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
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