A BIG Fat Pompon

11 11 2014
Chunky hat by Lebenslustiger.com

Chunky hat by Lebenslustiger.com

First time that I made a big fat pompon out of Loopy Mango Big Loop Yarn for an order.

I din't use a cardboard frame for it. Just held the yarn in my hand like I do with my usual pompons I make for the chunky hats (see tutorial here)

Only that I did as much loops as I could possible hold in my hand.

Then I had help tying it together and fasten it tight.

I cut all loops open and carefully pulled the thin thread out of each ending and gave a haircut to make the pompon nice and round.

Voilá - are you a cool cat wearing a giant pompon on your hat? :-)

Happy Day,

Anette

Today is Creadienstag


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My First DaWanda DIY Video Is Online: Knitting A Chunky Scarf

09 11 2014

A couple weeks ago I was invited by DaWanda in Berlin to shoot two DIY videos.

I was nervous and excited because I had not done any video shoot with myself in it yet.

But the folks at DaWanda are really nice and easy going so in the end it was a super fun day for me.

The first video - knitting a chunky scarf from Loopy Mango Big Loop Wool  - is online now. 

It's in german though. 

You can see it here

I think I am a bit stiff and tense but hey - it was the first time, right?

It made me laugh because right in the beginning, when I tell who I am, there is a second where I had to think what the name of my brand is! :-)

But please watch for yourself... 

DIY Schal stricken Video

Happy Day,

Anette 


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Things You Don't Know About Me, Upcoming Plans And A Winner

22 10 2014

... or you probably don't know about me.

Because I still don't have a proper 'About' page!

I don't know...just hope, I will surprise myself at some point and just get it done.

While I am still busy as a bee working in my jewelry/wool studio, you can - if you like - read a bit more about me over at other places:

&Magazine interviewed and featured me in their Blogscreen series (in german) and at the Roest Haakt Blog I share my favorite five yarns to work with (in english).

Super chunky hat

Upcoming DIY Plans:

I finally finally want to share tips on how to make a mega thick blanket like this one I knitted back in January and February.

Plus I developed an easy way to felt larger amounts of felt-ropes. Very excited about that and I am planing to write down the process in an e-book.

And now to my recent Give Away:

First let me say that I am totally blown away by your support! I would have never ever thought I will make it to the top of the newcomer finalists for the upcoming Designachten show in my neighbor city since two other finalists had a head start of me and at first it seemed pretty hopeless that I would be able to catch up.

But thanks to YOU I did and that's so awesome. One reader wrote to me that she forced all her work colleagues to vote for me :-)

Out of the 44 (1 was via e-mail) comment entries random.org picked no.1(!) as the winner of a knitted hat. Congratulations!!!

And again thanks so much to everybody who voted for me! 

Happy Day,

Anette 


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Big Loop Knitted Hat Tutorial

29 08 2014 DIY

Oh I know I know...none of us want's to talk about fall and winter yet, but fact is, the nights are getting colder and the season change is lingering in the air.

But I have something for you to sweeten the farewell of summer:

A super cozy and chunky hat tutorial.

So fun to make and wear!

Chunky Hat Tutorial by Lebenslustiger.com

Chunky Hat Tutorial by Lebenslustiger.com

It's made of Loopy Mango Big Loop yarn which is available in my Shop or directly at Loopy Mango NY.

You can also use any other mega chunky yarn.

The pattern is similar to the Helsinki hat by Loopy Mango but less in height and I used much thinner needles, because I didn't have thicker ones.

This wool is just gorgeous and my goal was, not to waste even a tiny bit of this precious yarn.

So I wanted to get two hats out of a 36m skein - and it worked!

Here come the patterns for an adult size hat and a kids size hat with a fun bobble on top. 

For two hats you will need:

- About 36m of Big Loop Yarn

- A set of needles size 15mm/US size 19 ( if you have needles size 20mm/US size 36 and you want to use those, please keep in mind, that you might need more yarn)

If you want to use circular needles instead of a set there is a technique called "magic-loop-method".

Someone recently mentioned it to me in the comment section in one of my other tutorials. But I haven't tried that technique yet.

Ok! Let's start with the adult version (and of course you can also add the bobble to the adult version!!!)

Adult hat pattern 

Round 1: Cast on 18 Stitches 

The yarn length you need for casting on is about 3m. Don't pull too tight while casting on.

Generally it's better to knit this yarn fairly loose because you are using small needles for this size of yarn. The yarn needs to be able to breathe a bit.

Make sure there is no twist when you connect to a loop. 

Chunky Hat Tutorial by Lebenslustiger.com Chunky Hat Tutorial by Lebenslustiger.com

Now... 

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