Samstag, 3. November 2018

Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party #11



Welcome to the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party!

  
It's the 1st Saturday of November!
It's time for the 11th 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 (actually this month it’s the first Sunday) 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 three link ups of the AugustLink-Up Party (#10):




  1. KLEINE WEISSE HÄKELTASCHE by hummelellli:
  2. SCRAPPY FLOWER GRANNIES by Atelier Marie-Lucienne:
  3. WACKY WEAVE DECKE by Häkelfieber:
  4. GRANNY (KRAAK)SHOPTAS by Mariam's Creations:
  5. GRANNY SQUARE RECTANGLE SHAWL by EyeLoveKnots:




🎉Congratulations🎊, ladies! 


Now let's move on to the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party #11


  

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!

Follow me on: FacebookInstagramGoogle+Pinterest


Thank you for joining the party! Have fun!




Dienstag, 30. Oktober 2018

Thank you for the Music (with Chart / mit Vorlage)





Dear Friends,


  
as I told you in my last post, Mum&Dad came to stay with us last weekend. We had a pretty busy two days though, visiting Aachen and going out for a lovely dinner at our favurite Italian restaurant (where we all ate too much).


When my mum&dad left on Sunday, pretty soon after our late breakfast, I went into the studio and all of the suddenly I remembered Mia.

Mia (craftartista) is hosting the Friendly Challenge N° 106. And when she asked me whether I‘d fancy taking part, I agreed, cause we bloggers should support one another whenever possible, shouldn‘t we?



The deadline being still miles off at the time, I kind of forgot all about it, but on Sunday I grew very fidgety. Mia had pointed out the deadline was October something, but I couldn‘t remember what that „something“ had been: 18th? 20th? 30th?

Oh dear!

Lucky me, the deadline was the 28th and as it still was the 21st – lucky me indeed… But…

Mia chose „Music“ as the theme of the Friendly Challenge she is hosting, and I didn‘t have a clue what I should make. I could make some stitch markers, but that seemed a too easy way out. After all, I am a crocheter! So it had to be crochet!

Think I needn‘t explain a creative process to you, do I? Anyhow, this is what it became in the end… A clef.


I grabbed my hook (a 3mm one) and some yarn (Schachenmayr Catania white) and started right away. I actually managed to finish the clef till Sunday evening.

The finished clef measures 41 x 22 cm. Start off with 53 chain stitches and work the smaller filet stitch (1 tr + ch 1 + 1 tr for a gap; 3 tr for a block) according to the pattern over 46 rows.



The finished piece is pretty versatile: You could either sew it onto a bag (for a musician), use it as a doorplate (to the music room), put it up in the window or onto the wall, use it as a place mat in the music room…



BTW: I did make some stitch markers after all – they‘re now in my Etsy-shop!

I’ll keep in touch!


  





  




  

Liebe Freunde,


  
letzte Woche erwähnte ich bereits, dass meine Eltern zu Besuch kamen. Daher hatten wir letztes Wochenende zwei recht ereignisreiche Tage, mit einem Ausflug nach Aachen und einem opulenten Essen bei unserem Lieblingsitaliener.


Meine Eltern fuhren aber bereits Sonntagvormittag, nach dem späten Frühstück, zurück nach Hause. Daher konnte ich noch reichlich Zeit im Atelier verbringen. Aber, noch während ich Pläne schmiedete, fiel mir plötzlich Mia ein und mir wurde etwas mulmig zumute…

Mia (craftartista) ist Gastgeberin der 106. Friendly Challenge. Als sie bat, ob ich mitmachen würde, sagte ich zu, denn wir im Blogland sollten einander – meiner Meinung nach – nach Möglichkeit tatkräftig unterstützen, nicht?




Da die Frist aber noch eine Weile weg war, hatte ich die Friendly Challenge so mehr oder weniger vergessen, bis ich mich am Sonntagmittag daran erinnerte. Mia hatte erwähnt, dass die Frist in der zweiten Oktoberhälfte ablief, aber wann genau… der 18.?, 20?, 30.?

Owaia!

Ich hatte Glück: Frist war zum 28. und letzten Sonntag war erst der 21. Ich Glückspilz!

Aber… Mia hatte „Musik“ zu ihrem Thema der Friendly Challenge Nr. 106 gewählt, und ich hatte noch keinen Schimmer, was ich machen sollte. Ein paar Maschenmarkierer basteln wäre ja zu einfach, nicht? Denn schließlich bin ich ja Häklerin… Also...

Den „kreativen Prozess“ brauche ich wohl nicht zu erläutern, oder? Am Ende kam das dabei heraus: Einen Notenschlüssel…


Sofort griff ich zu Nadel (3 mm) und Faden (Schachenmayr Catania in weiß) und legte los. Und ich habe das Stück tatsächlich bis Sonntagabendfertig bekommen!

Der fertige Notenschlüssel misst 41 x 22 cm. Angefangen mit 53 Luftmaschen, im kleinen Filetstich gearbeitet (Loch = 1 Stb + 1 Lm + 1 Stb; geschlossenes Kästchen = 3 Stb), über 46 Reihen, immer nach der Vorlage.


Der fertige Notenschlüssel ist obendrein vielseitig einsetzbar: Als Schild an der Tür zum Musikzimmer, vors Fenster, als Aufnäher auf einer Tasche (für einen Musikbegeisterten), als Tischset, als Wandbehang…



Ach, übrigens: Ich habe dann doch noch ein paar Maschenmarkierer gemacht – zu finden in meinem Etsy-Shop…

Ich halte euch auf dem Laufenden!
  





Sonntag, 28. Oktober 2018

All Hallows’ Eve - Halloween






   

Dear friends,


  
I know it‘s not yet freezing, but – urgh! - it sure is cold outside! And have been hanging around in the front garden! BRRRR! Back indoors, I thought it might be a good idea to let you know what I‘ve been up to this weekend (so far).

Yesterday I finally took the ladybirds off the front garden lantern and replaced them with the Garden Owls.
  



We had to run some errands afterwards, so I only returned to the studio in the evening. The postwoman had brought me some yarn in the morning. Even though we‘ve never taken part in the Halloween hype, I did order the Starlight wool with Halloween in mind. Dropping in rather late in the sale, there weren‘t many colours left to choose from, so I had off-white, dark blue, black and dark red.

  

You can actually see the glow-in-the-dark effect during the day when using a flash light!

  
The off-white I used for making two ghosts, the other colours for making bats.
The weather being dreary, I wasn‘t able to take pretty pictures, but I guess, you do get an idea of what our garden gate looks like now.


  


And while I was putting up the owls I found the perfect spot for the Rainbow Snails too. That‘s the reason why I went out in the misty morning icy cold wind (we put the creepy bunch up as soon as I had finished them at approx. 10 pm last night).

  


  
As far as I‘m concerned I‘m kind of done with the garden for now. The hubby would like some icicles, but I think it‘s still too early for those…


I'll keep in touch!











  







Liebe Freunde,


  
auch wenn es draußen noch nicht friert, fühlt es sich doch so an. Und ich habe mich im Garten herumgetrieben. BRRR!!! Wieder drinnen, dachte ich mir, ich sollte euch mal auf dem Laufenden bringen...

Nun, gestern habe ich nach fast anderthalb Jahren die Marienkäfer von der Laterne im Vordergarten abgenommen, und gleich durch die Garteneulen ersetzt.


  


Anschließend waren wir unterwegs, und daher konnte ich mich erst abends ins Atelier zurückziehen, wo ich mich gleich über die Wolle hermachte, die am Vormittag mit der Post gekommen war.

Wir sind nie auf den Halloween-Zug aufgesprungen, aber als ich die Starlight Wolle bestellte, hatte ich klar Halloween vor Augen. Ich war leider etwas spät dran, weshalb ich mich mit naturweiß, dunkelblau, schwarz und dunkelrot begnügen musste.

  



Aus dem weiß machte ich zwei Geistern, aus den anderen Farben Fledermäuse. Die gruseligen Gesellen haben mein Mann und ich noch gleich gestern Abend aufgehangen.


  
Hoffenltich auch nachts mit dem gewünschten Effekt!


Das Wetter ist leider gar nicht toll, deshalb sind die Bilder auch nicht so prickelnd, aber immerhin wisst ihr jetzt, wie unser Gartentor aussieht.
Während ich gestern die Eulen anbrachte, fand ich auch die perfekte Stelle für die Regenbogenschnecken. Und deshalb musste ich heute Morgen ein zweites mal in den nebliggrauen, eiskalten Wind hinaus.


  
  


Wenn es nach mir ginge, wäre der Garten damit soweit fertig für den Winter (Häkeltechnisch gesehen, meine ich). Mein Mann möchte gerne noch Eiszapfen, aber dafür ist es nun wirklich noch zu früh…

Ich halte euch auf dem Laufenden!


  


Donnerstag, 18. Oktober 2018

Garden Owl Pattern - Anleitung Garteneule / Ups and Downs




Dear friends,

  

this week hasn’t been a happy one so far. On Monday we had to say goodbye to Kolumbus, who has been a faithful companion and important part of our family. He and his brother MacLeod (passed away two years ago) saw us through a very tumultuous part of our lives. He was the quieter one, the placid one, a real family-cat, always somewhere near, always there, but now he’s gone, after 12,5 years…

Freitag, 12. Oktober 2018

Crochet Owl Cushion for Tim – Gehäkeltes Eulenkissen für Tim





Dear friends,


actually, the pillow is for Tim‘s wife. Tim is one of my colleagues at my day job and he loves crafting with wood. When I found out a few months ago, I asked him whether he could maybe make me a swift. He said it would take a while, but he’d like to give it a try.
  
The week before last I got this beauty!

Sonntag, 7. Oktober 2018

Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party #10



Welcome to the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party!

  
SORRY!!!!😓
I know I’m late…

It's the 1st Saturday (err... Sunday) of October!
It's time for the 10th 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 (actually this month it’s the first Sunday) 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 three link ups of the AugustLink-Up Party (#9):




  1. SAVE THE DATE by EyeLoveKnots:
  2. Shrug by Buntix:
  3. BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Place Mats by Atelier Marie-Lucienne:



🎉Congratulations🎊, ladies! 


Now let's move on to the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party #10

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!

Follow me on: FacebookInstagramGoogle+Pinterest


Thank you for joining the party! Have fun!


Sonntag, 30. September 2018

Rainbow Snails - Regenbogenschnecken




Dear friends,


don‘t quite know whether I‘m happy with what I managed this week. Each „one hour of“ kind of turned out into uploading a few stitch markers onto my Etsy shop. Not too bad, as I still had time to spend crocheting, but…

Even though you might think these snails have been with me all week – I have to disappoint you: I worked on a shawl with that gorgeous Wensleydale yarn I bought in Oban. I‘m on my last ball (and colour) now, it still has to be blocked, and then I will be able to show it to you. Ah well, here‘s a sneak peek…

Sonntag, 23. September 2018

Sheep Key Pendant / Schlüsselanhänger Schaf

  

Dear friends,


I‘m getting on pretty well with the one-hour-per-day schedule. As long as ordering new supplies counts as one hour of concentrated and thorough working on a subject…

And if not, who cares? I made stitch markers, stitch marker cards, crocheted, made pictures, tidied up the studio (err 😹) and … even wrote a blogpost (well, I‘m still at it – right?).