Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Nordstrom Bag

I made this bag as a gift for an Aunt. I wanted to try this pattern since a looong time. So when I decided to make a gift for my Aunt who loves bags, I thought why not. I have made this as an evening bag. The yarn I used has a lovely sheen to it.

Since there are no readymade bag handles available here, I decided to make a handle out of beads. I love how it has turned out. Made a long chain first and then twisted it by holding 5 or 6 layers together. Voila!!

Finished the crocheting part almost a month back. Was too lazy or maybe scared to do the lining job. Finally done with it. Have lined it with black satin because it goes with the evening bag look.

Me happy. Hope she will love it too.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My Creative Space

My creative space has these pretty granny squares

And these

What will I turn them into??I really haven't decided. Right now just enjoying making them and looking at them.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Gift Bookmarks

Little one's school closes in July for summer holidays. We are going to India to spend the holidays with his maternal grandparents and paternal grandparents and great grand parents. Only me and Pranav are going now. DH might join us later. I have started making small gifts to take with us. These bookmarks were made for the purpose.

And a small one for Pranav made upon special request. He wanted one to keep in his story books. Iam sure he doesn't know why they are kept. But thats fine.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My Creative Space

Trying to knit a lace shawl for the first time..Lets see how it turns out..Wish me luck..
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Fabric Tray

Did some sewing..Yessssss...This is a very easy thing to make..But still I struggled ( I still struggle to sew straight lines )..And to make matters worse my sewing machine stopped co- operating in between...So off we went to a mechanic(is that the right word ??)I dont know..But you know what I mean..Got it back fast..Its working pretty well now..I finished making the tray..The tutorial I followed is very easy and clear..

Its a big hit at home as usual..These people encourage me so much..My boys!! Here it is..Put to use as soon as I made it..Its half empty while I took pics..But DH is using it now to keep his phone and car keys too..

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Needle Book

As I have said, I started to knit and crochet just last year, end of last year to be more precise. But the last couple of months or maybe more than that, I have totally ignored knitting and was only into crochet and sewing. The other day I felt I also need to keep improving on the knitting front. I loveee strawberries and since I couldn't find any pattern to knit a strawberry, I thought I will design something. Yes I did that and it came out kind of cute too. I made a pattern in Microsoft Excel. Made a few changes while knitting, frogged a few rows about 3 or 4 times and finally made this. I had not decided what to do with it while knitting. I had seen a needle book a long time back and really thought the idea was cute. So I converted my knit strawberry to a needle book. Now I hope I will not keep loosing needles as I always do.

Had bought a few pages of felt in various bright colours a few days back. They were also used.

There is a garter stitch page for my large needles and tapestry needles(which I can't find now)
Another interesting thing is when I was knitting the strawberry I was trying to carry the various colours of thread through the back of the pattern. Later a knitting friend, whom I met recently, told me I can find online video tutorials to do it in an easier way. Now I know what I did is called the Stranding method and that there is an even better way to do it. Found tips to hold the colours more efficiently and to avoid doing the stranding too tightly, which I did. Okay, so next time I won't have so much trouble and confusion while knitting with so many different colours at the same time. Please go here to learn more.