's start with sharing the top five link ups of the April Link-Up Party (#4):

 

  1. Happy Birthday from PeTra:
  2. Mein Häkelmantel from Elli Hummel:
  3. Lucky Start Potholder from LiliaCraftParty:
  4. Gypsy CAL from Dino-Bären:
  5. Weer een tas from Inekedc:
     
🎉Congratulations🎊, ladies! 

Now let's move on to the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party #5

Party Rules (please read!):
  • Link directly to a granny square related crochet (or knit) blogpost (not to your home page). If you haven't got an actual project to show, feel free to add a link to an old blogpost! Anything family-friendly goes!
  • Limit to 3 links and don't repeat projects which have already been featured.
  • Link up your own work. Links infringing on copyright and/or trademark as well as sponsored posts will be deleted.
  • Please visit at least one other link and leave a nice comment to support your fellow crafter!
  • I'd highly appreciate if you'd follow me on at least one of my social media links (see below) – if only to know if you got featured or when the next Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party is due.

By adding your link to the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party, you give me permission to share your post and pictures on my social media sites, in features, in round-ups and on my blog (always with a link back to you for proper credit).

Help me to get the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party known by sharing on social media, by linking back to this party and by tagging it with #GrannySpirationLinkUpParty. The more people taking part, the merrier it'll become!


Thank you for joining the party! Have fun!


 



Samstag, 28. April 2018

Always look on the bright side of life...


Dear friends,


it's been a busy week, but it was worth while. Sadly enough this wasn't about crochet though. From the 2nd of May on, I'll finally work part-time again, instead of just having a mini-job. That does mean less time for crochet and for dyeing and for stitch markers, but... Well, you know what I mean...

Mittwoch, 18. April 2018

Garden Mandala – Garten Mandala


Dear friends,


yesterday afternoon, it was nearly 6 pm, I suddenly felt like making a few madalas for the front garden. You might remember last year's yarnbombing (here and here), which was mostly in pale blues, soft pinks and purples and greens. Everything is still there, a tiny bit faded maybe, but definitely lacking brightness and vivacity.

Samstag, 14. April 2018

Progress - Fortschritte



Dear friends,


I'm finally getting somewhere. Well at least I've got the feeling things are finally moving on. It started with the dyeing experiment (which will continue next week) and it ended with pattern-writing.

Samstag, 7. April 2018

Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party #4

Welcome to the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party!


It's the 1st Saturday of April!
It's time for the fourth Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party!

 
(Hier geht's zu den deutschsprachigen Erläuterungen...)



This Link-Up Party is all about granny squares. You are most welcome to link-up any projects you've made with either the traditional granny square, the solid one or any granny square you love or even have created yourself.

The Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party will start on the first Saturday of each month at 8 a.m. (CET) and will run 20 days. You'll be able to share your finished objects as well as your WIPs with other crocheters from all around the world. The five most popular links will be featured and shared on my social media sites.

You haven't got to be a “big name” or a designer to join the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party. All you need is a granny square related crochet (or knit) post. By joining the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party you will be able to grow your blog as well as gather loads of inspiration.

Before we enter the next party, let's start with sharing the top five link ups of the March Link-Up Party (#3):


  1. Donderdag - dekendag from De Breimeisjes:
  2. Een beetje stuk... en een stukje deken from KatKatKatoen:
  3. Grannydeckchen from Dino-Bären:
  4. Meine ersten neun Grannys vom Kalevala CAL from Mustermixerin:
  5. I Like ‘Purse’onality from Craftygardener.ca:


🎉Congratulations🎊, ladies! 

Now let's move on to the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party #4

Party Rules (please read!):
  • Link directly to a granny square related crochet (or knit) blogpost (not to your home page). If you haven't got an actual project to show, feel free to add a link to an old blogpost! Anything family-friendly goes!
  • Limit to 3 links and don't repeat projects which have already been featured.
  • Link up your own work. Links infringing on copyright and/or trademark as well as sponsored posts will be deleted.
  • Please visit at least one other link and leave a nice comment to support your fellow crafter!
  • I'd highly appreciate if you'd follow me on at least one of my social media links (see below) – if only to know if you got featured or when the next Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party is due.

By adding your link to the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party, you give me permission to share your post and pictures on my social media sites, in features, in round-ups and on my blog (always with a link back to you for proper credit).

Help me to get the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party known by sharing on social media, by linking back to this party and by tagging it with #GrannySpirationLinkUpParty. The more people taking part, the merrier it'll become!


Thank you for joining the party! Have fun!