Sonntag, 17. Juni 2018

A Summer Dress – Ein Sommerkleid



Dear friends,


approx. 2 weeks ago I started something I intended to become a summer top. I was adamant it had to have a round yolk and I wanted to figure out all by myself how to make one. I know there are plenty of beautiful patterns around of stunning tops with yokes from lovely people who have done all the maths and trial an error stuff, but...

Started on Saturday, frogged on Sunday and started over again, finished it by Thursday and had another idea: Why not turn the top into a dress!?


Bought some fabric on Friday (didn't have enough left in my stash), but...


See? Even though I thought green the best choice, I wasn't happy with it and that's why I didn't get on with the top/dress till I suddenly remembered this dress:


Bought it a while ago, cause I liked the flamboyant fabric, but the dress wasn't comfy, so I never wore it, and yesterday I had this idea:


As we were due to leave to a 30th Birthday Party at 5 pm, I kind off was in a hurry to get the dress done. And that's what the top turned out to be:


And after I stumbled upon this waistbelt in my drawer cabinet, I even had solved the tiresome choice of clothing...


I'll keep in touch!




Max


Liebe Freunde,


vor etwa zwei Wochen fing ich etwas an, was ein Sommertop werden sollte. Es sollte unbedingt eine Rundpasse haben und ich wollte ebenso unbedingt selbst herausfinden, wie das geht. Ich weiß, dass es unendlich viele, wirklich tolle und schöne Anleitungen gibt, von liebe Menschen, die die ganzen Berechnungen und Fehlschläge erfolgreich hinter sich gebracht haben, aber...

Am Samstag fing ich an, am Sonntag habe ich das ganze aufgeribbelt und neu angefangen, am Donnerstag war das Top schon fertig und ich bekam eine neue Idee: Könnte ich dieses Top nicht in ein Kleid umwandeln!?


Am Freitag kaufte ich mir Stoff dazu (leider kein passender im Vorrat), aber...


Seht ihr? Auch wenn ich im Stoffladen der festen Überzeugung war, dass dieses Grün die beste Wahl war, war ich dennoch nicht wirklich glücklich. Und daher ging es nicht voran mit dem noch-nicht-Kleid, bis ich mich an dieses Kleid erinnerte:


Ich habe es vor einige Zeit gekauft, weil ich den Stoff so mochte, aber das Kleid ist nicht sonderlich bequem und daher habe ich es nie getragen, und dann hatte ich gestern folgende Idee:


Da wir gegen 17h zu einer Geburtstagsfeier aufbrechen sollten, war ich etwas unter Zeitdruck. Und so sah mein umgewandeltes Top dann letztendlich aus:


Als ich im Schlafzimmer noch über einen passenden Gürtel stolperte, war dann auch noch die leidige Kleiderwahl für die Feier geklärt...


Ich halte euch auf dem Laufenden!

P.S.: Handmade Monday #80,  

Dienstag, 5. Juni 2018

"Sheherazade Blue" or/oder " The Keep It Simple Sweater"


Dear friends,


last week, as well as last weekend have been pretty busy (again). And that's why I only write about my newest make today, even though I already finished it on Thursday evening...

A few weeks back Michelle from Dora Does was looking for pattern testers for „The Keep It Simple Sweater“. By chance this coincided perfectly with me looking for a project to test my own hand-dyed yarn with.

Michelle told me I'd need a 4.5mm hook, approx. 200-360 yards of black yarn – no black for me though, I went for Sheherazade Blue (of which I had approx. 420m) - and approx. 690-1300 yards of white – no white for me either, but... 
Actually I wanted to combine the Sheherazade Blue with green yarn (even though the hubby and the boys thought me mad – why do I keep asking them for advice!?), which I had to dye before I could get started, which I finally did on May 15...


Along the way I got a little side-tracked cause of a commission (let's not mention day job and household stuff and The Bottle Family) and that's why I only finished the sweater last Thursday evening (on the 31st), sadly enough after the pattern had been launched (sorry Michelle, I did try!).


And? I'M ECSTATIC! About the yarn as well as about the sweater. Frankly said: I didn't want to take it off to cut the ends of the darned threads...
The yarn is 75% pure wool and 25% polyamide, thus qualifying as sock yarn, but I do not mind that soft bit of scratchiness at all (it's not scratchy, if you ask me, it's wool and no supersoft, superwash treated mix of merino and silk)

I won't go on blabbing, but show some pictures instead.


BTW: You can purchase Michelle's pattern here! I'd highly appreciate if you'd consider it, cause I'm all into supporting small businesses as Michelle's. By buying something from a small business/shop as mine or Michelle's, you actually make people like us (real people) make a happy dance (and you're not helping an anonymous manager finance his second Ferrari). Didn't I want to stop blabbing?

I'll keep in touch!

Silly me...





Liebe Freunde,


die letzte Woche war mal wieder vollgepackt (das Wochenende auch) und daher komme ich erst jetzt dazu, über mein letztes Machwerk zu berichten, auch wenn es bereits seit Donnerstag fertig ist.

Vor ein paar Wochen suchte Michelle von Dora Does Probehäkelerinnen für ihr „The Keep It Simple Sweater“. Zufällig suchte ich zur selben Zeit ein Projekt, um meine selbstgefärbte Wolle zu probieren.

Laut Michelle, brauchte ich eine 4,5 mm Häkelnadel, ca. 200-360 yards an schwarzes Garn – na ja, kein Schwarz für mich, denn ich wollte ja Sheherazade Blue testen (davon hatte ich 420m) - und ca. 690-1300 yards weißes Garn – auch das weiß kam nicht in Frage. Genaugenommen hatte ich mir vorgenommen, Sheherazade Blue mit grün zu kombinieren (mein Mann und die Jungs haben darüber nur den Kopf geschüttelt – wieso frage ich die eigentlich immer noch nach deren Meinung!?), aber die Wolle musste ich dann erst noch färben.


Daher konnte ich erst am 15. Mai loslegen. Zwischendurch musste ich noch eine Auftragsarbeit fertigstellen (lassen wir die Arbeit, den Haushalt und die Flaschenfamilie mal außen vor), weshalb ich erst Donnerstagabend (der 31.) fertig wurde. Und? ICH BIN BEGEISTERT! Sowohl von meiner Wolle, als auch vom Pulli. Nach der letzten Anprobe wollte ich ihn gar nicht mehr ausziehen, auch wenn ich noch die vernähten Fadenenden abschneiden musste.


Das Garn ist zu 75% aus Schurwolle und zu 25% aus Polyamid - Sockenwolle also - aber mir macht das dezente bisschen Kratzerigkeit nichts aus (meiner Meinung nach ist es auch nicht kratzig - es ist halt Wolle und kein superweiches, superwash behandeltes Merino-Seiden-Gemisch).

Oh je – ich höre besser auf zu Schwafeln und zeige stattdessen noch ein paar Bilder.


Übrigens: Michelles Anleitung gibt es hier zu kaufen. Es ist auf Englisch, aber, wenn das kein Hindernis ist, würde ich es sehr begrüßen, wenn ihr es euch wenigstens mal überlegt, denn ich bin 100% dafür, kleine Unternehmen, wie das von Michelle, zu unterstützen. Wer bei einem kleinen Unternehmen/Shop wie meinem (oder Michelles) einkauft, kann sicher sein, jemandem unendlich glücklich zu machen (und nicht irgendeinem Manager den zweiten Ferrari zu finanzieren). Wollte ich nicht mit dem Schwafeln aufhören!?

Ich halte euch auf dem Laufenden!


Samstag, 2. Juni 2018

Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party #6




Welcome to the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party!


It's the 1st Saturday of June!
It's time for the sixth Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party!

 
(Hier geht's zu den deutschsprachigen Erläuterungen...)

This Link-Up Party is all about granny squares. You are most welcome to link-up any projects you've made with either the traditional granny square, the solid one or any granny square you love or even have created yourself.

The Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party will start on the first Saturday of each month at 8 a.m. (CET) and will run 20 days. You'll be able to share your finished objects as well as your WIPs with other crocheters from all around the world. The five most popular links will be featured and shared on my social media sites.

You haven't got to be a “big name” or a designer to join the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party. All you need is a granny square related crochet (or knit) post. By joining the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party you will be able to grow your blog as well as gather loads of inspiration.

Before we enter the next party, let's start with sharing the top five link ups of the Mai Link-Up Party (#5):

  

  1. Minihäkelkissen from Dino-Bären:
  2. Flower Fandango Schultertuch from Häkelfieber:
  3. Time For Granny from Craftygardener.ca:
  4. Endlich Sommer from Atelier Wichtelhüsli:
  5. Weer een tas from Hummelelllis Plapperkasten:


🎉Congratulations🎊, ladies! 

Now let's move on to the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party #6

Party Rules (please read!):

  • Link directly to a granny square related crochet (or knit) blogpost (not to your home page). If you haven't got an actual project to show, feel free to add a link to an old blogpost! Anything family-friendly goes!
  • Limit to 3 links and don't repeat projects which have already been featured.
  • Link up your own work. Links infringing on copyright and/or trademark as well as sponsored posts will be deleted.
  • Please visit at least one other link and leave a nice comment to support your fellow crafter!
  • I'd highly appreciate if you'd follow me on at least one of my social media links (see below) – if only to know if you got featured or when the next Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party is due.

By adding your link to the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party, you give me permission to share your post and pictures on my social media sites, in features, in round-ups and on my blog (always with a link back to you for proper credit).

Help me to get the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party known by sharing on social media, by linking back to this party and by tagging it with #GrannySpirationLinkUpParty. The more people taking part, the merrier it'll become!


Thank you for joining the party! Have fun!


Freitag, 25. Mai 2018

The Bottles – Die Bottles*



Dear friends,


last Sunday I thoroughly amused myself while my husband was taking his bike for a ride. Actually, I did start crocheting in the morning, right after breakfast, but he still didn't have a clue what I was up to, when he left after we had had our dinner...


I already had the idea last year, long before I started yarnbombing our garden, and therefore I simply hadn't got the bottle (no pun intended) to carry out this idea...

Samstag, 19. Mai 2018

Beads Bag (with how-to) – Perlentasche (mit Anleitung)

 

Dear friends,


last Saturday I was hoping the postman would bring me the supplies I ordered for making new stitch markers, but he (actually last Saturday it was a lady postman) brought these instead.
  

True, I had ordered these beads too, but I wasn't really waiting for them impatientently. I had been tempted to make something with beads ever since I scrolled past a video of Naztazia on my facebook feed, so I ordered some, just in case I would feel like eventually, but…

Donnerstag, 10. Mai 2018

Pause for Thought* – Eine Denkpause



Dear friends,


once more I'm taking part in a Makelight course by Emily Quinton. This one is : “Pause for Thought”. Comes in pretty much at the right time, as I do have the feeling I'm getting nowhere and I haven't achieved anything in 2018 so far.

Episode one already showed me, that I'm absolutely wrong. True there are a few things that didn't work out as well as I hoped they would (need I mention pattern-writing..?), but others did. Isn't it amazing how much we concentrate on all what's negative in our lives? Why cannot we see things more positively? I'm not talking about taking things lightly, I'm talking about looking on the bright side of life instead!

Samstag, 5. Mai 2018

Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party #5

Welcome to the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party!


It's the 1st Saturday of May!
It's time for the fifth Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party!

 
(Hier geht's zu den deutschsprachigen Erläuterungen...)



This Link-Up Party is all about granny squares. You are most welcome to link-up any projects you've made with either the traditional granny square, the solid one or any granny square you love or even have created yourself.

The Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party will start on the first Saturday of each month at 8 a.m. (CET) and will run 20 days. You'll be able to share your finished objects as well as your WIPs with other crocheters from all around the world. The five most popular links will be featured and shared on my social media sites.

You haven't got to be a “big name” or a designer to join the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party. All you need is a granny square related crochet (or knit) post. By joining the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party you will be able to grow your blog as well as gather loads of inspiration.

Before we enter the next party, let's start with sharing the top five link ups of the April Link-Up Party (#4):

 

  1. Happy Birthday from PeTra:
  2. Mein Häkelmantel from Elli Hummel:
  3. Lucky Start Potholder from LiliaCraftParty:
  4. Gypsy CAL from Dino-Bären:
  5. Weer een tas from Inekedc:
     
🎉Congratulations🎊, ladies! 

Now let's move on to the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party #5

Party Rules (please read!):
  • Link directly to a granny square related crochet (or knit) blogpost (not to your home page). If you haven't got an actual project to show, feel free to add a link to an old blogpost! Anything family-friendly goes!
  • Limit to 3 links and don't repeat projects which have already been featured.
  • Link up your own work. Links infringing on copyright and/or trademark as well as sponsored posts will be deleted.
  • Please visit at least one other link and leave a nice comment to support your fellow crafter!
  • I'd highly appreciate if you'd follow me on at least one of my social media links (see below) – if only to know if you got featured or when the next Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party is due.

By adding your link to the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party, you give me permission to share your post and pictures on my social media sites, in features, in round-ups and on my blog (always with a link back to you for proper credit).

Help me to get the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party known by sharing on social media, by linking back to this party and by tagging it with #GrannySpirationLinkUpParty. The more people taking part, the merrier it'll become!


Thank you for joining the party! Have fun!


 



Samstag, 28. April 2018

Always look on the bright side of life...


Dear friends,


it's been a busy week, but it was worth while. Sadly enough this wasn't about crochet though. From the 2nd of May on, I'll finally work part-time again, instead of just having a mini-job. That does mean less time for crochet and for dyeing and for stitch markers, but... Well, you know what I mean...