Knitted Dishtowel Tutorial

27 05 2014 DIY

Oh my - so far I owned only ugly kitchen towels!

I didn't even noticed that fact in my old kitchen but now I needed some pretty ones to hang up in my new kitchen.

I still love to use these crocheted chevron cotton dishcloths I made. They get even better and better every time after they have been in the washing machine so I thought I will make some dishtowels as well.

It's a very simple geometric knitted pattern which you can easily change to the size you need.

knitted dishtowel tutorial by lebenslustiger.com

Knitted dishtowel tutorial, gestricktes Geschirrhandtuch

I used a 100% cotton yarn because I want to be able to wash it on a hot cycle.

For one towel you will need 100gr yarn with a length of about 170m and needle size 4.0 - 5.0 

I casted on 72 stitches.

That makes 7 times the geometrical pattern of 8 stitches plus the border of 8 stitches on each side. 9x8=72 stitches.

Before I started the pattern I knitted the bottom border.

My pattern drawing shows only the "right side" of the knitting.

~ means: knit on the right side and knit on the wrong side

V means: purl on the right side and knit on the wrong side

• means: knit on the right side and purl on the wrong side

I repeated the pattern 7 times and then did the top border. 

Then I used a natural undyed leather strap which I simply knotted through one of the stitches in the border.

Beforehand I washed the leather together with a piece of sample knitting to make sure it won't stain the knitting. 

Knitted dishtowel tutorial, gestricktes Geschirrhandtuch Knitted dishtowel tutorial, gestricktes Geschirrhandtuch

Lebenslustiger.com Knitted dishtowel tutorial, gestricktes Geschirrhandtuch

The grey painted wooden hooks are from HKliving and come with a screw and a screw anchor.

The large one measures 12x12cm and the small one 6x6cm.

Please send me an e-mail if you are interested in purchasing a hook.

Happy Day,

Anette 

PS. Today is Creadienstag


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Lemon Pull-Apart Bread

15 05 2014 DIY

Last weekend we celebrated the confirmation of our son Olv.

It was a really lovely day with family and friends and plenty of wonderful delicious food.

I ate so much, that I planned to eat nothing this week to recuperate from that feast. :)

But - oh well - hard to stick to those kind of plans!

I had the longing for something fresh with plenty of citrus...

I remembered a recipe I came across some weeks ago on my Pinterest

A Lemon-Pull-Apart Bread which I really wanted to try out because I still love to bake this Garlic&Herb Pull-Apart Bread and a variation with lemon sounded delicious.

The Pinterest recipe was unfortunately a big disappointment. It didn't taste good at all, was complex to make and didn't pull apart.

First I was frustrated but I still had the imagination that the idea of a simple and easy to make lemony bread was good so I went back and made my own recipe.

Et Voilà - it turned out great!!!

Lemon pull-apart bread by lebenslustiger.com, Zitronenzupfbrot

Lemon pull-apart bread by lebenslustiger.com, Zitronenzupfbrot

It tastes super aromatic, fresh and summery - warm from the oven or even a couple days old. Because of the filling it stays juicy and a bit chewy.

And it pulls apart perfectly!

We liked it pure or with a little bit butter - sweet or salty - just to your taste.

It would pair great with seafood.

Here is how I did it: 

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup sugar

1 envelope dry yeast

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

1/3 cup milk

2 ounces butter 

Heat milk and butter until butter is melted.

Stir into the flour mix. 

Grate 3 smaller organic lemons and 1 organic orange and keep the zest for later

Press 2 of the lemons and the orange and add the juice to the flour and yeast mixture. 

Kneed to an elastic dough. 

You might need to add some more warm water or more flour because every fruit is different in size and gives a different amount of liquid and therefore you need to adjust to your needs. 

Let the dough rise for about 1.5 hour in a warm place.

Then roll it out to approximately baking sheet size.

Make the filling:

4 ounce cream cheese

zest from the 3 lemons and the orange

juice from 1 lemon

about 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

mix all ingredients of the filling and spread evenly on the rolled out dough.

Grease a loaf pan. 

Now cut the dough in five strips (cutting from the wide side of your piece)

Fold each strip up like an accordion and stack it neatly into the loaf pan.

Let rise in a warm place for another half hour then bake at 350F about 45min until it's golden.

Eventually cover with baking paper half way thru the baking time to avoid that the bread turns too dark like mine did a bit. 

After baking let cool down a little bit and then brush with some soft butter to add shine. 

That's it! If you are trying this it would be great if you could let me know if it worked or if something needs to be changed or added. 

Lemon pull-apart bread by lebenslustiger.com, Zitronenzupfbrot

Bon Appétit and Happy Day,

Anette 


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