Antara is a crescent shaped wrap worked with short rows from the bottom up. It has a lacy edge and the twisted stitches are continued to be worked along with the short rows shaping the body.
I’ve used DROPS Cotton Merino, gifted by a very sweet friend halfway around the globe, and the blend along with the lace makes for quite a useful wrap for the weather here.
This was also the first time Mary and I attempted an outdoor shoot modeling our FOs. While December to February this time was perfect for the knitwear enthusiast, the thought of posing in wool or its blends in the hot months ahead seems to put a damper on the creating process itself.
But for now, I’m celebrating this release with a 50% off till March 11, 2016.
Also get 25% off on my other patterns using code mm16 till March 10, 2016.
The Breathe Easy Pullover is now live on Ravelry and available at a 33% discount till Nov 27, 2015 – end of day.
Do you remember my trip to Loop while in London? Well, this is what the yarn wanted to be.
Knit up in Tosh Merino DK, Breathe Easy is a quick knit, drop shoulder pullover worked from the bottom up. The body is provisionally cast on at the high hip and worked in the round till the armholes. The provisional stitches are later picked up and the front and back are worked separately creating the side slit, and the back is worked longer than the front. While the body has about 10” of ease worked in, the sleeves are close fitting, striped and full length. Sleeves are worked in the round, down to the cuff.
My testers were super quick and managed these beauties in under a month.
Now I just have to wait patiently and hope for a drop in temperature soon.
What is this Gift-A-Long all about? “It’s a multi-designer promotion to help you kick your holiday gift-making into high gear!”
You can find The Indie Design Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry. This is the 3rd edition of the extremely popular Knit/Crochet A-Long. This year the KAL/CAL will run from November 19th to December 31, 2015. With about 5000 patterns up for a discount, over 300 participating designers will be offering a 25% off on 5 – 20 of their selected patterns. The discount window is now open and will run from Nov 19, 8pm US EST till Nov 27, 11.59pm US EST. You can find the coupon code in the group or the pattern links below. There are a bunch of KALs set up and the chatter’s already gone through the roof! Lots of games and prizes to be won too.
If you’re on Ravelry, you can browse through the available patterns here. Else, you can check out the patterns on Pinterest.
This is my first time participating as a designer and I have 5 patterns in my bundle.
To summarize, here’s an awesome graphic with fun facts by the very talented Kimberly aka 80skeins.
The Vintage Garden has been on my must-do list for some time. They hold these really intriguing pop up shops and workshops in the courtyard of a beautiful colonial style home in Bandra.
“The Vintage Garden is about talented individuals showcasing their works via various forms such as art & crafts, fashion, architecture, product design, music, film & photography.”
I was fortunate to meet Chola aka Sohaya of the gorgeous label Chola. Her designs are so soothing (that’s the adjective that popped up as I was typing and I’ll stay with it), right from the fabric to the colour to the cut.
Slip into one of these relaxed-fit linens with beautiful pin-stripes and I think summer could be borne with ease. Needless to stay, her designs were flying off the racks and it was no surprise to see customers trying out their outfits and actually doing a happy jig in them.
One of my favorite shops is Radhika Nag‘s. I’d seen her work earlier this year and if you’re at The Lil Flea this weekend, you just have to visit her stall.
Also present were,
What I like about this concept and pop ups like The Lil Flea, apart from the obvious charm of handcrafted products, is that you come across all these different brands, artists and designs that you wouldn’t find in a mall.
Conceptualized sometime towards the end of 2014, it got onto the needles pretty quickly but then it kind of just stayed there. A bunch of weddings, some hospital trips, a relocation that never was, and this pretty just kept getting pushed further and deeper into the background.
It finally resurfaced a few months ago in this post, and since then, there’s been no looking back.
I’ve always been fond of knitwear. I’d wait for stores to stock up on woolens and a new sweater would accompany me home every year. A light cardigan or jacket is a very useful layer to carry along for the mild winters here as well as the sometimes needlessly chilly indoor areas (even in the heart of summer!) This was also the reason for keeping it plain in the front, without buttons or a zipper, because its never cold enough to want to zip up. It has just enough texture to break the monotony of stockinette and a pop of color courtesy the I-cord, well, just because.
After months of knitting, slacking, pattern writing, editing and testing, First Love is now live on Ravelry.
Available in 5 sizes, this cardigan has about 4 inches of positive ease worked in, a bit of waist shaping and sleeve caps shaped with short rows.
Yarn used: Plucky Feet seen here in colorway Skies of November
I have loved and queued patterns like Color Affection and Ashburn, I have made scarves and even shawlettes, anything that finishes up in one skein, but bigger than that and I feel like I just won’t be able to see it through. Sweaters? Now we’re talking.
Reasons for and against the two categories?
Shawls: They take way too much time to knit up, they’re boring, they’re so big, the stitch count is endless, where will I wear them, when will I wear them…
Sweaters: Well they do take up a bit of time, yes the stockinette parts can be a tad dull, um…yes they’re big plus sleeves, stitch count…hmm, where….(silence), when…(more silence)… Oh…
I ought to give it a try, maybe?
This one came about because of a chance purchase of Silk Indian yarn at London. I very rarely buy a single skein of yarn but since I was already exhausted financially, and I did so want to support an Indian store, this lone beauty just had to accompany me home.
I charted the design out on Excel using the diamond lace stitch pattern and made a small triangular shawlette.
But while trying to write it into a pattern, I faced a bit of difficulty. I had my shawl increases worked on the 2 edges as well as the center. Though the diamond pattern was worked over a fixed number of stitches, the markers had to be kept moving as the pattern progressed because of the center increases. And while it might be easy to just state that one should move the markers as required, it might get a tad irritating for a knitter to keep having to check stitch count as opposed to a bit of mindless knitting when the markers are firmly in place.
It was my first time with Mal sock and I have to say it was a dream to work with. The stitch definition is beautiful and after a long time I finally had yarn that didn’t keep twisting while I was knitting it up.
We’ve been having heavy rains here in Mumbai and there’s barely enough light for photographs.
But the pattern’s almost ready and will be up for testing soon.
I’m just happy that I got out of my sweater comfort zone and tried something a little different. And honestly, it works up way quicker than a full sleeved sweater.
What have you been crafting lately? Have you been wanting to try something different? A new technique or even a whole other craft, maybe?
According to the vet, she’s about 4 months old, maybe a cross between a spitz and a stray. And this baby is now up for adoption.
We met her while on our regular walk last evening, this little pup with a red collar cowering in the bushes. Our usual experience of strays is that they come running to you with their tails wagging the moment you whistle at them. But this one would barely get close and though she kept wagging her tail, the uncertainty in her was clear. She wasn’t ready to trust just yet. We tried calling up a few people for help but being a Sunday, most places were shut and Monday morning was the earliest that we’d be able to get anything done for her. We asked a person nearby to keep an eye on her while we went home to get biscuits and water. I tried luring her out by holding out little biscuit pieces but she wasn’t tempted. I then tried with a bowl of water and that did the trick. The speed at which she lapped up half the bowl was a sight to behold!
After that, the biscuits weren’t too difficult. She wolfed down a few and seemed to get much of her energy back.
A few people had gathered around, and while I was trying to make a couple of calls, she settle down quite comfortably…
until, a whiff maybe, or a familiar sound? Something triggered her senses and before I knew it, she had darted off down the road. The husband and I tried to keep up but she seemed to be following a bunch of boys who had just passed by. How she managed to cross the heavy traffic on the highway and get across, also managing a poop break right in the intersection of 4 roads, I do not know. We almost gave up chasing after her because the vehicles were moving again and we had almost lost sight of her. In any case we pushed on for just a little bit more and there we see the little thing across the road and retracing her steps. No amount of calling or whistling was catching her attention, she seemed to be on her own mission. And there she was back again at the intersection, dodging cars and buses, and all I was continuously praying was “Please let her not get hit!” Finally I got some response from her and she slowed down, right near the signal, and just close enough for me to grab her up. A whole lot of discussion followed as to where we could keep her, for how long, foster, adopt, etc. In the end, we found a neighbour who volunteers with IDA, and she very graciously offered to clean her up and keep her for the night. This morning the little dog made a trip to the vet,
got her anti rabies and 9 in 1 vaccines, a bath, Protektor tick treatment and a blood test done. The de-worming can be done in a week from now. We had to get her vaccines done early because of Elmo.
Since we don’t know her name and for functional purposes, I named her Coco at the vet today. She’s with me now but will be moving to a foster home soon. Please spread the word and help her find a family that will take her in as one of their own. Here’s to Coco!
I was looking for something that I could knit up quickly while browsing through Ravelry and I came across this pretty pattern by yellowcosmo. It was one of those rare moments where I clicked ‘buy’ without stopping to consider why, when or how. Yellowcosmo is a designer I follow because of her interesting sweater patterns but this time I wanted to knit something smaller and Kiva Beach seemed perfect.
Unfortunately I had a little color bleed problem so the grey lace now has a pink tinge to it. Surprising, because while working the stripes for Make Space and washing and blocking the sweater thereafter, I didn’t find any color run.