Friday, 30 August 2013

Back to Nature and... Crochet

Many days have passed by, and I am still under impression of my 1 month trip, it is still difficult for me get on track, blog again regularly, and so on. Last time I promised to share more pictures from my journey to parents. As you know I am crazy for dacha, gardening, nature, and all related stuff. So in one of our awesome trips to this lovely abode, I planned to take few snaps of my amigurumi - a white cat which I gifted to my parents last year and Cheburashka, who traveled with us all way long and back this time. 
My father was quite enthusiastic about my idea and helped to find places for photo shoot. Like this one, on the sunflower :)
Or on one of the pine trees. My dear papa! Miss you now so much here. But these pictures put a smile on my face every time I look at them.
 The photo shoot for my Russian cat was done by me, and I tried to find some typical Russian flora for her. Chamomile was one of such plants, and oh, I love their simple look!
I also chose another  flower symbolical for Russian culture - bluett. My Mum never fails to have them in her garden, and they were there last year too. My cat liked sniffing this cute blossoms, and the picture came out cute, didn't it?
She, being a totally Russian cat made of Indian acrylic yarn, never seen this truly Russian tree - birch. So I gave her opportunity to sit on it for a while and enjoy the summer day.
Rest of my exploration of parents dacha included finding of flowers and peculiar plants around. For a long time my parents were puzzled about the name of this bush, which they took from the garden of our relative sin the village. They simply named after a nice old lady, who was alive then and living in that house, Frida. After few years they finally showed the nuts the plant produced to their dacha neighbour, and she assured it was an almond. Though I still have doubts and promised my parents to ask you, my dear friends, what plant it is actually.
This was another curios discovery of mine - a lungwort flower, which as My mum said usually blossoms in spring, and suddenly did it again in August. I suppose it happened because of the wet weather conditions this Summer.
I couldn't not to take yet one more picture of Calendula- can't get enough of its radiant color!
The blanket flowers are called by my parents "Indian flower", because they saw so many of them when came to India, that there was no doubt how to call them.
As title says "and Crochet". Here is what I made in a span of 4 weeks *cough, cough*. Just like last year I decided to mark our visit and made summer doily, so that my parents can recollect all nice moments we shared together. What other pattern can be so fast and easy and beautiful at the same time? Granny square, yey! When packing for my trip home, I just threw 5 balls of yarn in my suit case, and to my surprise those were the colors of flowers growing at dacha. 
Just a little bit of sunshine makes colors more vivid and bright. Love the big leaves of Canna by the way.
Even this is not all I planned and wanted to tell you about. However I already have new things to show, and hope that I will not be behind of time too much. I started learning some new needle art, and went into exploring possibilities of crochet. Thanks everyone for leaving nice comments on my last post, I feel better now mentally and physically, your support matters a lot too! 
Have a wonderful weekend ahead, and keep on creating!

34 comments:

  1. Such lovely flowers and very nice crochet.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. I do miss those flowers now... :) But crochet is always with me! Thanks, Meredith!

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  2. Your amigurumis are looking cute with all the colorful flowers:) I too think that it is an almond tree.

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    1. I think they enjoyed being out that day... just like I did! Thanks, more votes for almond now :)

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  3. Your pictures are very pretty with all the flowers and your little crochet animals are precious.

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    1. Thanks, Deborah! They are precious to me too, they make our houses more cozy.

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  4. Fun post! I always think of birch as a truly Canadian tree, LOL! That's okay -- we can share!

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  5. So animals are so cute, amidst nature they look their best! You must really be missing your garden and more importantly the calmness it brings in the busy city of Mumbai..Well everything has its ups and downs and one thing i always say to myself - What cannot be cured must be endured :) But..but but...the sunny side is our crochet and hobbies which add color to life!

    Looking forward to reading more and seeing your crochet posts..

    Love,
    Rajeswari.

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    1. I think I didn't tell properly where I live, but not Mumbai :)hehe ) this city is quite quite..so...I garden too! But yes, you are right that crochet is our salvation in days of sadness, anxiety, and also happy days!
      Thanks, Rajeshwari!!!

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  6. Your little critters are so adorable!!!! Beautiful pics too.

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    1. Thanks, Jojo! I am glad you enjoyed watching the pics :)

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  7. What beautiful flowers and the crochet makes them even more beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Charlotte! It is a pity I couldn't crochet more there.

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  8. I enjoyed seeing your crochet animals and the lovely flowers and plants at the dacha. I love the granny square colors! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Thanks, Teresa! I am happy my photos could bring you joy.

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  9. Hi Anna, I can understand how you feel. Though I don't have a home base in the States anymore, I do like the feel of the country where I was born. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. Everyone is doing their job and doing it to the best of their ability. I miss the freedom I feel when I am there. The fact that I can have a beer with lunch or wine with dinner. Drinking is not allowed in Kuwait. I miss being able to wear shorts and tank tops to go outside. I am much more conservative when in Kuwait. I miss the grass and the trees and the big puffy clouds filled with rain. We were in the States for a month and it was not always easy being on the road, staying in hotels and eating out at restaurants all the time. I am grateful to be back in my own bed, cooking my own food and having a schedule again -- even if that means being back in Kuwait. Life is always about change and compromise it seems.

    Loved the photos of your sweet little creatures. So lovely that your father helped you with the photos. The little kitty smelling the flowers would make a cute postcard.

    I've not been crocheting much except for dishcloths while doing all the road trips in the States. I hope to get back into a regular routine around here but hasn't happened yet. Tomorrow my youngest son starts school -- he will be in 10th grade this year.

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Tammy

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    1. well, I understood your point, Tammy. Home is where we have our own... and as of now I have it still at my native town.
      I also hope you are safe in Kuwait, as latest events and news are really disturbing.
      Take care! Hugs!

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  10. That picture of the kitty sniffing the purple flower is too adorable! What lovely colors and pictures. I can almost smell the fresh air and fragrance of the flowers.

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    1. Thanks, Medha! Beautiful colors always make us smile, I am glad you liked my photos!

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  11. I love the photos! So cute and so pretty!! The one square you did is perfect ;o) Hugs ;o)

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    1. Thanks a lot :) That day was perfect, weather and a cozy house :)and my crochet!

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    1. Wow! Thanks, I am off to your blog :)

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  13. Aaaaawwwwww kitty sniffing on the bluett flower is sooo cute. I guess the cutest thing I've seen all week :)

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    1. Thanks, Diana :) Kitty is pleased you liked her pic!

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  14. Lovely photo's Anna, I love your little creatures they look so sweet posing amongst the flowers. That tree does look like an almond but I can't be sure of course. I hope you settle soon I used to feel the same when I lived in Syria and got back after a holiday home to England :)

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    1. Yes, Linda, thanks, I almost settled now, routine will make anybody settled :) I hope to show more of my crochet soon.
      Oh really, you live din Syria? I shall read about in your blog, if you have.

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  15. Beautiful flowers and crochet. So I'm be your newest follower. Have a nice day.

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    1. Thanks, Endah! Glad you liked the photos :)

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  16. Oh what lovely photos and how sweet of your Dad to help you find places to take pictures. I'm glad you got a chance to visit the dacha!

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  17. Wow, loved all the picstures of flowers in the last couple posts!! I too am getting caught up on blogs, summer gets so busy for me, with guests and school and work. What fun you had with your Dad and the cute little kitty you made, memories that will last forever! Sweet!!!
    I always look forward to see your latest creations!!

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  18. Dear Hindustanka....How wonderful you got to go and visit your parents. Loved all your photos, too. Good for you. Now, back to routine.

    Thanks so much for all your faithful visits to my blog, my labor of love! Susan

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  19. What a beautiful place you live in, although I don't doubt it must have taken some adjustment to move to another continent. Your crochet looks fun and the flowers are so interesting because, of course, we don't have these where I live! Betty

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