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 


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...

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