Sunday, 9 July 2017

This and that!

Well I'm back again after a few months. I was busy preparing for interviews. Preparing for technical interviews always requires some prep work even though you have been working on technical stuff everyday. I'm happy to tell you all that I cleared the interview and have started work as well. I like my new workplace a lot. The commute is slightly longer than my previous job, but I'm getting used to it. With all this going on , my blog always seems to take a backseat. :-(

We had a couple of days off before I started work at my new place and we visited Banff in Alberta, Canada. It is the most picturesque place on earth. If you have been there , then you will agree with me.

It has a lot of lakes which are surrounded by mountains and each of those lakes are spectacularly blue in color.

This was Lake Emerald in Yoho National Park in British Columbia, which totally lived up to it's name. This is at the border of British Columbia and Alberta.

This is a breathtaking view of a reservoir near Grassy Lakes. We had to hike a few miles to the top for this viewpoint which was totally worth it. :-)


Since we went in May, a few lakes had not melted completely. This is a panoramic view of Peyto Lake.  I can totally imagine the blue/green colour it will have once it melts.


We got lucky to come across some wildlife as well on our way to Lake Minnewanka and Lake Johnson. 



After resuming work, I have been crocheting a bit in the evenings and on weekends. I don't have any big projects to show but just mini ones :-)
Inspired by the beautiful weather outside, I made this colorful cacti.







I've kept one of the cacti on my desk at work.


Of late, I've been watching many Korean TV Series and cooking Korean food. 
I'm currently hooked to this drama called Defendant .
Last time I made a vegan version of doenjang jjigae (Korean soybean paste stew)

A couple of weeks ago, I got inspired by a Korean rice dish called Bibimbap (which means mixed-rice in Korean) and made a vegan version of it too. :-) 
It basically has white rice with lots of vegetables and a spicy sauce made with red chili paste. 
Living in Vancouver which has a large Asian population, I usually don't have any problems finding any ingredients like soybean paste, red chili paste and red chili flakes. :-)


A lot of vegetables go into this dish and it's very tasty and wholesome too.


How is the weather in your city? I hope you are having a great day/night on your side of the world!
I promise to try to post more regularly. :-)
-Ranjitha

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Tangerine!!

Hi there,

It's a rainy Sunday afternoon for us here and I'm happy to have found time to write this post.

My latest project has been a crochet amigurumi monkey. When I found this pattern , I instantly fell in love with the cute faces those monkeys had and decided to make one.

I was so busy crocheting and eager to finish it that I forgot to take photos of all the parts.
Here are some of the in-progress pics.

The ears of this monkey are large and layered, but the pattern also has smaller ones if you want to try those. 


The muzzle looks so cute, I might make another just for the muzzle 😂



I was initially contemplating adding eye patches but eventually decided against it.
I used an alternate version of a french knot to make the eyes.



All done!! :-)


The monkey stands upright with the help of it's tail as I added chenille stems inside the tail instead of stuffing it. I loved this idea :-)





Tangerine will very soon find a new home and will be loved by my niece :-)


It was a quick and fun project :-) If I find time , then I might make another in a different colour.
How is your weekend going? I hope to find more time for crochet in the coming weeks and can't wait for spring to be here. 
Rain , rain go away!!

Till I post again,
Ranjitha