Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Color on Tuesday - Blanket and Nail Art

Tomorrow, when I am supposed to do blanket progress update post, never comes, hence let's grab today and live today. As you all well know, I have been crocheting a big blanket for the past few months, and I haven't finished it yet, lol. To disappoint you - no Ta-dah news today, but  a glimpse (or two or three) of the  process. 
One achievement I can be certainly proud of is that I have started joining the blocks! You can see a pile of them, which makes already 3 rows of 8 blocks in each (total 24 blocks). However they have been attached only length wise, width wise will come afterwards, when I have all 8 rows together. I had a chance to experience how much warm the blanket is, as part of it was lying on my laps while I joined the other blocks. Believe me, it IS warm, just like real wool, and also soft. 
I like the view from this angle, the repetition of the pattern in different colors, the way the blocks' edges are attached kind of makes me happy :) Probably it is madness, or excitement, or I simply love the colors of this yarn.
Imagining this blanket spread on the bed, and making our room bright at once! My husband likes it too, already. Lately he asked why didn't I do yarn shopping for so long, it somehow worried him (hehe). Last weekend I bought 4 colors which didn't seem suffice to finish the blanket purely for the purpose of removing all the worries from his head. I am relieved now, my D too I bet.
For those who might be interested I am using slip stitch joining method for blocks, and very happy with how it turned out - it is a neat and strong join I believe. You can notice the crimson line of stitches between yellow and lilac. 
Next  is just an abandoned hobby of mine - nail art. I am in a long nails phase now, and I have some pretty nail polishes which make up a great duet (though it is not that you cannot do nail art when having short nails of course). Some doodling with nail polish few days ago - nothing special, but made me immensely proud of my nails look. I used dotting technique tool - a ball pen, for making of the design. 
I became a little lazy with taking of the photos of our weekends and so, but we have an interesting event coming up this week - an International Coffee Festival! So apparently, I will be there for... a cup of the brew of Gods. Otherwise, the yearly Hindu festival hustle is more than a month away, so I am enjoying the cooling off of the weather, and quiet days, and of course getting ready for Autumn and Halloween.
Have a blissful day and be safe wherever you are!

54 comments:

  1. Hey

    Your blanket is coming up very well. Eagerly waiting to see that Ta dah...:) And ya... lovely nail art. Oh dear... I just cut off my nails. They had grown quite long and though I don't do nail art, I do paint them. Else, I'd try this out...

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    1. Thanks, Aishwarya!
      You shall try nail art, it is one of the crafty projects you can do quickly!

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  2. Wonderful colorful blanket!!! Real enjoyment for eyes! :)

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  3. Your blanket great progress!!!
    Lovely idea for nail polish!
    Greetings.:)

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  4. Nice nails! Your blanket will be colourful and spectacular when finished!

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  5. I was hoping for a blanket update! I love love love it!!! Also great job on your nails. I don't have the nail length, or patience, to do that!

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    1. Great to know, Jojo! I thought of updating, when I really have some progress :)
      But you have patience to commence for crafty projects?:))

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  6. Ah...now that looks like something snuggly! Makes me want to cuddle up into mine, now that Fall is here!

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    1. yea, take out your blankets , Medha, it is time! But not here though.. so I have time till real cold comes here :) Thanks!

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  7. Your blanket is looking very pretty so far. Love your nail art - pretty and creative. :)

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  8. Love those bright colors for your blanket! It would cheer anyone up! Take care. Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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    1. Glad it cheered you up, Linda! Thanks!

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  9. Love the colors of your afghan! Keep going...can't wait to see the finished product. Love the nails!

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    1. Thanks, Charlotte, for praising comment :)

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  10. Your blanket is going to be so beautiful, well done on it's progress. Your nails look so pretty, I have to keep mine short for work so no pretty nail art for me I'm afraid. :)

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    1. Thanks, Linda! Yea, I do understand keeping nails short for food making, but I cannot.. :) anyway, soon I will have to cut them too!

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  11. The blanket is looking really soft and cuddly. Is it Vardhman yarn? Sadly my nails are brittlr and keep splitting so nailart is not for me. :(
    My hubby gets worried too if I do not crochet for a long time and asks me if I am feeling okay!!...Hehe
    Love.

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    1. It is soft and snug, Sangeetha :) Yes, it is my fav Vardhman! I already saw some new pretty colors I could use for a small throw...
      Surely something wrong if we don't touch our needle art for too long!

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  12. Your blanket is surely going to look amazing and its the warmth of your handmade made lovingly for you both:)
    I don't use nail paint on hand nails because they are always trimmed and since I daily cook Phulkas so I am scared it might come off. I do apply on my toe nails but just plain colors:) your nails look good !

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    1. Yes, I make this blanket with loads of love and good thoughts of cozy winter evenings :) Well, i shall not forget about lining it,hehe.
      First I had to go see what Phulkas is..roti! :) Thanks for a nice comment, Preeti!

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  13. Pretty blanket and pretty nails! Mine are all broken off.. :-(
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Because you are one busy woman, Teresa! I am busy somehow too, but...
      Hugs to you too, Teresa!

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  14. Your blanket is looking fantastic, good luck as you finish it.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Thanks, Meredith! With all the good wishes I've got from you and my blogger friends, I will definitely finish it soon!

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  15. Your blanket is beautiful. Gorgeous colours! Your nails look cute. Mine will never grow :( xx

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    1. Thanks, Maggie, for kind words!
      Well, I also have long nails from time to time, as when one of them breaks unexpectedly, and I have to cut them all :)

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    2. Thanks, Maggie, for kind words!
      Well, I also have long nails from time to time, as when one of them breaks unexpectedly, and I have to cut them all :)

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  16. Hello, How nice work! both the nails as the beautiful square in crochet! You're lucky, many people like me want to know knitting, but never learned! with so many beautiful projects I see on the net! I love the pink nails! greetings! Rose Marie

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    1. Hello! Hey, thanks so much for a lovely comment! I believe that if you really want to learn something, then go for it! I have so many things I would like to know how to :)

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  17. So much of hard work !! And so beautiful too. and Thank you so much for the kind words on my Pyramid Tutorial

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  18. Lovely colours and beautifully done.
    I am new follower of your blog.
    -Gaia

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    1. Thanks, Gaia! I am following you now too!

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  19. Dearest Hindustanka,
    The way your nails are now, length wise, I like them and you did some artistic painting on them. Your blanket is a colorful gem in the making.
    Happy week to you.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Hello, Mariette!
      Thanks for a nice comment, and wow, "gem".. I blush now because of so many praising words! Happy week to you too!

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  20. Lovely blanket Anna! I am sure you are having lots of fun putting it all together. It will be gorgeous when done :) I used to have long nails in my pre-kids era...he he but just short ones now.. In HK people are crazy about nail art and you have nail art parlors everywhere, you should come and visit..he he

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    1. Thanks, Rajeswari!
      Oh so I can afford having long nails still :)hehe
      Yea, I know that China produces loads of nail art stuff! I saw on the net. Well, may be some day I will visit this country :)

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  21. Your blanket is gorgeous! You should be very proud of your accomplishment, so far! I love the colors! Your nails are funky! A+++ Take Care ;o)

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    1. Thanks a lot! I am proud and now not going to stop!
      (what does A+++ mean?):)
      Take care too!

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  22. That blanket is looking fantastic! After I finish the beginner's knitting class, I've already asked about a crochet class. I'd love to make one just like yours! :o)

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    1. Thanks, Insomniac! Wow, this is great you are learning new hobbies :) I am yet to improve my knitting skills, but crochet took over me for the time being :)

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  23. Oh I love your blanket!! ♥ Great progress :-)). Nice nail design, too, well done! Have a happy day, dear Anna :D

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    1. Thanks, Nata! I hope I can keep up this rhythm, otherwise there are days I simply have no wish to crochet.. it happens.
      Have a happy week, Nata!

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  24. Nice , colorful blanket. I just love your crochet work

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    1. Thanks, Preeti! You were also a witness of blanket in progress :) At least from time to time ;)

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  25. Your blanket is coming along nicely. Sure will make a nice addition to your bedroom. I always use whip stitch for joining squares. Then see that so many use a single crochet but I can never make mine look neat. Have never tried joining with a slip stitch. Years ago I kept my nails long and changed the color to go with every outfit. But now I prefer to keep them short and don't even bother painting them because the polish never lasts since I am always cleaning and washing things. The coffee festival sounds like fun. Our weather is slowly cooling down so walks are much nicer. Have a great weekend. Tammy

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    1. I find single crochet stitch too 'high' for sewing of crocheted items. So I tried slip stitch, and I like it so far :)
      I know, even I have to wash many things at home, but still I try not to give up my nail art , hehe. Shall disappoint you Coffee festival was not as great as they promoted it be! *sigh* Have a nice week ahead, Tammy!

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  26. Your blanket is looking fabulous Anna, cool nails too!
    Ali x

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  27. Oh Hindustanka, that blanket is going to be GORGEOUS. You are doing a fabulous job on it.

    Thank you so much for all your sweet visits. Love them! Susan

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  28. It really is a lovely blanket.

    I can never keep my nails long enough for nail art ... it's one of the trials of life in the British countryside.

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  29. Accomplishment, indeed! Something bright and handmade to keep you warm, what can better than that?

    You hubby is sooo sweet. I think my Piano Man would worry about me if I stopped writing a reading for more than one day.

    I LOVE the nails. I can't let my grow. When I do, I make too much noise typing and sometimes my Piano Man is sleeping next to me while I'm writing.

    The "brew of Gods" referrence made me giggle ;-D

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