Thursday, April 30, 2009

Scheherazade's Slippers

I have barely managed to meet the deadline on the March Sockdown at SKA (ravelry) and just now finished my second sock. It should have been a breeze to finish the pair in the allotted two months but I procrastinated and did not start the second sock till four days were left. So, after this knitting spurt, here is the FO. It did not make it before sunset, so I had to take indoor pictures.

Here is a side view of the first sock taken earlier.
The pattern is Scheherazade's slippers ( ravelry link), yarn Lana Grossa Meilenweit 50 Cotton and 2.5mm needles. Did I mention it before?_ I really love this pattern though it is not in proper pattern format and there are a few errors in the charts but still, it is gorgeous!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Floral Cushion

I had started this cushion many many years ago but never got around to sewing it up together.The pattern is from an old burda crochet magazine.
I got it out today and spent the morning in assembling it up. It is destined for our car and matches its new upholstery.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


So At last I finished the first project of the coatimundi KAL. It is such a wonderful pattern and I had a great time knitting it. The seaming and tucking in of the loose ends can be a bit tedious but still worth it. So, here is my coat done on 6.5 mm needles with some local yarn which had no label. No modifications here.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Potohar Felted Bag

Thus is named the bag I made last week. I have written the pattern and madeit available for free through my ravelry store. You can click on this link to download the file.
As, for the name, Potohar is the region of Pakistan, I belong to. Colors in the bag somewhat remind me of the local scenery.

Coatimundi KAL, week 5

The now-in-the-second-month KAL has suffered from neglect lately, but that is changing now as I push to get both projects done by the end of April, inshaAllah. I don't have any latest photos, but I'm done with the first half of the shawl, including the edging. And as for the coat, I'm right now working on the second sleeve.
Shells is well ahead now with her coat almost done and her shawl looks so pretty.

Monday, April 13, 2009

"Some Bag"

So I rose to the challenge and knit up "some bag" with the Noro yarn (and some more) from the frogged glove. And now I have to admit, a bag was a much better project idea. I am in love with this one. It used two balls of Noro Kureyon, different colorways, and about 0.8 skein of Araucania Magallanes and 6.5 mm needles. It is my own design which I hope to write up and place in my ravelry shop soon, inshaAllah.
This has been so much fun. Even my resident critic a.k.a my husband declared it to be one of my "better" designs, LOL. But the downside has been that in knitting this, I totally neglected my Coatimundi KAL projects and now am lagging behind. So, I will be picking those up now and try to finish them fast.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Another Handspun

I just finished spinning some more yarn today. It was Louet roving from the drop spindle kit I got as a gift from a friend, last month. It was so easy and wonderful to spin and I love the color. There are about 180 meters of 2-ply yarn.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Demise Of A WIP

NOTE: This post is not so serious or tragic as the name might imply.

How many times does it happen that in our dreams we get an idea, which seems like such a brilliant one, solution to all the evils facing us, nothing short of a Nobel prize-worthy discovery. Then we wake up and find it was all mumbo-jumbo or something really silly at best.
I think the same phenomenon occurred to me last night. However, I was not sleeping. Rather, I was trying to come up with a brilliant design in the wee hours of the night.
I had a skein of Noro Kureyon and I thought I could come up with a pair of good fingerless gloves. So, I gave it some thought and started knitting. It seemed so awesome at the time and I could not go to sleep until I had finished the first glove. So, I did just that, and it still looked very well, though my vision was a bit blurry by then as it was already Fijr (Time before dawn). That is when I hit the bed after saying my prayers.
Now, when I woke up a little later in the morning and showed it to the husband, he immediately squashed my enthusiasm, saying it was quite horrendous and came close to my second worst knitting disaster after the kitchen set I had knit a while back. ( My husband hates that dishcloth and we have already thrown out the scrubbie-required a lot of elbow grease).
Further explanation from him added insult to injury when he said he liked the yarn but the pattern was all wrong. He further suggested I knit "some bag" with it.
So discouraged, I frogged the glove and have started a bag already. But, I did take a picture before frogging. Maybe, some day, I will look back and agree that it is horrible..

Monday, April 6, 2009

Summer Sewing

This weekend, whatever time I could find, was almost entirely dedicated to sewing. I did four projects. The first two are some more upcycling projects.
First, I turned my son's old pair of jeans into shorts.

Second project was an old pair of toddler overalls which I turned into a bag. For the handles I braided some jute rope.

The other two were newer sewing projects, a couple of dresses for my daughter.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Coatimundi KAL, week 3

An update on the KAL has been long overdue. It's already third week into the KAL and I'm happy to report that I knitted enough on the stole to complete one half (border exepting). I hope to start the border today, inshaAllah.

I am halfway through the first front of sylvi but seed st can be so boring esp after the interesting and not-so-intricate cable pattern of the back. I think I'll have to knit this while watching TV. :)
And all this while, Shells has been speeding through the back cables. She already has both front panels done as well as half a sleeve. I love her coat's color!