Categories : Market day
Here comes a little update to a picture I posted recently.
Some of you wrote to me that they have never seen a Mangosteen before or don't know where to find and how to eat it.
I bought mine at my local organic shop. It is a seasonal fruit therefore not year-round available. Asia-markets also often carry them - not sure about super markets because I barely shop there. There a some online companies who ship ripe tropical fruits right to your door - I already wrote here about it.
Mangosteen fruits are optimal ripe when then skin gives in a bit when pressing it gently with your fingers.
If the skin is hard, the fruit inside will be overripe and often not edible anymore.
I also prefer the smaller fruits of these anyway small fruits because they are even more aromatic.
Cut carefully around thru the thick skin to open the fruits and by using a spoon eat the white juicy segments right out of the skin.
Categories : DIY
Yesterday I have been invited to share my view on yarn on the lovely blog "About crochet"
Well - if you have been reading along a bit here on lebenslustiger.com or have seen some of my DIY's, chances are, that you have noticed quite some yarn projects I made of recycled cotton yarn.
I discovered it last year when a friend of mine brought over a sample.
I was imediately hooked - though I love wool very much too - but this fabric yarn was so... different.
It is thick and chunky yet often a bit stretchy and elastic depending on the fabric material mix. This thickness allows to crochet or knit sturdy projects like baskets, rugs or shapes like a heart, but I made bracelets and necklaces 1 and 2 from this material as well. I also braided a seat cushion and made pompoms and garlands with this yarn and it worked very well.
Fabric yarn fascinates me because I feel there is a lot of creative potential in it and this is very inspiring to me.
It comes in georgous colors - plus I like the idea of using a recycled material.
I placed a large order of beautiful soft tones last year and are still more than happy to work with the material and colors developing new projects and ideas.
I really enjoyed making these little wall-hangings for Andrée's exposition because her idea was to focus mainly on the material and I wanted to create something which would truly show the beauty and esthetic of this yarn.
I took a beach wood stick and just knotted strands of yarn around it in different lengths and added a few pretty beads - that's it.
For the other wall-hanging I knitted a simple harlequin pattern. But I am using it horizontal now and casted on additional stitches into the side and threaded another stick thru the stitches. Then I took again some strands and beads and knotted them on the opposite side.