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Incandescence

Little unused balls of yarn bother me time and again. I am unable to give it away and it just sits in my stash forever. So when a friend announced a crochet along in Ravelry for making Mandalas my mind began thinking, why not try something with these threads. I love making doilies but am not too fond of changing colours every other row.

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But while watching television I began doodling with the threads. One round led me to another and before I could say Jack Robinson, the doily was complete, all under an hour’s time. Surprised to see me using such  bold colours, a first for me, she named it Incandescence.I showed the doily to my friends and they liked it. They even offered to test it for me and used such lovely colours, that I love their versions more than mine. Do check it out on ravelry.

Let me know what you do with little unused balls of thread that you hoard in your stash like me. Would love to hear from you.

Mathilde

I chanced upon a doily in Ravelry that called out to me to be made. Generally I am lazy to switch threads while making a doily, but people had made the same doily in beautiful colours that I decided to use some colours too. This is the result of the coloured doily. It is minimally textured and easy to make. You can find the pattern here. This can be called a Mandala too as it is the right size for a colourful mandala. Meanwhile,many of my friends have mounted doilies as wall art, using canvas and embroidery frames. So I got a canvas,painted it and modpodged it to the canvas. Voila! the doily on canvas is ready.

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Do try fixing a doily on canvas. It makes for a good living room decor. Let me know how it went.

Gladioli – Another Pinterest Find

Sometimes certain patterns call out to you. As I made a doily for the doily-along in Ravelry last week, I thought I should stop, but whenever I browsed in Pinterest there would be someone who would have pinned the very same doily and I would linger over it, looking at the sheer beauty of the doily. This went on for some days and then I couldn’t resist and I immediately printed out a copy.

Once I began working on it, I realised this was more challenging than the doilies that I am used to making. This doily worked in spirals without joining and ending in each row.

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I had planned to make it in three colours and had started with beige. I even took it with me during my travel but unfortunately I had messed up the count and it didn’t look good at all. So another two days were wasted as I ripped and decided on a colour.

However, this time I enlarged the picture and printed a better pattern and began in earnest with a Baroque thread in sea green. But all was not well. The thread, which I thought would be sufficient, was not enough, so I decided to do only the center flowers in green and give a white border. This doily is also a thread guzzler. I have almost finished the 50 gm ball of white. The center of the doily is done using regular treble on one side of the flower and post stitches on the other half, which gives a raised look and beautiful texture.

This doily needed more focus than the other doilies I have made. The end result is fantastic. It is a huge doily of 25 inches diameter and it has been well worth the time and effort.

A Pinterest find

Doilies are so addictive. Any free time or if a little bit of thread peeks from my stash while hunting for something else, finds me making a new doily. It was one such moment in Ravelry when my friends kept posting beautiful doilies in a doily-along and the moderator kept showing patterns that made me get out the thread from my stash. In just a day and a half I could make this doily from a chart posted on Pinterest that had caught my fancy some days ago. This doily didn’t have a name. It looks like artichokes, chrysanthemums and lotuses in bloom. So you could call it any name you want and it will look beautiful. Like they say a rose by any other name would still be as beautiful.

IMG_3788.jpg Have you made any such beauties on a whim while browsing the Internet or Pinterest? Do let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you.

Pookalam

It is ages since I updated my blog with something interesting. A discussion on threads with friends made me hunt for threads in my stash. Another discussion in a facebook group reminded me that Onam the harvest festival was on Tuesday, September 13. So I began doodling with thread and came up with the Pookalam which is a traditionally laid out design using flowers in front of one’s home during the festival of Onam.

Onam is a big festival for Kerala,the southernmost part of India. It is also known as the harvest festival and also the homecoming of the mythical king Mahabali. This festival is celebrated with decorations in front of the homes using colourful flowers known as pookalam. As my ancestors came from Kerala pookalam was an important feature in the homes of many relatives. Each year I decide to make a pookalam but never make it. This time I tried to make a pookalam at least with the colorful threads from my stash.

Here is how to make this doily. It hasn’t been tested for errors. So if you find one do let me know. If you happen to make one do share pictures with me on Ravelry.

Pookalam

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Materials: Anchor Knitting Cotton

Hook: 2.5mm

Round 1: Using the magic circle make dc5tog, ch3, eight times into the loop. Join with ch1 and dc into the beg ch. Tighen the loop. Fasten off.

Round 2: Join new color. Ch 5, sc in next loop. Continue around, ch2, join with dc with beg ch. (16 loops)

Round 3: dc5tog in same space, ch3, sc in next sp, ch 3, *(dc5tog, ch3, dc5tog in next space, ch 3) * repeat from *to * around, dc 5tog in beg loop, ch1 dc join to beg ch.

Round 4: Ch 5, sc, around. Join with ch2, dc. (16 loops)

Round 5: dc 5tog, ch 3, sc in next loop, ch3, *(dc5tog, ch3, dc5tog) *, end with dc5tog, ch 1 dc to the beg ch. Fasten off.

Round 6: Change color. Ch 5, dc, ch3, dc in next st (V-stitch made), ch3, sc in next loop ch3  *( dc, ch3, dc in next st) * Rep from * to * around. Join with ch2, dc to beg chain. (8 V-stitches made)

Round 7: ch5, *(dc3tog, ch2, dc3tog, picot, dc3tog, ch2, dc3tog) * ch5 sc in next loop, repeat from *to * around. Join with sl st to beg chain. Fasten off. Block and enjoy.

 

Tiny Blooms

It is over three years that I even visited my blog. This new year saw me making up new patterns that I thought I should revive the blog for whatever it is worth. Having said that I also have to work on easy navigation in the blog and being not so technically savvy I am still finding my way.
The beginning of this year saw me making a earring for my sister. It was the FrenchMiniPeacockFeather by Christa Veenstra of thecuriocraftsroom. I loved it so much that i made some with beads and without beads.
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Inspired by these cute earrings, I made up a pattern of my own, called Tiny Blooms.
The thread I used was Anchor Coats India Knitting cotton that comes in lovely shades.
Hook used 2mm
Pattern:
With green, make a magic ring and work 12 hdcs. Join with slip stitch to beginning ch and pull the thread tight to close the ring.
Ch2, dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each stitch around. Join with sl stitch and fasten off. (24 dc)

Flower on top:
With orange, make a magic ring and work 12 hdc. Join with sl st to beginning chain and pull the thread tight to close.
ch1, sc in same stitch. Sl st in next st, ch 2 picot, sl st in next st, picot, continue around. (11picots) sl st in the beginning single crochet. Fasten off.

Place flower on the green piece, join orange and green together to a hook.

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Your earring is ready. This pattern has not been tested.
If you are making this earring, do link my page to your project.

Letter/Paper Organizer

There was recently a CAL (crochet-along) in Facebook. However, I was unsure about completing this due to several reasons. The item to be made was a wall hanging, using basket weave stitch embellished with five different types of flowers. Now, I have never done a wall hanging.

Last week the kids brought home a couple of circulars. Since both of them are in the same school, I get the same circulars twice. After our reading the circulars, the girls took it away. Later during bedtime I found that they were strewn about in their room. That was when it struck me that if I could make them something colourful, it could be hung in their room and the papers would be better organised.

This thought led me to making this wall hanging. It is very simple to make and most can make it just by looking at the picture.
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Materials

Worsted weight yarn (Red Heart)

Color A Sky Blue      One  50 gm ball

Color B Red Orange  One 50 gm ball

Hook size 4.50mm

Stitches used

Dc, Basket weave stitch,fpdc, bpdc (Front and back post stitches

(you can either use Basket weave stitch or make two panels with any other stitch of your preference or continue with dc. For those who do not know how to make basket weave stitch, youtube has great videos)

Hope you like and enjoy making this pattern. Do let me know

This is not exactly written like a pattern, as I feel even a beginner can make this just by looking at the photo. However, I have written the pattern for how I went about it. You can customize it according to your preferred sizes.

Directions

With color A, Ch, 28. Dc in second chain from hook and across. Ch 2 turn. Ch 2 is counted as one dc throughout. (26 dc)

Continue working dc in every row, till desired length is reached. I worked 30 rows of dc. Fasten off.

Join Color B in one of the corners with a sl stitch. Slip stitch around. Ch 1 turn. Sc in each stitch around. At the corners sc ch1 sc in the same stitch. When you get to the top right hand corner, sc ch 1 sc, in the same stitch, sc in the next 11 stitches, ch 3, skp three stitches, sc in the next 11 stitches. Sc, ch 1, sc in the next stitch. Fasten off.

Panels (Make two)

Ch 22. Dc in second chain from hk. fpdc in the next three stitches. Bpdc in next four stitches. Fpdc in next four st, bpdc in the next four stitches. End with dc in the last stitch. Continue this way till u get to the desired length, Fasten off.

Sew both panels on to the back panel using whip stitch. Take care that the stitches are not seen in the back.

Sew flowers and leaves to embellish the wall hanging.

Your organizer is ready.