Thursday, December 23, 2010

Look what I got for Christmas!

I love receiving surprise items in mail.. don't we all?! I rarely pass up a good chance to participate in a swap. I like putting together a mystery package for my swap buddy hoping that they would like it while I stalk my mailbox everyday for my mystery package to arrive. I participated in a Secret Santa Yule swap in Ravelry and I got my package yesterday. My secret Santa is Cathy from Mercerville,U.S and she sent me a lovely package. The swappers are supposed to open their packages on Christmas day. But, me being myself, I waited exactly 2.39secs before I ripped into the package. ;-) Here is how it went :

I opened the package to peek at the goodies..and, there was this gorgeous blue-green yarn staring at me.. I ripped into it and couldn’t believe what I saw there. I was looking at a gorgeous skein of Mad Tosh merino light yarn in my fave blue-green combination. Madeline Tosh! in.my.hands. I would never have thought that I would get a chance to meet a Mad Tosh yarn.


In this excitement, I almost forgot to see the lovely pair of fingerless gloves in a pretty stitch pattern in a soft yarn. Then, I slipped my hands into the gloves and they felt oh so warm on my hands.. The funny thing is.. I commute on my bike to work and these days, its getting very chilly and my fingers freeze while I am riding.So, I was just thinking yesterday on my way back from work that I should knit my first pair of gloves for my bike rides. And..lo..what I see in my package!? My first pair of gloves!! I feel that the knitting Gods have been watching out for the package and me.


And, not to forget the teeny-weeny Hiya-Hiya yarn snipper.. Its the cutest notion I’ve seen till now and its gonna go right into my project bag to travel with me always. Thank you so much Cathy for the lovely package. Here is the entire loot:


I hope my swap buddy likes the package I sent. I can't reveal what I made for her till she opens the package. All I know is, she has received it and is waiting like a good girl for Christmas day to open it. :-) I am keeping my fingers crossed that she likes the package. Its starting to feel like Christmas now, isn't it?!

Merry Christmas to all my lovely readers!

-Josie

Monday, December 20, 2010

Cowl affair!

Cowls! They are versatile. I've been drooling over a few cowl patterns for quite sometime and shawl collared cowl has been on my mind since the time the pattern was released. I love patterns by Alana Dakos.. I've knitted the Cedar leaf shawlette and I thoroughly enjoyed knitting it. So, when I was gifted the pattern for the shawl collared cowl 2 days back by an anonymous RAK-er, I was thrilled to bits. She gifted me a few other patterns too..but, the instant gratification promised by this pattern was too good to procrastinate. I cast on for the cowl on Friday night and I was done by Saturday night..and, I did my Christmas shopping in between on Saturday. So, you can imagine the minimal effort needed for making this cowl.

The best thing about this cowl is it will dress-up a drab coat and make you look sophisticated with minimal efforts. I used my bamboo circular knitting needles for the first time and they felt as weightless as clouds in my hands. I wish I had bought them earlier.. The yarn was a gift from a kind Raveler. It was hand spun by her into a light worsted weight yarn with thick and thin portions. I doubled the yarn to make it a chunky weight called for in the pattern.  Its a perfect project to learn short rows. (Warning: double-chin ahead!)


I wasn't sure of the yardage I had in hand and I didn't have any tool to measure the yardage. But,I felt that it will be perfect for the pattern. So, I jumped right in and started the project. As I was nearing the end, I had a sinking feeling in my stomach.. "What if the yarn falls short?!" I could feel my heart beat faster.. It was tenser than watching an India-Pakistan cricket match! ;-) I finished the cowl with about 15cms of yarn left. Phew. That was a close call!



I have a hunch that I am allergic to the fiber in the yarn because I broke out into a rash since I started knitting the cowl. It will be a sad end to this cowl affair if the allergy is confirmed. sob. The cowl needs 3 LARGE buttons and I don't have any. I hope to get to a craft store soon to pick up the right buttons.I highly recommend this pattern to anyone who wants to make a quick cowl and learn short rows in the process. I also have plans to make more cowls in the future. So, please share your favorite cowl patterns in the comments. I would like to hear from you. And, as promised.. Alvin(my 3 yr old)  picked up the 5 winners of my pattern giveaway and here are the lucky five... Drum roll please...

Luann(aidensgammie)
Nicole(HermioneWeasley aka aNewKnitter)
Lynn(lynn893)
Pearlin (purlycues)
Kaylee(KJo)

Please check your Ravelry inbox for your copy of the scarf pattern. I hope you enjoy knitting it. Thank you all for participating in the giveaway. Its my first and definitely not the last! :-) Hope your holiday season is as wonderful as mine is. I am looking forward to Christmas as we will be meeting our parents and in-laws and take a week long break. Seasons' Greetings to all my lovely readers!

-Josie

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Paper flowers!

I love stationery! When I go to a stationery shop, I go berserk..I behave like a child that entered a fair..with loads of cash.So, the most recent visit to the hobby section at Staples was very..ahem.. interesting expensive. I saw some quilling supplies and I had to buy one each of all the varieties they had there. ;-)  I did end up with two quilling pens of the same type..but, hey..I am not complaining. Where did I hear about Quilling,you may ask? My first encounter with a quilled item was when I met a RavFriend's daughter,Varsha who had made a greeting card with quilled flowers and it was love at first sight for me. Since then, I've been on the lookout for quilling supplies and you can imagine my excitement when I saw them at Staples. So, I got busy with what I had brought home which included a beginner's quilling kit with supplies and instructions. Here is the first thing I made :


It is a box with a quilled decoupage and I am happy with how it came out although it looks nowhere close to the one showed on the kit. The paper cut-out to make the box also came with the kit. Here is a full picture of the box with the decoupage on it.


Then I decided to make some flowers and leaves. It is true when they say Practice makes things perfect and it is so true when it comes to crafts. I made 3 flowers and you can tell the difference in them as I made each one. The first one was a very crappy attempt at making petals. Here is it:


The second one was better than the first one. Here is it..


So, obviously my third attempt was way better than the first one. I like this the best..

Here is the entire bunch of flowers and leaves that I made and you can see how pitiful the lavender colored flower is. I haven't decided how to arrange them yet. Maybe I will stick them on card stock and make a greeting card out of 'em. So, you can see more quilled FOs in the future. Anyone else out there who do quilling? Please share your work.. Let me know your blog links.. I would love to see what you make. :-)


 Also, this year, me and my Hubster have decided agreed ( ;-) ) to give each other a handmade gift for Christmas/New Year and to make an annual tradition out of it. I hope he is working on it.. ;-) I will know it only on Christmas day.Do you think I should remind him of it to save myself from a possible disappointment on Christmas Day? He is not the most artsy-crafty man around the block, I must say. ;-)

 Do not forget the scarf pattern giveaway that is going on my blog. Here is the post with more info : Lost in transit pattern giveaway. You have time till Dec 20th to enter the giveaway. Also, I was told that the Disney character that I had embroidered as mentioned in the previous post is Snow White and not Cinderella. So, many apologies to Ms. Snow White... ;-)

-Josie

Monday, December 6, 2010

Another Cinderella story and a giveaway!

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my first ever adult sweater. Its still growing at a snail's pace. This post is very special to me.. This is my 50th post on this blog. I started this blog in the December of 2008.. 2 years and 50 posts later, this blog has evolved along with my crafty life. It started as a knitting blog and became a knitting/crochet blog. With the entry of a sewing machine in my life, this became a multi-craft blog.. And, its only a lovely coincidence that I am adding a new craft in my crafty life.. EMBROIDERY! Its been almost 10 years since I dabbled in any hand embroidery. I remember doing it in my schooldays as a part of the craft period. But, I got this urge to try hand embroidery last week and that is what I did.. I traced a picture from my son's Disney coloring book and embroidered a Cinderella using only back stitches on a cotton fabric scrap. Here she is:


I wasn't sure if it was a good idea to embroider a character to break a decade-long sabbatical from the craft.Its easier to embroider leaves, flowers and motifs as they don't need to emote. I was worried that Cinderella will look sad or scared but, I think her face came out pretty neat.. Here is a close-up of the beauty..


I am pretty happy with the results and now I have so many plans to adorn my entire home in my hand-embroidered items.. starting with pillow covers.. I am waiting to go shopping for good embroidery hoops. Weekends have been hectic with family visiting us often. So, finding time for hobby-shopping is becoming a luxury.. I am participating in a secret Santa swap in Ravelry..and, I finished the item I made for my swap-buddy. Since it has to be a secret, I can't divulge more info than I already have.. ;-)

Okay.. you must be thinking what exactly is the giveaway.. and why I am still not talking about it?! so, without much ado, I will give you guys the details.. This giveaway is to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of this blog and the 50th post and not to forget the holiday festivities.. I would like to give away 5 PDF copies of  my scarf pattern Lost in Transit . All you need is an email id for me to mail you the pattern and a way for me to contact you on the internet.. your email ID or Ravelry user-name. So, leave a comment on this post and my son will pick 5 random winners on the 20th of December and the lucky ones will be notified.Here is a picture of the finished scarf from my pattern in case you havent seen it..

Hope you guys are having a wonderful holiday season this year.. Seasons' greetings to all my lovely readers..

-Josie

Monday, November 22, 2010

I'm growing up!

...I mean..in my crafty life.. I've always had this mortal fear to knit anything that has to fit...which means I still haven't knit an adult sweater. Yes. I don't have a hand-knit sweater or cardigan. Every time I get the motivation to knit a cardigan,I research zillion patterns and decide on the yarn and there ends my efforts to knit a cardigan for myself. So, I finally took the plunge and decided to throw caution to the wind and cast on for Odelia(Ravelry link). Its a stockinette cardigan with almost no seaming. I've knit 6 inches of it and I'm liking it.


That is my earring moonlighting as a stitch-marker. I love the way the stockinette curls and its very therapeutic to knit the mindless stockinette. I look forward to knitting this cardigan at the end of a hectic day. I spoke about an Anchor stitch-kit that I finished after coming to Bangalore in my last post. Here is a picture of it..


I am yet to frame it. I hope to hang it in my house after getting it framed. I started this kit almost 2 years ago and left it to hibernate in some corner in my old house. This recent relocation unearthed this project from its hibernation and I decided to finish it for good. Here is a close-up of it.


Did I tell you that I have a dedicated craft-room in my new home? Its supposed to be a kids' room done in pinks and lilacs. But, I've decided to use it as my craft room and its in a royal mess. I have also decided to make curtains and some home-decor projects for my home. I have so many ideas and plans for this new house but, so little time to accomplish anything. We are on a school-hunt for Alvin. I hope we find a good school for him close to our home soon. All of this is eating into my craft time. Someday soon, I hope my life will fall into a lulling routine and I will get some me-time for my hobbies..

-Josie

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wordle Meme!

We are slowly settling into a routine in the new city. So, nothing much is happening on the craft side. Although I got reacquainted with an Anchor long stitch kit that I unearthed from its hibernation during the pack-and-move! I don't remember when I started it..Maybe more than a year back..I finally finished it last week after coming here.. I felt that I had to create something or I might lose my mind.This was a perfect project and I need to get it framed now. I will share the pics when I get good lighting for that. Did I tell you that the weather is awesome here although its not friendly for a photo-shoot?!

Moving on to another topic, I came across this meme in the blog world and I loved it! Have you heard of this site called wordle! Its a cute application to create word clouds.. Here is what you need to do in this meme.. Go to this site and put your blog URL in the box there and create your own Wordle and post it on your blog and tag the people you want with this Meme. Here is my wordle for you..


And, if you are reading this post, please consider yourself tagged with this meme. If you make a Wordle on your blog, do comeback and share it with me.. I would love to see your Wordles.

Note: Here is a tip to save the Wordle you make: Click the print and save it as a PDF file. I used CutePDF. Open the PDF with Inkscape and save it as a PNG file.

Monday, October 25, 2010

I have an excuse..

I have an excuse for not updating this blog regularly.. :D We are relocating to Bangalore and we are very excited about it. So, all my craft time is eaten by pack-and-move time! But, that doesn't mean I haven't started a zillion projects as if I don't have enough on the needles already. These days, I seem to prefer to start projects than finishing them. sigh. Enough with the rant already,huh?

Its funny how the creative mojo strikes you at the most inopportune moment. I have the entire house to pack and move..but, what do I do over this weekend.. I make a purse following no pattern.. I like to make things my the seat of my pants! I get the most satisfaction by the design-as-you-go method..more than when I follow a pattern..so, I made this purse/clutch thingie for a dear friend at work over the weekend. The idea struck me while trying to pack away my yarn stash and craft supplies. (Do you guys see the irony?!) I did not fight the urge to make the purse immediately.So, chucked the idea to pack the craft supplies and got to work on the purse.


So, I fished out my Harmony stitch guide from its packing and zeroed-in on this lovely slip-stitch pattern and knit an 8inch X 8 inch outer shell using fingering weight acrylic on 3mm and steam-blocked it to open up the pattern. I seamed the sides using single crochet stitches on the inside. Here is a close-up of the stitch pattern :


Then I made the inner lining using fabric from my stash. Fortunately, I had zippers and matching fabric for this purse. I put in 6 card slots and a partition for cash in the inner lining to make it even more user-friendly. Here is a look at the insides:

and, a closer look at the fabric I used. Its actually a fabric meant for men's shirts..and, so it was pretty expensive. But, I liked the design, so I bought a few metres of it..


I am in love with this clutch and its an FO after a long time for me. I am glad to know that I still have the creative bone in me. I hope my friend likes it too and gets good use of it. :-)


Note: This irregular blog will continue to be irregular till we get settled in Bangalore. I hope to be back with an update here once things have settled at the home-front. See you all from Bangalore.

Till then, take care and be safe.

-Josie

Friday, October 8, 2010

Do you want to win a giveaway?

Oiyi is having a giveaway on her blog for her first shawl pattern.. She is also giving away some yarny goodies and notions.. so, don't waste much time here..head over to Oiyi's blog here: are-you-ready-for-another-contest?

-Josie

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

After a while...

After a while you learn...
The subtle difference between
Holding a hand and chaining a soul..

That love doesn't mean leaning..
And company doesn't always mean security..
And,you begin to learn..

That kisses aren't contracts
And gifts aren't promises..
And, you begin to accept your defeats..
With your head up and your eyes ahead..
And you learn..

To build all your roads on today
As tomorrow's ground is..
Too uncertain for plans..
And,future has a way of falling down
In mid-flight..

After a while you learn
That even sunshine burns..
You plant your own garden
And decorate your own soul
Instead of waiting for someone..
To bring you flowers..

And,you learn..
And,you learn..
with every good-bye,you learn..

                                           -Veronica A. Shoffstall

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I came across this in a magazine somewhere and had written it down in my journal.. This poem makes a lot of sense to me when I think of all the people I let go knowingly and unknowingly. It also reminded me that not getting who or what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck!!! I know I am being cryptic..but, these words got me through a lot of turbulent days years ago.

Since I didn't have anything crafty to update, I thought of sharing it with you guys.

-Josie

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Nifty project bag!

Did you guys notice that I haven't done a single sewing project in a long time?? Yes. Its true that I didn't touch my sewing machine for more that 2 months and that's a long time in my book! So last night, after what felt like ages, I dusted my sewing machine and brought it out of hibernation and I made this:


I used the tutorial from Kate Davies on Needled available here: Two Kate Project bag I used my own measurements and added some modifications of my own. I added inner pockets all around the insides of the bag and boxed the bottom corners of the bag to give it some shape. Here is a peek at the insides:

This bag will be perfect for me to carry a medium to large size project and right now my Aase Shawl is residing in it. I am making it with Knitpicks Shadow in a blue-green color. The idea for making a project bag came to me when I wanted to knit a repetitive pattern and walk at the same time.. I interfaced the lining fabric with a light-weight fusible interfacing. Here is a view from the top..


Its a perfect project bag and it can be made in any size. I am sure I will find good use for it. I am glad to get my sewing mojo back. Its a simple project to ease myself back into sewing.. Here is the bag on my arms!


Hope you guys are doing good..

-Josie

Monday, September 6, 2010

Are you lost in transit?!

What with the cryptic post title,huh?! ;-) Lost in transit is the name of the scarf I have designed recently. Its my second only design and I am thrilled by it. After a month of test-knitting, its been released for sale. The design came about on a boring day at work when I was playing with a graph paper and a pencil. Thank God for online printable graph papers! Here are some pictures of the scarf for your pleasure.



As I said in my earlier post, the weather has been gloomy and depressing here in Hyderabad with no sunshine for a nice photo shoot. But, I finally got my photo-shoot done yesterday with a sliver of sunshine saving my day. The photos were taken at the landscaping at my office.I've been hunting for a nice locale to get my pictures taken when this garden was there right in front of me everyday. So, I was at my office over the weekend taking pictures to my heart's content.


It was threatening to rain all through the photo shoot but, I got lucky with these shots. My hubster chauffeured me to the office and Alvin tagged along too. They were extremely patient while I clicked away to glory. ;-)


and, here is how the scarf looks on a 'hoomin'! (Can you tell that I am reading too much icanhazcheezburger?!)


Just because I couldn't get enough snaps, here is one of the scarf on a rock! and, as described..its a perfect workhorse scarf..looks casual for everyday wear to work..and chic enough to wear on a day out. I love symmetry in everything and I love the way the diagonal lines lie symmetrical in the finished scarf.



I hope you all like the scarf. Click the images if you want to purchase the pattern. Its is only the pattern PDF that is available for sale for USD 3.50 and not the finished scarf. Click on the images to purchase the pattern or look to your right on this page.I have put a permanent link and button to purchase the pattern. I hope to be back with another post soon.. till then, take care all of you!

-Josie

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The reason for the lull..

The real reason I haven't updated my blog in a long while is because the weather is very gloomy here in Hyderabad and I am unable to click the million pictures I want to capture. What is a blog post without great eye-candy?! But, I can't take the silence anymore..so, here I am with a minor update from my side.. Our family went on a whirlwind trip to our hometown last week. We drove in our car to Chennai rather than take the train and we enjoyed the trip a lot. Its different to travel by road in our own pace. The weather was awesome throughout and the best part of it was Alvin, my toddler tornado enjoyed the trip a lot. He was a sport and was in good mood throughout the trip which made it easy for all of us.

Here are a few pics from the trip.. One thing I got back in touch during the trip was cloud watching! During my schooldays, I remember being an avid cloud watcher. I like watching the skyline during the day. I am not as enthralled by the stars as I am by the clouds. The blue sky brings about a sense of peace in me and this trip made me soak up the beauty that the sky is, to my heart's content.. I felt sad that I am cooped up in a temperature-controlled office in my 9 to 5 job when the blue sky is out there calling me! sigh! Leave a comment here if you wish  and let me know about your favorite pastime as a kid that you aren't able to indulge these days.. Misery loves company, doesn't it?!



We crossed the Nagarjuna Sagar dam early in the morning right after sunrise and had our impromptu breakfast there. The location looked serene. Here is a view of it .. Isn't the skyline lovely! The credit for the photos go to my dear Hubster.

This is me and Alvin getting ready to have breakfast. The boring bread and jam breakfast tasted lovely in the peaceful surroundings.


and, this is Alvin wearing a sherwani at my cousin's wedding(the reason for the trip).. He starts acting goofy if one asks him to pose for a snap..here he is plastered with his goofy smile along with his uncles..


One the crafty side, I have designed another scarf which is in the final stages of test-knitting. A few kind Ravelers are test-knitting it for me and I will let you all know more about the scarf when the pattern is released. In the meantime, please pray that the weather in Hyderabad improves soon and we get the elusive sunshine that we are craving for.. I have tonnes of photos to click..

Only today morning, Alvin was asking me where the Sun has gone.. I told him that the Sun has gone on a vacation behind the clouds!! ;-) Time to learn scientifically correct answers to his questions!!

Hope you all are doing well and having lovely craft-filled days!

-Josie

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Can I call myself a designer?

I've always thought that I am a good follower of a pattern, no questions asked.Give me any knitting pattern and I will fearlessly tackle it(although I must admit to my mortal fear of knitting anything that has to fit!). But, creating a design..I never dreamed of it. why create a pattern when there are so many to follow?! So, I have no idea what happened to the 'old' knottygal..because, one lazy Sunday afternoon, she picked up a pencil and charted a design that came to her mind. It took her an hour to perfect the pattern and find the design she liked..That is how I created my first ever knit design! Guys, I designed this scarf and I am thrilled to offer it as a free pattern.


Its a easy-peasy pattern which is perfect for a knitter looking for an introduction into lace knitting. It uses simple knit and purl stitches along with yarn overs, k2tog and ssk. The instructions are both written and charted. So, if you want to try knitting with charts for the first time, this is perfect for you.


The scarf curls as its based on stockinette stitch but, blocking goes a long way in reducing the curling. So, preferably yarn with natural fiber is good. If you are using acrylic yarn, you might have to 'kill' the acrylic yarn to avoid curling.


Since its a scarf, use any yarn of your choice and the suggested needles. If you use needles larger than the suggested ones, you will get a larger and lacier scarf. Here is a link to the pattern in the Ravelry library: Zig and Zag Lace scarf Click on the images to download the pattern or go to the Ravelry library link to save it to your Ravelry library. Hope you like my first design. :-)

Peace and love,
Knottygal

Sunday, June 20, 2010

What better way to celebrate the birthday!!

What better way for a knitter to celebrate her birthday than to unpin a lovely shawlette from blocking and to admire its beauty. And, thats what happened today! I got the pattern for Cedar leaf shawlette from Desiree as a prize in the UFO warriors challenge in the SAARC group I am part of in Ravelry. The yarn was a RAK from Bebere back in October 2009. I feel this shawlette is a perfect culmination of yarn and pattern.


With this yarn, I started knucks, a basic gloves pattern available from knitty.com but, after making five fingers and gusset of one hand, I left the project languishing in the UFO pile. When I got this pattern as a prize, I decided the yarn should become a cedar leaf shawlette and I had two skeins of it, thanks to the kindness of Bebere.

 The leaves are addictive to knit. The body of the shawl is knitted in one go..it uses short rows for the crescent shape. Then the leaves are knitted-on to the curved edge. The shawlette grew by leaps and bounds after blocking. The pre-blocking size was: 78 inches long, 9 inches deep and the post-blocking size is: 92 inches long, 11 inches deep. Here it is on me..


Since I like taking goofy pictures, I setup a prop on the table and shot the shawlette in different angles. Here is the outcome of my photo session:

The prop is a set of three porcelain storage jars labeled Tea, Coffee and Sugar. We got this as a wedding gift and I haven't used it even once. It doesn't make sense to use breakable item when there is an active toddler tornado in the house everyday.


Here is the project page in Ravelry: Knottygal's Cedar Leaf Shawlette

So, today on my birthday.. I got up early, went to church with my family, came back, unpinned this shawlette from where it was blocking since last night, wrapped myself around with it and took photos to my heart's content.. I am still wearing the shawlette as I write this post. Its almost time for us to go out for a family lunch... So far, so good! Hope you are having a nice day too..

-Josie

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Back from hibernation!!

Hi guys.. I am back from hibernation.. and, I am slowly getting back to my craftiness..or you can say.. I am limping my way back to craftiness.. I took out my sewing machine after what feels like ages yesterday.. it just sat on my dining table for the night and went back to its closet when I started for my work,today morning. No stitching for the past 3 weeks! and, its not doing any good for my Etsy shop. I had been working myself to exhaustion prior to the break and I needed the break. So, after a week long trip to our hometown, we are back to HYD and I am trying to find my crafty bone.

During this break, I took up knitting again..Boy! does it feel good to be knitting!! I finished my stockinette therapy shawl..aka melody shawl. It came out as a VERY LONG shawl. but, I am ok with it..I need the extra length to wrap it around myself.. here are a few pics of it..



My bed wouldn't fit the shawl to be blocked on it..so, I loosely blocked it on my clothesline..and, I am happy with the results..The fringes are made by steeking.. it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be..Here is a picture of the fringes before steeking and after:



a close-up of the fringes after steeking and pre-blocking:



As if all the yarn snipping was not enough with the fringe-steeking, I snipped off two stitches in the shawl while trimming excess yarn..I was cursing myself for being such a clutz! A few drops of fevicol later, the stitches were secured without any damage to the shawl.. Thank God for quick-drying fevicol! Phew! that was a close call.



The trip to our hometown was very eventful.. On the way to NGL, the train from HYD was delayed by more than 5hrs even before it started. And, the travel time of the train was also delayed by 4 hrs. So, instead of starting at 4:45pm Friday evening, it started 11pm Friday evening and, instead of reaching the destination by 6am Satruday morning, it reached by 3pm Saturday afternoon! I am glad I had my knitting with me.. I had decided on a travel project and took the yarn and needles along with me. God! It saved my sanity during the delays. I cast on for the Scrappy Lengthwise scarf on the train from HYD to CHN. Its my first time casting on on a train! I will put up a picture once I get it clicked..

I am also working on a Cedar leaf shawlette..the pattern was gifted to me by a fellow Raveler as a part of the UFO warriors challenge in the SAARC group that I am part of, in Ravelry. Its a lovely pattern and has lotsa stockinette stitch.. do you see a pattern here? I am falling for patterns with more stockinette stitch. I am officially in love with stockinette stitch. I have to search for my camera as I have loadsa items waiting for be photographed. I promise, my next post will have more eye candy than this..

Till then.. Ciao!

-Josie aka knottygal

Sunday, May 16, 2010

On hibernation!

Knottygal is going on hibernation mode. She hopes to be back refreshed and rejuvenated, although she doesn't know when. Till then, Ciao to all my readers!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

How to make a small bag look smaller??

Ohk.. The answer to the question on the post title is at the end of this post.

Don't you hate it when your day job sucks the energy out of you..leaving you unproductive at your hobby?!? The past two weeks at my day job was HECTIC beyond reason.. Its starting to lull down a bit now and I can breathe easily again.. I have a week-long vacation coming up at the end of this month..and, I am looking forward to it.. I so wish I could take my sewing machine along.. My Hubster will probably commit me to a mental asylum if I do that! so, knitting it will be.. It has been a long time since I knitted anything. So, I think my fingers will thank me for the exercise. I am planning to finish this:



I started this ages ago and its mindless stockinette stitch.. works perfect for vacations! It has a funny story attached with it.. I asked my dear Hubster to guess what it is.. and he looks at it and says.. "..hmmm.. a skirt?!?!" I burst out laughing.. What do you think it is? Leave your guess in the comment..

So, what is new in my Etsy shop? I added 2 box bags and a small handbag to my shop. I have the fabric cut and interfaced for 3 more bags..but, if only God will give me an extra 6 hours everyday, I will make them into bags in a day! ;-) Here is what is new in my shop... I got this pink fabric in Bangalore and I really wish I was living there.. I know.. fabric and yarn shops sway my opinion on places I want to live! ;-)

box bag - knitting project bag


box bag - WIP project bag

and, here is the petite handbag modeled by yours truly!



ANSWER: Use a BIG person to model the bag!! The bag does look really small against me, doesn't it?!? rofl.. gotta find a petite model.. anyone up for it?? Let me know!

-knottygal
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