DIY: Easy Wooly Flower - Headband

25 03 2014

End of last week I played a bit with carnations.

My lovely daughter joined in.

DIY easy wooly headband with fresh flowers, Elfenkrone selbstgemacht

Poor girl - she had to stay home from school for a week dealing with a really bad flu-like cold and fever for many days. 

It was a hard week for both of us because she loves her weekly rhythm with lots of sports, activities and friends.

Not being able to do any of this and being tied to the sofa made her even more miserable.

The day I brought home the carnations was the first day she was feeling better.

I was so glad to finally see her smiling and having rosy cheeks again!

We came up with this super simple to make headband. So cute and romantic...

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In case you like to make one too you'll need:

 - 3,5 meter merino wool roving and some fresh flowers to decorate the headband

Leaving a tail of about 40cm roving simply chain the wool with your fingers until desired length around the head is reached.

Tie both tails together with a knot and then another knot.

Cut the flower stems short and weave them into the wooly chain.

That's all.

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After we were done playing with the headband I stored it on a wall hook and by now - a few days later - the flowers have beautifully dried up and the headband makes a nice decoration...

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.

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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.

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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

If you like to further connect there is more lebenslustiger on FBTwitterTumblrInstagram and Pinterest

Thanks so much!!! 



Crochet Chevron Dishcloth DIY - My New Kitchen Love

26 11 2013 DIY

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I have to admit: I was skeptical first.

A lot.

I never used a handmade dishcloth before.

I always hated a store brought dishcloth though.

They are so ugly, don't you think. And they never seem to come in the right color. They are always kind of ... off and just not a nice thing to look at.

So I thought I will give this trend of making your own dishcloths or washcloths a try.

And I love it! It has a great size, a bit of a rough, scrubby surface, soaks up liquid and overall just works very well. 

Also - it is such a nice and very easy to make small project you can finish in a couple hours and I always like that.

Plus it makes a wonderful handmade, useful, stylish and pretty gift this time of the year - actually any time of the year.

A N D  - like some of my other DIY's - it's made with a TRICK. YES! 

O.K.!!! Enough pro arguments, right?

Would you like to give it a try, too?

Here is what you need:

100 % Cotton yarn (so you are able to wash them on hot) in two colors - you could even use organic cotton! 

A crochet hook in the right size for the yarn you choose.

I personally tend to crochet or knit fairly loose but I like these dishcloths to be in a tighter stitch with not too much air in-between the stitches.

So I made sure, my hook wasn't too large for my yarn.

Start by:

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Chain 39

1st row: DC in 6th chain from hook. Chain 1. DC in the same stitch you did the first DC - this is then called a V-stitch. Skip 2. V-stitch in next. Skip 2. V-stitch in next...until row is finished. DC 1 in last stitch.

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NOW FOR THE TRICK: Finish off that row and cut your yarn! DO NOT TURN YOUR WORK!

Just start again where you have started row 1 - now with your other color.

Row 2: Join yarn in stitch immediately before first stitch from V-stitch from row below. Chain 3. V-stitch in the chain-1 space of the below V-stitch. Skip 2. V-Stitch in next. Skip 2....Continue across. DC 1 in last stitch. Finish off. Cut your yarn. DO NOT TURN YOUR WORK!

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Row 3 to 15: Repeat row 2

Done!

Ok - there ARE a lot of ends now...You can weave them in or - if you are lazy or impatient like me - you just tie cute little side tassels by grabbing always 3 of the endings and placing an overhand knot.

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My inspiration came from here

As with all of my DIY's please ask - preferable by using the comment system instead of e-mail - if something is unclear to you. That way more readers can learn from your question and my answer.  I am happy to help.

If you like, here are all of my DIY's.

Happy Day,

Anette 

P.S. There is still time to join my Give-Away

And it is Creadienstag today. 

P.S.S.

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

If you like to further connect there is more lebenslustiger on FBTwitterTumblrInstagram and Pinterest

Thanks so much!!! 



Hop Along To Easter

28 02 2013

I found this adorable pattern on Pinterest and changed it just a bit. Really fun and easy pattern and the little bunny is done in a very few minutes.

You could decorate it for your easter brunch table, put it up the wall, window, door, cabinet, shelf...make a few for a mobile or a garland...also very cute year around in a nursery or kids room! 

Who doesn' t like the company of a dear bunny, right? 

You can find my inspiration here at Love the Blue Bird. Thank you for this great pattern!

And here is how I made it:

Again - I used fabric yarn - simply because I have so much of it and plus i really like it, too.

Start with a magic ring. I have always read about this magical ring thing in tutorials and finally looked it up on you-tube...

Make 6 single crochet stitches in that ring and pull the yarn ending - magic!

A perfectly nice ring!

Join with a slip stitch. I always marked the slip stitch with a little piece of thread so I knew when I finished the round.

Round 2:

Chain one - then 2 single crochet together in each stitch, join with a slip stitch. 

Round 3:

Chain one - then one single crochet in the first stitch, then 2 single crochet together in the next one, repeat until round is finished.

Join with a slip stitch. 

Round 4:

Chain one - then one single crochet, one single crochet, 2 single crochet (in one stitch), repeat until round is finished.

Join with a slip stitch. 

Now comes the little head:

Somehow I miss pictures for that part - SORRY!

Chain one - then one half double crochet and a treble crochet in the next stitch, two treble crochet in each of the next two stitches, one treble crochet and a half double crochet in the next stitch.

There is your little bunny head! 

Now - no additional chain - just start going around with slip stitches until the first treble crochet on the other side.

Chain 7  for the first ear.

Make a half double crochet in the second chain from the hook and then 4 treble crochet.

Slip stitch in the third treble crochet from the head and then chain 7.

Make a half double crochet in the second chain from the hook and then 4 treble crochet.

Slip stitch in the sixth treble crochet from former round - leave a bit of tail - cut and pull your yarn right thru.

NO additional slip stitches here.

Take your ending and weave those holes close. With this fabric yarn I just use my fingers to do that and place a knot when finished. 

Now decide on a little bunny tail to add.

I actually like the simple floppy one best :-)

Plus - it is so much less work than a bobble...

More yarn creativity is collected @Nic's today

Happy Hopping Day,

Anette