Big Loop Knitted Hat Tutorial

29 08 2014

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. 

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Now... 

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Looking For ...

27 08 2014

new dining room chairs.

Not that we need new ones.

BUT...

We got this amazing handcrafted table for the new apartment. It's made of oak as our floors are too and it is absolutely beautiful. 

Our old chairs are quite sturdy and comfortable to sit but they are made of beech and those two different woods don't go very well together.

I know - it's a luxury problem...and for now I am just collecting inspirations and keeping my eyes open to see, what's currently out there.

I am not really liking plastic in general but since I am looking for white armchairs with oak legs I thought this Casamania chair shown on my picture would be nice.

But it turned out, that it is to low for the table. We need a sitting hight of at least 47cm.

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Well - I will just keep looking.

Any tips of yours will be greatly appreciated!

Maybe I should paint the old chairs white?

What do you think? 

Happy Day,

Anette 



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Macro Monday: Late Summer Flowers

25 08 2014

Yesterday we visited my in-laws who live about 1,5 hrs away.

I took the camera because they have a wonderful flower garden.

The pictures were taken with a Nikon D800 and a Nikkor AF-S 105mm 1:2.8, set to f/3.2, shutter speed: 1/160s to 1/400s, ISO 100.

I shot without tripod, just hand-held - to be able to easily pick and vary my vantage point, camera on ISO100, manual, shutter speeds varying from 1/160s to 1/400s and aperture only stopped down one stop (from 2.8 to 3.2).  

I had to do a bunch of shots to get good ones. The wind outside and the movement of the flowers and my own movement in combination with the wide aperture and the resulting very shallow depth of field made it hard to get the focus on the bits of the flowers that I wanted. I definitely wanted the wide aperture - as that really is what nicely blurs the background and emphasizes the beauty and detail of the flowers.

I also made sure to shoot darker backgrounds and similar tonality, because I wanted the pictures to fit together as a series.

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Happy Day,

Anette 

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Life Changing Crackers

23 08 2014

Boy did we eat a lot of potato chips in front of the tv during the soccer world cup!

Time to wean off and offer a healthy alternative - at least: part time... :-)

life changing cracker

A while ago I found the life changing bread - recipe here - via Pinterest and Instagram and were immediately intrigued after reading about it.

I was also quite sure, that I would be the only one loving it in my family.

But then the crunchy cracker version of the bread came up and I knew I had to give it a try.

The cracker turned out great. They were delicious and eaten up in a mere couple hours.

I didn't even had a change to make pictures! 

Super easy and fast to make once you gathered the ingredients. 

For 2 baking sheets you need:

1Cup / 135gr sunflower seeds

1/2Cup / 90gr flax seeds

1/3Cup / 50gr pumpkin seeds

1/4Cup / 40gr sesame seeds

11/2Cups / 150gr rolled oats

2 Tbsp chia seeds

4 Tbsp psyllium husks

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 Tbsp maple sirup or stevia

3 Tbsp coconut oil or ghee

11/2Cups / 350ml water

Mix all dry ingredients. Then I took the water warm and melted the coconut oil in it.

Mix everything well together. Add flavorings like herbs, spices and dried fruit if you like.

Cover two baking sheets with baking paper and divide the dough onto the sheets.

Cover with another piece of baking paper to help roll it out nicely and even and thin with a rolling pin.

Take the top paper away and cut lines with a knife where you will break your crackers later after baking.

Let the sheets sit on the counter for at least 2hrs or a day or overnight.

Then preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit/ 175 Grad. 

After 20min baking time remove the sheets from the oven and flip the crackers over.

Peel off the baking paper and return the sheets to the oven for another 10min.

I baked mine quite longer because I wanted them to be extra dry and crunchy.

I also choose a higher temperature towards the end to roast the crackers a bit.

Every oven is different. So you might need to adjust and experiment to your liking.

When I posted the prepared sheets on my Instagram, Danijela from danci ceramics blog who lives in the beautiful swiss mountains let me know, that she makes a similar recipe which she graciously allows me to share now.

Thanks so much, Danijela! 

This time I was alert and managed to first shoot pictures; the ones you see in this post - and then I offered the crackers to my family :) 

life changing cracker

life changing cracker

Danijelas crackers were equally delicious and with the olive oil instead of the quite prominent coconut oil a nice variation. 

It also contains some flour so the dough sticks immediately together and you can bake it right away.

The life changing crackers ask for some waiting time before baking to start the germination process to even increase the nutritional value and to give the flax seeds, chia seed and psyllium husks time to build their gel like outer layers once they had contact with the liquid to help stick the dough together.

Here is Danijelas recipe: 

For 2 sheets you need:

100gr flour (for example rice, spelt, amaranth or quinoa)

60gr sesame seeds

40gr flax seeds 

20gr sunflower seeds

50gr pumpkin seeds

2 Tbsp psyllium husks

1 Tbsp poppy seeds (I didn't have those and choose some chia seeds)

5 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp salt

4-5 dl water

spices and herbs like pepper, chayenne, caraway, garlic, thyme, rosemary... to taste.

Preheat the oven to 135 degree.

Mix flour, oil and water to a pancake like consistency. Add all seeds and spices.

Pour the mix thinly and even out onto two baking paper covered baking sheets.

Cover with some additional seeds (I used sesame seeds).

Bake for 10 min and remove the sheets from the oven to pre-cut the lines with a knife.

Put the sheets back into the oven for another 30-40 min or until crisp and dry.

I also flipped mine half way through baking time and I also baked mine longer and added some more temperature to brown them a bit.

But attention - it happens quickly and you better watch it - mine almost burned.

These crackers are also super tasty - pur - or I liked them especially with some goat cheese and honey... 

life changing cracker

Happy Healthy Weekend,

Anette 



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