Hello dear friends, How are you? Are you looking forward to this weekend? We are eagerly awaiting the weekend as Sunday will set off the celebrations for Diwali - the festivals of lights. Not being a great fan of noisy firecrackers, I look forward to doing some beautiful rangoli. And of course gorging on some lovely sweet and savoury goodies which are made specially during Diwali.
I am posting after a long gap. Blogging did seem to drop off the radar for a couple of reasons.
A) I was busy with the Diwali house cleaning, which is an intense spring cleaning of the whole house. A lot of cleaning, scrubbing, polishing and of course de-cluttering. The purpose of this marathon session is to welcome the Goddess of Wealth, Laxmi, who is said to visit houses which are sparkling clean. (I have a hunch, this tale was invented to ensure that houses get a thorough cleaning atleast once a year... wink, wink) And who does not want the blessings of the Goddess of Prosperity!
B) After giving it a lot of thought and debating over it, with a heavy heart, I made up my mind to go ahead and cheat on my Love. Yes, I am now a two-timing b****......
ahem... I am talking about my love for crochet. I hope you were not thinking something else, silly.
Ha ha, the reason for all this cheating is this ball of gorgeous yarn I found in my stash. It is a beautiful variegated yarn with shades like the sky just before sunset. Here, have a look:
Seeing the lovely colors in the yarn, I now realised why spinners go ga-ga over their yarns in their blogs and put up umpteen photos of the yarn from all different angles possible. With the colors changing every second with every stitch, I was falling in love with the yarn.
And now, the reason I cheated is that I had only one ball of 150 gms of the yarn. Compared to knitting, crochet IS a bit of a yarn eater. So to get the maximum out of the yarn I decided to knit rather than crochet with it.
Winter is slowly and steadily creeping in on us. I decided to make a scarf for hubby. Then followed a lot of pattern searching on the internet. After getting inspired by a lot of patterns, I finally decided to "design" my own pattern.
The yarn is self striping. Tell me, does it not remind you of a twilight sky,
I wonder if a plain stockinette stitch would have been better. But I wanted a textured fabric so I decided to go ahead and proceed with my pattern.
The best part about the pattern is that the fabric does not curl at the edges (which means no blocking... yay!). This pattern is very simple and would also look good with a solid colored yarn.
This is the pattern in case you are interested :)
Using 3.25mm knitting needles, Cast on 34 stitches.
Then knit all stitches for 3 rows.
Row 1: K3, *K2, P2 * till last 3 stitches, K3
Row 2: K3, *K2, P2 * till last 3 stitches, K3
Row 3: K3, *P2, K2 * till last 3 stitches, K3
Row 4: K3, *P2, K2 * till last 3 stitches, K3
Repeat these 4 rows for the desired length and then knit all stitches for 3 rows again. Cast off.
If you try the pattern, do let me know if there is a mistake. I can't wait to finish the scarf as the mere thought of so many "live" stitches and handling two needles is a bit daunting.
And while on the topic of Diwali, let me show you the beautiful oil lamps, called deeyas, I bought.
Lovely...no? BTW, Rangoli is an art form of making decorative designs outside the main door of your home, using colored powders, flowers, chalk or even rice flour paste. The designs are an auspicious and welcoming gesture for the Hindu gods. I hope I can turn out some beautiful designs this year so that I can share them with you. (Just google Rangoli and enjoy the fantastic pictures.)
Before I sign off, a warm welcome to Irina from Handmade.
A very Happy Diwali to all of you. Take care and have lots of fun.