Thursday, August 28, 2014

Animal appliques

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Just a quick post to introduce you to these cute critters, the patterns of which are available in my shops now. I made them about a month or so ago but due to the surgery listing them in the shops got delayed. I enjoyed creating them and if not for the surgery I would have made many more. These patterns are now available in my Etsy, Craftsy and Ravelry stores.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Pretty little flowers - free pattern

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First of all a big thank you to all of you who wished me well in my last post. The healing process certainly is going to be a lengthy one. Even after 2 weeks of daily dressing changes the wound doesn't show any sign of closing and I am having sleepless nights with my head filled with all sorts of questions. Will it ever heal at all, even if it does will it be proper? What if it gets infected? Do I need more sutures to close it? 
I'll be seeing the doctor next week. I hope I don't go crazy before that.


I want to rest my arms as much as possible. Too much movement sometimes hurts my back though I'm pain-free most of the time. So just to keep my crochet appetite whetted I chose to make something small and simple.

  
Since it was very easy I decided to write out the pattern as well.  Thus today I managed to keep myself busy crocheting, photographing and creating this post. 


  I used fingering weight yarn and size 2.00 mm hook. I have written the pattern using American terms. 

Pretty little flower
Round 1: Ch 5 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.
Round 2: Ch 1, and make 10 sc into ring. Join with a slip stitch to the first sc.
Round 3: Ch 3, skip next stitch and sc in next stitch, [ch 3, skip next stitch and sc in next stitch] 4 times. 
Round 4: In each loop make [sc, ch 2, (dc, ch 2) 5 times, sc]. 

Stem
If you want your flowers to have stems, join green in any sc between 2 petals and ch 10 or more if you want a longer stem, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in rest of the chains. Join with a sl st to the sc where you joined the yarn and break off yarn. 

Pretty little leaves 
Using green, ch 9, sc in 2nd and 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next 4 ch, 5 dc in last ch, dc in next 4 ch on the other side, hdc in next ch, sc in next 2 ch, join with a slip stitch to next stitch and break off yarn. Weave in all the loose ends.

Your flowers are ready. You can take a bunch of them and tie the stems together using a small piece of yarn. 



I hope you enjoyed the pattern. 


I have been trying to visit all your blogs and catch up on all the missed posts. 

Have a nice weekend!

PS: Sabrina of Yarn ism, I have been visiting your blog but I am not able to comment on your posts because I don't have a Google plus public profile. So please don't think I'm being rude.  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Recovering...

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Hi, how was your weekend? We are enjoying an extended weekend due to holidays on Friday and Monday. Before talking about what I had been doing all these days I would like to thank you for your lovely comments on my tapestry pincushion. Also, thanks for letting me know that this type of pattern is called Bargello. Please excuse me if I haven't visited you in ages, I have my reason.


I was planning to do more tapestry crochet using complicated patterns (you can find many beautiful charts on pinterest) but I had to put away my hooks and yarns for a while due to a minor surgery. I was having this sebaceous cyst on my upper back between the shoulders which started out as a harmless tiny cyst which I had been having for many, many years. It once got inflamed and I got it drained about 10 years ago. I didn't have it for a year or two, then again it appeared. It remained the size of a pea for many years but lately it started to grow. I knew I had to get it removed but I was putting it off. Finally this time my husband dragged me to the hospital and got the surgery done on the 1st of this month. It was a huge cyst, larger than the size of a golf ball. They sent me back with a huge bandage covering the entire upper back. For 10 days I had to stay that way and it was very uncomfortable. Now I have to go everyday to the hospital for getting the wound dressed. I am left with a ghastly, gaping wound (it's like a pit) on my back and I don't know how long it's going to take to heal. If I had known earlier I don't think I would have ever undergone this surgery.

Anyway it's over and I don't have much pain now. I picked my hook yesterday. I wanted to do something, something small for instant gratification. I was in the process of writing some applique patterns for the shop but everything is now put on hold. Maybe I'll just try to finish those. I'll stay away from any big projects for a few more days.


My scrap yarn rug is waiting to be photographed. I think I'll try to get it done today or tomorrow so that I can show it to you in my next post.



Have a great week!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pincushion - Tapestry crochet

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I had wanted to try tapestry crochet for a very long time but wasn't able to come up with a suitable project. I didn't want to try it on anything big like a cushion cover or a bag. I did make a case for my mobile phone sometime back but I wasn't pleased with the result. However, I lost the phone soon after that and there was no use for the cover.


Tapestry crochet was forgotten for some time until I suddenly realized that I didn't have a pincushion. So finally I got something to try my new technique on. After browsing through plenty of charts and patterns on pinterest I settled on a simple chevron pattern. 


Though the technique is not a difficult one I found it a bit cumbersome with the yarns getting tangled up. Anyway I am very pleased with the result.


This is how the pincushion looks at the back. Oh! I forgot to tell you, the blanket that you see in the photos is the one that I am working on currently. Hope I'll finish it soon. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I made a doily

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Usually when I travel I don't take my yarns along but instead I take my doily threads and smaller size crochet hooks with me because they occupy less space. I take a print out of one or two doily patterns and that is enough for me to keep myself in touch with crochet during a month long vacation.


The thread is from my stash which I have been having since God-knows-when. I got the pattern from www.liveinternet.ru but I don't have the direct link to the pattern. 


Did you notice the new watermark? I am thinking of making some slight changes to the blog like changing the header, fonts and such. I'll do it slowly, one at a time.



How is your week going? I am working on some patterns for the shop. I have so much to share with you. Do you remember the scrap yarn rug that I started about a year ago? Well, it's completed! I am waiting for an opportunity to photograph it. It's so hot here and it's driving me crazy. I just don't feel like doing anything. I tried to work on a baby blanket which was started and abandoned about a couple of months ago, but without much success. I will post photos of it someday. Until then, have fun and enjoy the rest of your week!     

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ruffles blanket

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This adorable photo was sent by Laura Finer from Texas. Love this photo! The baby is such an angel and the photography is great but above all do you know what makes this very special to me? It's my pattern! Do you remember my ruffles baby blanket? I had designed it with just 3 soft colors. Laura has created a more vivid and brilliant version of the blanket. It looks gorgeous, don't you agree?

You can purchase the pattern from here, here or here.   
Thanks Laura, it was very thoughtful of you to share your beautiful work with me. I feel so elated to know that something that I designed had been of some use to someone somewhere far away from my part of the world. I wish more of my buyers were like Laura. So if any of you make something using my patterns, free or purchased, please do consider sharing it with me. I would love to see your work. I would love to see what all colours you have used, what variations/improvements you have made and how lovely it looks.

After a hectic week of helping with my kid's school projects I am now able to relax a bit. I am waiting to pick up my yarn and hook again and give the creative part of my brain some work which is already showing signs of rust.    

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Snippets from vacation

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Amongst the clouds...


At a village ...


     
A village cemetery...


                  
My parents' garden ...




Have a happy weekend!
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