Monday, 26 March 2012

A sparkly scarf for" My Jane"

Hello beautiful people,

As I start this post, I can see lovely blue skies from my window and feel the advent of spring...its wonderful isnt it? How is it where you are today?

Sunny skies and lotsa flowers and happiness.....all these epitomise my friend Jane....who has a birthday this month. My lil girl has been calling Jane by the epithet "my Jane" since the age of two..and the name has stuck!! I made this sparkly sequiny scarf  for Jane as its so Her!!

I hope she has a wonderful birthday and a year full of happiness. I belong to India and have been in the UK for over 15 years and Jane has been a part of my life for a large chunk of this time...she is such a comfort to me , she makes me feel at home here too!! Heres to our friendship!

Thank you so much,Jane.

I chanced upon this simple stitch and started the scarf, I really enjoyed making it . The stitch pattern is called the crossed trebles(half double crochet in US terms). Really easy to do! Here is the pattern.

Make an odd number of chains,this is important.
 yrh   stands for yarn around hook

Row 1-- yrh ,insert hook in 3rd chain from hook,yrh and draw a loop through
Yrh, insert hook in next stitch, yrh and draw aloop through, yrh and draw through all 5 loops on hook( this completes the first crossed half treble (hdc).    Chain 1, *(yrh, insert hook in next chain,yrh and draw a loop through ) twice, yrh and and draw through all 5 loops on hook to complete next crossed half treble.,chain1, repeat from * to last chain, turn.

Row2-_  chain 2 , yrh , insert hook in first chain space, yrh and draw a loop through,  yrh and draw through all 5 loops on hook , chain 1,  *yrh,  insert hook in same chain space as 2nd arm of last crossed half treble, yrh and draw aloop through,  yrh insert hook in next chain space , yrh and draw a loop through,  yrh and draw through all 5 loops on hook chain 1,  repeat from * to end( taking care to work 2nd arm of last crossed treble in chain space formed by turning chain.), 1 half treble in 2nd of chain 2., turn.

Repeat row 2 for the desired length.

I love this stitch for the texture it produces, the sequins are randomly scattered in the pattern which I think adds to the charm.

I hope the scarf is loved by the compliment for any crocheter and friend of course!!
Please do let me know if pattern is unclear, the photos are fuzzy ....I will  do my best to clarify!!


Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Hooky fingers.....

Hello lovely friends,

Hope this post finds you basking in the sunshine, literally and figuratively? Lovely blue skies here in the UK...and  sunshine essential it is to well being, isnt it?

My hooky fingers have been busy trying to create things that make me sing !! Isnt there something so magical about making something just out of a ball of yarn and a lil hook? I feel really blessed to be able to nurture this ability, dont you?

Amidst all my WIPs,  I upcycled this little drawstring bag , I actually finished it it is!!

Isnt it darling? I have always had a  penchant for dinky bags and this fits the bill  exactly!

This is the rather staid avatar of the bag before it was made held a bag of 
sweeties long demolished...I had stashed this jute bag away thinking that it would be used one so glad I did!!

This is the snowy pile of hexagons which aided heavily in the make over. I finally used up yarn i got ages ago for some other long forgotten purpose!! It is a rather simple pattern and I would be more than happy to do a tutorial. Worry not if you dont  possess said jute bag , as you  could just make the bag in thick yarn or else line the bag if using DK weight yarn!!

One satisfied bunny signing off for now, see you all soon!!

Warm hugs,

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Crocheting the day away.....

Hello lovely  kindred souls,

Hope the suns rays are spreading out to warm you up in your nook? the days are getting longer and brighter which is always a good thing....but I have to say I love all seasons because they are all wonderful in their own way, don't you think?

I kept postponing a blog post so I  could gather lotsa photos...this is happening slowly cos I have been quite busy with numerous WIP's...hence this is a word heavy post!!

I have started the Lego blanket, I need way more squares as it is for my 12 year old its an ongoing project . I try my best to intersperse heavy projects with smaller ones for instant several scarves which are my fave accessory, baby cardi  for a friend, baskets and small purses  .....bracelets...another blankie in the pipeline for which the wool has arrived...and as if that wasnt enough, I have embarked upon a project which involves lace weight yarn and several octagonal motifs to make  a work of art hopefully!! Any  guesses??

I love the yarn , its so soft and cuddly. A year ago,I wouldn't have dared to crochet with yarn so fine simply because of the fact that any project would take much longer  to finish and wear...but  a certain genius of a  Parisian designer has inspired me  to take the plunge!! 

God ,am I besotted with her work !! I know this project is going to take me really long to complete...but whats the hurry? In this world of instant and fast achievements, I think its nice to take your time to create something which would be cherished for a very long time. ( so I say at this point in time!!) But jokes apart, I really want to finish this project....please do encourage me,lovely people!! 

Pictures will appear tomorrow, so please do send me good wishes ,all you crochet geniuses!! 

Will sign off for now, see ya tomorrow!!

Warmest hugs,