Mittwoch, 18. April 2018

Garden Mandala – Garten Mandala

Dear friends,

yesterday afternoon, it was nearly 6 pm, I suddenly felt like making a few madalas for the front garden. You might remember last year's yarnbombing (here and here), which was mostly in pale blues, soft pinks and purples and greens. Everything is still there, a tiny bit faded maybe, but definitely lacking brightness and vivacity.

Since we were able to spend the weekend on the back porch, I've been considering the colours-scheme of the flowerpots for this summer... And since I feel an urgent need for bright and vibrant colours - I think I'll go for yellows, oranges and reds.

It will still take a while till we plant the pots and till the perennials bloom, so I suddenly felt the urge to adorn the front garden with some splashes of colour (other than the daffodils)...

So I got my hook (4.5mm) and some acrylic yarn (Lisa Premium from Gründl), searched the studio till I found some 15cm hoops and got started. I soon had made two versions, sharing this one with you today:

Abreviations (UK-terms):
  • ch = chain stitch
  • loop = made out of chain stitches
  • mc = magic circle
  • tr = treble

Start with mc
R1: 14 tr in mc
R2: 14x (1 tr + ch 1)
R3: 14x (2 tr + ch 1) in loop
R4: 14x (3 tr + ch 3) in loop
R5: 14x (1 tr + ch 1 + ch 1 around hoop + ch 1 + 1 tr + ch 1 ) in loop

I made six Garden mandalas so far (cannot make any more now as I've got no hoops left), put three up in the garden already – the others will follow soon!

I'll keep in touch!

Liebe Freunde,

gestern, am späten Nachmittag, war mir plötzlich danach ein paar Mandalas für den Vorgarden zu machen. Vielleicht erinnert ihr euch am Yarnbombing vom letzten Jahr (hier und hier). Da hatte ich eher zarte Töne gewählt, blau, rosa und lila und grün. Alles noch vorhanden, vielleicht hier und da ein wenig ausgebleicht, aber recht dezent und sicherlich ohne viel Pep und Lebendigkeit.

Seit wir am Wochenende einige Zeit auf der Terrasse verbringen konnten, habe ich mich überlegt, welches Farbschema dieses Jahr Einzug in unserem Garten hält, bzw. in unseren Blumentöpfen... Und da ich ein Hunger verspüre nach brillante, lebendige, kräftige Farben, werde ich dieses Jahr wohl zu Gelb, Orange und Rot greifen.

Noch wird es eine Weile dauern, bis wir die Töpfe bepflanzen, oder bis die Stauden anfangen zu blühen, und daher war mir danach, den Garten schon jetzt mit ein paar Farbklekse (neben den Osterglocken) zu schmücken.

Also holte meine Häkelnadel (4,5 mm) und das gewünschte Acrylgarn (Lisa Premium von Gründl), nach etwas Suchen auch noch einige 15cm Metallringe, und machte mich an die Arbeit. Bald hatte ich zwei Versionen, von denen ich heute diese mit euch Teile:

  • FR = Fadenring
  • Lm = Luftmasche
  • LmB = Luftmaschenbogen
  • Stb = Stäbchen

Anfangen mir FR
R1: 14 Stb in FR
R2: 14x (1 Stb + 1 Lm)
R3: 14x (2 Stb + 1 Lm) in LmB
R4: 14x (3 Stb + 1 Lm) in LmB
R5: 14x ( 1 Stb + 1 Lm + 1 Lm um Metallring + 1 Lm + 1 Stb + 1 Lm) in LmB

Bislang habe ich sechs Garten-Mandalas fertig (mehr gehen zur Zeit nicht, denn ich habe keine Metallringe mehr übrig), wovon ich heute Morgen schon 3 im Garten aufgehangen habe...

Ich halte euch auf dem Laufenden!

Samstag, 14. April 2018

Progress - Fortschritte

Dear friends,

I'm finally getting somewhere. Well at least I've got the feeling things are finally moving on. It started with the dyeing experiment (which will continue next week) and it ended with pattern-writing.

I actually have written the pattern of a shawl I made about this time last year (an easy one-skein project). It's not completely finished yet, but as good as. And I also started with the pattern of the Folkloristic Valentine's shawl (though I renamed it „A Day's Journey to Berlin“). So that's what I'm currently working on (along with the woolly version of the „Sunshiny Day“ Pullover and the turquoise oversized cardigan).

And as I joined the Instagram-challenge #The100DayProject, I'm making at least 1 stitch marker a day. You can see these on my Instagram and on my facebook account following the hashtag #100DaysOfStitchMarkers. It's fun and I finally get myself motivated to try those techniques I've been postponing for months ...

As I said before: I'm finally getting somewhere!

I'll keep in touch!

Liebe Freunde,

endlich geht es voran. So fühlt es sich auf jeden Fall an. Es begann mit dem Färbe-Experiment (welches nächste Woche fortgeführt wird) und endete mit dem Schreiben von Anleitungen.

Endlich habe ich die Anleitung geschrieben zu einem Schal, den ich etwa um dieser Zeit letztes Jahr gemacht habe (ein schnelles und einfaches Ein-Knäuel-Projekt). Zwar ist die Anleitung noch nicht 100% fertig, aber fast. Und ich habe mit dem Muster zum Valentinstag Schal angefangen (den Schal habe ich mittlerweile umgetauft in: Eine Tagesreise nach Berlin). Das ist es auch, woran ich zur Zeit arbeite (neben der Wollversion vom „Sunshiny Day“ Pullover und die türkisfarbene oversized Jacke).

Und weil ich an der Instagram-Challenge „The100DayProject“ teilnehme, mache ich jeden Tag einen Maschenmarkierer. Meine „Künste“ könnt ihr täglich bei facebook und Instagram bewundern unter folgendem Hashtag: #100DaysOfStitchMarkers. Es macht Spaß und endlich komme ich dazu, die Sachen aus zu probieren, die ich schon seit Monaten vor mich herschiebe...

Wie gesagt: Es geht voran...

Ich halte euch auf dem Laufenden!

Samstag, 7. April 2018

Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party #4

Welcome to the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party!

It's the 1st Saturday of April!
It's time for the fourth 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 March Link-Up Party (#3):

  1. Donderdag - dekendag from De Breimeisjes:
  2. Een beetje stuk... en een stukje deken from KatKatKatoen:
  3. Grannydeckchen from Dino-Bären:
  4. Meine ersten neun Grannys vom Kalevala CAL from Mustermixerin:
  5. I Like ‘Purse’onality from

🎉Congratulations🎊, ladies! 

Now let's move on to the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party #4

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!

Sonntag, 1. April 2018

Episode 4 + C2C Fox Cushion / C2C Fuchskissen

Dear friends,

🐑🐰Happy Easter!🌷🐣

You might know by now that I've got a soft spot for foxes. Even though I have, you never could have told by my crochet, could you? That's why I decided on making a fox cushion approx. three weeks ago.

Donnerstag, 22. März 2018

Episode 3

Welcome to Episode 3 of
the Atelier Marie-Lucienne Podcast,

in this episode I show you
my Sunshiny Day Granny Square Pullover, Christina's (= Garnharmoni)
Alpaca hat and Danielle Fowler's project bag, I tell you a little
about the Social Media Spring Clean by Emily Quinton of Makelight and
I talk about #MarchMeetTheMaker by Joanne Hawker on Istagram, project
bags, and my ongoing WIP.

Dienstag, 20. März 2018

Sunshiny Day Pullover


Dear friends,

I'm not making much progress, not getting much done, when it comes to crochet lately. Don't ask me why, I cannot tell. True I'm working out a way of making pretty project bags with cross stitch quotes on them, true I'm taking part in #MarchMeetTheMaker on Instagram, but... I simply do not know.

Dienstag, 6. März 2018

Commission - Lucy Lace - Auftragsarbeit

Dear friends,

on Sunday evening I finally finished the Lucy Lace Shawl* commission. And I'm glad it's done! No-one who has witnessed me making this shawl would wonder if I'd say „Never again!“, but I won't, cause it's actually a beautiful shawl. But...

Samstag, 3. März 2018

Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party #3


Welcome to the Granny-Spiration Link-Up Party!

It's the 1st Saturday of March!

It's time for the third 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.