Friday, May 8, 2009

April flew!!!

I didn't realise that April flew by and I didn't blog a sentence!!! Well exams were over and I was getting adjusted to having kids home the full day! I love them ! In the midst of constant cleaning and feeding the brood(thankfully just 2!!) I managed to get a whole lot of crocheting done! I also started a CAL for the lovely Seraphina shawl on Ravelry and have got 25 rows done! 
Its becoming tedious so I put it down and have since started on the 2009 crochet squares CAL on Ravelry
 and Craftster. I have caught up to April and also decided to do the Calendar CAL found at the 
Dishcloth Diaries blog. 

Middle of April my  crochet student of 3 years returned from her school and asked me ever so 
politely"Aunty may I come for crochet classes?" I was thrilled and said but ofcourse!! so now my afternoons are spent soicialising with 12 yr old girls(my dd also wanted in!) So what do I teach them that would be quick and new to them??? They saw my Waldo Square and immediately wanted that to be their first project except they didn't want a square but would do a garland of linked circles! 

Second was a wiggly crochet mat which gave them more pleasure telling" wiggly crochet" rather than doing it! they did manage to get their foundation mesh done and both of them had the mesh count wrong and didn't want to rip it out! So I told them to improvise and finish the wiggly using their imagination. My dd just did a plain spiral but my student is yet to finish. The pattern came from here.
Here are our almost finished wiggly crochet pieces:)

The spiral that my dd did in wiggly crochet led me to teaching them how to do spiral crochet with the help of the dishcloth pattern found here.
So today we finished the spiral crochet square and much to their delight they said they liked working on it! 
Will post their pictures once they finish:) Here is mine..

Thats it for now more tomorrow as I finish sewing in the ends to my squares  plus my student's works!!!
 In the mean time I hope you enjoy looking at my student's projects that she made the last time she visited me:)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Well March is here and its exam time!!!!

Good day!
February just flew by and now March is threatening to do the same:) Amidst all this flying my son comes down with chicken pox!!! So while he is being quarantined my daughter suddenly feels all mushy and goes "Oh man I so want to hug him now! I miss him!!!!!" What the??????? So after successfully keeping him away from the family for  a week and playing the nurse, I settle down to finish a couple of sampler squares that we are doing as a cal. I also managed to finish the first of the group projects of march... a dishcloth! 
 Enjoy ! 

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Butterflies and Hearts

Last night I was just browsing at Ravelry(love that place!) when my daughter walks in and says"mom I'm bored" to which  I say "why don't you crochet something?" without even looking up.

She learned to crochet from me when she was just 5 and has always been inclined to make her own projects. So when I told her to "go crochet something" she took that challenge and sat in her room for about 45 minutes and came up with this....

Isn't it beautiful! I mean she came up with this all on her own and she is just eleven and a half!!! 

She made it by joining 4 motifs ! She hadn't put the tail in which I just folded to look like the antenna and suggested how if she left a longer tail she can crochet in the antennae too.

She has offered to share her design to whoever is brave enough to work the motifs and join them. This has not been tested so please feel free to drop in a line if you spot any mistakes.

small amount of yarn or thread
corresponding size hook
(she used Sugar and cream cotton yarn and size g Hook and its 5" across at the widest part.

Gauge not important

Chain 15.
step 1 :yarn around 7 times and insert the hook in the 9th chain from the hook,yarn around and pull up a loop, yarn around and take off two loops till one loop is left on the hook.
step 2: yarn around 6 times and insert hook in the next chain , yarn around and pull up a loop , yarn around and take off two loops till one loop remains.
step 3:Yarn around 5 times and repeat the above step in the next chain.
step 4: repeat step 2 with yarn around 4 times
step 5 :repeat step 2 with yarn around 3 times
step 6: repeat step 2 with yarn around 2 times(treble st made)
step 7: work 1 dc and 1 hdc in the last chain . Fasten off. This will give you one motif.

Make 3 more and join them to form the butterfly.
 Picture of one motif :

And I finished a hearts doily yesterday !  I wanted it to be done by Valentine's day but Life got in the way and it got delayed. I made it as a part of the crochet along we are doing in our little group. I started making it in monochrome but when one of my friends in the group showed her two tone doily I wanted to make mine that way! so here it is  (still have to block it but wanted to show off first)

Monday, February 16, 2009


This is yarn_lady trying out my hand at blogging about the stuff that interests me the most---Crochet! Nearly 16 years ago I picked up a crochet hook to keep myself busy at home and have not looked back since. First it started like 'I want to know if I remember this stuff' and then catapulted into a mighty obsession with YAS/PAS/HAS/TAS and what not! For those of you who are wondering what those 3 letter abbreviations stand is what they mean Yarn Acquisition Syndrome, Pattern Acquisition Syndrome , Hook Acquisition Syndrome and Thread Acquisition Syndrome.

I come from a family where crafting is not new. My mom and grand mom knit and my daughter , sister and  mother-in-law crochet! I mostly crochet though my full set of knitting needles and also a couple of tatting shuttles are waiting for the day they will be put to the task. 

I also love sports and eagerly lap up the sporting events shown on the telly. I am a great fan of Cricket and Tennis . The 5 day Cricket test matches, I find, are the best way to sit in front of the TV and crochet!!! 

Well enough of me rambling on my first post , lets keep hoping I am not too overwhelmed by this blog thingy:)