Sunday, 19 February 2017

Tangerine!!

Hi there,

It's a rainy Sunday afternoon for us here and I'm happy to have found time to write this post.

My latest project has been a crochet amigurumi monkey. When I found this pattern , I instantly fell in love with the cute faces those monkeys had and decided to make one.

I was so busy crocheting and eager to finish it that I forgot to take photos of all the parts.
Here are some of the in-progress pics.

The ears of this monkey are large and layered, but the pattern also has smaller ones if you want to try those. 


The muzzle looks so cute, I might make another just for the muzzle 😂



I was initially contemplating adding eye patches but eventually decided against it.
I used an alternate version of a french knot to make the eyes.



All done!! :-)


The monkey stands upright with the help of it's tail as I added chenille stems inside the tail instead of stuffing it. I loved this idea :-)





Tangerine will very soon find a new home and will be loved by my niece :-)


It was a quick and fun project :-) If I find time , then I might make another in a different colour.
How is your weekend going? I hope to find more time for crochet in the coming weeks and can't wait for spring to be here. 
Rain , rain go away!!

Till I post again,
Ranjitha

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Hello after a year!!

I know it's been terribly quiet here for a long time. I decided to take a short break after the granny square blanket, but never thought it would be this long until I write my next post. It's been a busy year with a new job + moving houses to be closer to work(my yarn was packed up for almost half of the year) + a trip to India + hectic work schedules = less crochet + no blogging. I've missed reading all my favourite blogs, so I have a lot of catching up to do.

Since I hadn't stopped crocheting/knitting. I have a few finished projects which I'll be blogging about in this and my future posts :-)

It's been snowing here since last night and continued all through the morning. 
I've been snuggled up on my couch with a mug of South Indian filter coffee and crocheting my cute little snowman. 




The snowman turned out so cute that I feel like making another with some thinner yarn so he is the size of a tree ornament. 😄


I'm totally enjoying the holiday season with snow here. Are you enjoying the holiday season too??
Happy holidays!! 😄
Till I post again,
Ranjitha

Pattern info:
If you would like to make this snowman, the pattern can be found HERE

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Granny square delight !!

I've finally completed my granny square blanket. I have been planning on making this since I started crocheting and have managed to do it after 4 long years. Unsure that I would follow through, I was always reluctant to start this project; but somehow mustered courage and took the leap. 

I started this blanket in August and have been working on it off and on. Overall it took me around 4 months to complete this project. 

This is my first ever(might as well be the last) multi colored granny square blanket. I can easily say the hardest part was choosing colors at random for each row. It is a lot easier if the colors are finalized in the beginning.

The first granny square of the blanket.


Gradually growing in number







My sister had gifted me a Michael's gift card for my birthday last year and most of the yarn for this project came from that. So a big thank you to her!! :-)



Before starting each row I would finalize all the colors for that row. and put them in the stitch holder in the right order. This saved a lot of time.


I used "join as you go" method for joining the squares.


Many more rows to go ...

Half way through ...

Almost done ...

Weaving in the ends felt like a project in itself. 
These are the trims for just 2 rows of the blanket

PHEW!!! 
Finally it is ready with all the squares joined and all ends weaved in. It has 21 rows of 18 squares each.


 I decided to keep the border simple and made a granny stripe border.




It's wonderfully heavy and gives just the right amount of warmth. It looks so beautiful that I sometimes wonder if I will ever use it ;-)















It adds a great dash of color to our room and makes adjusting to the gray skies of Vancouver a bit more easier ;-) 
The completion of this grand project has made me every bit as proud as I could ever be!!! :-)

Wishing you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR !
Till I post again!
Ranjitha

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

My first quilt !!

I have been missing from the blogland for quite sometime. I took a few weeks off and visited my sister and my cute little niece. I hadn't seen her since she was born. So this was a long awaited trip. I had seen her on skype everyday since the day she was born, but the feeling when I held her for the first time in my arms was just un-explainable. It was the awesome-est feeling on earth. She looked quite big on skype but in real she was actually quite tiny. she was like this cuddly bundle of joy which I never felt like putting down. :-) 

I was visiting her for the first time, and how could I go empty handed. I had made a lot of crocheted stuff for her. So this time I decided to do something different. And my first quilt was born. :-) 
Yes I tried my hands at quilting. It'd been more than a year since I bought my sewing machine, and I had used it only for the cushion cover I made and some alternation work. I had been putting off quilting for quite a while now as I didn't have the right tools to start with. But my last yarn visit to the craft store turned out to be very useful as I found the self healing mat, rotary cutter and the quilting ruler on discount.  I could not procrastinate further. 


My initial plan was to make a square blocks quilt, but later I decided to make a striped quilt. I followed this tutorial for this project.


These tools make life so easy compared to using scissors and cutting all those pieces of fabric one by one. But I also learned the downside of not using these cautiously when I cut my thumb with the rotary cutter. Well, initially it really looked like I might need a ER visit, but somehow managed to subside the bleeding after sometime. Phew!!

It took me a week to gather courage to hold the cutter again and continue working on the quilt. :-(


With all the strips of fabric cut, I was ready to sew.


Prepping the bobbin with some matching thread.

        






My first quilting mistake where I sewed wrong sides of the fabric, but the seam ripper did come in handy.


Ironing the fabric - The best tip I got from all the quilting tutorials. I had tried sewing earlier when I was in college, but never ironed the fabric. Ironing does make sewing so much easier. 


It really does gives you cleaner and even seams.





The front of the quilt is all ready with all the strips attached. 



 I went a bit wild and chose this print for the backing ;-) Plain seemed a bit boring to me. For the batting I used a fleece blanket. It's not very thick but keeps you warm. 

Back of the fabric
With all the three layers pinned and sewn together, the quilt was ready for a top stitch all around.


It was indeed a beautiful day here when I made this quilt. The sun was out and shining bright. Well for us, it is a big thing as we hardly get to see the sun during fall and winter ;-)


Finally stitching in the ditch to quilt all the layers together. This was fun as I had never sewn in between the seam line of strips of fabric. 



A closer look at stitch in the ditch
I also sewed a label with a short message on it, so she can cherish it for years to come. 


I hear from my sister that my niece loves the prints on the fabric.
What do you think of this quilt? Do post comments and let me know.
I hope your day is going well with whatever craft you are doing today.
Happy crafting!!
Ranjitha