Bobble Cowl

The thought of knitting with two colours of yarn was somehow intimidating to me , that I never attempted to even try it. Then I saw one of the ladies in church wearing a similar looking cowl in lovely earthen colours that I was tempted to give it a try.

It always takes some time for me to work up the courage to try new things. Once I start,I always realise that it was not as hard as I thought of it in my head! (Over thinker alert right here ). Sometimes , simply just doing it is best.

When I went searching for an easy -ish free pattern on Ravelry , this pattern came up in the search. I decided to make this pattern only because it came with the tip to look up ‘Blister Stitch ‘on You tube ,which proved to be super helpful.

I decided to use the scrumptious Nunnaba gradient and Naturally Tweed I had in my stash . Once I got an understanding the stitch pattern down, it was a pleasure to work on and proved to be a quick finish.

I made a few additional rows than the pattern called for as I wanted the gradient yarn to come through.

I couldn’t however, figure out how to do the jobless join in this cowl . Its ok I think ,as when I’m wearing it, it may not be that visible .

This cowl is so so soft. I love it.

Surprisingly for this project ,I did not use up all the yarn in the gradient yarn like I wanted to.I also have a little more of the brown tweed left over as well.

Pattern Details :

Pattern : Bobble Cowl by Ina Aleksandrova

Needles : US 7 – 4.5 mm Chiagoo Needles

Yarn :Nunnaba Artisan Yarn White Gum Wool 8ply in the Shabby Rose Colourway

Boneyard Shawl

This shawl started as a knit along with my friend. We both decided to use Rosewood Wool , mine is 12 ply while hers is 8 ply I think.

Soon after , she started working at a school and I left for India, our knit along kind of took the back seat.

Coming back from India dealing with all the change in weather and home sickness, I started knitting on it  with  Amber sitting on my feet for company acting as a little smooshy cushion  , listening to podcasts , munching on Nagercoil banana chips….

(  I mention Nagercoil chips in particular because ,there is a huge difference between Lakshmi Vilas Nagercoil Banana chips and Banana chips available in other parts of the country. Nothing comes close to it and it is one of the those comforting taste of home food)

Also because knitting on this shawl was more like eating chips, cannot stop with one.`And before I knew it I had finished  two  of the three skeins I had, along with my stash of chips I brought back with me from India..

Then I had a chance to go to an afternoon to Handy Dandy craft group at the library and in the almost two and a half hours I was there, I had reached the end of the third ball and only the border was left to be done.

Back home, little more knitting and   just like that this shawl was done. Much like the  packet of banana chips that finished before realisation came about! (So regretted not getting more of this taste of home , and now that I write about it, I’m craving for some ) 

Project Details:

Pattern : Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West

Needles : 4.5 mm Chiagoo Fixed Circulars

Yarn : Rosewood wool Romney Aran in Shepherd’s Delight Colourway.

Scrappy Happy Tote

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This everyday catch all tote has been in the making for a long time.

The exterior and interior  fabrics I got  a long time back from my favourite local fabric store Forget me knots , with the intention of making a tote.

I love combining a patterned fabric with the News print fabric, so thats what I decided to do for this tote.I had cut out the fabric . I added the slip pockets (using the same method I learnt long back at the bag workshops in Kuwait. It is my trusted go to method.)DSC_0307

For the pockets ,I just pulled out a few big enough favourite fabric scraps from my stash .

Then  I wanted to add an inside zipper pocket along with the slip pockets. Since I did not know how to do that, ‘procraftination’ happened.

A few tutorials combined helped me figure that out, however, this tutorial in particular.helped me a lot.

I wanted a pop of colour against the black and white lining fabric and  decided to add a bright red zipper that I had bought in Kuwait, back when .

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That the silver metal teeth of the zipper kind of matched the bag interior was an added bonus.I prefer silver, and copper coloured metal teeth zipper to the nylon and gold ones.

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The colourful lining to the zipper pocket was to keep up with the pop of colour theme and to add a little surprise element to the tote.

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And while I was at it , I thought I’d add a key fob too.

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The lovely owner of Forget me knots once told me that it is always a good idea to use darker colours for bag handles as that is one of the places to get dirty first . So thats what I kept in mind choosing fabric  for the handles.The fabric was part of a precut Fat quarter bundle,  I purchased in a sale.

The bag is interfaced with fusible batting and the handles with a thinner interfacing for flexibility and sturdiness.What's in my bag?

I learnt a lot making this bag  as I went along, adding elements that I would like in my dream tote. It’s still a work in progress even though I’m happy with how this bag turned out.

Keffiyah  Cowl

If you knew me in real life, you would probably have  heard me say that I love cowls a lot . I prefer them over scarves because of how you don’t have to fuss with them like you would a scarf if it gets out of place.

When I finished this  cowl and posted on Instagram , there were a couple of people who said it looked like the Keffiyah , the distinct red and white Kuwaiti headdress and asked for the pattern.


I decided write down the pattern and call it the Keffiyah cowl as it was indeed inspired by the Kuwaiti headdress .

It is really a very simple pattern to make

Materials

. I used Heritage Organic Merino yarn  a light worsted weight yarn

Melon Sorbet  50 Gm X 1.25skeins

Ecru 50 Gm X 1.5 skeins

Pattern

(US instructions )

SC = single crochet

DC= double Crochet

SL ST= slip stitch

CH= chain

With  Melon , CH 27

Row :1  SC in second ch from hook, DC in next ch, ( sc in next ch, dc in next ch) , repeat () till the end.

Change Colour to Ecru , ch 1, turn

To change colour, at the end of the row, draw through the new colour in the last loop of the final dc or sc in the row.

Alternatively, you can also carry the yarn through . In which case you will need more yarn.

Row :2 Sc in first dc, dc in next sc ( sc in next stitch , DC in next sc) Repeat ( ) until the end of the row.

Repeat row 2 until desired length , making sure your last row is the colour that is opposite to your starting colour.

Whip stitch the short ends together . Weave in all loose ends.

For the Scallop Edging

Start the edging at the point where the joining ends. Along the wider side of the cowl, make ch3, 2 DC  in the 3rd ch from hook. Skip two stitches . Sl st in the next stitch. Repeat around. Finish off.

Do the same on the other long side. Weave in the ends .

Tiny flower hair ties

I made these cute little flowers hair ties. DSCN2613

The pattern came from here. I really like it that you do not have to sew these flowers  in the rubber band or hot glue them but crochet it  as we go along .

The threads are all Size 8 threads that I got from Mimi a long time ago, when I had a proper address to receive things. I love working with these threads and my 1.75mm Tulip hook.

October has started out to be a very busy month for us . First it is assessment time for the kids.Hindi  and Arabic are giving us collective nightmares. Exam times also bring out a lot of discussion time with it.

We had one very important discussion this week   …..

M says he is done with studies and would like to teach now.After all he has now completed Kinder and first standard.He can teach the classes he has already passed rt?  So why can’t he teach classes he has passed out from.?Then he can choose who the class monitor can be, and also decide not to teach Hindi and Arabic to his students…….hmmm do y’all have any idea, how hard it is to keep a straight face through all these questions and discussions?

And then we have ones with   A , who wants to know why he needs to study and get a decent job, when he can rap and be  a  singer like Eminem.All my life I’ve hated his angst ridden songs filled with f words and  here we are with an ardent  fan in our house…. sometimes I  catch myself  singing without even realising it  … “sorry mamma”……sigh

Beaded Batua

I had no idea for a long time that these little drawstring bags were called Batuas.

In my part of the country, they called it suruku pai.One of my favourite memories associated with it is that, there used to be an Event called Sangam in our Home Chruch .All the elders in family would give us small amounts of  money .Those who cannot come would send them through others early in the morning. We looked forward to it so much.

My mom would stitch  little drawstring bags from old clothes.Later in the evening, we would all go to a little fair in front of the church,where mostly indigenous toys and sweets were sold. We usually went with a bag full of coins and came back spending every little paise and getting all that caught our fancy!

Recently I came across this post that gave a nice introduction about history of these batua bags .

I started making this bag on a whim, as I was making it, it struck me that it would go very well as a party bag with my Kantha saree. DSCN1398

sure does don’t you think?

Close up of the beads and true colour

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Another view from the side

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Project Details :

Yarn/Thread : J&P Coats Speed- Cro-Sheen  size three thread and two balls of Anchor Knitting Cotton .Both in Black.

Hook: 3.25 mm  boye  steel hook

Pattern : Winged/

Tid Bits :

Initially I had planned to bead the entire bag,  I ran out of beads   and the thread it self.Now I am happy with how it turned out and think that it  after all looks better this way.

I used J& P Coats thread for the first half  and then held two strands of Anchor Knitting Cotton and finished off the rest  .I was delighted to find that they made no difference at all

Its the same as the bag I made before a long time back.Just the beading is different.Its the same beads tho’ 🙂

Don’t you think it goes well with the saree?