Saturday, March 29, 2014

Meera's Maile Sweater

Pattern : Maile Sweater

Needles : 2.75mm (I think. Have forgotten since its been a while since I made this)

Made for : My niece Meera

This was made for Meera to be gifted when she was born (last June). It fits her now- when she is a 9 month old. Hmmm...maybe Indian kids are tinier. My sister had found out that she was going to have a baby girl and had specifically told me to make the cardigan in any colour other than pink.So I chose this green from my stash. The yarn is called Shine Sport by Knitpicks.

The pattern is called Maile. Maile is a fragnant vine endemic to Hawaii. The pattern is beautifully written and turned out great. The buttons are not my most favourite though. I finished the sweater the day before my parents were to leave to visit my sister. When it came to attaching the buttons I realised that the buttons I had were not of the size I was looking for. I had to make do with the buttons I found at the corner shop.

She's wearing this during her recent visit to Bangalore. She looked so pretty that I couldn't stop taking pictures of her. The polka dotted dress is the one I made and blogged about previously : Polka dotted dress

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A chance to donate your old Denims

I'm posting this for a dear friend of mine - Tanushree Nair, founder of Karaashilp. Karaashilp, an online store that stocks handcrafted products - bags, home decor, jewellery and personal accessories is on a Denim Collection Drive to sustain their Karaashilp Eco Project. This is a great chance to clear your denim clutter as well as to donate for a good cause.

Read more about Karaashilp and the drive here : Donate those old denims

I'll see you soon. Bye for now.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Crocheted Earrings

This is my very first jewellery project. I tried these pair of earrings using Luxor - cotton yarn. I'm very pleased with the result. I just did double crochet all around and attached beads. This jewellery making turned out to be quite enjoyable - it also threatens to be addictive. Must watch out!!!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Bag Making Accessories At My Store

Its been quite a wait for me but now I can finally let the secret out. The new product line at the store is bag making accessories. The range includes zippers,bag handles,sliders,locks,magnets and metal hardware. I look at these products and I feel super happy that certain things that I struggled to find during my bag making projects I could now make them available online.

As someone who  loves things that can be put to multiple uses I am happy that many of these products are not restricted to bag making . You could use the zippers to make zipper flowers. I love them as embellishments.

In fact, you do not even need to know to sew to use some of these. For instance, you could revamp a dull looking bag or a leather/denim jacket or belts by attaching some rivets or spikes studs to them.

You could even make you own headband like the one Sonakshi Sinha wore at the Zee Cine Awards. Just attach spike studs to an existing hairband and there you have it- your very own spiked headband - no sewing required.

Spike Studs

Twist Lock

Bag Magnet

The pictures here are just few from the whole range. For much much more see the complete product range here : Bag Making Accessories I do hope the crafting community makes good use of what's on offer at the store.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Meera's Polka Dotted Dress

Here's my second dress I made for Meera in one of my favourite prints. Baby clothes are so much fun to make. They are super quick and you can try out various techniques on them.

This dress has a yoke and is gathered below the yoke at the front and at the back. The back has buttons running through the length of the dress. I had drafted the dress with the intention of drafting and adding sleeves later. But thanks to travel and a bad bout of illness I took a very long time in making progress with the dress. I finished it in time for my Meera to leave for the US.

Meera was an absolute joy to photograph once she was given her favourite toy - her sheepy.

The back. The buttons are grey. You might spot them if you look closely.

My princess looks absolutely pretty in this dress. I really can't wait to make many more clothes for her.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Knit Baby Hat

The countdown has begun. Next week my sister and my darling niece Meera will leave for the US after a wonderful 2 months in India. How I wish time could stand still! Meera is an absolute delight. I'm going to miss her like crazy.

Meanwhile I continue to make things for her, which is an absolute pleasure. Here is yet another one - a knit hat from a pattern that I wrote up myself. I have tried my best here to write the steps as clearly as possible - do let me know if there any questions. I used the lovely Avante Garde yarn from Adriafil (Italy) from my online store The Happy Hands Store. The yarn is lovely to work with and though initially I thought working with such small needles would be a pain, I am happy that I was proved wrong.

The hat itself turned out gorgeous - the yarn makes it soft and perfect for a baby head.

Yarn : Avantgarde by Adriafil
Needles : 2.75 mm

Guage: 7sts/inch

This hat measures five and a half inches in height and fits a head measuring 16 inches.

Cast on 105 sts. Join to work in the round taking care not to twist the stitches.
Work K3,P2 rib till the work measures one and a half inches from the cast on edge.
Next row: Knit
Next row: Purl

Repeat the previous 2 rounds 3 more times.

Continue in stockinette stitch (knit all stitches) till the hat measures four and a half inches from the cast on edge.

Decrease rounds.
Knit 13, K2tog till the end of the round
Knit 1 round even
Knit 12, K2tog till the end of the round
Knit 1 round even
Knit 11, K2tog till the end of the round
Knit 1 round even
Knit 10, K2tog till the end of the round
Knit 1 round even
Knit 9, K2tog till the end of the round
Knit 1 round even
Knit 1, K2tog till the last stitch, k1
Knit 1 round even
K2tog till the last stitch, k1
Knit one round even
K2tog all around
Knit one round even.

Break yarn leaving a long tail. Weave through the remaining stitches and draw closed. Weave in ends. Keep a baby warm :)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

And a lovely time was had!

Am back in Bengaluru after a lovely time in Mumbai. The event went off well. It was so much fun meeting fellow crafters and doing what I love doing  - talking about yarn and fibres.

After my return I got busy sending out pending orders and finishing a hat knit in lovely Italian yarn for my niece Meera. Its my first attempt at writing a pattern. I tried it on her and it looks absolutely lovely and fits her perfectly.  Still have to take pictures with her wearing it.

Will be back with the new hat pattern soon. There will also be some new products at the store soon. Am super excited about them too.