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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Year and a Poem

Wishing you all a very very Happy New Year!! Hope this year has begun on a wonderful note for you. I am glad that 2014 has come to an end. The last few months were particularly stressful. We had to shift to another house since the owner of the house that we were living in sold it. But on the brighter side our new house is much cuter albeit with lesser storage space - which has been a blessing in disguise since it has forced us to throw away all the unnecessary clutter. It is also a much warmer house. I'm looking forward to happy days here.

On New Year's eve  I wrote a erm...poem. It just came to me :) I have never written a poem before. Ok, I wrote one a couple of months ago. It was called "Life under repair" and was just 4 lines long. This time I wrote a longer one and since I'm feeling a bit brave I'm posting this.

Title: Dear New Year

My dear new year
I'm so happy you are here

I hope you give me chances
To break into happy dances

Let time not run in a frenzied pace
I want to meet my friends face-to-face

I'm looking forward to days
When you show that hard work pays

Let there me days of peace and calm
For the soul there's no better balm

Let there be moments of solitude
And moments to look back with gratitude

Let there always be good food
Cos it always puts me in a good mood

These are some wishes from me
I'm not that fussy you see

I'm saying this again dear new year
I'm very happy that you are here.
I'm very happy that you are here.

Though things have been a bit crazy I've managed to get some projects done. I can't wait to put them up. See you in my next post!


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lining a Knit Baby Blanket

 

My mother loves the colour mustard . It works very well with grey. And that's what inspired this baby blanket. Its a simple rectangular blanket in garter stitch knit with 4.5 mm needles which gives it an open texture. The border is crocheted in a shell stitch pattern. It measures around 30 x 36 inches.

The yarn is Glamour by Supreme from The Happy Hands Store





The blanket is lined with a very pretty strawberry printed cotton fabric. This was my first attempt at lining a blanket. My mother and I worked on it together and once it was done I couldn't believe how amazing it looked.

So here are my notes on how I went about lining the blanket:

I started with 2 adjacent sides of the blanket. To do this I cut the lining fabric into a larger rectangle than the blanket itself. Laying the lining fabric wrong side up on the floor I marked 1inch lines from 2 adjacent edges. I used 1 inch as the seam allowance. So the  marked lines became the fold lines along which the blanket would be attached.

Placing the blanket wrong side down I matched the fold lines with the edge of the blanket and started pinning. The crocheted border is not lined.

The picture below shows the blue line which is the fold line. I used a pen with disappearing ink. You just spray water on it and the ink disappers.



The picture below shows the 2 edges pinned.


Once this was done I was left with fabric on the top.



Again marking a line 1inch away from the top edge I cut out the excess fabric. Folding the seam allowance inwards I pinned this edge too. Working in the same way the fourth side was also pinned.
I added additional pins to the inner rectangle as well.

 My mother sewed up all the pinned edges using  basting stitches. These were later finished using whip stitches all around. She also added some more diagonal stitches from the corners of the outer rectangle to the inner one. You could even do parallel lines of stitches.




When it was all done all of us spent a good amount of time ooh-aahing. Once everyone got back to their respective activities I spent some more time wrapping it around myself, twirling it, folding it, opening it all over again to admire it and generally wasting copious amounts of time( totally optional)

The next day it was lovingly wrapped and gifted to my cousin's cute little baby. 
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Printed Culottes



Remember the palazzo pants I made early last year. This is from the same pattern. I used cotton this time and to make my culottes just reduced the length. Medium weight cotton worked just great and it was really nice to work with cotton after so long. I used one of my machine stitches to blind hem the culottes. It worked fabulously.

I just love the blazer that I'm wearing. Its actually my sister's. She is the same size as me :)

In other news, a new yarn line has been added to the store - Dani by Supreme in 6 gorgeous colours. Its a 100% acrylic yarn and has 125 metres in a 45gm ball. More details here :

http://www.thehappyhandsstore.com/Supreme/Dani-id-786158.html



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Monday, October 6, 2014

My Very First Interview

Recently I was interviewed by an online magazine called Smart Indian Women. For a change, it felt nice to talk about myself and of course about my blog which was the hero of the piece.

Here is the link to the interview : http://www.smartindianwomen.com/blog/an-interview-with-blogger-suma-of-favourite-things/

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gorgeous New Yarn at the Store

Look what's new at my store!! Malabrigo sock yarn!! Plus 2 new colours in Malabrigo Worsted. Its the first time I saw the sock yarn this close. It really is so beautiful. Soft and well plied. I've chosen some lovely colours (it was quite tough given that all the colours of Malabrigo are so lovely).
Its a light fingering weight yarn and has 440 yards in the 100gm hank.

Malabrigo Sock Yarn

From left to right is Tiziano red, Alcaucil, Solis and Cote d'Azure.

And the two new colours in Malabrigo Worsted : Red Mahogany and Stone Blue. These colours are well suited for both men and women.
Malabrigo Worsted Red Mahogany

Malabrigo Worsted Stone Blue
Some more Indian yarn arrived today :) I'll be posting pictures very soon.


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Crochet Sling Bag for Shreya


A couple of weeks back we had a welcome change in our routine when Shreya and Akshay visited us. They are my husband's eldest brother's children aged 13 and 10 respectively.  We had so much fun together. They are adorable kids who love crafting. We shopped for craft supplies, made cards, talked and laughed a lot. The kids and me also made a custard cake which turned out super delicious. I also taught them how to make their own washi tape.


As gifts Akshay got story books and Shreya got this crochet sling bag. This started as a clutch which I lined with felt and plastic canvas to give it structure. I also added a magnetic snap closure and a cute flower button on the flap. The strap was Shreya's idea - of course teenagers prefer sling bags don't they? The addition was very last minute. She braided the yarn and I attached it. She absolutely loved the bag.


Akshay did not get anything handmade on this trip because I'm totally clueless as to what to make for boys. For the girls I can think of a thousand things to make, So I asked Akshay himself. Pat came the reply - a pencil pouch! And the creative person that he is he gave me a drawing of how he would like the pencil pouch to look. That will be quite a challenge - making sure that the pouch turns out to be like what he has drawn. Hmmm....but secretly I feel like a superstar because they believe that I can make anything :) Wish me luck with the pouch!
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fleece shoes for cold feet


Its a constant battle with cold floors every rainy and winter season here in Bangalore. This year I decided to make myself a pair of fleece shoes to treat my feet to something really warm and comfortable. Initially I had wanted to make fleece boots but given that I've been so busy with other projects I just decided to look for a pattern/tutorial. I found this lovely tutorial in Russian. Once translated its really simple to follow. The only change I made was adding an interlining. This is usually used in coats. It  gives my shoes a bit of loft.
Here are the 6 pieces cut out from the pattern



And here's the lining all sewed up. I've sewn the interling to the fleece using an edge stitch so that it doesn't shift while sewing.


Sewing the pieces together around the curve near the toes was a bit difficult due to the three layers. So I resorted to a bit of hand sewing there.

I'm quite thrilled with my first fleece project. I hope to make those fleece boots soon :)




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