Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Things to Love

Hello my dear friends! I have read your blogs recently and found out that I am not alone in my tiredness and constant want to simply do nothing for a while. I don't really address it to being lazy, and not that there is any health issue as such (touch wood), but rather a mental exhaustion, probably it is the end of year which is usually more hectic. I officially declare that I need a break with change in my surroundings.
Getting in the mood for Christmas and New year in India is a little difficult due to the +25 outside, no snow, no major city decorations. The affect of all the sad recent news leaves me guilty of thinking about happy holidays and all when so many suffer and cannot even dream of sleeping in cozy beds...
However my holiday spirit prevails indoors, a quiet one. I have put up a tree together with little A last weekend, he enjoyed, oh so much, bringing me those little ornaments and is so excited about the lights! I am so glad that we were able to ignite that holiday cheer in him. His school also installed a tall Christmas tree in the lobby and decorated beautifully the premises.
My crochet mood in its turn has been rather high. I confessed to my D that I was bitten by a "crochet bug", he understood what I meant. Whenever I am crocheting in front of him, he then asks me : "Why do you make such a serious (= concentrated?) face ?" :P
The first thing to show is an up-cycled purse. Everything is hand stitched. The handle is crocheted with a t-shirt yarn.
It closes with a help of two buttons and loops made of crocheted cotton threads. (Thank you Preeti for the buttons!:))
I was in need of a new cap for little A he can wear daily on the way to school. My A looks adorable in it! I cannot find the pattern I used for this cap (not in my Pinterest), but it's a basic cap pattern, and semi-circles attached for bear ears effect :)
I have been keeping in my mind that I need to make another, a more beautiful and better fitting sweater for A. So I found this really simple and easy to make Toddler Striped Sweater. As usual it asked for yarn weight I don't have, so I started crocheting with two strands of sport weight yarn, hoping it would help but needed to buy two more colors. Last weekend me and D went to our (note, OUR) favourite yarn market, expecting to buy two skeins and go. When I saw the yarn stalls after a long time .. I got dizzy! The first thing my eyes fell on were various, multicolored skeins of a BULKY weight yarn!!! I have been searching such among Indian brands but never found in the Internet ...and here they are, waiting for me. LOL. D could not help but say ok, buy it if you need... Think if you really need it... I said I needed it very much and can now work so many projects!:)))
 Here is a sweater cum jacket in progress. I want to finish it as soon as possible so Little A has opportunity to wear it THIS winter (not the next one :~)). I plan to make it a little longer like a cardi. The yarn is acrylic, very soft and not prickly at all, works up very smoothly, no knots, and color is just great for this type of garment.
AND... I got this one , a sock weight yarn to try! It seems to be very good too. Overall I was really impressed by the range of yarn  Indian manufacturers offer now. There were many  other ones which I would like to try to work with, but maybe next time.
So that's all for now friends. Wishing you a happy week whenever you are! Happy coming up holidays!


24 comments:

  1. Very fun yarn purchases and your little one looks so cute in that hat!

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    1. Thank you Meredith! :) he surely does.

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  2. Love the purse. It's so delightfully 70s retro! You do a beautiful job with crochet!

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    1. Thank you Jojo! Wow, I had no idea it came out to be in 70s style!:)

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  3. I am in that same mood. Just don't feel like doing much of anything. And yet I have so much I should and could do. Everyone is posting today about Aleppo and then I feel guilty. I did donate a bunch of winter clothes today that will go to Syria so at least that is a little something. Glad you put the tree and that your little guy enjoyed it so much. Christmas sure was different when my boys were little. They will both be home next week from college, so looking forward to seeing them. I also did some yarn shopping today. Really shouldn't since I have so many projects in the works. It would be nice if I just finished one thing. Your sweater seems to be coming along nicely. Happy holidays!

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    1. I know Tammy... I was particularly depressed yesterday because of Aleppo news, heart aches each time and every day when i think about the poor people who are not able to live proper lives...
      I am so happy for you that your boys will be with you on Christmas, family is our strength.
      Thanks Tammy, I am almost done with the main part of it, sleeves and a hood are left :)I hope little A likes it :)
      Have a happy weekend!

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  4. I think everyone feels tired and stressed out at this time of the year Anna, I glad little A enjoyed the tree it's a magical time for them at that age. I love the purse and the yarn is lovely and even better it will work up quickly as it's bulky weight too. :) xx

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    1. I know Linda, it is always this way, but because of all the unrest in the world (Aleppo particularly), one feels the burden too...

      Thank you once again, I hope to finish his sweater cum jacket this week.

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  5. So many wonderful creations! Little A's new cap is especially adorable.

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    1. Hehe, I love when he wears this cap too, too cute! :) Thanks!

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  6. You are very talented with your crocheting. The hat is adorable! Wishing you a wonderful holiday!

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    1. Thank you Donna! I am wishing you and your family to have a blessed holiday time!

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  7. don't worry.. I'm in a same state....not doing anything.. Even I'm not in the mood to download the pictures from my phone so that i can upload them ... As long as I'm not downloading, I can't upload a new post in my blog.. :(

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    1. I hope this your mood goes away soon, my has lifted up a little since I want to create a happy atmosphere for my little boy. Have a great holiday time!

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  8. Forgot to mention, the bag is super cute...

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  9. All your creations are very sweet, especially, I love the bear hat :)
    Good that your son is enjoying Christmas decorations, you can take him to malls, they are usually all decked up in Christmas decorations, not sure in ND but in Hyd they are.

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    1. Thank you Preeti! :) Surely we will take him to the biggest mall here, they will have a giant tree there, and on a Christmas day we are going to church also, they usually have beautiful decorations outside and a cheerful atmosphere there.

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  10. Love the purse, and the blanket(?) under the purse too.Earlier, I used to find it very difficult to find good yarns in India. But now I find that the situation has changed. Have you tried http://pradhanembroiderystores.com/ . They have several options in yarns.

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    1. Hi Deepa! Thank you for stopping by. Yes, it's a blanket under it, the only big blanket I made so far :) Thanks for the link, they have really nice yarn options. I might order something. Even I find that the choice of yarn has become much much varied, and the price is very reasonable too.

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  11. I think this tiredness must be a result of the things going on in the world. Nature is tired... She's hurting for Aleppo, angry about the nonsense going on in the US, sad because we (as a specie) keep on being so mean to each other. I think our bodies and soul are feeling all that. It's hard not to feel tired when so much is going on.

    I love your Little A's cap. He looks sooo cute!

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    1. I do think so Magaly. If we are those who are not heartless and compassionate, then it definitely affects our minds and bodies.
      I was feeling very low yesterday and discussed my feelings with my mom and then with D... everyone shares the same throbbing feeling of guilt, sadness, helplessness... Children should not be having such experiences, never.

      Thank you dear.. He likes wearing it :) My little teddy bear he is.

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  12. Merry Christmas my friend! So nice to read your post!
    I love your creations! The purse, the little hat and the sweater! All so precious! So cute! You are so talented!! Sending big hugs and much love!
    Oh, we got another snow storm. I will send you some snow :)

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    1. Thank you Stacy! These are little things I do mainly because I like doing them, plus they can be useful too :))
      Oh, a snow storm, I hope you are fine and everything is working fine at your place. take care!

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