DIY: Chunky Knitted Mega-Scarf From Felted Merino Yarn And Oversized Knitting Needles

20 08 2015

Have you ever seen a scarf in such gigantic stitches??

I knitted it from about 2kg felted Little Dandelion Merino yarn with over 1m long knitting tubes that have a diameter of 50mm.

What a great experience!! 

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

The finished scarf has a width of about 25cm and a length of 2.70m and is knitted it in garter stitch.

You can find the beautiful yarn and the oversized knitting needles  in my DaWanda Shop - I also wrote about the material in this recent post if you like to have more information.

The classic garter stitch looks so cool and modern because of the unusual dimensions, don't you think?

I like it so much, when my eyes get surprised by something I haven't seen yet and yes, I think, sometimes you just need/want/should have something extra special like this scarf... 

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

Plus the extra special experience to actually work with such amazing material and tools!!

I personally like it best sitting upright with enough free space around my arms while moving those mega knitting tubes.

The left tube has contact with the floor and is leaning against my outer left leg. If the knitting is on that left tube, my hand holds it up close to the tip.

The right arm and tube do the movement. I like to hold and balance that tube at about the beginning of the last third of the length not too close to the tip.

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

You will quickly figure out your very own way to handle the new dimensions - it's so much fun!!

So let's start with this easy scarf. 

For the scarf I chained 4 with just my fingers.

I show in this Video how to do that and you can also see me knitting the garter stitch and casting off in this scarf Video.

The next two pictures show the front and the back of the chain.

I like to get my actual stitches from the back of the chain where you see that middle loop running. 

That way I will get a nice, clean bottom edge.

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

The next pictures show how to build the stitches out of that foundation chain. The first one is already the open one from the chain.

Then you built 4 more to have 5 stitches altogether on your tube. 

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

Here are both sides after getting the stitches ready.

Now knit in garter stitch until desired length or until all yarn is almost gone. Keep a little bit at the end for casting off the stitches.

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

Place a knot at the end and weave in all endings.

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

You can also knit an amazing blanket or wall hanging with more yarn in the same way by chaining more stitches in the beginning.

DIY: chunky knitted wool blanket from felted merino yarn by lebenslustiger.com

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

Happy Day,

Anette 


Hello Monday...A Summer Bouquet And An Interview About Me

10 08 2015

Flowers for you!

This is a bouquet I made a couple weeks ago before our vacation in the Mediterranean.

It already looks a bit fall-ish, right? 

I loved these dancing little brownish-red flower heads. It's from a plant called "Wiesenknopf" (Sanguisorba) in Germany. 

Andrea from the blog "Holunder" invited me for her series "Hallo, wer bloggt denn da?".

She had great questions for me and you can find my answers here.

It's in german.  

These were her questions and I will soon translate the whole interview and use it to finally make an "About me" page!! :-)

1. Erzählst Du uns ein bisschen von Dir? Was machst du, wenn Du nicht bloggst? 

2. Wie hast Du zum Bloggen gefunden und worüber bloggst Du am liebsten? Spontan oder geplant? Woher stammt der fröhliche Name Deines Blogs?

3. Du wohnst in Hildesheim, hast aber über ein Jahrzehnt in Kalifornien gelebt. Wie würdest Du den Begriff Heimat verorten, was bedeutet sie Dir? Könntest Du dir vorstellen, wieder in die Staaten zurück zu kehren oder ganz woanders zu leben?

4. Was tönt in Deinem Inneren bei den Begriffen "Veränderung" und "Abenteuer" an? Würdest Du Dich gerne darauf einlassen oder schätzt Du gerade einen ruhenden Pol? 

5. Du designst wunderschöne, zarte Schmuckstücke, arbeitest mit ganz spezieller voluminöser Wolle. Wie bist du dazu gekommen? Wo findest Du die Inspirationen dafür?

6. Dein Blog wird ganz stark durch Deine wunderbaren, professionellen Fotos geprägt. Wo liegen Deine Schwerpunkte im Bereich der Fotografie? Was liebst Du an ihr und welche Gebiete würden Dich noch reizen? 

7. Wie wichtig ist Dir Kunst? Gab es schon mal ein Werk, das Dich ganz stark beeindruckt und vielleicht sogar beeinflusst hat?

8. Gibt es etwas, was Du unbedingt noch gerne lernen möchtest? Warum hast Du es bislang noch nicht getan?

9. Welche Blogs inspirieren Dich? 

10. Wenn keiner hinsieht, dann....

11. Wenn du Dir eine Superkraft wünschen dürftest - welche wäre das, warum würdest Du das gerne können und wo würdest Du es anwenden?

12. Welche Frage würdest Du gern an die nächste Bloggerin, die ich auf meinem Blog vorstelle, weitergeben? 

My answers here on Holunder blog 

summer bouquet - Sommerblumenstrauß by lebenslustiger.com

summer bouquet - Sommerblumenstrauß by lebenslustiger.com

summer bouquet - Sommerblumenstrauß by lebenslustiger.com

summer bouquet - Sommerblumenstrauß by lebenslustiger.com

summer bouquet - Sommerblumenstrauß by lebenslustiger.com

summer bouquet - Sommerblumenstrauß by lebenslustiger.com

Happy Summerday,

Anette 


Happy Weekend With Chunky Knits And Kangaroo Paws

18 07 2015

chunky knits with felted merino yarn by lebenslustiger.com

Kangaroo paws by lebensustiger.com

Kangaroo paws by lebensustiger.com

extreme knitting - chunky knits with felted merino yarn by lebenslustiger.com

kangaroo paws by lebenslustiger.com

extreme knitting - chunky knits with felted merino yarn by lebenslustiger.com

kangaroo paws by lebenslustiger.com

May your weekend be lovely and inspiring!

This awesome K1S1 felted merino yarn from Little Dandelion is available in my DaWanda Shop.

Happy weekend,

Anette 


Our Tropical Bathroom

02 07 2015

Well - it's not super tropical but hey, we have a Yucca palm tree and a pineapple rug and an elephant at the wall.

AND a hammock on the balcony in front of the bathroom! :-)

Beside this, the bathroom is just simple and funktional.

The mirror cabinets are from Ikea and each of us four has one half of a cabinet to fill with stuff needed.

That way everything stays pretty organized and the counter is decluttered and easy to clean. 

The industrial light is from HKLiving and I crocheted the pineapple rug with a pattern by Wood&Wool Stool.

I modified the pattern slightly because I did not have enough fabric yarn. 

tropical bathroom with pineapple rug by lebenslustiger.com

The giant elephant (it is an entire elephant - I just wasn't able to get all of it on the picture!) and its small feathered friends are wall tattoos from KEK Amsterdam .

I love them and always have to smile when looking at them.

tropical bathroom with pineapple rug by lebenslustiger.com

Happy Day,

Anette