Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Awesome flower pillow

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Awesome isn't it? I love this pillow. Four squares were sufficient for this 14" square pillow. For the few inches that were lacking I did four rows of granny stitches.

For the back I used a beige colored cloth and stitched buttons for closure.

You can click here for my previous post on flower square for the pattern.

Have a nice day.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Chocolate Donuts

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I love donuts. Few weeks back I made these deeply-fried goodies for my kid and it tasted really good. I found the recipe on the internet and changed it slightly but forgot to note down the changes that I made. So I will provide you the link for the original recipe. You can click here to get it.

Hope you all have a very nice week ahead.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Just Fotos #1

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Lately after starting this blog I have developed a passion towards photography. Initially it was limited only to the stuff relating to my blog but this vacation I just went crazy with my camera. I took lots and lots of pictures and would like to share some of them with you. So I am starting this new category "Just Fotos" to share these lovely photographs with you.

The photos that you see here were taken in Ooty.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Crochet flower square

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The pattern for this square was adapted from Drops Design as well as inspired from a Japanese magazine that I saw in the net but couldn't remember the site. I have used four colors for this square. I love the choice of colors.

I am going to show you step-by-step how to crochet this square.  But before that remember ch = chain, dc = double crochet, sc = single crochet, sl = slip stitch.  Come on, let's get started.

Round 1: Using color A make 4 ch to form a ring.  Make 4 ch to count as 1st dc and ch. *Make 1 dc and 1 ch 7 times into ring. Finally you will have 8 dc in the ring. Join.

 Round 2: Ch 4. 1 dc in same stitch. Ch 1, work (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1) in every dc around. Finally you will have 16 dc in total with 1 ch between each stitch. Join together.

Round 3: Sl st in next space, ch 3 to count as 1st dc, 2 dc together in same space, ch 1. Make a 3dc cluster and ch 1 in every space around (leave the last loop of each stitch on the hook and finally pull them all together. If you don't know how to work a cluster stitch you can do google search and find some video tutorials). You will have 16 clusters with 1 ch in between each cluster. Join with a sl st to the top of 1st cluster. Cut off the yarn and attach a new color B in any space.

Round 4: Ch 3 to count as 1st dc, 2 dc in same space, ch 1, work 3 dc and ch 1 in every 1-ch space around.  Join. Cut off yarn.

 Round 5: Join next color C in any ch space and ch 3, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next 1-ch space, ch 3, sc in next ch space, ch 3, (sc, ch 7, sc) in next ch space, ch 3, sc in next ch space.* Repeat from * to * around finishing with sc worked into the space where the yarn was joined.

Round 6: Using the same color ch 1 and sc in same stitch. *skip the next 3ch-space, (4 dc, 1 ch, 4 dc) into next 3-ch space, skip the next 3-ch space, sc in next sc, skip the next 3ch-space, (6 dc, 2 ch, 6 dc) into next 7-ch loop, skip next 3-ch space, sc in next sc.* Repeat from * to * around. Cut off yarn.

Round 7: Join color D in the same stitch where you ended the previous round. Ch 6 (considered dc and ch 3), *sc in 1 ch-space between 8 dc, ch 3, dc in next sc, ch 5, (sc, ch 3, sc) in 2-ch space between 12 dc, chain 5, 1 dc in next sc, ch 3.* Repeat from * to * ending with ch 5 which will be joined with a sl st to the 3rd ch at the beginning of round.

Round 8: Ch 3, *3 dc in next 3ch-space, 3 dc in next 3ch-space, dc in next dc, 5 dc in 5-ch space, (3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc) in corner loop, 5 dc in next 5-ch space, dc in next dc*. Repeat from * to * and join with a sl st to the top of ch 3. (24 dc in each side)

Round 9: Ch 3, *dc in each dc till end of row, (dc, ch 1, dc) in corner space* Repeat from * to * around. Join and cut off yarn. Weave in the loose ends.

Now, what am I going to do with these squares once I finish them? Guess!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Back after a break with an interesting photo

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Wow, there are no words to descibe how happy I feel to be back on the blog. First of all a warm welcome to all my new followers and also a big Thank You for all the lovely comments. Had a lovely vacation. I visited so many places, met so many people, took so many photos and also made so many doilies. All together it was a lovely vacation but still I missed blogland a lot.

Lately I am having a lot of issues with intenet. I just can't understand why it hates me a lot when I love it so much. We didn't have internet connnection at home from the beginning of last month due to some fault in the cable and the problem has still not been addressed and I am using the data card of a friend's to post this.

It might be hard to believe but I had been completely out of touch with internet during my vacation too. My in-laws don't have a computer and my dad's laptop did not have internet. Actually there was internet until the day we reached my parents's place, but this time the laptop didn't like me (or rather my son who is a game addict) and "boom!" it crashed the very next day. So poor me was left without intenet for the rest of my stay at my parents' place. So here I am finally after a month-long hibernation. OK, I will stop my prattle here and come to the point.

I wanted to show you all this very interesting photograph that I took in a temple in south India, south Tamil Nadu to be precise. Have a look at this picture and you can see a white round in it.

See a close up shot of the round.

Even more closer

Isn't that spooky? Now I will make one thing clear. I don't believe in spirits, either good or bad. So thinking that this is a divine being or a ghost that materialized in front of my camera lens sounds silly to me. I have read that such rounds are orbs and that they are actually some form of energy which become visible sometimes through a camera lens but that is pretty hard for me to believe. I did some google search now and read that they are probably dust particles or small insects that get reflected and appear as white spots. If it is a small spot I can agree, but come on, such a huge dust particle? No I can't agree. So what is it? Can you see there are some lines seen around the edge?

This is giving me sleepless nights. You know, sometimes I even get spooked to go to the loo in the dark. I have to get it out of my mind. So I hope you will come forward with some findings to ease my mind and most importantly I hope they are scientific because I don't want to start believing that ghosts exists in this world (You know, I am a brave girl). Even though you say that this is a positive form of energy since it is seen inside the temple, it means that there are negative forms of energy as well which might be lurking in the dark corners on the way to the loo. Ohhhh! the thought gives me goosebumps.

Oh, I have forgotten to show you the picture that was taken immediately after that one. This picture does not have any round being and looks absolutely fine, so you can see that there was no problem with my lens.

Interesting na?

Hey, please don't think I put that round thing there. I have not yet become that tech savvy (Is the spelling right?) Only recently I have learnt to take fairly good pictures. So I promise that was not made by me. Anyway I hope someone will give me a believeable explanation for that round to be present there so that I can soon push it to the back of my mind.

One more thing, Josie of Handmade by Knottygal has considered me creative enough to pass on this award to me.

Thanks a lot Josie. This is my first. It seems that I will have to say a few things personally about myself. I have already said a lot in the "Who am I" page. There is not much to add to it. Anyway here are a few things.

I am a very positive person.

I am a very easy going person. I simply can't take my life seriously. I live for the present.

I love chocolates, I love it to the point that I would even gobble up my son's share (of course, without his knowledge).

Only recently I discovered my passion for photography.

I am not much of a fruit lover. I can eat any vegetable but not fruits. It is not the taste that I hate but all the work that has to be done before putting a piece into your mouth like peeling, deseeding, etc. You know, I am too lazy for that. But I like bananas. They are easy to peel.

I don't like movies. I watch very few movies, only those that I think would hold my interest.

I have been living in Delhi for the past 8 years but I can't speak hindi. Shame on me.

That is enough. I think I have to pass it on to others but sorry I am not going to do that. If you ask me, I would say I love all the blogs that I follow and I would have to pass it on to each and every one of them. I simply can't choose. So I am not doing that. I think it is okay.

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