Today, I want to share with you two Mandala coloring pages. Click on the link below the images to download the PDF files of these images. Feel free to print and colour them
Whenever I have wanted to create Art, I find myself drawn to mandalas. Pun intended 🙂
So it was no surprise that during #Inktober2017 , I found myself drawing mandalas once again. I was required to post a piece of art everyday. And since I cannot devote more than a couple of hours per day to Art, I decided to create a Mandala Coloring Page every day instead of completed Mandalas.
A Few of these Coloring Pages are listed now at my Etsy shop
Do check out if you are interested and share feed back.
Some free patterns are also available right here on this blog.
If you can knit a rectangle in rib and change colors, you can easily show off your Harry Potter Fandom with pride!
I knit as many as three Harry Potter scarves this year. They make me very very happy, because not only do they knit up real quick , but they also make wonderful gifts, not only for teens and kids, but to all Harry Potter nerds of any age. And my universe seems to have a plentiful supply of the same.
In case your universe, too, is composed of a generous supply of the same, you would wish to knit one of these. I have knit here a Gryffindor house scarf. But, I would love to knit the other house scarves as well in the future.
But, at present, here is the pattern for Gryffindor Scarf. Remember, you can easily adapt this pattern by using the appropriate House colours
Yarn : Fingering weight or 4ply yarn. I have used J.Sagar Bri Acro (10 balls 25 gm each)
Main color (MC): Deep red 200 grams 8 balls Shade #29
Contrast color (CC): Gold 50 gms 2 balls Shade #36
Needles:3.25 mm 16 inches circular
Hook :to add fringe
Finished size:72 inches by 8 inches +4 inches fringe
Cast on 72 stitches in MC
knit in 1×1 rib.
Follow the color scheme given below to create the Trapped band pattern.
MC 42 rows
CC 6 rows
MC 8 rows
CC 6 rows
Repeat these 62 rows as per your preference of the length of the scarf
Knit MC 42 rows to end.
Cast off and add fringe to the scarf to finish off.
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.
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
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. 🙂
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.
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 😉
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.
Chevron Lace Infinity Scarf by Tamara Kelly
200 gms DK weight Yarn
J. Sagar Secretary General
Hook 4.50 mm
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 🙂
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.
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 🙂
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 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂