Saturday, 29 June 2013

Weekend Has To Be Varicolored

A weekend has to be... diverse, relaxing, cheerful, happy, stress-free, energetic too, and yes, varicolored.  The week has been dragging its feet very slowly this time, making me feel stressed, unhappy, worried, and tired. Since I am in the office today as well (don't like this tendency), I have to bring some color to my eyes when I come home, or better take colors with me everywhere I go :) The latest such thing to take along was this String Tote bag designed by Linda. Few days ago she kindly shared the pattern, and I HAD to make it! Thank you, Linda, so much for the pattern. I will make more of these bags for sure!
My version of the bag came our slightly longer than I expected, perhaps because I used acrylic yarn, and not cotton as directed in the pattern. Well, because I don't have it, but I have many balls of acrylic in my stash. The bag in the action - hanging on the nail in my room. *The wall hanging picture to the left is a memory from our trip to Massoori hill station 3 years ago. Might be not hand made, but looks like, and they say it is good to have a picture with the flowing river in it (Feng Shui). 
This string tote has a unique feature - you can turn it inside out, fold into a cute pouch as to carry in your purse in a compact way. I would never think of such an option!
The colors I chose remind me of some hip-hop street art, may be the one I saw somewhere in Moscow and the colors printed in my mind.
Oh yea, a close up view of my favorite acrylic yarn, and the pattern. It is the easiest possible pattern, but it looks gorgeous. I can imagine a net cardigan made with it.
I didn't have much for a Wednesday Blanket Update, so will be doing it next week now. Yesterday I  was seriously worried about my blanket border. Every crocheter says that this is the most important part of the blanket, it gives that finished look or probably ruins it, so it has to be perfect... Well, I started rummaging Pinterest, trying to search randomly in the net. I did find good patterns, which I thought of using, but either they were too common, or too complicated, too lacy. Therefore I decided to design my own. Here it is. 
Color sequence will be not the same as in the pic, but the pattern will be such. I will of course make the border broader, at least 6 cm in width. Yes, I know, I hurry a little, imagining how the blanket looks like when finished. I am preparing the written or/and graph pattern of this border for myself and will certainly share with you. 
I skipped my mind to share with you another self-manifestation of nature in our garden - a pigeon fledgling who settled at our back yarn garden few days ago. He can't fly yet, but keeps on sitting on the flower pots and plants all day long... Once I saw when his parent was feeding him. This picture isn't new, so at that time he was scared of us. Now he is totally used to our presence as we keep on checking on him every day. I am a little worried for him though because it seems like his one wing is bigger than the other one... I hope he will still be able to fly later on. Still I wonder why they chose our garden as their sanctuary.
Have a nice weekend, my dears, eat well (I will!), sleep well (I am so doing it!), and enjoy your time with your close ones!
P.S. hmm... just noticed while previewing my post that I surely like purple and green yarn colors :)

41 comments:

  1. Am sure your weekend would be bright and your week `blues' would fly away :)

    Something constructive is very nice. I am presently making a cardigan with a similar design as your bag above. Will put it up once I am through.

    Have a nice week end!

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    1. I am sure too, after I have a good sleep tomorrow.. zzzz....
      Okay, but right now I am fine :)

      I want to see your finished cardigan soon, Aishwarya. May be you noticed I abandoned my cardigan project.. because that yarn is difficult to crochet. so need another pattern.

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  2. Your bag has turned out so pretty and colourful, I love it! and yes I tend to use a lot of greens and purples too, they look so good together, don't you think. Your blanket is coming on great and the border is going to finish it off perfectly it's lovely. Enjoy your weekend! :)

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    1. Yes, they do look great together - natural combination of colors :)

      Thanks, Linda! You too enjoy your weekend!

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  3. Your tote looks very pretty!! Your border too looks very beautiful :) I am sure you will complete it before winters.

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    1. Thanks, Preeti ! I will have to... I was making it for winter after all! hehe

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  4. AW, have a hug! Working on a weekend really sucks. Sigh. I used to do it too, when I was employed that is. Your bag looks so bright and cheery. Reminds me of the net bags my mom sometimes used to carry fruit in. And the blanket border is gorgeous. I think the color sequence looks great as is!

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    1. Yea... and this is officially, and no half day or such.Thanks, Medha, for empathizing!
      I bet your Mum was making such, they are so great for carrying the stuff! :)
      Thanks, I guess I will choose only this colors for my border, as to not overload the blanket :)

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  5. Good choice for your blanket border -- looks great! I love all the colour in this post!

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    1. I love posting colorful pics :) Glad you liked them, Debra!

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  6. I have some multicolored cotton thread from a hammock. Maybe it is time to put it to use for something useful. But I have too many tote bags as it is. Maybe make your bag and give it away as a gift? I know you read my Wetcreek Blog, and I bet you would like my 88 year old mom's Ridges of Lee County Blog. Maybe what she writes will cheer you up. Enjoy your weekend. Linda

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    1. Good idea! After this bag I made, I will make the same as gifts for sure! Thanks, I will check out your Mum's blog :)

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  7. Your bag is pretty. I can understand your longing for color, I feel the same. The pigeon is cute, I hope he will be doing fine.

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    1. I love to add colors this way! He is doing fine, and I couldn't find him today, may be he finally flew away...

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  8. I love your colour combos as they are ones I am fond of as well. Great bag! Really loving that blanket too. I bet the bird chose your garden b/c it's so pretty and peaceful!

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    1. I am glad, Jojo, thanks!
      Well... our garden these days looks quite shabby. But we have two shady corners, so those were where the bird used to hide :)

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  9. Your new tote bag is so beautifully bright and colorful-- I can see that you will be using this in so many ways--- everyone will be so jealous!

    Your crochet blanket is coming along beautifully-- it's an amazing project :)

    Your visits mean the world to me-- thank you so much--
    Have a wonderful weekend--
    Vicki

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    1. They will be! I am already taking it with me to office, but no comments yet... hehe. it is okay, as soon as I am myself satisfied with the result! Thank you Vicki too!
      Have a fabulous week!

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  10. Have a great weekend. Love your bag. I also use what's in my stash to crochet.

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    1. It is a good way of using yarn we never use otherwise :)

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  11. Lovely tote i must say! The purple and green shades are an automatic selection of great colors :) I am looking forward to the complete border. Sometimes too many ideas on PInterest can actually rob you of your creativity. I am sure what you do on your own will be great and you will be extra pleased with it :)

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    1. Thanks, Rajeshwari! I am glad you liked the colors. And you right a hundred times about Pinterest! I will now try to create myself, as I guess my skills will be enough to design my own crochet things :)
      Have a wonderful day and enjoy your stay home!

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  12. Poor little bird! I hope she is ok ;o) They chose your garden, because they know they will be safe ;o) I love the border for your blanket and that tote purse is so cute! Love it! Take Care and many blessings ;o)

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    1. He (or she) is fine, and I didn't find him in the garden today... may the time has come to fly!
      Thanks for liking my crochet!
      Bright Blessings to you too!

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  13. I hope the pigeon baby makes it, here it would have been cat-food in an instant...

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    1. It made it.. I hope... it disappeared from our back yard yesterday. So I hope it actually flew away and didn't become a cat's prey :(

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  14. Your string bag is beautiful Hindustanka! There are so many possibilities for using it. You have been quite busy. How long does it usually take you to create a blanket?

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    1. Thanks, Donna! :) I am glad you liked how the bag turned out.
      Well, this is my first big blanket. I started it in the end of January this year, so it's been 5 months already. I think it could be made faster, but my office and other deals of course won't let me dedicate all my free time to it.

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  15. I have a smile from ear to ear--your posts tend to do that to me. The weekend is for fun, color and eclecticism, indeed.

    Love the bag... so shiny! And the blanket is growing, isn't it?

    That little bird in your garden made my day ;-D

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    1. And this is the best reward one can get when posts are meaningful to someone, and make him'her happy :)
      It is growing, surely! I am making the last squares, and then the Great Joining will start! And then border... I really really plant to finish it in September maximum.

      It made our days too, as we were so eager to see it in the morning and evening.. but it flew away, I guess, without saying Good bye...

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  16. Very useful, that bag! And a nice color play :-). Thanks for the link! I like that border of your blanket, can't wait to see it finished =). I hope the little pigeon is doing well, good that the parents are still feeding it!

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    1. It is very useful, I have been carrying my yarn in it to office for the past few days. (shhhh)
      Yea, I am happy I was able to design the border myself, because It would be really something I like!
      It was gone yesterday..and no one saw where and when. So, farewell, little pigeon!

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  17. Loved this bag a lot...proves to be quite useful.. :)

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    1. Yes, Garima, you are right. thanks!

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  18. Hi there! Love your colorful bag and blanket! I've added you to my blog list as I feel we are friends. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Thanks, Teresa! really, it feels so :) Hugs to you too!

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  19. Hiiiiiii!! I can't believe how long it's been since I was blogging! I've missed your colourful posts :) How are you? I hope you're very well :)

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  20. Ooh Love your bag - its a bright burst of colour! Your blanket border is great too, and you should be proud of your own design - I'm always thinking ahead and not concentrating on the task in hand!
    Ali x

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    1. I am glad you liked both, Ali. I also now will start designing more myself, otherwise always looking at someones work make your creativity go down at times.

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