Mittwoch, 23. August 2017

Ein neuer Anfang.../New beginning...





Eine Freundin hat mich vor kurzem dazu inspiriert, wieder mit dem Zeichnen anzufangen. Erst wollte ich mit einfachen Übungen anfangen, aber das wurde irgendwie langweilig, also direkt rein ins Vergnügen mit einigen Tierportraits.

A friend recently inspired me to get back into drawing. I started with some simple exercises, but that got boring very soon, so I made some animal portraits.

Reh/deer



Der böse Wolf/Angry wolf ;)


Franzl, mein Papagei, der leider vor kurzem gestorben ist.
Franzl, my sweet lovebird, who sadly died some weeks ago.

Dienstag, 22. August 2017

Rainbows after the Rain CAL: Part 8


Hello and welcome to part 8 of the Rainbows after the Rain CAL, brought to you by  Zooty Owl and Kokopelli Design! What an awesome journey it was so far and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. For part 8 of the Rainbows over the Namib Desert Blanket you will add the third stripe pattern in between the Wheels of Time Squares strip and the Sunny Flower Motif Squares strip. The stripe will be made of simply dc rows going back and forth.




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Please check the layout chart above for how to place your squares and stripes or make up your own layout to get a personalized blanket. For part 8 you will need the joined Sunny Flower Motif Squares. This strip will be joined to the Wheels of Time Squares with a Double Crochet Strip.

Row 1: Crochet a row of sc along the strip of Wheels of Time Squares or start at once with the dc rows. Don't forget to make one stitch in each corner and one stitch in the joins of the squares.

Row 2: 3ch, turn your work. Dc in each stitch across. Make sure you don't miss the very last stitch, so the edges of your dc stripe stays straight.

Continue adding dc rows to the stripe, until you reach the size you want (in my case I needed 13 cm). Then add the Sunny Flower Motif Strip with the join of your choice. I used again a sc join.

If you have any questions concerning the patterns or the CAL, join us in the Zooty Owl Crochet-a-long Facebook Group. We try to help! We would also love to see your photos of blankets and Ponchos. :)

Montag, 14. August 2017

Einkaufsnetze/Market Bags

Wiederverwendbare Einkaufsnetze sind gerade wieder im Kommen, vor allem seit viele Läden auf Plastiktüten verzichten oder diese nur noch gegen Gebühr abgeben. Da ich schon seit Jahren (oder Jahrzehnten) wiederverwendbare Einkaufstaschen mitnehme, habe ich doch einige Muster zusammengetragen, die ich hier gerne teilen möchte. Die Einkaufsnetze eigenen sich auch gut als kleine Geschenke oder es lassen sich Geschenke darin nett verpacken und überreichen.

Reusable market bags are back in style, since more and more shops get rid of plastic bags or only give them away for a small fee. Since I use reusable market bags for several years (or better decades) now, I have collected quite some Patterns, I'd love to share here. Those market bags also make cute Little gifts or you can nicely wrap and give gifts in those bags.

Ein Favorit ist ganz klar die Moogly Rainbow Pocket Market Bag, die sich in der angehäkelten Tasche gut verstauen lässt.

A favorite of mine is the Moogly Rainbow Pocket Market Bag, which folds up nicely in the attached pouch.



 




 

Diese Tasche ist eine Eigenkreation von mir und vielleicht wird es dazu bald ein Muster geben. Man kann mit fast jeder Häkelblume anfangen und dann einfach mit Luftmaschenbögen weitermachen.

This bag is my own creation and maybe I will make a pattern for it soon. You can start with almost any crochet flower pattern and continue with chains and sc.




Ich kann mich leider nicht mehr erinnern, wo ich das Muster für die Tasche mit dem Weihnachtsstern her hatte, aber es ist auch nicht schwierig nachzuhäkeln.

For the life of me I can't remember the where I got the pattern for this Poinsettia bag from. But it isn't that hard to follow the pattern from the photo.



Hier sind noch weitere Muster, die ich selbst aber noch nicht nachgearbeitet habe:

Here are some more patterns, I didn't make myself yet, but have on my to-do list:


Ich hoffe, dieser Beitrag hat euch gefallen, dann lasst mir doch ein Like auf meiner Facebookseite da.

I hope you enjoyed my blog post and if so, leave me a like on my Facebook page.

Dienstag, 8. August 2017

Rainbows after the Rain CAL: Part 7

Hello and welcome to part 7 of the Rainbows after the Rain CAL, brought to you by  Zooty Owl and Kokopelli Design! What an awesome journey it was so far and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. For part 7 you will add the second stripe pattern in between the Traditional Granny Squares and the Wheels of Time Squares strip. The stripe will be made of the wavy stitch pattern and I will link you to a very nice tutorial made by Attic 24.



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Please check the layout chart above for how to place your squares and stripes or make up your own layout to get a personalized blanket. For part 7 you will need the joined Strip of the Wheel of Times Squares. This strip will be joined to the Traditional Granny Squares with a Wavy Stripe.

Row 1: Crochet a row of sc along the long edge of your Traditional Granny Squares strip. Don't forget to make one sc in each Corner and one sc in the joins of the squares.

Row 2: Continue with "Foundation Row 2" of Attic 24's Neat Wave Pattern.

Continue adding rows to the stripe, until you reach the size you want (in my case I needed 13 cm).

If you have any questions concerning the patterns or the CAL, join us in the Zooty Owl Crochet-a-long Facebook Group. We try to help! We would also love to see your photos of blankets and Ponchos. :)


Donnerstag, 27. Juli 2017

Karma Chameleon



Karma Chameleon entstand als Geburtstagsgeschenk für meinen Freund. Ist er nicht süß geworden?

I made Karma Chameleon as a birthday gift for BF. Didn't he turn out cute?


Das Muster von Janine Holmes war wirklich toll geschrieben und es ist kostenlos hier erhältlich.

The pattern by Janine Holmes is very well written and can be downloaded for free here.



,,Snurf", wie er nun genannt wird, erkundet den Garten......

"Snurf", how he was named, explores the yard......


.....und das Sofa.

........and the sofa.



Er ist ein sehr neugieriges Chamäleon.

He's a very curious chameleon.


Mittwoch, 26. Juli 2017

Venetian Square Motif WIP


Meine Stammleser wissen sicher, dass ich eine Leidenschaft für Häkelspitze hege, wie zum Beispiel die Rustic Lace Squares oder auch das Marienkäferdeckchen. Vor einigen Monaten bin ich dann über das Venetian Square gestolpert, dass ursprünglich aus einen Buch von 1915 stammt. Fünf Motive sind es bis jetzt und ich denke, es wird ein Tischläufer in Frühlingsfarben.

My regular Readers know, that I have a weakness for crochet lace, for example the Rustic Lace Squares or the Ladybug Doily. Some months ago I came across the Venetian Square, which was originally published in a book from 1915. There are five motifs so far and I think this will become a table runner in spring colors

Dienstag, 25. Juli 2017

Rainbows after the Rain CAL: Part 6

Hello and welcome to part 6 of the Rainbows after the Rain CAL, brought to you by Zooty Owl and Kokopelli Design! What an awesome journey it was so far and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. For part 6 you will add the first stripe pattern in between the first two strips of squares you joined for part 5. The stripe will be made of a variation of block stitch and I will explain below how to do it.


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Please check thelayout chart for how to placeyour squares and stripes or make up your own layout to get a personalized blanket. For part 6 you will need the joined strips of Dreamcatcher Squares and Traditional Granny Squares. These strips will be joined with a block stitch stripe.

Block Stitch is a very simple, yet effective stitch, which can be used for whole blankets or borders or like in this case for a stripe. So take your strip of Dreamcatcher Squares and crochet a row of sc to one of the long sides (the bottom dark bluerow in the picture below). Then the pattern starts. You don't turn your work, but always work on the right side from right to left.


Row 1: crochet a row of sc all along the long side of your square strip, make one stitch in each corner and one in the join in between your squares.
Row 2 (the turquoise row in the pictures): 3ch (counts as first dc), 1dc in the same stitch, *skip 2 sc, 3dc in the next stitch**, repeat from * to ** until the last stitch, 2dc in last stitch.
Row 3 (the white rows in the pictures): join yarn in the 3rd ch of previous row, 1ch, 1sc in the first dc (3ch), 1ch, *2sc in the space between the 3dc, 2ch**. Repeat to the last space between the 3dc and the 2dc at the end of the row. 1ch, 1sc in the last dc of the row.
Row 4 (the denim row in the photos): join yarn in the 1ch space of the previous row, 3ch (counts as first dc), 1dc in the same stitch, *skip next 2 sc, 3dc in the next 2ch space**, repeat from * to ** until the last space, skip last 2sc, 2dc in the last sc.

Make sure you end the rows in the correct stitches and don't accidentally add stitches to the ends, so your stripe doesn't end up wider in the end than in the beginning. 

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until the block stitch stripe is as wide as you squares. In my original Rainbows over the Namib Desert Blanket the squares were 13cm x 13 cm, so I made my stripe 13 cm wide. It's best to end with a row 4. Then take your Traditional Granny Square strip and join it to the block stitch stripe with the joining method of your choice. In the Rainbows over the Namib Desert Blanket I used a sc join.

If you have any questions concerning the patterns or the CAL, join us in the Zooty Owl Crochet-a-long Facebook Group. We try to help!