Maker’s Journal : Granny Square Cushion Cover

To say I’m a bit behind with my making journal posts here on my blog, would be an understatement! If it seems like I’m constantly playing catch up, it is because I indeed am.

It hasn’t been easy these past few months.Given all the circumstances I’m doing well. Thanks to my faith, and to my dear friends.

My Granny Square Cushion cover was completed back in January . My plan was to create a project to inspire the people who come to learn crochet basics with me at Outlaw HQ ; to showcase the million possibilities that the humble granny square presents itself to.

Granny Square Cushion Cover

I just used my trusted granny square pattern and almost all the colours of Bandit Dk available to me . The pattern was taken off a finished cushion cover picture I had fleetingly seen on Pinterest.

This is an excellent project to take along anywhere you go. A 4 mm crochet hook and a ball of yarn in your favourite project bag ( ahem ) , and you are all set to go.(I carry around all my yarn and supplies in a cane basket from the Solomon Islands that a friend gifted me )

The modular squares are my favourite because it is mindless .The appeal of instant gratification as the rainbow pile grows taller is too hard to resist.Then I seamed them all together to fit the size of the cushion insert I had on hand.

As I finished seaming up the last little square, the bright idea to make two different versions on the each side of the cushion struck me . Hence I decided to go with one giant square for the other side.

I still have many squares in my little basket. While I haven’t decided what I want make next with them, I find immense joy, making just one little square at a time.


September Recap

With the pitter patter of raindrops on the roof, the hum of the lawn mowers around the block, competing with the black bird’s songs , cherry blossoms and daffodils, tulips blooming every where , its very Springy in this part of world.

It was a very busy end of month , with family visiting, We did go out to see the Cherry blossoms in Hagley Park.My attempt to take every one for a picnic at the Botanical garden failed miserably. In spite of living here in Christchurch for five years now , I still can’t get my directions right!

I did manage to salvage the situation a little bit ,by finding a little bench near the duck pond . My little nephew all of five, full of wonder , was very excited to chase the sea gulls and watch the duck swim by. Still, the cold southerlies forced us out of our spot quickly enough.

We also went to the centre of city and took a tram ride . It was a really lovely trip, I sat with my little nephew who was full of questions about everything he saw. Nothing really missed his eye which was a pleasure for me as it took me back to the time, when my boys were that little and asked questions all the time. I really enjoyed seeing the world from their perspective

Making wise, I have been making a lot but not really completing anything! I have frogged as much as I have knitted. Mostly because of not having a proper plan and not being able to focus on one project for long.

I was half way into making this asymmetrical shawl

Then I had the chance of attending Steven Be classes and decided to use the Mohair novelty yarn I purchased from him.

This class was a wonderful opportunity to meet Steven Be and learn so much from him about making and about life. Not only was he a fantastic teacher but also such a wonderful person to know.

I have been making the same pattern in an Indie dyed Yarn as well, I thought I was well into finishing, when I ran out of yarn. I got another skein to add up but now have decided to frog it and alternate skeins. I may also add a strand of sparkly mohair I got from Steven Be to this project as well.

This sock has been in the making for a long time, but I have slowly reached the heel now.

In other news, both my nephews took a fancy to these bunny hold and cherish bags . Even though it surprised me a lot, it was the ultimate seal of approval for me . Especially because my younger nephew is very clear and out spoken of his opinions and thoughts which I adore.

I was very happy to let them have one of each. I would have let them have as many as they wanted, had not my brother their dad ,instructed them strictly , they could each have one and no more.

I’m in awe of how we are nearly at the end of the year.

Keeping fingers crossed that the coming month will be a month of finished objects

here’s to another month of happy happenings and making.

Bags · Crafts · Handmade · Home Sewn · Life style · Sewing · Uncategorized

Sew Happy

I just love sewing bags .This bag has been in the making for a while. I go about gathering stuff to make a bag n then let them sit.Then after a long long time, I suddenly get the urge to get it done and get it done in a day.

 I’ve added some of my favourite features in a bag_ quilted exterior, polka dot lining and pockets . I wanted to add a magnetic snap as well but misplaced the one I had . So I went ahead and finished the bag. And wouldn’t you know?! Found the said snap as soon as I finished the bag. Oh well, there will be more bags and I will add them then.

Gondola · In and around Christchurch · Lavender Gardens · Museum · Uncategorized

Summer Holidays :2017

Wild flowers abound in my backyard and it never fails to make me smile. They are a gentle reminder to take delight in life’s little things to me, things that we often take for granted.

Happy New year friends. I know it’s late to be wishing you all a Happy New Year. This post has been sitting on the drafts for a while.

It’s summer holidays for the boys , we’ve been spending a lot of time together doing technology free days.We ticked off a few things off our must do in Christchurch List.

Visited Lavender gardens.This is a lovely lavender garden , out into the country side of Christchurch. If you love the scent of lavender and  enjoy seeing lavender flowers that look like a the gorgeous lavender carpet , then this place a great place to visit. There is also a little kiosk selling lavender soap , scents etc.

went on the Gondola,  the view from top of the restaurant , on the port hills is breathtaking.

Revisited the old favourites like the Restart Mall,

 and the Museum

All in all , it was a very relaxing and I’m happy with the way the holidays went this year.

cowl · Crafts · patchwork · Quilt · Uncategorized · Works in Progress

Strip Quilt

I finished the quilt top I was making.it took me a couple of days to finish it.

I’m still trying to decide how I want to finish it.

In the meantime I went back to knitting the cowl I started working on a while back

This is a pattern I had in mind and am extremely pleased it’s working out well. The yarn I’m using is Malabrigo Rios in Lotus that I’m recycled from another abandoned project.

Daylight savings has kicked in and we are trying to getting used to it now that we have to wake up in the morning.

Crafts · Drawstring Bags · Handmade · Life style · patchwork · Quilt · Seasons · Sewing · Spring · Uncategorized

Spring projects

The landscape in Spring  is truly a visual treat;,flowers blooming everywhere,birds chirping,bees buzzing…. the skeletal trees sprouting tender green leaves.Its truly a sight to behold  the earth come alive with vibrant colour and vivacity after seeming dead and dry all Winter.

 Seeing the Spring fairy happily prancing about touching every tree and grass and bulb with a colour spangled magic wand, fills me with hope. Things that appear hopeless outside still has hope within and everything will turn out ok in the end after all !

As much as I dislike Winter, it makes me appreciate Spring and the change of seasons more than ever .

A friend gave me a few Kowhai seedlings, until then I had not paid close attention to these gorgeous yellow flowers or that it’s nectar is much sought after by birds!

With the arrival of spring, I have been gravitating towards sewing.It started with me making a baby snuggle blanket with some lovely woodland fabric I had got earlier in the year.

backed it with fleece and it does not have any batting .

After I finished my purple zippered pouch, I decided to seize the fact that there was purple thread on the machine and finish up the drawstring pouch that I had set aside when I ran out of purple thread on my bobbin halfway through the making of the pouch


J made a request for  a quilt , with fabric that I loved. He didn’t want the traditional man quilt. Still I didn’t want him to have something he didn’t like at all  so we choose fabric that we both liked Of all the fabric we saw on the Stitchbird website, the Vintage Picnic was the fabric we liked.

I decided to follow the basic jelly roll beginners quilt top by Melanie k ham. Worked up quickly and this is what I have finished so far

I’m just loving it! The splash of colours in my surroundings and in my works in progress.

Embroidery · Handmade · Home Decor · Home Making · Uncategorized

Kia Kaha = Stay Strong

This is an embroidery design I designed sometime back . I had been holding it so close to my heart.

Working on embroidery projects always takes me back to times when I eagerly looked forward to the summer holiday project , my mom helped me do. She helped me pick out a pattern from Soviet Woman magazine, helped me choose colours and also taught me the stitches.

I regret not pursuing my interests more seriously. Still, Its never too late to make a fresh start.


I’m thrilled it was accepted to be sold in the Pay it Foward Co Op. I was on tether hooks until it got approved by the curators. Rejection is not a easy thing to handle even after all these years. I even considered not placing it for curation, and I’m relieved I didn’t listen to the little negative voice in my head

Kia Kaha means stay strong in Moari

Handknit · Indie Dyed yarn · Knit · Knitting · Outlaw Yarn · Uncategorized · Unwind · Yarn Festival · Yarny Love

Unwind Retreat 2016 and Queen Bee

Hi everyone

March seems to be marching away at  great speed. Last weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Unwind Retreat 2016 which in my head I renamed as my  Yarn Tasting Retreat 😄

I was more interested in checking out the different yarn available there than anything else!

This was my first time ever at a fiber retreat. I didnot know any one there and was most of the time contemplating reasons to not go.Because I was SO nervous. 

 At the Registration I was  greeted by a sweet lady which kind of put me at ease. Everyone who went there got a nice bag with goodies and lollies from the vendors there. 

The vendors were all wonderful and I got a chance to meet a few of the yarn dyers whose work I have admired online.

I was just overwhelmed looking into the trade hall. So many colours and so much yarn.

I was not sure if photography was allowed inside as I didnot see any boards that said no photographs.Nervous as I was , when I whipped out my phone to get a pic of all the yarny glory spread out in the room,  i saw a lady on the sofa give me hard looks that I quickly put it back in 😊 as fast as I pulled it out. I should have asked at the registration place. Hind sight being 20/20 and all that. Well I’ll live and learn 😄

However, I did come back with a big haul. I had saved all my pennies just for this event ,right from the time J got me the tickets as a birthday and wedding anniversary gift.

I got yarn from Spinning a Yarn, Holly Berry Designs, Feather Brush Yarn , Dark Harbour Yarn, Vintage Purls, Let Them Knit,Natural Star.

Stitch Markers from Ginger Mint, Notions pouch from ShoeBox Sally,and a knitters Accessory Kit from Yarnz.

The yarn that I was most excited about though was the Queen Bee yarn by Outlaw yarns ,that made its debut here even before it made its appearance in the stores.

Isnt that tiara just beautiful ?! It said “Don’t let anyone dull your Sparkle ” on the cover. That was the complement from Outlaw company . So appropriate!

I saw a lot of ladies at the retreat sporting this tiara

This is a chunky 100% NZ wool yarn. Soft and squishy with a lovely spring to to it.

I quickly cast on a seed stitch cowl with 12 mm knit pro symphonie circulars. It would be great for quick projects. Easy on the hands and a generous 200gm/ 67 m ,It took me one and a half skeins and one day to make a luscious  squishy double wrap chunky cowl..

There were colours like a nice leaf green, cream and Ice blue grey on display at the booth. 

This time I was going for neutrals and so got a   Charcoal grey called Define

After I finished the cowl,  I wanted a more snug fit and so I frogged it twice to get the numbers right. The yarn has surprisingly held its shape.It felt so cosy wearing it around the neck  . No scratchiness at all! That made me fall in love!  It’s my favourite now and I want more! I’m particularly eyeing the cream and Ice blue.

Until later, take care


Handknit · Knit · Knitting · Uncategorized · Works in Progress

WIP: too many to count

First, on my needles is The Missoni Inspired Cowl, in lovely jewel tones.I was not very happy with that cream shade .

It seemed a little out of place.

So I restarted the same shades with a darker colour.

I think the darker shade looks better. Do you?

The yarn I’m using is Ashford 8ply Tekapo in 100% NewZealand wool. With my Chiagoo 4.5 mm circular needles. Have I told you all how much I love these needles. It’s my favourite these days.

This project is an easy one and the colour changes keep it interesting.

I’m trying to be all organised and wrote out the details in my craft book complete with yarn colours and all ! I borrowed the idea from Erin of Holland Handmade podcast

I’m proud of myself for starting to be more organised, people. 😄

Next is the Botanical Cowl by Megan Goodacre

The yarn I’m using for it is Malabrigo Arroyo in the Lotus colour way. I just love the teal and magenta, pink n bits of light blue . The yarn is so soft.

Then I have the 3colour cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli

I’ve frogged it and started over thrice already because obviously I can’t count properly .

Half way through the first time, I noticed that as it grew, it was also getting narrower . I couldn’t figure out how I decreased without noticing but it happened and I had to frog it !

So now I have all the markers on it to keep track . It’s helping but I haven’t made much progress.

I’m using the Rosewood Wool Romney 8ply in these three colours you see in the picture.Rosewood Wool is hand dyed using natural materials in Waikato NewZealand.