Friday, 29 November 2013

Snowflake bed runner and Cushions

I don't remember the last time i did some sewing other than hemming the edges. I avoided reaching towards the sewing machine with the baby and slowly there came a serious sewing-phobia. I wanted to do some, but the sight of the machine-ruler-cutter, the fear arises and i slowly change my plans and happily go to other room with my hook and thread. yes, there was some phobia.

Seeing beautiful projects around, i wanted to overcome my fear towards it and then Nima posted this tutorial for an easy runner. Luckily she made the runner with this beautiful snowflake printed fabric i gifted and i have the same with me too, otherwise i would have wasted another month searching for the right fabric and eventually dropping the whole plan. yeah that happens quite often for me :P

So I decided to the runner, started to cut the fabric, the baby woke up, put it there for some more days and finally done with the sewing after scrolling up n down the tutorial umpteen times.(Nima was asking me whether her tutorial was difficult when i said this, No Nima, its my difficulty I'm overcoming.) I cannot tell the happiness when i was done with it. Thanks that technology is so advanced that we can share the pics on a click so that i could share my happiness.

After a few days again an idea blinked , to put this as bed runner for the plain biscuit coloured bed sheet for our guest bed room. I bought this bed sheet thinking of an off-white colour but after coming back home i realised it was not the one i wanted. Sitting in the cup board for more than a year now, it also now put to use.

So i made another runner, that was done very fast and then later that evening i did the cushions.The cushions is not the perfect finish, but not entirely a flop one also.. Its two pieces joined together with zip at one end. The lil one was with me on my lap when i was finishing these with good concentration.. She still says "haaaaiiii" on the sight of these beauties. What more could I ask for???

And i took some extra time for the pics for an extra dose of happiness, and very pleased to see these beauties in a different way.

So if you want to sew an easy runner with mitered corners, please check this tutorial, this is one of the best picture tutorial that came across my path. And she has a neat tutorial for reverisble runner too if you want. Check it out.

See you soon
Take care
Ninu

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Christmas Garden Doily.

 hello everyone,
How you all doing? started preps to welcome baby Jesus? We have and its going in a slow pace. This year I'm focusing more on our own home decor than gifting.I realised the fact that our home doesn't have much of my handmades and made up my mind to make for our home first and then gifting. I really really hope I get time for everything.
And this is my second doily for the season, my festive Christmas garden, a beautiful pattern and a beautiful doily, yes, I am saying it myself.. I love the outcome..
I still remember the beautiful doily made by a friend on the Ravelry meet and how I loaded questions to her about the pattern. A few days later she had to sent me a mail asking for my address that she had an extra copy of the book. Happy me!  After getting the book i attempted this pattern a few times, but it was not getting right.
I left it then n there and dint ask anyone about it until recently i saw the doily on Nima's page. She was also going through the same mistake. The overconfident me dint notice the ' fasten off' in between the rounds.

After she pointed out the mistake i decided to make it in red and green and was waiting for the right time to start off. Once i started it was growing beautifully and big.I was a lil doubtful that it would be too much of red, that it grew larger than i expected it to be. But the green edging made it look pretty i think.
Anyway I am really happy with this attempt and totally loved this doily.Such a beautiful pattern and moves really fast. I was playing with my camera after a long time and loved how pictures came out.. still a lot more, but there is a limit of showing off!! right??


Project Details.
Pattern : Pineapple Garden from the book Pineapple Doilies by Leisure Arts.
Hook: 1.5mm steel hook
Thread: Anchor Mercerised Crochet cotton size 20.
Size:  26 x 14.5 inches

Until next time
Have fun and Take care 
Ninu

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Christmas Amaryllis Doily to start off

Hi all,
So that time of the year comes, where we see those specific colours everywhere ,and in blogosphere now  whichever blog I check has something to do with Red, green n white. I've also started some preparations and this is my first finish for this season. The Red Amaryllis Doily.

Free-Patterns.com was my on-the-go website until I discovered Ravelry.Some nostalgia brought me back there and I found this pretty doily when I searched for Christmas patterns.I loved the design and start off immediately.

The pattern is lovely except that its missing a lovely edging, but after its blocked you wont notice it at all. Blocking really gives the neat finish to every doily. This is how I pinned it on the blocking board after soaking in water with a lil bit of starch.

I loved it totally and happy with the final finish, very delicate,sharp n' lacy and this one I am keeping for myself. Gearing up for some more Christmas creations and will be back here soon.

Project Details:
Pattern: Christmas Amaryllis Doily
Hook: 1.5mm steel hook
Thread: Anchor Red heart size 20.
Size: 12 inches point to point.

Until next time
Take Care
Ninu

Monday, 14 October 2013

My pretty Doilies

Hello everyone,
How you'll doing? Its true, I cannot update this space properly. Past few weeks I dint even try it also, I feel guilty when I still get comments for some old posts here.Fact is I am more than happy with my facebook page which I can manage somewhat effortlessly. But somewhere within me I regret  when i neglect this space which kept me going once. So I am back here showing off some of my Pretty Doilies.


Craft wise I am fully active and now I focus on my thread-crochet especially doilies.Making doilies never tire me.  I am hooked to this book 'My crochet Laces' by Yoko Suzuki(which was a gift by my SIL). I love almost every patterns in this book, it has got many many pretty pretty filet crochet patterns which I am yet to try. I started with some doilies which I loved totally. Let the pictures speak.
 Another thing I loved here is all the patterns are in diagrams and there is a brief written bit too. Crocheting with diagrams was always Greek to me, here I had this written pattern to clear my doubts and now I changed to other side, I think in written pattern simple things can become complex. :P
 This particular pattern which was my first choice among doilies, I already made this in red and white too. A

 I love the oval centre here.These doilies are good in size too, it all come up to16-17 inches in size.
 These patterns I rate  between easy- intermediate range.
I recommend this book if you love thread crochet. I already posted these pics on my facebook page, so some of you are familiar with these. Others,  please do write what you think about these pretty things.
til next time
Take care
Ninu

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Chevron Blankie

Hello everyone,
How are you all today?  I am glad that I am back here in a weeks time n' I ve started reading n checking out my favourite blogs too. Glad that Internet is working proper these days. My lil girl is turning one next month, I cant believe it though. But its nice and fun when they start to respond, she started saying small words,explore and inspect everything around home ,we play a lot ,we go out almost everyday in the evening to a nearby park ,grab some fresh air, play a little and she will be all tired reaching home.♥ ing life!!
After making blankets for friends' babies, I wanted to make one for my dear too. I had some other patterns in mind until I saw this. Sadly I havent mastered knitting yet, I am trying but. Hope I start to knit before this year ends. I loved large chevrons and found similar pattern in crochet, the colours used there is amazing too.
Immediately I start this blanket, I had this yarn which I am not that fond of. I bought it for another purpose, but it splits heavily and its difficult when there's a lot of cut n join. The good thing is its incredibly soft n colours are lovely and perfect for this project.The pattern is very easy, I loved the finish, its smooth, soft and pastel.

Now that I am not scared of large projects, I want to make large throw/playmat for her. As usual, confused about pattern , colours and yarn.
Project Details:
Pattern: Large Stripe Chevron Blanket
Yarn: Nako Saten
Hook: 4mm
Size:30 x 32 inches.

I have made another tab here 'Free crochet patterns' compiling all the free patterns I did, check it out and do write in, I love hearing from you.
Till next time
Take care
Ninu
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Monday, 19 August 2013

Double side potholders

 Happy Monday!
Splash of colours to brighten up the blog which looks so dry, dull and unattended.These are some double side potholders/hot pads which definitely going to give some brightness to home.
 I wanted to make some potholders,thts in my list for long time, some to adorn the kitchen wall and some for the real use..And there were some cotton yarn leftovers too. And I chose lemony colours first,loved the outcome and made another  reversing colours.Then came the idea of joining two(these were meant for the 'useful' category) so that I dont need any backing/lining n could roughly weave the yarn ends.So I removed the final sc's round and did it again by holding the two rounds back to back.you got it right ??
And I tried some more colour combos. you cannot stop at one!!.I loved trying diff colours,oh I love it love it and love it!!.Next pic is the reverse side of these.This definitely falls into instant gratification project.

Project Details:
Pattern: from my head
Yarn: Laura Knitting Cotton
Hook: 4mm

I have some more plans for home-decor.Crochet being the only craft I do these days with the baby around,I think the many things in the list stay there itself for some more time. But some more crochet finishes are coming up.Watch out please!
Till Next time
Take care
Ninu
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Thursday, 25 July 2013

Ocean Blue Ripples

Again another Ripple Blanket,its for a baby boy. I love this pattern, to be frank I love chevron and its variations. This blanket is for our neighbour's baby, my little girl's friend .Started this blanket soon after he was born, now its ready after he is 6 months old.
I had plenty of blue yarn in my stash, so for the boy baby, there was no confusion in selecting the colour.Its made in the same manner as the Green Blanket. These are good stash busting projects. I am not buying any new yarn now, using up whatever is there in my stash.

Project Details
Pattern: Neat Ripple Pattern
Yarn: Vardhman Babysoft
Hook: 4mm
Size 26" x 35" inches

My hands are itching to start another blanket for my little girl. I hope I finalise the pattern soon and of course colours. So many things to do and so little time, I am trying to make the best use of it.

Till Next time
Take Care
 Ninu
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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Hoop Frame- Baby Angel

I made a few pretty things for my baby when I was pregnant,most of them still haven't made an appearance here and this is one among them. I love Hoop Frames, I think its simple, easy to make and has a beauty of its own.

I wanted to make a pillow for her with angels in red work, but I was put on bed rest when everything was ready. Sewing machine was out of reach by then. That time while turning pages of the CrossStitcher magazine I saw some pictures of hoop frames and it was hung with ribbon. I loved that fashion and decide to make one similar. When Doctor allowed me  I took  hoop,needle n' thread and embroidered this cute lil angle playing violin.I totally love this, with the ribbon tie, it has got some glamour too..The baby angel to watch over her!
Pattern: Angel violin
Hoop is from Pony
We were enjoying some rainy monsoon-y days in Kerala last week and now back here in Bangalore. There's so much happening in my craft room now and soon shall be posting about it if my lil angel allows me to sit in front of the comp and Internet is break free. Happy crafting!
Take care
Ninu

Friday, 28 June 2013

Neat Ripple

Hi everyone,
How you all doing? My week was great,Little miss is active now, she started to move around, stands with support and speaks in her own language like 'Gleba'(F.R.I.E.N.D.S) LOL.I found time n mind to clean up my crafty space and its neat n tidy now n' I feel good about myself.   Do you remember me saying about the Neat Ripple Blanket for a friend's baby? no..yes..no?? forget it..well, if you follow my facebook page then this picture would be familiar to you. I post more pictures there these days.
This Ripple baby blanket was made for my friend's baby months ago. this was one of the first projects after coming to Bangalore. I wanted to give a handmade for the baby and I had a good collection of babysoft yarn. So a crochet blanket was the right option that time.I wanted to try this pattern, n' chose neutral colours. The pattern is easy to follow n remember. I crocheted whenever I got time, this project was kept easily accessible.I gave a single crochet edging,I dint want to do lavish edging n' by that  time I got a feeling tht baby waiting for this to get completed for her arrival, funny right?? more funnier thing is  I got the message on the her arrival that evening after I wrapped up this project. yeah, strange but true.
Me being lazy, forgot to take the pic of this blanket opened, so I asked the new Mamma to take whenever she could. She sent me the pictures last week.She loved this blanket and I am happy and content myself.

Project Details:
Pattern: Neat Ripple Pattern
Yarn: Vardhman Babysoft
Hook: 4mm
Before leaving let me show you the beautiful thing I am working on right now.
I loved making these pretty things and more about that in the next post.
Take care 
Ninu

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Something Pretty

I am making something pretty..
 .. and the flowers are quite addictive that I am makinf


Monday, 24 June 2013

Pretty and Motifated

Happy Monday everyone! I am feeling so refreshed and new today after some long fever-ish days.Yes, the whole family had their turns fighting with the virus and baby n myself had two rounds. Last two weeks were really horrible. Feel good today, moreover seeing the baby moving around normally like before makes me happy. 
And there is a beautiful finish to show you all. The motifs I showed you last time turned into a cushion cover, a pretty one.I omitted the squares with yellow and  the colours I find very soothing. Like I said before I have no clue what was my intention, it was there in my WIP box..Have to thank Swapna for the CAL on motifs-Motifated, so that I remembered of these.

I joined the squares and attached to a plain cushion cover. Finally my sewing machine also on use now.  I haven't figured out the pattern yet, if someone knows it please let me know. 
Thats all for the day, hope to come back with more beautiful things later, there are some waiting for the final touch.
Take care
Ninu

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Pink shoes

Hello lovely ladies,
How are you all doing today? I am loving the weather now, slightly chilled and sometime raining. For me June is associated with heavy rains(monsoon in Kerala) and I love watching it. There is always an other side right?, we both(Mom n kid) were down with cold n' fever and are slowly recovering. So this is a quick post to show off pink shoes I made for my dear dearest.
I am always inspired by the beautiful work on other blogs and Pinterest is the place I bookmark all those beautiful things.I saw this  shoes there and re pinned, but I couldnt find the pattern there. So I modified the best ever booties pattern and made a shoes for her. But her happy tiny feet were a too tiny for the shoes, so I added extra straps to it.
 It looked incomplete, so I made flowers and stitched onto it.(I dint have pink/white felt). Now it fits her nicely. I promise you all a modelled picture later, we are staying indoors from last week, the weather outside is not so favourable for her now. She thinks I am going to take her out if I put these on , I dont want to disappoint her. I tried clicking pic when she was sleeping, but that did not turn good.
And I am blocking squares from my WIP box, there are a lot. I arranged everything colour wise n patter wise, cos I  have NO clue abt the projects those intended to be. This is the second set, havent decided what to make with these. I feel funny!
Hope you all liked the tiny shoes above.
Until next time
Take Care
Ninu

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Baby sheets for the little angel

Hello everyone,
How are you all doing? I was all determined after my last post to blog at least once in a week, but no,that did not happen.As I said before,either I dont have pics or  I dont like the pics taken. I think I am becoming lil lazy now(?). anyway  I ve been a good girl today doing all those pending things and I feel so happy about it.

 From last week my craft time is fully dedicated to make these baby sheets for my new born niece. Yes, another baby girl added to my bro's family. I promised her Mom, my SIL ,these sheets, but couldnt get it done when we went to see her last time.After coming back, these were given priority and happy that its done.She loves hand mades and I am sure the effort will be appreciated. I made a decision long ago to give my hand mades only those who value it.
I had fun choosing colours and trimming for these. The baby pink was my first choice and I totally love the colour, very very baby pink!!Edging for pink and lavender are from the Needle n thread Magazine and rest are my own patterns, not so fancy but simple ones.

I did embroidery on one of the corner. Pink was my favourite among these so gave a lavish flower motif for that.I like this motif very much and I'm saving this for another project.


.. I was all tired after that. So the rest were done in very simple patterns. Her initial 'R' and some flowers, a bow  snatched from this pattern and one sheet I kept it plain.
And this pair of pink booties is what I gave to her when we went home last time. I made this on the morning we reached home, all in a hurry , cos I desperately wanted to give her something made by myself.  This week we are going home again and I am ready with my gifts for her, but still not ready with "order" by her elder sister, the big monster, my God daughter. She wants a pillowcase, sorry 2 pillowcases, with a duckie and bunny embroidered on it. I am yet to start with it. And where did she get the idea from? I shall tell you later.
So until then
Take Care
Ninu

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Colour Burst Bag

Hello everyone,
How you all doing? its been some time right? I dont know where time goes these days, really wanted to post  about my new crafty trials , but I  dont get time to take proper pictures now and I dont like posts without any pics, do you? :D There are a lot of things, small and big, to show you all, and nowI shall show you my colour  burst bag 
 The whole idea came while arranging my stash. The bag is hugely , heavily inspired from the crochet bag by Lucy and Spikes Strike by Sanhita, its a mix of these two and something from my head.When I saw all the colours these two bags came to my mind and next day itself I started working on it. The base and body were done in no time but stayed as UFO for many days to get straps and other things.
The straps and base are the only portion which is colour coordinated. I usually take time to choose colours for all my projects(I think that shows too) but here no, I didnt. I just took the colours randomly and was not happy with it ant first look. But looking at it many times,I think I started liking my bag.I can carry it off quite easily!
The straps were done with a long chain and dc on it, then 2 rounds of sc's . Then sewn onto the bag , put flowers to hide the stitching and I've lined the bag ( not came neatly,and thts why no pic of that, have to redo that).I really am not good with making bags and always scared of doing it, now I think after making this one I gained a bit confidence. 
Project Details
Base for the bag:  here


Body: double crochet all around
Flowers:  Flowers
Yarn: Laura Knitting Cotton
Hook: 4mm
Size : 13" x 11"


so thats it about the post, will come soon with another adventure of mine.
Till then
Take care
Ninu