Saturday, October 3, 2015


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Happy weekend!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

It's 'Desert in Bloom' baby blanket!

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Thank you so much, ladies, for your participation and your prompt responses. It was a tough competition indeed. I found many of the titles you suggested to be apt for this blanket but unfortunately I could choose only one. 

Sandra of Beautiful Broadwalk is the winner for suggesting the title 'Desert in Bloom'. Congratulations Sandra! I need your email address.

The pattern is now available in all my online stores.

The pattern will be available at a discounted price of $3 in my Craftsy and Ravelry stores until this weekend.

Thank you so much and have a great day!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Help me name the blanket!

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The baby blanket that I was working on for quite a long time is finally over. The pattern is written and photographs taken but I am still not able to come up with an appropriate name for this blanket. Can you help me? If you can think of a suitable title for this baby blanket please leave a comment or you can also email me the title. If I select yours I will in turn let you have the pattern for free. 

Only one title per person please. 

No time limit, open until I get a suitable title.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Cake & Crochet - whole wheat chocolate banana cake recipe

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"Cakes & Crochet" - would have been a lovely name for my blog. I always bake cakes and I always crochet which results in an ever-expanding waistline. For a few days I had tried staying away from baking but now I am back to my old baking self. 

I bake banana and apple cakes frequently. I have even shared the recipes for some of them here, but this is different. I would definitely say this was the best banana cake that I had ever made. It was so light and fluffy for a fruit cake made using whole wheat flour. Okay, I did sneak in a little bit of all purpose flour because I was skeptical of using 100% whole wheat flour. May be next time I'll try the same cake with only whole wheat flour and let you know how it turns out. Now for the recipe ...

Whole wheat chocolate banana cake

Adapted from here


Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
All purpose flour - 1/2 cup
Cocoa powder - 2 tbsp
Butter - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp
Eggs - 3 small 
Ripe bananas -  3 medium, mashed
Cinnamon powder - 1/2 tsp
Yoghurt - 1/2 cup
milk - 1/4 cup
Vanilla - 1 tsp
Baking soda - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp


  • Sieve both flours, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. (I sieved the whole wheat flour first separately because the flour that I had at home was not finely ground)
  • Mash the bananas well. 
  • Cream butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add eggs one at a time followed by vanilla.
  • Now add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and mix gently.
  • Finally fold in yoghurt, milk and the mashed bananas. 
  • Pour into the prepared baking pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes or more. To check if your cake is done insert a toothpick (I use a knife) into the center of the cake and if it comes out clean then your cake is done.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and leave it for 10-15 minutes before removing from the pan.  

The crochet that you are seeing here is my current WIP. 

Have a great day! 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Daisy girl

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I'm very happy to introduce Daisy girl to the world. She is such a sweet little flower child who had been waiting patiently for almost a month for me to introduce her while I had been busy lately with other things. I don't spend as much time in front of the computer as I used to. I haven't been reading blog posts regularly, so please do apologize me for not responding to your comments. I'll catch up on all the missed posts soon. 

The pattern for Daisy girl is now available in all my online shops. However, the pattern is on sale with 30% off only in my ArtFire shop. If you're interested in buying the pattern you can make use of this offer. 

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

crochet triangles wall hanging - free pattern

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Right now I'm going through one of my crochet manic phases. I have plenty of ideas, way too many for me to concentrate on one single item. I still have patterns that I need to complete, yet I want to start new ones. I have to write a free pattern on the textured ripple afghan that I finished long ago but before that I'm working on other free ones. Above all I'm forced to slow down because of a right shoulder and neck pain :(

This is an ethnic and folk-inspired wall hanging which was in my mental to-do list for a quite a long time. This was just a few hours work and I was supposed to complete and post it on Monday but as I said I was jumping from one WIP to another. 

To make this you will need sport weight yarns and size E/3.5 mm hook.  As always I have written the pattern in American terms. 


ch - chain
sts - stitch/stitches
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet (UK - double crochet)
dc - double crochet (UK - treble)
tr- treble crochet (UK - double treble)
2-dc cluster - double crochet 2 stitches together in same stitch
3-dc cluster - double crochet 3 stitches together in same stitch


Triangles - make 3

Round 1: Using red make a magic ring (or) ch 6 and join to form a ring. Into the ring work [3dc-cluster, ch 3, 3dc-cluster, ch 5] 3 times. Break off yarn.
Round 2: Join green in any ch-5 space, **[3dc-cluster, ch 3] 3 times in ch-5 space, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 3** Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times. Join with a sl st to top of 1st cluster. Break off yarn.

Round 3: Join pink in the center cluster of the 3 cluster group, ch 7 (counts as tr + ch 3), 2dc-cluster in same space, **[ch 2, dc in next space] 4 times, ch 2, [2dc-cluster, ch 3, tr, ch 3, 2dc-cluster] in next cluster** Repeat from ** to ** one more time, [ch 2, dc in next space] 4 times, ch 2, 2dc-cluster in the same st where you made ch 7 at the beginning of round, ch 3, join with a sl st to the 4th ch. Break off yarn.

Round 4: Join blue in any tr, ch 5 (counts as dc + ch 2), 3dc-cluster in same st, **[ch 2, 3dc-cluster in next space] 7 times, ch 2, [3dc-cluster, ch 2, dc, ch 2, 3dc-cluster] in next tr** Repeat from ** to ** one more time, [ch 2, 3dc-cluster in next space] 7 times, ch 2, 3dc-cluster in the same st as ch 5 at the beginning of round, ch 2, join with a sl st to 3rd ch. Break off yarn.

Round 5: Join red in the same st, [sc, ch 3, sc] in same st, **[2 sc in next ch-2 space, sc in next cluster] 9 times, 2 sc in next space, [sc, ch 3, sc] in next dc** Repeat from ** to ** one more time, [2 sc in next ch-2 space, sc in next cluster] 9 times, 2 sc in next space, join with a sl st to 1st sc at the beginning of round. Break off yarn.

Joining the triangles

Join red in any ch-3 space, sc in same space, sc in each sc across, sc in last ch-3 space (33 sc), sc in ch-3 space of 2nd motif and work sc in all the sts and sc in last ch-3 space, similarly join the 3rd motif. In total you will be making 99 sc. Turn.


Row 1: Ch 100, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (99 sc). Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across (99 sc). Join blue in last st, ch 4, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, skip next st, 2dc-cluster in the 3rd st, **[ch 1, skip next st, 2dc-cluster] in next st** Repeat from ** to ** across, ch 1, dc in last st. Join red, ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Sc in top of ch 3, **sc in next ch-1 space, sc in next cluster** Repeat from ** to ** across (99 sc). Turn.
Rows 5 and 6: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. Turn.
Row 7: Ch 6, skip next st, sc in next st, st in each st across until last 3 sts, ch 6, sc in last st. Break off yarn and weave in the loose ends.

Joining triangles to the band

Place the first row of the band and top of triangles together with the right side facing each other and crochet the edges together.


Weave in all the loose ends. Embroider some designs on the band and decorate with beads and sequins as desired. Make tassels and attach them to the triangles. You can google the instructions for making tassels. There are plenty of them on the internet. 

I hope you'll enjoy making it. If I had overlooked any errors please let me know so that I can correct them.

If you want the pattern in PDF format you can download it from here.

Have a good day!




Friday, July 31, 2015

A bike trip to Kerala - Part III - Mushrooms and fungi

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Beautiful ones, not so beautiful ones
Tiny ones, large ones
Colourful ones, whites ones

I have never seen so many varieties of mushrooms. Mushrooms always fascinate me. My 10 fingers are more than enough to count the actual number of times I would have seen mushrooms in their natural environment. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw so many varieties on a single day on our short hurried walk to the river. My husband did not share my excitement and so I did not get a chance to hunt for more. I'm sure I would have seen more if we weren't in a hurry to get back home.
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