Thursday, 4 February 2016

Playing with colors:)

Hello, here is another color-burst crochet doily which I mentioned few weeks back .

Crochet Affinity Doily

Known as Affinity doily, you can find the free pattern here

Crochet Affinity Doily1

I used silky rayon like threads with pearly shine that we get in cones here and 1.5mm hook . These threads aren't meant for doilies, but I love the glaze and shade range . It is not easy to block either and may not be durable . That's the reason I can't give this as gift . So I am making another secret gift which I am almost done with :)

Have a crafty day/night :D
Preeti 



Monday, 1 February 2016

Reporting my progress

Thank you so much for your support on my new venture !! :) I am feeling motivated !!

Here is my progress on cross stitch, crochet and one more new thing :)

Jungle Japes, Height Chart by Durene Jones. I did the tree trunk on the bottom left and few animals on the top.

Here is the close up of the top - monkey, frog and a wild flower. I ran out of threads for these and have ordered yesterday . 

Some colorful crochet in the making .


Harvested spinach from my balcony garden

My mom was here in the month of January. I framed this Humming Bird cross stitch I did last year and gave it to her . This was among the beginning cross stitch projects and I did not quite get the right fabric size . So I was left with more on the top side . I think that is fine .


I made this first printable on Adobe Illustrator. Most of the tags, including button images , are done from the scratch . Now that I need to maintain two websites and other hobbies too, I need to ensure I have time for all . If I just do what I am feeling, then I will be frustrated for not doing the other things I love .
  
I could not get any simple crafty timetable online. This one will contain higher level activities and not specific projects I want to work on. For eg. Planned will have Crochet on Monday, Cross stitch on Tuesday etc. Indulgences is like for me - minimum 15min. of book reading, maximum 15min. of Pinterest. I spend 45 min. on newspaper reading daily :(

This will not conatin any household activities. I maintain that on a free simple iPad app - Jamie's To Do. You can see that app here . There is a lovely story behind it. A developer husband made it as a gift for his wife .

If anyone of you have multiple hobbies and interested in this timetable, I will email you this image file.

My Birthday is falling this month and is a milestone Birthday - 40th :) I am busy energizing the two people at home to do something and they have started obliging :) I already got a lovely gift from my Mom when she was here . Have you seen what crafty things I made on Raj's 40th B'day? If not, then take a look here .

I will tell you more about my B'day plans for myself in next post :D . Right now, I am done with enough words for you to read:)

Thanks for reading and seeing!!
Preeti





Monday, 25 January 2016

Introducing my new website :)

Thank you for your encouragement and appreciation over my doily misadventure in the last post !!:)

I will soon share the second doily but before that I wanted to introduce my new crochet website.....


If you remember, few months back, I mentioned that I wanted to create my own crochet designs. I have started it small with crochet motifs as those are my most favorite things to make.


Anshita wrote a detailed introduction about me for the website :) She is good at creative writing. I have tried my best to provide all the details a pattern requires - Image, pattern diagram, stitch details, written instruction, material requirements and PDF to download. It took me lot of hardwork and time to create the pattern diagrams.

I am still making few changes as and when needed. I would be glad if you pay a visit and take a look around my new website even if you are not interested in crochet. All who crochet, I request them to try downloading a pattern and let me know if you face any issue for the same. All you need to pay for a pattern is ----just a visit to the website :))


Your feedback and suggestions are welcome . I have not updated the patterns on any other social networking site but I will be doing so for a new Ravelry account and my personal Pinterest account. This blog will continue to be my personal blog and though I will inform about new patterns posted, you can reach my new website anytime through the link 'Loops & Binds Patterns' that I have added under the 'Categories' list on the left side bar.

For those under the fury of snow storm, keep warm and safe. I hope things will turn better this week.

Thanks again for your support!!:)
Have a crafty week!
Preeti


Monday, 18 January 2016

I make a crochet doily.......

when I cannot decide which project to work on. Few weeks back , before I started stitching on my WIPs, I wanted to break a crafting block with some easy-peasy project . I like making doilies :)

After going through few of the saved patterns, I chose two to make . Here is the one which looked good while blocking but then it did not lay flat once dried. I also planned to give this as a gift which is now pending for over a month but I wasn't satisfied with it so I need to make another. The second doily looks good but that also cannot be given as gift for reasons I will tell on my next post when I am ready with its pictures .

Crochet fan doily

This is a free pattern named, 'Fan Doilies' and can be found here .  It measures 16 inches wide and is made with Anchor mercerized crochet cotton size #20 and hook size 1.5 mm.

Crochet fan doily

I got stuck at the starting itself and tried many times. How can one make 16  3-dtr clusters  in a ch-8 ring? Even though those are clusters, you need to insert into the ring 48 times . Anyways, I did it my way and ended up with a slight frilly border. If any one of you try this ( refer large doliy instruction), I would be interested to know how you did it .

Thank you for always visiting me and taking time to comment :)

Have a great week ahead!
Preeti:)


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

My Snailathon :)

Thank you for your encouraging words on my last post !! I have been busy( read lazy) to reply to you :D

I ran a marathon at snail's pace and made some progress on one of my cross stitch pieces . But before that, I did some coloring after a long time .


I found a cheap plastic frame at home, the one which have a transparency instead of glass in the front. It had some boring management quote written on it and got long time back in office .

And this is my Cross Stitch Snailathon result on Jungle Japes, height chart by Durene Jones.

Completed a toucan and turtle (no white and back stitching)

This is how it looks now.

Now, I am onto boring tree trunk stitching on the left . Hope it grows faster, I will try to water it daily with my threadspray :)

Thank you for seeing !!

Have a nice day!
Preeti








Monday, 4 January 2016

Ravelry Crochet Exchange !! :)

Happy new year !! :)

No, this is not my first finish of 2016. We had a Secret Santa exchange on the Ravelry group 'Crafty Dozen' from India . I am not so active on Ravelry and all the more scared when it comes to exchange deadlines but I wanted to participate in a crochet exchange so I decided to dive in .

The moderators defined the rules including the approx cost of gifts (excluding handmade and postal charges). It is good to have that way so that there are no worries that we have fallen short of satisfying partners . But if exchanges are across the countries then it is difficult to do so . There were total 26 participants .

This is what I sent to Bhavani, she used to blog earlier but is not active now.

Crochet sling bag

This is the back side. I used Laura knitting cotton and 4 mm hook. 


fabric pincushion

 I also made this fabric pincushion, my very first, as another handmade. I made my first needle book and gave it in cross stitch exchange and now my first pincushion too. Both the times, I was tempted to keep those for myself but I was equally glad to give to a fellow crafter:) I don't have a needlebook or pincushion. This also reminds me that I mentioned about showing how-to steps for my needlebook.  Below are the goodies I sent to her .

1.paper yarn, A4 card sheets with jumbo prints, bling sticker, handmade diary
2. Assorted buttons, pegs, cute jumbo printed buttons and rose shaped beads.

Anchor knitting cotton balls and Turkish Nako Saten yarn. 

I tried to cover all she liked and the colors she loved . I was glad she liked everything very much :)


And this is what I got from Shruti . She is active on Ravelry . I was so elated to receive the mega package and especially the handmade:)

Zipper pouch for Anshita

1. Pony crochet hooks set, individual hooks, Circular needles, T-pins and ladybug buttons
2. Quilling strips, floral printed binder clips, sticker lace- for me and Anshita both

1. A long heart printed fabric table runner.
2. Pure wool, Pure silk thread (dark blue), Rayon and cotton thread for crochet.

And.....This is the huge handmade gift that I got....Mini rings of change :))


Love the color spread at the center, stunning!!!:))

I have picked one of my cross stitch projects after many days . I hope to show some progress in few days/weeks time :)

Have a crafty week and year ahead!!
Preeti



Monday, 28 December 2015

2015 projects and Goals 2016

Hello, hope you had a great long weekend and enjoying the holiday season waiting for 2016:)

Last week I had been busy going for ultrasound and IFT therapies daily for my upper back pain. It is now better as long as I do mild work, especially, in kitchen. It seems the kitchen platform in the new flat is a bit high compared to what I had in my old place . We are trying to find a solution else we will have to dismantle and construct a new one which is a major task :(  I will also be fine if my family allows me to retire from the kitchen tasks ;)

These are the projects I worked on in 2015 . Click on the link of project titles to see more details and images .

Cross stitch projects:

I spent first half of the year on a big project 'Kitty Litter' by Dimensions, but lost my mojo very soon. 

Crochet projects:



1. Crochet collar published in Anchor Needle n Thread magazine, India


I am going to continue with the same goals for this year again as shared in 2015.

S.no.
Goal/resolution
Type
Status




1
Design min. 1 cross stitch and 1crochet pattern for Indian magazine
One-time
Partially completed
2
Analyse atleast 2 international magazines for submission
Ongoing
Not started
3
Write one article/story per month for Newspaper/magazine and submit
Ongoing
Partially completed
4
Upload the written novel
One-time
Not started
5
Complete next novel
One-time
Not started
6
Create Goodreads profile and update frequently
Ongoing
Completed and ongoing
7
Read 2books a month
Ongoing
Partially completed
8
Donate more
Ongoing
Partially completed
9
Think less, worry less
Ongoing
Not started
10
Organize more
Ongoing
Completed and ongoing
11
Recycle more
Ongoing
Not started
12
Increase exercise and walk time
Ongoing
Partially completed
13
Make crochet wearables for Anshita
One-time
Partially completed
14
Put some efforts in gardening
Ongoing
Partially completed
15
Play thrice a week with Anshita
Ongoing
Partially completed
16
Learn and make more sewing and patchwork items
Ongoing
Not started
17
Get used to paying bills
Ongoing
Not started
18
Learn and cook few more baking items
Ongoing
Not started
19
Find out more about palaeontology carreer
Ongoing
Not started
20
Learn amigurumi
Ongoing
Not started
21
Learn Tunisian crochet
Ongoing
Not started
22
Do mending and repair work promptly
Ongoing
Partially completed
23
Reduce xx Kgs (too shy to reveal the count :))
One-time
Partially completed
24
Smile often, be more social
Ongoing
Partially completed
25
Reply to comments promplty
Ongoing
Partially completed
26
Write at least 2 blogposts per week
Ongoing
Partially completed
27
Target at least one pending home-decor/fitting each month
Ongoing
Completed and ongoing
28
Learn about finances/investments from Raj - one item per month
Ongoing
Not started
29
Learn Adobe illustrator to draw crochet patterns
One-time
Completed and ongoing
30
Delete unwanted images from iPad,phone and laptop.
Ongoing
Partially completed











































This year started good with lot of projects but my productivity went down in second half of the year :(  I hope I will blog more often next year. I am lazy to post the progress pictures.

Good luck and happy crafting for 2016 !!
Preeti :)




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