Saturday, September 13, 2014

Leg warmer - latest pattern

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Thanks for your comments on the scarp yarn rug. It's going to be of great use in winter.  

I don't know what inspired me to come up with the leg warmer pattern all of a sudden. I have a few patterns for kids but not for adults. I just felt like making one, so picked up my hooks and made a pair. I didn't have much trouble choosing the colors too. I have written the pattern for 5 sizes, child to adult, but of course you can customize it to suit any size. The pattern is available in my Etsy, Craftsy and Ravelry stores.


My second project with the scrap yarns is progressing well but I am not that sure about the colors. There is absolutely no coordination of colors, but I'm only expecting to get rid of the scraps. I hope it will look interesting at the end.

Have a nice weekend!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Scrap yarn rug

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Finally here it is! If you are a regular reader you might remember that long ago I started a project to recycle yarns from all my unwanted and never-going-to-be-finished projects. If you are new you can read about it here. The rug is about 35 inches wide and 80" long, weird measurement? yes.


I was hoping to get rid of all the tiny balls of yarns which I would never ever use  as well as a huge pile of unfinished and unwanted projects, but I am still left with the same amount of scraps (or more) that I had at the beginning, almost 2 buckets full. I think with the amount that I have I can make a dozen of these rugs.


The stitch that is used is called the moss stitch, a very easy stitch and an interesting one too. I never got bored, mainly because I was changing colors for every row and it was fun to watch a just-frogged item blend into colourful rows. Right from the beginning I knew I was not going to weave in the ends. Each and every row has 2 ends to weave in. It was impossible. I just cut long stripes of fabric and sewed them around the edges with the numerous loose ends tucked into the fabric. Easy!
  So now that I have another huge pile to be rid of I have already started my next project. This time it's going to be a ripple but with an interesting texture.


You can expect a pattern soon.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Whole wheat chocolate pancakes

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It really surprises me that I had never ever considered making pancakes at home until recently. Maybe it's because I had always considered pancakes to be the sweet version of dosa that we often make for breakfast at home.


Anyway one day last week I was up early in the morning and pondering what to pack for the kid's lunch. I was bored of packing the usual stuff and wanted to try something different, that's when I thought of pancakes. I searched a few recipes in the internet and found that the basic ingredients are flour, egg, milk, sugar and little butter. To make it healthier I decided to use whole wheat flour and to make it tastier I added cocoa powder.  The procedure was easy but I was unsure about the taste. I was expecting a chewy, sweet version of our wheat dosa (not very appealing) but when I took the first bite I was really surprised. It was so soft and fluffy and the taste was marvelous. My son loved it. This Sunday our breakfast was whole wheat chocolate pancakes and all of us loved it. First time when I made for my son I served the pancakes with Hershey's chocolate syrup but the second time I made chocolate sauce at home, it was thinner but I felt it tasted better.

Here is the recipe if you are interested.


Whole wheat chocolate pancake recipe
Makes about 6 pancakes

Ingredients:
Whole wheat flour - About 1 cup
Milk - 1/2 to 3/4 cup
Egg - 1
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Butter - 1 tbsp melted
Cocoa powder - 2 tbsp
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
A pinch of salt

Method:
Sieve together flour, baking soda and salt. Add sugar and the wet ingredients and whisk together. If you feel the batter is too thick you can add more milk but don't make it too runny. Heat a griddle or skillet, lightly grease with oil or butter and pour a ladle full of batter. Do not spread much, it should be thick. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface, flip and cook on the other side. Pour some chocolate sauce over and serve. It tastes good even without the chocolate sauce.

To make a quick chocolate sauce take equal quantities of cocoa powder, sugar and water. Mix them together and allow to simmer on the stove until it thickens slightly. You can add vanilla for flavoring.


If you haven't made this version of pancakes you should give this recipe a try. I'm sure you'll like it. 

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. 
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