Sunday, 22 December 2013

Crochet Doily Clock

Hi friends,
       How's the weather at your place ? It has been snowing continuously the past week. I like to watch the falling snow, from my living room window. (It was snowing when I started to write this post but was not able to post it. :-P It is not snowing now, but something worse(freezing rain) )

Having started work I miss those days when I used to crochet all day and munch on some snack and watch Jane Austen movies. But the feeling was not the same then. (the grass is always greener on the other side ehhh ??? ;-) )

I haven't dared to start any big (fairly big also) project as I knew I wouldn't be able to complete it soon.
I had crocheted this doily a while back and I didn't know what to use it for.



That's when I came across this post by Matt from accordingtomatt. And hence my crochet doily clock was born. :-)
I had to visit the Michaels store to get the clock mechanism. You can also get it here at Amazon.

I didn't have a base for my clock as it was not available at Michaels and I decided to use a cork trivet as the base. I have seen wooden planks or boxes being used as the base, but I did not have a power drill to drill a hole in the plank. A card board would not be stiff enough for the clock to stand. Hence the nearest match was a cork trivet. :-)

Make a hole at the centre of the trivet to fix the clock. And just place your doily and the clock hands in place. DONE!!!


Its super quick and easy and within minutes your clock is ready(ofcourse you should have a crocheted doily )

And my TaDaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!! moment :-)


I preferred to keep the trivet uncovered. It gives the clock a more natural look. I was so happy with the way it turned out that I made another clock. :-)

But this time the doily was of pale blue colour and I even blocked it (do you see the ruffles in the beige doily??? )

The pattern for this doily can be found here.



Isn't it cool???
My mum and sis initially thought it was just a show piece and they were quite surprised to see the clock actually tick :-) That's because, the clock mechanism is not easily available in Bangalore(or at least I'm not aware of a store which sells one) and DIY clocks are quite rare.
The blue one is already wanted by my sister :-)

Its been a while since I posted anything about my experiments in the kitchen.
I recently tried an Indian sweet. Ohh have I ever mentioned in any of my previous posts that my husband has a sweet tooth?? :-)
During our visits to Belgaum(my husband's home town) my mother in law used to make a lot of sweets. Every day would start with a new sweet. I'm sure he misses the laddus, the halwas, the kheers and the jamuns(sweet dumplings made with milk and flour) she used to make. And not to forget the "Mandagi(also called Mandige)" which was packed for us to carry back to Bangalore.
Its been long since he had any of them , so I made "Besan laddu" for him. Its an Indian sweet made with gram flour and dry fruits roasted in clarified butter.
Quite a few laddus disappeared while I was making them. Not surprising at alllll.......



A "********* M*E*R*R*Y  C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S *********" to all my readers who celebrate this festival. Its good to see the city all lit up with colourful lights in this grayish and chilly winter :-)
What are you crocheting these days ? 
The scarves and beanies I'd made are being put to full use :-)

Till I post again!!
Ranjitha