A severe case of Start-itis

 

I was in remarkably high spirits at the time I posted my last blog.

But, soon afterwards, I became afflicted with a severe case of Start-itis. This malady affects knitters. The symptom is casting on one project after another in a fit on excitement with no thought what so ever on how and when one is going to finish them

So, as a result of coming down with Start-itis, instead of continuing to work on the TARDIS blanket, I started two shawls and a scarf within the space of 15-20 days. Now, there was a very valid logic behind starting each one of these projects.

This garter stitch shawl was started because it was, well, a garter stitch shawl;)
I spend a lot of time in commutes and meetings, which can be, at times,  quite tiring, monotonous and frustrating . So, to maintain my sanity, I have to have a simple knitting project which I can just grab and go when ever I step out. This need was fulfilled by the TARDIS blanket for a while but soon it became too cumbersome to carry around. That was when I started this Garter Ripple shawl.

Few days later, I started this shawl.

 

This was  intended to be gift and was, therefore, required to be completed by a certain date. So, cast on I did and started work on it at my leisure hours at home.

So far so good.

Now, one fine day in November, my nerd of a daughter, Shreeya, demanded that I knit a Hufflepuff scarf for her.So, off I went yarn shopping and bought yarn for not only the Hufflepuff scarf but Grifindor scarf as well. In this process, quite a few more balls of yarn found there way into my shopping bag😉 and I came home as happy as an addict after her fix. I also, bought a set 40cm Circular BAMBOO KNITTING NEEDLES specially for this scarf.

At that time, I was  making negligible progress on a blanket and 2 shawls already working on. But it was difficult to resist this project, afflicted as I already was with Start-itis😉 This happens to be a simple enough scarf for a beginner knit as a tube entirely  in stockinette stitch. My plan was to cast this on and then hand it over to Shreeya to knit it herself as I presumed that  her desire to have this scarf would motivate her to keep knitting. But sadly this was not to be. This kept languishing in the corner for weeks, much to my consternation, this turned out to be a rather daunting task for her. I caved in to her pleadings to complete it “quickly” because she “really really really want to wear this scarf to school” By this time, I had completed my Garter Ripple Shawl. So this scarf filled in my need for the on-the-go project.

 

After this, I went on a strict yarn diet and successfully quelled my desire to shop for more yarn and start new projects before I have finished these . One by one, each one of these got completed and I must say, the satisfaction of completing a project far surpasses the excitement of starting new ones. It is totally worth its while to stick to a project and bring it to fruition.

So things are under comtrol now. Only the TARDIS blanket is crying for attention from that sad corner where was dumped 3 months ago. I will now go and pick it up once again….soon sfter I have completed the Hermione hearts Ron cap…. and the green socks…..and the mary jane socks…and the Griffindor scarf…and the teal socks and the pink socks……

These are real quick projects, you see…..

I’ll finish them up in no time at all…. Promise!

And then I will be able to focus entirely on the blanket. This way I will not only get more knitting done but I will get more knitting done more quickly.

Right?

Right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Full Circle: Endings and New Beginnings

After many false starts and much frogging, I managed to recreate the Luna Lovegood scarf reasonably close to the actual scarf worn in the movie.

My daughter, Shreeya,  who had ‘commissioned’ this scarf ,  is pleasantly satisfied with the final product.🙂  :)  :)

And it is a truth universally acknowledged that a happy customer makes a happy and enthused crocheter :)

Thus enthused and motivated, I have plunged right into as many as three projects simultaneously, and one of them is my first ever crochet blanket.

I would have crocheted a blanket years ago, if only I could pick up that one pattern from  so many gorgeous patterns on the net.  I have tried but failed miserably to narrow down my choice to one blanket! I wished to crochet so many of them!!! I still do and surely, some years into the future, I  will have crocheted as many blankets as my heart desires. But to reach that Eldorado, the first step  should be taken right now DSC08182

So, the first ever blanket is under way🙂

This, too, is commissioned by my Fan-girl geeky daughter.

She wanted me to crochet something like this from Big Bang Theory. I was still toying with this idea, figuring out the pattern, selecting the yarn and calculating the amount of yarn required in various colours when I saw this on Ravelry . As Shreeya’s latest craze is Doctor Who, this appealed to her immensely and thus was decided the pattern for my first blanket ever.

This blanket is done in tapestry crochet and unfortunately, I was not confident enough about this technique as my earlier attempt at this though successful, ha
d been quite time consuming. Instead, I plan to crochet the blanket in single crochet and then embroider the black vertical lines over it. I will still have to use tapestry crochet technique for the white windows, but I guess that should be manageable.

So lets see now, where this crocheted T.A.R.D.I.S. of mine will take me.🙂

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Chevron Lace Scarf

DSC08135These days crochet seems to have dethroned knitting from my heart.🙂🙂

I still drool over awesome knitting projects while surfing the net, but when it comes to finally sitting down and starting something,I find myself invariably and surprisingly leaning towards crochet.

 

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I have always liked knitting and embroidery, but crochet was never a top favourite until I started doing thread crochet just a few years ago. Much to my surprise, I was hooked! Pun intended.

I do get withdrawal symptoms for knitting though😉

 

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The pattern was easy and fun. Only modification I have made is that I have added a single crochet border all around the scarf and I did not join the ends I did not want an infinity scarf.

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Pattern
Chevron Lace Infinity Scarf  by Tamara Kelly

Yarn
200 gms DK weight Yarn

J. Sagar Secretary General

  • Colorway 72 -100 gms
  • Colorway 191-100 gms

Hook 4.50 mm

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Resistance is Futile!

When you gotta knit, you gotta knit. Period.

Hard core crocheters might take umbrage. So I might as well apologize for my folly.  I use one common verb ‘knit’ for both crafts, knitting and crochet. Why? you might ask. This I might explain in some other post. But right now I was saying…….

When you gotta knit, you gotta knit. Period.

This morning, there are, literally, innumerable things that I need to do, fewt hings that I should be doing and even a couple of things that I just have to get done today so as to avert trouble later. But no amount of rationale is able to divert me from crocheting this scarf today🙂

luna-lovegood-and-cho-chang-galleryOn my daughter’s request, I am trying to crochet a scarf similar to the worn by Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movie, Prisoner of Azkaban.

I found the pattern by Jen Valure to be the closest thing to the real and happily started off , confident that this is, at best, a weekend project. In fact, I just might even get it done in a single day, if I am not distracted.DSC08140

But things did not go as planned and after a couple of rows later, I had to rip it all up, as it turned out to be waaaaay too long for my daughter.😦😦😦

So to scale it down, I  worked out the pattern repeat and did a rough chart as I am more a more confident crocheter  when I can ‘see’ what I am supposed to create rather than ‘read’. So I charted and then did a pattern swatch yesterday.

Now, I am good to go, I thought, and once again started off quite enthusiastically🙂

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But try as I might, I cannot desist from referring to  the actual scarf repeatedly as I am increasingly getting obsessed with the idea of crocheting a scarf as close to the real thing as possible. This is now compelling me to rip it all up and start afresh with the ideas in my mind😦 I am unable to function logically until I do this.

So, I might as well put everything else, however urgent it might be, on the back burner today and concentrate on this pattern. Because as asserted by wise Borg in Star Trek and The mighty Vogon in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-

Resistance is futile🙂🙂🙂🙂

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Purple Cable and Fair Isle Leggings

Winter has finally arrived in Delhi, much to the delight to the Delhi Knitters. There is a definite nip in the air and its time to don your woolens. It is, also, time to get as much knitting done as possible. Because winter will be gone from Delhi before you know it.

Let’s hurry now.

So, presenting before you: a Leg Warmer that I had knit last year.

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Since I wanted to make this extra warm, I have used a combination of Twist stitch pattern and Fair Isle knit for this. The ribbed twisted stitch pattern has the added advantage of stretchiness. And the Fair Isle not only gives a pop of colour, but also gives a double layer of coziness around the knee.
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Abbreviations/Explanations

K: Knit

P: Purl

C2F: Cross 2 Front. Knit into front of 2nd stitch on needle, then knit first stitch, slipping both stitches  off needle at the same time.

Rib:

K1, P1. Repeat across the row.

P1, K1 across the back of the work.

 Twist stitch Pattern:

Row1: P2, *C2F,K2, P2*. Repeat from * to *

Row2: K2, *P4, K2*. Repeat from * to *

Row3: P2, *K1, C2F, K1, P2*. Repeat from * to *

Row4 : K2, *P4, K2*. Repeat from * to *

Row 5: P2, *K2, C2F, P2*. Repeat from * to *

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If you are not conversant with the C2F technique,Here is a wonderful video tutorial by Purl Avenue to help you out.

Fair Isle Pattern

The pretty floral Fair Isle pattern used here is from the lovely Stranded Sweater Panel by #define design.

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KNITTED MEASUREMENTS

  • Bottom circumference (at ankle)-18cm
  • Top circumference (at the knee)-30 cm
  • Length -52 cm approx

 

Knitting Instructions (make two)

  1. CO 61stitches.
  2. K in rib for 19 rows.
  3. Row 20 (Wrong side): P increasing 10 stitches evenly across the row. 71 stitches.
  4. Start Twist Stitch Pattern
  5. Continue in this pattern for the next 90 rows repeating the twist stitch pattern 15 times.
  6.  Every 8th row: Taking care to keep the pattern correct, increase 1 stitch at both ends of the needle. Total increase 2 stitches every 8th row. Continue this increase until there are a total of 90 stitches on the needle. Then continue with the repeating Twist stitch pattern.
  7. Knit the 25 rows of the Fair Isle pattern.
  8. Knit 14 rows in rib.
  9. Bind off rib wise for extra stretchiness.
  10. Sew sides together.

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Some Handmade Cards

Third week into the Creative Every Day-Project 365🙂

And I found myself doodling some simple Indian motifs on some handmade cards.

Pictures are really not doing justice to the cards, which came out to be quite attractive and vibrant

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Doodled Expressions

It has been a recent revelation to me that I am a reasonably decent doodler😉

So here I am doodling away to glory!🙂🙂🙂

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CUTE LITTLE BIRDS

Doodle in pen and water color

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LIKHITA JAPA

Meditative practice on watercolor background

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CALLIGRAPHY PRACTICE

Some decorative alphabets

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ABSTRACT ART

An attempt at painting using watercolor pencils

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HEENA DOODLES

This is begining to become my favourite form of doodles and in all probability, I am going to be doodling many more heena motifs in the future as well🙂🙂🙂

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