Thursday, 26 July 2012

Giveaway at Crafty in the Med.

Hello there, I have some good news for all of you.

My good friend Amanda from Crafty in the Med is having her First Giveaway and she has some absolutely gorgeous stuff.






Click HERE to read all about it. It is fun and it is easy. I love her blog and I am sure you will too.

Bye, Take care.
Lovexxx

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Yellow Gold

Who can resist the lure of this precious metal?! Gold has great significance in India. Your status is defined, in part, by the amount of gold you own. Of course the other trappings like a huge house, a posh car etc do count. Every new bride must wear real gold ornaments on the day of her wedding. Indian gold jewellery is the most beautiful jewellery in the world. Each part of the country has some unique designs which are peculiar to that state or community. 

So.... why not some gold for my table! Here are my golden coasters:






The yarn is Bliss knitting cotton, as usual.

That's all for now. Happy hooking, everybody.
Lovexxx

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Lavender Stars

I am so excited, Amanda from Crafty in the Med has awarded me the One Lovely Blog Award. 


 This is my second award and I am thrilled that she likes my blog as I just Love hers. It is certainly a warm feeling to know that somebody so far away is thinking of you! I will soon get down to nominating my favorite blogs.

A warm welcome to Goty and Daiana from El Crochet de Daiana. Daiana has some lovely dainty crochet items on her blog.

Don't you think Google Translate brings us closer to each other?  It is fun to translate and read blogs in so many different languages.

And now...continuing with my favourite topic - coasters. As crockery is available in different styles, colours and shapes, I thought why not use an unusual colour and design for my coasters. So ta-da, here are my Lavender Stars!



I have used Bliss Knitting cotton again.


I think they look kinda cute.


The five-pointed star was my favourite doodle during boring college lectures. It can still be found in some corner of my diary, my recipe book, even my grocery list. Give me a pen and the star is the first thing I doodle. Maybe that is why I liked this pattern.

Do you like them or do you think they look quaint?

Have a nice day!
Lovexxx

Monday, 23 July 2012

Even more coasters

Hello, Beautiful people. Got the Monday Blues?

I still remember that regardless of how wonderful the weekend was, I always looked forward to getting back to work on Monday. I loved my job. I really miss the bank, my colleagues, the endless cups of  tea. I confess I am a tea totaller......??? what is that?! Ha ha, it means I am a total tea addict. And any good tea cup needs a good coaster.

So back to my current obsession... coasters. Here are some more specimens:




Isn't that a fantastically dainty cup! And a square saucer... a first for me. Makes me want to have an elegant English tea party with my girlfriends. Maybe when we go back to Mumbai.

The colour of these coasters may seem boring, but in fact I think it is the ideal colour for coasters as tea/coffee stains won't show up so easily. I like the squarish design too.

What have you been up to...do share! Love to hear from you so don't forget to write to me.

Bye,
Lovexxx

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Some more coasters...

Well, I did say that I was on a Coaster run. So, here are some more coasters. This time I chose a deep blue colour and a rectangular shape. And that makes them look absolutely non-girly, doesn't it?





There is nothing dainty about these coasters and I think they look suitably stern enough for an office table. What do you say?

Bye for now. I hope your Sunday has got off to a good start. Do let me know if you had some hooky time.
Love xxx

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Stash Saturday

I had promised to show you the yarn I had ordered. The yarn is called Laura Knitting cotton and is available in various colours.

So, here it comes:










Aren't the colours just gorgeous?! It does seem like a lot of yarn but as this yarn is not available in Ahmedabad, I thought of ordering a little more than required. The yarn was sent to me by "Pradhan Embroidery Stores" at Mumbai, and I must say that their service is very prompt. When I was in Mumbai I was a regular visitor to this store and I was very glad that they were willing to mail me the yarn at Ahmedabad.

Here is the whole stash ... so yummy, mwah.


Now to find a place to hide it before hubby sees it and feels dizzy.....ha ha.

The yarn is 100% cotton and quite thick. I am thinking of making bags and mandalas. Do you have any suggestions? I would love to hear them and get some new ideas.

Looking forward to your comments. I hope you have a Smashing Sunday.
Take care. Bye bye.
Lovexxx

Friday, 20 July 2012

More coasters ...

Hello there! Are you having a wonderful day? I know you are...

Here is another set of coasters I made.


Looks like a doily, doesn't it? It is a set of six pineapple coasters in a lovely pineapple colour.


Reminds me of pineapple ice cream.







I have used Bliss knitting cotton and a 2 mm crochet hook.


So, do you like this set of coasters? Do let me know, I love your comments.

That's all for now. Ta-ta.
Love xxx

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Coaster Rica

A post about my travel to foreign lands?! Sadly, no..... as I have never set foot out of the motherland, ...boo hoo. (Ahem... I hope Somebody is reading this!!)

Then is that a typo in the post title ? No!!

This is the project I promised to share with you. I am sorry I am a day late. My son is going on a class trip and I was busy helping him pack his bags.

But before that let me welcome Elena from Sew in love with Craft. Thank you for joining us.

I am on one of my "Utility" kicks again, which means whatever I make has to be pretty as well as useable. This time I am on a Coaster run and this is the first set I made.


Isn't that a cute pattern? I just love the strawberry and cream combination. I have used acrylic yarn with a 2.5 mm crochet hook.


If you like this pattern you can find it here at Favecrafts.

Some more delicious photos:




I just love "instant gratification" projects like these. Of course it is a different feeling, from the sense of achievement when you complete a large project.

I tried the same pattern in a different colour combination.


Which one do you like?

I had mail ordered some yarn which I received yesterday. A lot of yarn, well okay a ton of it actually! I will share my stash with you in a couple of days after I am done sorting them.

This morning I saw a squirrel on the tree outside my bedroom window. Can you spot it in the pic below?


No? Okay, take a closer look. 


See you later, crocheters
Bye, Love xxx

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

My first sewing project

Hi friends, how are you? This post is coming after a long gap as I was busy breaking my head over a new project.
Yes, my first sewing project!

But, first of all, a warm hello to our new friends Debi from Dly's Hooks and Yarns , Priya from Now Serving ... and Maria Filomena from Filomena Crochet e Outros Lavores . Thank you for joining me.

My husband gifted me this wonderful sewing machine  around 10 years back. I use the machine for mending and hemming towels etc. Sadly, the machine does not have a user manual and as I was working full time, I never had time to take a proper sewing class. But I am going to remedy that and sign up for one soon.

Anyway, since non-stop crochet was causing a pain in my wrist I decided to put down my hook and try my hand at sewing. I wanted a small project so I decided to make a case for the crochet hooks I had recently purchased
Yeah... even a sewing project had to be related to crochet...!!

So let's go over the materials:


My hooks which needed a case


My wonderful brother sewing machine 



The fabrics and binding

 

My colourful sewing supplies box



The trays can be clipped on to the sides. Isn't that a cute looking box.... I think it was the lovely colours that prompted me to buy this box.

There are dozens of tutorials on the internet on how to make a crochet hook roll. Usually a case was made by stitching parallel lines on the flap to make pockets for the hooks. But that was not how I wanted to make it, why keep it simple.....yeah, a real glutton for punishment, that's me! With my limited knowledge of sewing, I took inspiration from this Pencil Roll Tutorial at You Go Girl .
I wanted pop up pockets  as the hooks had thick handles. To make matters worse, each handle was a different thickness!

There was trouble from the word Go! The bias binding was just not turning and it was too narrow and fiddly for me. So, I cheated a bit there, but I am not telling anything. Then I made the pockets by keeping each hook to measure.



Finally got my pockets in order!




I managed to get the case done after spending the whole Sunday on it.
And ta-da here it is:


I wanted the outside of the case to be plain and not show the ridges. I think I achieved it.


Now what remained was to crochet a length of chains to make a cord, to tie up after the case was loaded with hooks and rolled. But then, you see I had taken a vow to make this as difficult as possible! I decided to try the Romanian crochet cord, a new technique. If you would like to know more about this technique visit Wendy at  Sunshine's Creations. Vintage Threads. She makes beautiful lace using this cord.

This was the first time I was trying this and after crocheting one inch I was ready to give up! But when I read that Wendy's teenage daughters were making yards of this cord I decided not to quit. Well, it was definitely worth it as you can see.




I curled the ends in to make small discs.


 Here is my crochet hook case duly completed, loaded, rolled and tied.


Phew!... no more sewing projects for me. Well, at least not in the near future. Maybe after I take a few lessons.

A cute scene from my balcony, birds of different feather..... chatting together!


The rain gods have sent the clouds, but have forgotten to send the rains! Hot sticky, clammy weather.... well, there is just no pleasing us, is there? We always find something to crib about!!!


 

In this concrete jungle the greenery is a soothing sight...isn't it?

I am going back to my hooks and happy hooking to you too. I have a new project to show you, so see you tomorrow.

Bye,
Love xxx

P.S. The binding is stitched on the top side but on the inside, I got fed up and just stuck it with fabric glue.... so much for my sewing skills, ha ha.



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