Thursday, 21 November 2013

Welcoming Winter with Woolly Warmth !!!

I have broken the record for having disappeared for the longest period and now for having come back with a new post so soon. But I guess the latter is anytime better :-)

Winter is fast approaching. The beautiful tree in front of our house with lush green leaves has gone bare. Feels like its gone into hibernation ;-)  My NIA class yesterday was also on how to stay active and yet conserve energy during winter. Wondering what Nia is ? :-) Its a fitness program which includes dance and martial arts practised with music in the background. It does make me feel calm and fit after an hour of workout :-)
The clock has already gone back an hour and it gets dark by 5 in the evening. Quite depressing as it gets, crochet comes to my rescue.

Crochet and winter go together so well. Making beanies and scarves for myself and my husband has been so much fun.

These are for me!!! Isn't the cap cute ???  errrr!!! elegant ???  ;-)


The scarf pattern is the same I used for THIS post. I'm wondering if I should add fringes to it. According to my husband, the cap looks quite funny(as most of you would agree) with all the pom-poms and this being the reason, he's not letting me add one to his :-P ;-)



My husband has always been asking for a sweater but poor guy he's been getting only bookmarks so far. Hehe!!! ;-) I've only made baby size sweaters before. Whenever I'm working on a fairly big project , I have many small projects going on simultaneously to treat myself to some instant happiness and satisfaction. :-P  I guess I need to take the plunge very soon.
For now he will have to make do with readymade sweaters and handmade beanies and scarves :-) 

So here they are......


This is my first ever knitted project. Its a simple ribbed stitch beanie :-)

Here comes the second. I think this is the best of all.


The beanie is made using basket weave pattern which makes it very thick and warm. Anybody interested in using this beautiful stitch for a beanie can find the tutorial HERE. I have customized it(a bit) though.



This has a knitted scarf to be paired with it. As I'm new to knitting(just my second project), I chose to keep it simple and decided on THIS simple pattern. I'm very much pleased with the way it's turned out :-) (pat on the back!!!!)



This black beanie is again for my husband. I know the picture quality is terrible :-( The light was bad when I clicked this. This is made in rounds using HDC and an FPDC border. I've made a longer foldable border to make it warmer. 
Which of these do you like the most ? Would love to read your comments and suggestions..



Good enough to keep us warm in this harsh Canadian winter? Only time will tell :-)

Till I post again!!
Happy Crafting!!
Ranjitha

Thursday, 7 November 2013

A little bit of Crochet and something new!!!

Hi Firends,
      It feels so good to be back here and writing a new post.
Its been three months in Toronto now and really feels like yesterday that I was unpacking our bags. Time is just fleeting... I've been quite busy with a school going husband(yes you read it right ;-) ) and trying to learn new things. I've recently joined many groups on FB where extremely talented people have been posting their work. I had been wanting to try my hand at tatting, but lack of time in Bangalore never allowed me to experiment. But I guess this was the right time for tatting and little bit of macrame too :-)

A few motifs and bracelets I tatted :-) You can find their tutorials on youtube. As a beginner I found the instructions very easy to follow.



I made this black bracelet for a cute little girl in the neighbourhood on her birthday :-)




I added some charms to make it more girlie :-) Isn't it cute ? And it even matched the birthday girl's dress :-)




Another in progress :-)  Which of these do you like the most ?




Now coming to the macrame bracelet I made a few days back. Its the simplest one in macrame I guess. I followed a tutorial I found on youtube.


The two strands can be pulled to adjust the size of the bracelet. Black thread and wooden beads make a perfect combination for me :-)

Diwali in Toronto was not a regular evening as we had been to a Diwali party. It was fun get together.
I made this as a part of Diwali CAL(Crochet Along) on a FB group.


A better look at the lotus diya holder :-)
The pattern to this is available HERE.


Hope you had a safe and fun filled Diwali too! :-)
Waiting for comments and suggestions from all my readers.
Till I post again!
Love,
Ranjitha