Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Monet Garden shawl

Hello gorgeous gals! How are you today? So glad you joined me here. I cannot thank you lovely ladies enough for your sweet comments about my interview. You, my friends, really keep me going. 

Some time back I shared my corner to corner blanket with you along with the video tutorial by one of my crochet gurus, Mikey from The Crochet Crowd. Today I have a beautiful shawl to show you. The pattern is by another favourite crochet teacher I follow, Clare of Bobwilson123. Clare has tons of wonderful crochet videos and psst...let me share a secret...I love her accent.

This pattern is the I Love Rainbows Shawl and is a beautiful granny shawl. It also has a delicate border. You can get the video here and the written pattern here.

crochet granny triangle shawl

It is a lovely pattern and the video is very good too. I think the shawl has just turned out gorgeous, what do you say? The original shawl has been made in lovely rainbow colours but I used a variegated yarn I had in my stash. 

The yarn is acrylic but has a lovely mohair-like fuzzy feel to it. My shawl is a bit bigger than the pattern and while the granny design can be a bit monotonous, what kept me going was the delicate, beautiful border. I wanted to start working on the border so I speed-crocheted through the shawl.

i love rainbows crochet granny shawl

For some visual interest I used a peach variegated yarn for the border and the panel in the center. I have not blocked the shawl yet, therefore the edges are curly.

The shawl is quite sumptuous and cozy.
crochet rainbow triangle shawl

The shawl reminds me of a Monet garden painting. You know, you see little flecks of yellow, a dab of lavender and dashes of various shades of green. Then you stand back , and lo and behold, it is a gorgeous garden with a water body and hanging foliage, vivid flowers, and the more you stare at it the more elements you discover in the garden. I was not very impressed with this yarn but upon completion the shawl looked so pretty and delicate, just like a Monet garden! 

crochet variegated yarn triangle shawl

The shawl measures 68" by 34" and weighs about 375 grams. I used a 4.50 mm crochet hook.

You can get this shawl in my Etsy shop.

crochet triangle granny shawl

Of course the "official" photo on the swing where all WIPs are christened as Finished is a must...LOL!!  :D

Hope to see you soon. Do let me know if you have started making your handmade gifts yet. I am looking forward to Diwali but only because hubby will be getting a few days leave. But not enough to visit Mumbai...sadly, and Diwali is no fun when you are so far away from family and friends!!  :(


Friday, 10 October 2014

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Smart Indian Women

Hello friends, You will never guess what happened. I was interviewed for the very first time, for Smart Indian Women.com. I am so tickled pink!!!  :-)

So there I am occupying my small little space under the blogosphere sun, when I get a message whether I would be interested in doing an interview. It took me minutes to say yes and then daysss to fill the interview form! Never realised talking about myself could be so difficult.

If you are interested in reading my interview...and I hope you are...(blush, blush) here is the LINK

Crochetkari interview



I discovered a whole new world of Indian women bloggers and entrepreneurs out there. So I urge you, especially my Indian blogger friends, to visit the site without fail. While most Indian women are blogging about food and recipes there are a few who have gone off the beaten path to write about fashion, jewellery, make up, parenting and even theatre.

While I was always sure about the "Indian woman" title now I can safely say that I am a "Smart Indian Woman" ....hehehe!!!  ;)

On the crafty front this is what I have up to:

crochet rainbow triangle shawl

More about it in my next post. 

See you soon. Happy crafting.







Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Glorious Glimpses of Ganesha

Hello friends! Earlier in September I visited my hometown Mumbai to celebrate the Ganesha festival or Ganeshotsav (utsav means festival). So here are some wonderful photos of the idols we visited. I clicked the snaps with my latest toy the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 - a birthday gift from hubby :)
 
This first pic is from the Flower market at Matunga. As you can see all the decorations have been made with flowers.

Ganeshotsav 2014 crochetkari

A few more photos of idols in and around Matunga;

Ganeshotsav 2014 crochetkari

Ganeshotsav 2014 crochetkari

Ganeshotsav 2014 crochetkari

Ganeshotsav 2014 crochetkari

Ganeshotsav 2014 crochetkari

Ganeshotsav 2014 crochetkari

 The last one was bathed in coloured lights and the idol seemed to change its colour every time the lights changed. 

Sometimes the decor can overwhelm the idol!  :)

Ganapati 2014 crochetkari

And now saving the best for last. My most favourite idol;

GSB Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav 2014

All the ornaments you see on the idol are offerings from devotees. And they are all real gold or silver. Sometimes they also have real gems and pearls etc. These offerings are pledged to the Lord for favours/boons such as success in business, admission to a coveted university, getting married, getting a child/ male child, surviving a major illness and I am sure many more things. The offering can actually be as small as a coconut or as massive as the actual crown, all depending on what the devotee can afford. The floral decorations and the clothes are changed everyday during the ten days of the festival. A glimpse of this beautiful vista of Lord Ganesha is calming and uplifting at the same time. The eyes seem to be watching you wherever you go. And suddenly you feel there is hope for the world yet. Another reason we come here every year could be the delicious fried goodies served at the stalls in the compound. Mmmmm..... batata wada, dal wada, cutlets, samosas, patoli, bhajiyas.........mouthwatering!!!!

I hope you enjoyed the photos. I think I have a few more pics in my camera....maybe some other time.

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Halloween Decor with Craftsy

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