Zpagetti Basket

Do you remember this image? It was part of my shopping post.

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Did you recognize the yarn? This was a Hooked Zpagetti yarn. I already used it for a project and there’s not much left. And that’s what I created: Two Zpagetti baskets!

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The big one:

The big Zpagetti basket has a diameter of 26 cm and a height of 12 cm.

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The small one:

The small Zpagetti basket has a diameter of 20 cm and also a height of 12 cm.

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General Information

Yarn

  • Hooked Zpagetti

Stitches

  • sc: single crochet
  • inc: increase – two sc in one stitch

Pattern

I used a very basic pattern that I already knew from other projects. Here it is:

Round 1: Form a magic ring and make 6 sc in that ring. If you don’t know how to do a magic ring (I wasn’t able to do one when I started), here is a great tutorial video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLUaywX0-WE

Round 2: * inc, repeat from * 5 times (two sc in every stitch) -> 12 stitches
Another tip: I use a fixing pin to mark the first stitch of a round. That helps me to keep track of the rounds and when counting stitches.

Round 2: *sc inc, repeat from * 11 times -> 18 stitches

Round 3: *sc sc inc, repeat from * 17 times -> 24 stitches

Round 4: *sc sc sc inc, repeat from * 23 times -> 30 stitches

I think you got the pattern now. It’s really easy and you only add 6 stitches (make 6 increases) every round. For my small basket I made 6 rounds and for the big basket I made 8 rounds. I finished the last round with a slip stitch.

Then you get to the edge of the basket. That’s were you stop increasing stitches and just make one sc in each stitch. To get the edge, I only crocheted in the back loop of the stitches, as you can see here:

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You can also see the edge that builds itself. Afterwards you just continue with as much rounds as you want (normal single crochets) until you reached the right height for your basket. I did 8 rounds on mine.

And that’s it! You can finish your basket with another slip stitch and sew in the ends. And here are again two images of the result:

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I hope that you understand my very basic pattern. It’s the first pattern that I’ve written down. πŸ™‚ Have fun making your own Zpagetti basket!

 

Knitting a Loop

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General Information

Yarn

  • Lana Grossa Mille II, color 38

Stitches

  • Right stitch
  • Left stitch

Knitting Pattern

Topp Kragenweite
The loop is knitted with two different patterns, a rib pattern and a garter stitch pattern which always switch after a few rounds.

My Opinion

The pattern is really easy to knit with only basic knitting patterns, but a round is quite long. πŸ˜‰ In total, the scarf is 1.60 m long. Neverthless, I think that it is a really nice and warm loop scarf. I like to wear it at the moment when it’s cloudy or windy outside.

Painting an owl

This is my first post about painting on my blog. And therefore just let me add some general information at the beginning, because a lot of my familiy members do some sort of painting or creative work and also my father likes drawing and painting. None of the countless paintings in my parents house is painted by a stranger. They are all painted from familiy members and friends. πŸ™‚

When I was a child, I started with pencil drawings. My favourite theme were animals and that never changed. I think it’s because I can draw animals without a lot of effort. I also tried to draw humans, but they didn’t look that great. πŸ˜‰ After a while, I started to experiment with coal and water colour, and some years ago I tried painting with acrylic. In 2011, I started painting on canvas with sizes of 60 cm x 60 cm and 50 cm x 70 cm. You can look at the paintings that I painted during the last years on my Overview page. The two frogs were presents for my boy friend and are located in the living room of our flat. All other paintings were presents for friends, because we don’t have enough space to put them all up. Therefore, I didn’t choose the themes of the paintings, but gave my friends the possibility to get their favourite animal. This time, I got the order to paint an owl. So I painted an owl. πŸ˜‰

Normally, I don’t like people to watch me while I’m painting and I only show paintings when they are finished. But this time I made an exception andΒ  took photos of the steps leading to the finished painting. So here is my owl painting process:

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And that’s it:

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Kanzashi Flowers

I bought some fabric yesterday to make some nice Kanzashi flowers. It was the first time that I tried to make such flowers.Β  I used this pattern book: http://www.amazon.de/Kanzashi-Japanischer-Haarschmuck-Kleinigkeiten-Topp-Handarbeiten/dp/B00FKYN3KU, but you can also find patterns and tutorials on YouTube.

Here are my basic flowers:

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And for estimating the size of my flowers:

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I think the flowers are very nice decoration items and I’m sure that I will do more flowers in the future. They are quite easy to assemble and will look great on hats, bags, and other creations.

A crocheted turtle! :-)

Here is one of my newest creations. But first let me tell you the story behind it: In one of my drawers, I found gift coupons for a book shop. So I went to the book shop and luckily, they were still valid (although they were several years old) and the shop assistant told me that they will still be valid in 100 years. πŸ˜‰ I neverthless decided to buy something with my coupons and spent about one hour in the book shop to decide which crafting book to buy. In the end, I bought this lovely crocheting book: http://www.amazon.com/Geh%C3%A4kelte-Kuscheltiere-Ferien-Cendrine-Armani/dp/377247232X/. I really liked the creations of the book and started with a brown and green turtle.

And here it is:

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Isn’t it cute? Unfortunately I had to crochet a lot of pieces (head, feet, …) and afterwards I had to sew them all together, but I don’t like sewing pieces together at all. 😦 Maybe I did not find the right technique so far, but I always find it stressful and not funny at all. However, I’m very happy when I’m finished and the results recompense for the work. πŸ™‚

Preview: I’m currently working on crocheted food. πŸ˜€ Can’t wait to share it with you. You will get hungry. πŸ˜‰ But I definitely also want to try more animal patterns of the book.

Crocheted Owls

As nearly everyone at the moment, I love owls! πŸ˜‰ That why my second crocheting project involved owls. I found a lot of nice owl patterns and decided to crochet the following two patterns, which are also easy. For both patterns, I used Schachenmayr Catania.

I found the first pattern on: http://bunnymummy-jacquie.blogspot.de/2013/01/easy-crochet-owl-tutorial.html. In addition to single crochets, you need half double crochets and double crochets. Here are my results:

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I already did more than those two, because some of my friends loved them and also wanted to get one. πŸ™‚

I found the second pattern on Raverly: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-owl-ornaments. It is very easy because you only need single crochets to do it. Here is the result from the pattern:

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I did not use felt eyes, but insted crocheted the eyes with the first two rounds of the owl. The owl can be for example attached to a key ring.