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Secret Santa gifts

Last year I enjoyed my  Secret Santa Gift so much that I decided to participate this year as well.

After a lot of pondering, I decided on the Three Colour Cashmere Cowl for her. I’d seen a lot of different versions and thought it  would be perfect for my secret santa partner. I had  also wanted to make this pattern forever. It seemed simple enough and I was confident I could handle it even if it was my  first time.

I ordered the yarn , got to work right away. As I was working section B of the pattern , I realised that it was going to end up as a chunky large knit. I had completely missed taking note  of the fact that the pattern required a fingering  weight yarn. duh!

It was also about this time I realised that I did not have a lot of time to order yarn I wanted to make it with  and make same pattern again.  Change of plan happened and actually turned out better than plan A.

The  One Row Lace Scarf  that I started turned out to be a better choice as its summer time here , this scarf is light and airy and my partner wouldn’t need to wait until Winter to use her gift.

This is my first fingering weight knit project. and I love how light and warm it turned out to be.


Project Details :

Pattern:   One Row Lace Scarf

Yarn: Feather Brush Yarn  Fingering ,Colourway :Tiara (Merino/Silk 50/50)

Needles:  4.5 mm Chiaogo Needles

I also made her  my absolute favourite drawstring bag pattern from In Colour Order blog  renamed Hold and Cherish project bag to hold all the little treats I put in for her .

She can  use it as a project bag to hold small projects like a hat or socks later on.A gift within a gift is always a welcome surprise, no?

 I  had been holding on to this  fat quarter bundle for a long time.It was one of the very first purchases   from a quaint little quilt fabric and notions shop called Forget me Knots not very far away from my home. Finally it has been put to good use.

The size of this drawstring bag is slightly smaller from the Everything  Size that is in the tutorial. I had to adjust the size to match the directional print . For the drawstring I used a nice festive ribbon that a very kind salesperson pointed out to me as I was searching for a matching ribbon at the store..

I really hope my secret santa partner really liked this little package as I was not able go  watch her unwrap the gift.

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A season to rest

All the fluffy pink lacy  cherry blossoms on trees  around, had me wistfully waiting for buds on my cherry tree, every single day  ! Finally they are here!

Look ! its blooming.

 I am itching to weed and potter around in the garden , but I need to rest!  I hurt my arm a few weeks back and now although I am getting better,  I am trying not to overdo anything. So I sneak in a bit of crafting , and a bit of computer time between other household work.

 Its very slow, but I’m grateful for what I am able to do.I was this close to going insane not being able to use my hands.

 This is on my needles right now.The pattern I’m knitting is called  One Row  Lace Scarf.

The reason it has not grown much is  because I manage to knit about two rows in a day , which is completely fine right now. I’m so in love with this gorgeous  peacock blue merino/silk blend from Feather Brush Yarns. which I got at  Unwind Dunedin. The colour way is called ‘Tiara’.  Ofcourse I’m using my favourite Chiagoo needles.

I have it  all together in my hold and cherish project bag. I love this bag too. The beautiful saturated hues  from Kaffe Fasset is right up my alley. I just love looking at all the colours together.

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Zippered pouches

Lil B can be quite the slave driver when his mind is set on something he wants me to make.

It would always start as Can you please make me a ….?’ The minute I say yes , I’m on a slippery slop. I have start right away , will have no control over anything
Right from fabric choice, to having the finished product in his hands, he’d sit with me from start to finish , asking me how It’s coming along ,can he be of any help etc etc
Once it’s done, it will be immediately put to use and feedback given .
Gosh I love this child ! It’s just so hard working for him!

I had long wanted to try sewing Hue Loco’s holiday project bag and this was the perfect opportunity to try it. Being clueless about interfacing, I picked out different varieties and decided to try and find out which one I liked better.
This particular has a very stiff interfacing
He  didnot want two different fabrics on the outside and so I used the measurements for the lining on the outside as well. And it worked without a problem.
Encouraged by the success of the first pouch, I tried another one with the same measurement but with on iron on quilt like interfacing

I like this quilt batting like interfacing better than the stiffer one as its softer on the hands and gives body and stability too to the bag.

Not just for the interfacing I used but also Kaffe Fasset fabrics I used.

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Teacher’s Gift

The last minute teacher’s gift I put together for my son’s teacher.

I made a little gift bag with gift wrapping paper. And tied a bow on it. He took a white paper  cut it carefully into a square and wrote “from Lil B to Mrs C with love.”

schools close for the year in December here in New Zealand and it takes some time getting used to the idea.And thats why it slipped my mind completely.

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Project Details

Hook 2 mm ( addi)

Yarn: Bali Cotton

Pattern: Japanese Chart

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Teapoy Cover

These squares were originally for a little cushion that my mother in law made a long time ago for A .A misplaced it somewhere and so I decided to turn the squares into a Teapoy cover just in time for my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary. DSCN7011

What makes me excited about this cover is not the top …..it’s the edging that I came up with for it.DSCN7014

All made with Laura cotton yarn and a 4.mm.Pony Hook. All that cotton yarn has made the cover quite heavy ,even if that’s what make it hang so nicely.I really like this yarn ,just wish it came in 100gm balls. The border was a yarn eater really.I do regret not keeping count of the number of balls I used for it and  also not making note of what I did. However,its easily reproducible .Nothing complicated  at all!

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yes ,it completely matched the cake; no, it was not planned but a sweet coincidence Smile

I  also made a couple of other little things here and there….an edging for a hand towel

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and a little granny square with Embroidery floss and 1.75 mm steel hook.This is a colour combination I saw online  and wanted to try it . DSCN6010

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Cowl

I managed to finish the Cowl I started .IMG_2150G

Its basically the Dolores Park Cowl pattern, but  I decided to use the seed stitch border that I saw somewhere and forgot the name.

The yarn is the lovely squishy supa soft, Malabrigo  Worsted in Pale Khaki 602, also from Shanna.Thanks so much Shanna. Love love it.

I got a little surprise package through a friend from my mom and look what she sent me.

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her hand stitched hankies for me. I never use them  but I love collecting them 🙂IMG_2128 IMG_2129 IMG_2141 IMG_2139

These are super special coz she has taken up embroidery after ages now.

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Seeing off Shanna

As we were reeling one after the other with  viral fever and throat infection re at home, I missed out the news that a blog friend was leaving Kuwait for good.

We decided to meet on the morning of the day she was to leave .I am glad I got that chance  and now really feel bad that we didn’t meet earlier!  She left a  whole lot of her fabric and yarn for me to use. And I made her this little scarf. I really hope she liked it.

 

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As I didnot have much time on my hands, I opted for this simple scarf Pattern and it worked up pretty quick too.

Project Details :

Yarn :  2 skeins Schachenmayr nomotta Bravo

Hook : I /9  5.5 mm Boye

Pattern: Queen Anne’s Lace Scarf

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This pattern was on my to do list for a long time and I’m finally happy I could make it.

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The Live and Learn Quilt

IMG_0541This quilt  is a  panel that I got with the idea of making a quilt for my little nephew ,who is very fond of George the Monkey.Super excited that I got the perfect backing  fabric too, I went and shopped for batting at the local store. I decided to use the envelop method , to save time with binding the quilt.

Only after I started actually stitching did I find out that I had made several mistakes. For one,  I had got only one meter of the backing material when I should have gotten at least half a meter more.

Then the batting turned out to be too bulky for a beginner like me to handle.

Finally when it came to quilting too, I tried to quilt around the animals which did not quite work out well,  that I had to rip out the entire thing .

By then , this little quilt had too many mistakes to be given as a gift. So I decided to practice my free motion quilting on it .

And this was the last panel the shop keeper had.So I could not go and make another of the same one with the lessons I had learnt with this one.

M had been pleading to give it to him right from the time I started making this quilt, and now that it was not fit to be given away to anyone, I let him have it.The happy little camper with his new play quilt.IMG_0539

The back of the quilt. Isn’t it a perfect match for the front panel?

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Although my heart bleeds at the thought of wasting this lovely little panel,and backing,

I ‘ve learnt quite a few valuable lessons with this quilt and hence I  call it my live and learn quilt 🙂

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A parting gift

I put together this little parting gift for a friend who is leaving Kuwait.She is an avid quilter, so I thought she might like these batik fat quarters and pincushion .I do hope she likes  them.

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The pattern for the pin cushion can be found here .Being a novice , this tute came in very handy to finish  it . I used scraps of Schachenmayr nomotta Catania and a F hook.

I added  a few red kidney beans inside the poly fiberfill for added stability as Preeti  suggested  once before.