Knitted Dishtowel Tutorial

27 05 2014 DIY

Oh my - so far I owned only ugly kitchen towels!

I didn't even noticed that fact in my old kitchen but now I needed some pretty ones to hang up in my new kitchen.

I still love to use these crocheted chevron cotton dishcloths I made. They get even better and better every time after they have been in the washing machine so I thought I will make some dishtowels as well.

It's a very simple geometric knitted pattern which you can easily change to the size you need.

knitted dishtowel tutorial by lebenslustiger.com

Knitted dishtowel tutorial, gestricktes Geschirrhandtuch

I used a 100% cotton yarn because I want to be able to wash it on a hot cycle.

For one towel you will need 100gr yarn with a length of about 170m and needle size 4.0 - 5.0 

I casted on 72 stitches.

That makes 7 times the geometrical pattern of 8 stitches plus the border of 8 stitches on each side. 9x8=72 stitches.

Before I started the pattern I knitted the bottom border.

My pattern drawing shows only the "right side" of the knitting.

~ means: knit on the right side and knit on the wrong side

V means: purl on the right side and knit on the wrong side

• means: knit on the right side and purl on the wrong side

I repeated the pattern 7 times and then did the top border. 

Then I used a natural undyed leather strap which I simply knotted through one of the stitches in the border.

Beforehand I washed the leather together with a piece of sample knitting to make sure it won't stain the knitting. 

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The grey painted wooden hooks are from HKliving and come with a screw and a screw anchor.

The large one measures 12x12cm and the small one 6x6cm.

Please send me an e-mail if you are interested in purchasing a hook.

Happy Day,

Anette 

PS. Today is Creadienstag


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(Neck)-Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs DIY

08 04 2014 DIY

Maybe you have seen and done this DIY already but I hadn't and just came across it on Pinterest.

I knew immediately I HAD to try this because of the surprise factor :) 

You need:

- some patterned REAL SILK neck ties or a scarf or blouse from the thrift store (it only works with 100% silk!)

- some white un-cooked eggs (you can carefully do it with blown-out eggs, too) 

- additional fabric scraps, for example from an old pillow case 

- sturdy yarn

- scissors

- a large pott to cook the wrapped eggs 

- vinegar 

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If you are going to use a tie cut the silk off the lining and then cut into pieces large enough to wrap around an egg.

Carefully wrap the eggs with the "good side" of the fabric directly onto the egg. Try to do it as smoothly as possible.

Tie with the yarn without breaking the egg! :-)

Now wet the egg a bit and try to wrap some more yarn around the egg - especially along the overlapping parts of the fabric.

The egg will only take the color from the fabric if it has direct contact to it.

Now take your additional fabric scraps and wrap the wrapped eggs again. This helps to contain the colors.

All wrapped up?

Then off to the stove. Fill a large pot with water and add about 5 tablespoons vinegar. Add the wrapped eggs to the cold water and bring to boil.

Simmer them for at least 20min.

And now for the fun surprise part!!!

Carefully get your eggs out of the hot water with a spoon and lay it onto a towl.

Now patiently wait until they have cooled down. 

OR

You are like me and you could NEVER wait that long so you start to unwrap the hot egg...

OR

You rinse them in cold water...

Anyway - it's really fun to un-wrap the little packages to see, if it has worked or not!!!

It depends on the fabric and how much contact it had to the surface of the egg whether the colors and patterns show well or only light.

I think, they are always kind of pretty and they are always one-of-a-kind and unique - no matter how...

You can rub a little bit of oil on to make the eggs shiny.

Please note, because of the fabric dyes the eggs are NOT edible! 

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I even had a tie with horses and horseshoes on - perfect for my horse girl... 

Happy Easter Time!

Anette 

P.S. Today is Creadienstag and Upcycle Day @ Ninas Werkeltagebuch


We Have Got The Keys! - Leather-Keychain DIY

25 02 2014 DIY

We got the keys to our new city apartment!!!

So exciting...

To celebrate and to make it a bit extra special I made new keychains from leather cord and wood beads I got at the crafts store.

I tried two different diameters of leather - the darker, thinner one is 1.5mm and the other one is 1.8mm.

You need 1x 1.50 meter long piece and 3x 45cm long pieces of leather cord and about a handful wood beads with large enough holes to thread the cord through.

Please follow the step by step picture tutorial if you like to make a leather keychain and let me know if you have any questions.

You can make the chain as long as you wish  - just keep continuing to make the same movement from the middle part but adjust the lengths of the cords then. Mine is about 6cm long + the part with the beads.

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Happy Day,

Anette 

P.S Today is Creadienstag


Easy Chunky Crochet Heart Pillow

11 02 2014 DIY

I am really into this extrem thick wool thing lately.

It's fun, because a project is done in a few minutes, looks cool and feels oh so cozy!

For this chunky crochet heart pillow I used un-spun wool called roving.

Chunky Crochet heart pillow tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Häkelherzkissen aus Kammzugwolle

Since I am located in Germany I ordered my wool from a german supplier but roving is available everywhere online and is usually used for spinnig your own yarn.

I picked this really soft merino roving and a crochet hook size 25mm which I ordered here.

I parted my string of roving in half and rolled it back into a ball - so my yarn size was approximately 12.5mm when I slightly twisted the roving a bit for measuring the thickness.

For one chunky heart you will need about 40 meters (about 650gram) of roving for crocheting the heart and about another 20 meters for stuffing the heart.

You can use the same wool roving for stuffing or some less expensive roving (that's what I did as you can see the white wool on the picture further below) or you can use some polyester filling from the craft store.

Here we go - you crochet in a round and because I usually totally confuse counting crochet in rounds I came up with a really simple tutorial with very little counting :-)

Start: Chain 2

Rnd1: work 4 single crochet in 2nd chain from hook

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Rnd2 and all following rounds: alternate 1 single crochet in next 2 , 2 single crochet in next... repeat until you can count 24 stitches all around.

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Next Rnd: single crochet in each stitch around (you can mark your start point with a piece of ribbon for example so you know when you made it all the way around)

Next Rnd: single crochet in next 6, skip 12, single crochet in last 6

Next Rnd: single crochet in next 12 (each stitch around)

Next Rnd: single crochet in next, skip 1... repeat all the way around

Next Rnd: single crochet in next, skip 1... repeat

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

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Second heart bump:

Rnd1: single crochet in next 12 stitches

Rnd2: single crochet in next 12 stitches

Rnd3: single crochet in next, skip 1... repeat all the way around

Stuff your heart with your extra roving or filling material. 

Rnd4: single crochet in next, skip 1... repeat

Fasten off and with the tail end and using just your fingers weave the hole shut between the heart bumps.

Chunky crochet heart pillow tutorial by lebeslustiger.com, Herzhäkelkissen Anleitung Chunky crochet heart pillow tutorial by lebeslustiger.com, Herzhäkelkissen Anleitung

I then washed my chunky heart on a 30 degree WOOL-cycle in the washing machine together with a tennis ball. 

Afterwards I let it dry on the heater - turn from time to time.  

Note: It's not like the usual felting in the machine were you choose a warm-cold cycle and your piece felts a lot.

This is a very light felting with the wool cycle just to give the roving a bit more strength and to prevent pilling. 

Happy Valentines Day,

Anette 

Today is Creadienstag

P.S. 

You can find my rosé-gold jewelry line here in my own shop  or my other lines at Etsy and DaWanda

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Thanks so much!!!