Friday, September 23, 2011

Progress Pictures

I just thought I will peep in and show you some progress pictures of my granny throw and blankie!!
Lets see the blanket first!!

I know I went a bit overboard with taking pictures of these candy squares!!
Before I show you  pictures of the throw, a small update!! After making so many squares, I realized that the light brown colour I was using in some squares was some other brand, which was not at all soft. So decided to re-do the squares that has that colour. Progress so far.

A lot of brown in there right??Need to balance it with some bright squares like the one below.

I plan to keep both these projects aside and make something for instant gratification this weekend. Will show you next week!!
My Granny Goes Shopping bag was featured in Tangled Happy. Thank you so much Sara@Tangled Happy!! It was also the most viewed project here. So pleased!!
Have a great weekend!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

One a Day

Remember, I had mentioned in an earlier post that I have joined One a Day@Gingerbread Girl to finish my Granny throw

Well, I started it last Sunday. Have made 9 squares so far.

 I am also weaving in ends of the granny squares I had already made before joining this CAL. That is also being done one a day. Will post progress pictures of the another afghan I am working on in my next post.
Before leaving, let me show you some flowers the husband bought me yesterday!! Have a nice day!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Yarn scrap recycling

I have so much yarn scraps, from all the afghans that I am working on. And don't you feel they are too good to be thrown away. This is what I came up with this afternoon. You just need a bottle, yarn scraps and glue. Just stick them on as you wish. I want to make lots of these.

Do you have ideas to use yarn scraps, that you do not mind sharing??

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A new afghan WIP and an Award

Hellloooo!!! Life is very busy these days. I am not getting enough time for myself. But I did manage to squeeze in time to make a few grannies. These are being made as part of an ongoing stash busting attempt. I really liked this and this and thought, why not. I have also joined One a Day@ Gingerbread Girl to finish my granny throw. Started working on that, but more about it later.

Made a jacket for a tin. Something to keep my straight needles.

I got the versatile blogger award from Barbara@Made in K-town. She does beautiful crochet work. Please visit her blog if you haven't already. Thank You Barbara!! To accept this I need to share a few facts about me and pass it on to a few blogs I like.

1. I looovvveee flowers.
2. Clearing clutter and cleaning really helps me when I am feeling down.
3. I have 2 best best best friends. We have been friends since class 4.
4. I love the show F.R.I.E.N.D.S and own DVDs of all 10 seasons.
5. I love music and want to learn to play the guitar someday.

Passing it on to some lovely blogs that I like.

Lazy hobbyhopper
Little woollie
Crocheting the day away
My tinker space
My Rose Valley
Applique Today

It is perfectly fine if you do not want to accept it. Just want to let you know that I love your blogs.

Before I go, let me show you a new member in my small balcony garden!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday Souls Sante

This is an exhibition cum sales sort of event that we went to today. Look what all I bought.
Mugs(I am in LOVE with them).

A tin for my sewing, knitting and crochet notions

A bag, which will be perfect for carrying my crochet WIPs.

And these Oh-so-pretty oven mitts.

Saw these beautiful knitted blankets. These were knit by a lady's(she was exhibiting) grandmother.

I was given a Versatile Blogger award by Barbara the other day. Thank you Barbara. I will post about it soon.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Granny Goes Shopping

I will not call this a pattern. I am just explaining how I made this bag, step by step.

Step 1 (For the base)

Chain 66
Sc in second chain from hook.  1 sc in each ch till the end.
* Ch1, Turn and sc in all sc of prev row*
Repeat this for 50 more rows
I made this holding acrylic yarn together with a same colored cotton thread. It made the base stronger. (Not my idea, got it from a friend)

Step 2 (For the body)

Make 30 granny squares. (I have made a basic granny square, with just a ch1 space between the corner 3 dc’s. No space anywhere else)
Join 9 granny squares as 3x3, 3 rows 3 columns. I joined these using sc by holding right sides together. This will make the front side. Repeat this to make a back side.
For the sides, join 6 granny squares as 3x2(3 rows, 2 columns). Again sc holding right sides together. Repeat this to make one more side.
To join the sides to the front and back, I used sc holding wrong sides together, so that the edges stand out.

Step 3

Now you can attach the base rectangle to this.  sc throughout holding wrong sides together. Make one line of sc along the top of the bag to make the top edges look neater.

Step 4

For the handles, make chains as long as you want the handles to be.
sc in second chain from hook, sc in each ch till end.
Now you can make rows of sc’s with as many colors as you want.

For the edging on the straps

Sl st in first sc, ch3, sl st in same ch, *skip 2, Sl st in next sc, ch3, sl st in same sc *
Repeat from * to * till the end.
Make 2 handles and attach to the bag.

Step 5

Make two long strings of chains (You can make this by holding two strands of yarn together to make it thicker)
Pass this through the bag as in the image below (it is one of the side panels that you see in the image).

Attach a pom-pom to each end of both strings. You can find lots of video tutorials to make pom-poms. These strings will help you to tighten the opening if necessary (as in the first and second images). Otherwise you can leave it loosely tied as an embellishment. And your bag is ready to go shopping!!

It is my first time writing crochet instructions. I am so used to following them blindly. So if there are flaws, I apologize. And I would love to hear your suggestions. Have a nice day!!

Thanking Sanhitha, a dear friend of mine, for patiently going through this pattern and giving her valuable suggestions. I really appreciate your help!! Please use this only for your personal use, not for commercial purposes.  If you wish to share this tutorial or images in it please link back to Rainbow Bunting.
You can find the pattern page in Ravelry here. The pattern can be directly downloaded in pdf format here. If there are mistakes, please help me in correcting them. Thank you so much to all who suggested names for the bag, especially Ramya who suggested this name.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wiggly Crochet

I got to try one more new technique as part of a CAL in Ravelry. The aim is to try lots of new techniques that we always wanted to try. Last time we tried Hairpin Crochet. This time it was Wiggly Crochet. Me being the laziest one was among the last to finish it and I have made only one round of wiggly crochet (Lazzzy)!! My justification is I need more space at the center of the coaster!! :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Last weekend

we went on an impromptu trip to a nearby hilly area!! Its just 1.5 hours drive from our place. It was so much fun and such a welcome break!! It was such a beautiful day and we stopped a few times on our way to just enjoy the view.