Thursday, July 29, 2010

Reporting from India

Me enjoying our holidays!!Its raining day and night here and I lovve it!!But don't have an internet connection. Now at a cousin's place. Iam trying to set up a connection at home next week. So will be active here after that. Have so many blogs to catch up.

Not done much on the craft front. Just made one more summer garden square mat for my in laws.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Purse and Beads

Tried my hand on adding beads to crochet!! And turns out its quite easy!! And the result looks pretty!! I made this purse for my MIL. Hope she likes it.

There is a felt patch with her initials on. Did that to hide a mistake but it actually turned out well!! Wanted to line it with satin, but it was so difficult and I did not have much time to spend on it (lots of packing to do). This fabric works just fine I think. The two lines of bead on either side is to hide some blue mark on the fabric(uneven dyeing job).

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Knitted Pouch

I made this a few weeks back. But the lining job was pending. Finally done with it. Again have added a zipper!!Yeah, the confidence is growing. I used a dishcloth pattern to make this. Knitted two and joined them. It took me so long to line it because I was confused how to do it. Saw Nima's clutch and decided that is how Iam going to do it.  First attached the zipper to the lining and then the whole thing to the pouch.

Have a secret to share. The ruffled part in the bottom was by accident. Maybe because of casting on loosely. I could have stretched it while seaming the edges. But I felt it looks better this way. So left it like that.

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Warning!!!Picture heavy post.

My first knitted lace shawl!!!And I lovvvveee it!!!Made this as a part of a KAL in Ravelry. So glad I did. I got this yarn as an RAK in Ravelry. Its Rowan Felted Tweed. I never thought it would look so good. It has a very nice drape to it and is very light.

I started making this on June 13th. Had to frog the initial 2 to 3 leaves so many times. But after that it was smooth sailing till I started the straight section. There was a bit of confusion as to how many leaves I needed to make to acquire the width I wanted for the shawl. At this time had to frog 2 to 3 leaves again to go back and do a few more increases. But then all went well after that. Got a bit bored with the straight section though. Was going really slow at that time. Once decreasing started it took me hardly two days. Have made 11 leaves in the increasing, 11 in the straight and 11 in the decreasing section

I have never blocked wool. But a friend in Ravelry helped me and told its the easiest to block. And since I did not know it would stay exactly as we block it, I ended up with a few points on the top part. hehehe. Spraying some water and reblocking solved the problem. Me happpppy and can't wait for winter to come.

I Won Yarn!!!

We have a wonderful knitting group in the UAE. Its called U-Knitted Amiras. ('Amira' means Princess in Arabic). So I have been trying to attend the Dubai and Abu Dhabi meetings whenever I can. But never took a camera with me. Yeah!!lazy me. But will try to borrow pictures from other members and post later. So there was this World Wide Knit in Public Day event in Dubai (last month) that I attended and I won yarn in a lucky draw. Yippeeee!!!The yarn is Dubai Knits(hand dyed yarn by a member of Amiras, Jocelyn). She has an amazing collection of yarn in gorgeous colours!!! I wanted to blog about this when I had the yarn with me, so that I could post pictures. Here it is!!
Its 50% silk, 50% merino.
More news on the knitting front!!I have finished knitting my first lace shawl. Pictures after blocking.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Zippered Pouch

Have I become addicted to sewing? Think so. Okay presenting my first ever sewing project that has a zipper. I was scared of it. But now I know its not that scary.

It started like this. I have made a knitted pouch and tried to add a lining with a zipper to it yesterday. But half way through I realise that the zipper is smaller in size. So I decided to make this pouch. I have used the same fabric for the lining.

I love it and will be making more of these.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Luggage Tags

Since we will be travelling this month and since I always get confused while trying to spot my luggage on the conveyor belt, I made these luggage tags. I went through some tutorials to get an idea. And then made it my own way. So here they are, Ta da...
One has a strawberry applique I made using felt.
The next one has a flower applique.
I think they are extremely cute and handy. What do you think?

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Summer Garden Squares

I had shown you these summer garden squares in one of my previous posts. Pattern here
Have turned them into this.

Iam planning to make more of these and take them with me to India to give as gifts.
But today Iam doing some sewing. Will post about it later. Byeeeee..