Hello From My Studio

21 06 2015

Well - summer is 'officially' here and that is great, but it definitely needs to warm up.

This last weekend was quite chilly - I even had to wear my down jacket in the stable again.

We still have a good month to go before summer school break starts in the part of Germany we live in.

Then we will head to Spain for some ocean dips and then spent the rest of summer at home.

What are your plans for summer?

I would love to hear them!

Meanwhile I got some exciting new yarns in and will work on some new projects.

Coming soon... 

Oh and I love the combination of Lady's Mantle and Smoke Bush in a bouquet so much.

Both are so unique in color and structure and together they are really special, don't you think?

Lady's mantle and Smoke bush bouquet

my studio space with exciting new yarns and wool

lady's mantle and smoke bush bouquet my studio space with exciting new yarns and wool

my studio space with exciting new yarns and wool

lady's mantle and smoke bush bouquet

Happy Day,

Anette 


3D Cube-Style Crochet Coasters

15 06 2015 DIY

If you have been on my blog before you might have seen our wonderful round solid oak table. (For example in this post)

The smooth surface of the table is just left natural and besides a light oil finish there is no protection especially against liquids.

But not only wood can react to spills - many other natural materials like marble for example are sensitiv too.

So I came up with some modern and stylish 3D cube-style crochet coasters which work perfect for hot cups of tea or what ever your favourite drink – warm or cold – might be.

Full DIY tutorial on how to tapestry crochet these cool 3D cube-style coasters by lebenslustiger.com

They also make great little gifts to bring at the next dinner party invitation ;-)

Plus you can work on them everywhere - don’t you love those little handwork projects you can work on while waiting somewhere?

You will make a set of 6 coasters in no time...

I have chosen two different grey tones – one lighter and the other one darker – and a beige and added splashes of colour in light peach, vanilla and orange.

Of course you can choose any colour combination you like.

I would just make sure to have a lighter and a darker shade and a contrasting third colour so the 3D effect will show.

I used a 4mm mercerised cotton yarn for crocheting because I liked the festive touch of the shimmer and the sturdiness oft the finished coaster. The technique I am using is tapestry crochet and I will walk you through step by step. Material list: I used “DROPS Muskat Mercerized” 100% Cotton but any other cotton yarn will do
  • Gauge: 10x10cm (4“x4“) 21st x 28 rows
  • Weight: 50gr (1.8 oz) = 100m (109yds)
Colors:
  • 19 light grey
  • 24 medium grey
  • 10 peach
  • 51 light orange
  • 30 vanilla yellow
  • 23 beige

Tools you need:

  • Crochet hook 4,5mm (UK7, US7)
  • Needles: 4mm or 4,5mm (US6 or 7/UK6 or 7)
  • Scissors
  • Needle to sew in the endings

A finished coaster has a hexagonal shape with the sides being about 5-6cm long and the diagonal about 10cm.

Full DIY tutorial on how to tapestry crochet these cool 3D cube-style coasters by lebenslustiger.com

Start: Yarn light grey

  • Ch 13

Row 1: position your second colour - orange in my case - to travel inside each grey Sc

  • Yarn light grey Sc1 in 2nd Ch from hook, Sc9

Now and in every row...

Click on "continue reading 3D Cube-Style Crochet Coasters"  below for the full text and picture tutorial 


Continue reading "3D Cube-Style Crochet Coasters"


Light And Shade And A Poppy And Instagram News

13 06 2015

poppy flower, Mohnblume

poppy flower, Mohnblume

poppy flower, Mohnblume

poppy flower, Mohnblume

poppy flower, Mohnblume

In digital as in real life I love to discover new and (for me) not before seen things.

I guess that's why I am addicted to visual platforms like Pinterest and Instagram( By the way; Instagram launched a new desktop version for the accounts and it really looks pretty - have you seen it yet?)

Equally great to look at is my mothers garden with lot's of flowers in it like this special poppy flower I had not seen before.

Doesn't it look interesting with its fringed soft toned petals?

Happy Weekend,

Anette 


Knitting And Felting A Seat Pad From Un-Spun Wool Roving

09 06 2015

Did you maybe read my recent post  about our chair-odyssey?

In that post you can see a photo of our table and the Adelaide chairs with little sheepskin pads in them.

I ordered those little fur pads because the plastic chairs seemed a bit cool especially in wintertime.

Honestly I did not like those little sheepskin pieces when they arrived - the white ones were bleached and the grey ones were dyed and I do not like such artificial treatments on a natural product.

But we kept them anyway because we needed something in the chairs. 

Now I finally came up with a new seat pads idea.

I didn't had to think too hard about it because chunky wool is always on my mind:) 

I just took my spare 500gr samples of un-spun wool roving and knitted seat pads with my fingers in stockinette pattern.

Of course you can also use large (25mm thick) needles for knitting these. 

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

I am located in Germany and wrote already in this DIY post where I obtained my roving and large needles.

I have chosen those varieties above simply because they were less expensive.

I can recommend all except the Herdwick! It looks interesting BUT it's extremely linty - even after felting. 

I started by chaining 7 or 8 with just my fingers (depending on the thickness of your roving and on how large you want your seat pad to be) as I would want to crochet.

Last year I made this video with DaWanda where I also show, how to chain with your fingers.

Out of the back of this chain I cast on my stitches. 

Knit about 9-11 rows or until almost all yarn from the 500r ball is gone, cast off and weave in the endings.

I just left the endings as is because I think it looks kinda cool.

If you decide about the size of your pad keep in mind, that the finished pad will shrink a bit during felting in the washing machine.

Here you can see how large mine were before felting - I put my flip-flops next to it so you get an idea about the actual size.

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

The pad on top is already felted - the others not yet.

I felted with normal but short 30degree cycle. That's different from how I felted the large grey blanket I showed you last week.

I wanted the seat pads to be even more durable since a lot weight is always on them.

It's still a good idea to start felting in the wool cycle because you can always run another cycle over your piece if it is really not felted enough.

But you can't undo it if you already felted too much. 

Also every washing machine will be a bit different. 

If you are going to use the normal 30degree short cycle like I did, your felted pice will look pretty crumpled when you take it off the machine.

Don't worry! 

It's best then to bring the still wet pad back to its original square or rectangle form by pulling strongly on all sides. It's easier when you can do it with another person so you can pul in opposite directions.

Lay flat and let completely dry after you brought it back to a good shape.

Here you can see my finished felted seat pad. 

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

It was the first one I made a few weeks ago and since then I use it in my Muuto chair.

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

And here are the others ones... 

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By

Happy Day,

Anette 

P.S. Today is Creadienstag